“14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.”
Are we ever called to do the insensible? Orpah does the sensible thing. The safe thing. She takes Naomi’s offer and returns to Moab.
Ruth, on the other hand, does something outrageous. Instead of the safety of her parents’ household in Moab, she decides to stay with Naomi. To what end? Where to? For what future?
Ruth doesn’t just stay with Naomi, she ‘clings’ to her. That means deep loyalty or affection; a change in membership from one group to another. It’s the same word in Genesis 2:24, “For this reason, a man shall leave his mother and father and be united (cling to) his wife.”
Ruth’s loyalty foreshadows Christ’s. He leaves this safety of heaven. Comes down to be with a broken up world, and hurting people like us. Is that sensible? It is not. But it is sacrificial. Sometimes Christians are called more to the sacrificial than the sensible.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33)