Ruth 1:1 “Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.”

…From yesterday…

Deuteronomy 23:3 “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:”

Going down memory lane (Genesis 19), Moab and Ammon were the two incest children of Lot by his two daughters. God is against incest and anyone indulging in it is automatically placed under a curse.

To compound their problems, when Israel was coming out of Egypt, Balak the then king of Moab paid prophet Balaam to place a curse on them which God had to stop.

So, God took the case of Moab very personal and didn’t just place them under a curse he also gave Israel a stern warning:

Deuteronomy 23:6 “Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.”

God ask them not to have anything to do with them. He also warned them against going after the wealth of Moab. This man must have known all these from history, yet he defiled all the warnings and moved his base to Moab. He didn’t go alone, he took his family along, how sad.

Friend, it is easy to follow God, love Him, listen to and obey Him when things are good and rosy but the truth of the matter is this; it is not how much you respect or reference God at good times but what you do when things are not so rosy as well.

Famine is also a trial or testing period. Our real test in life comes when things are hard and not too conducive. During the famine people waited and became prosperous but this man departed and headed straight for Moab. He threw all caution to the wind. He moved against God and put himself under a curse.

To be continued…

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