This is the story of God’s grace. Someone of Moabite descent was not given citizenship even after 10 generations. Deuteronomy 23:3 David is the fourth generation descendant of a Moabite! What is impossible for man, is possible for God! There are many lessons you can learn from this narrative.
Our religion is empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is HE who saves, HE who works in some salvation and rejects others.
Here we have a mixed family. Israelite parents and sons, married to Moabite women.
Marrying outside of Israel! How many issues have cropped up so far because people made broken decisions (right in their own eyes) about inter-marriage.
We can glean that the house of Elimelech served the Lord (think Joshua’s words, “As for me and my house…”). The Moabite gods did not have a place in their household (Naomi tells us as much in v15).
And we see that God has chosen one and not the other.
Orpah chose to return to Moab, and I’d say her heart was never broken before the Lord (she chose false religion, Moabite gods).
But Ruth! Ruth has a strong clear faith in the Lord. We have these wonderful words, “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
It’s wonderful to see God’s promises fulfilled here, blessing to many nations (same as with Rahab earlier).
Praise God for His choosing! For Ruth is a part of the line of David, all the way through to Jesus. A Moabite woman, a gentile, grafted into the vine!