Down for My G (GoD)
I. The Church/Believers need some Decisiveness.
Ruth stood between a rock and a hard place. Would she choose her own people the Moabites and their god Chemosh with whom she was no doubt familiar, or would she cast her lot with her mother-in-law and her alien kinsmen, and their God Yahweh, whom she knew only through the grid of Naomi’s imperfect faith?
She uses the example of Orpah as a lever to induce Ruth to follow suit. She does not speak of Orpah as having returned home, or to her own country, but to her people and her gods (AV, RSV) (or perhaps her god [RV]; it is possible to take ’ĕlohîm as either singular or plural, and Chemosh was the god of the Moabites, Num. 21:29; 1 Kgs 11:7). Her people means ‘her nation’, not her family as the English expression might perhaps indicate. The reference to the gods is sometimes held to point to a belief that a god and a certain piece of territory were closely connected, so that the god can be worshipped only on the soil of his own country