The touching story of Naomi and Ruth goes to the heart of God's dealing with woman.
During the time of Judges Elimelech with his wife Naomi and two sons migrated from Bethlehem of Judah to the pagan land of Moab because there was a famine in Judah. While in Moab, Elimelch died and Naomi's two sons married Moabite women Orphah and Ruth. Eventually both her sons died leaving three women without support. What were they to do?
Naomi heard that things had improved in Judah, so she decided to return to Bethlehem but encouraged Orphah and Ruth to return to their parents home in Moab. With tears in their eyes, Orphah decided to leave Noami but Ruth said to her, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God." (Please click image to hear song) Here we see Ruth beauty of soul willing to sacrifice in order to help her mother in law in her declining years. Further, David Guzik has observed as follows: "This was more than change of address. Ruth was willing to forsake the Moabite gods she grew up with, and embrace the God of Israel. She was deciding to follow the Lord. This Gentile woman, once far from God, had drawn near to Him."
In the plan of God, Ruth who followed the Lord encountered Boaz while while gleaming the left over grain in his wheat field. Boaz married Ruth and she winds up in the genealogy leading to Jesus as follows: "Salomon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king." (Mt 2:6-7) And from the house of David was born Jesus. Unlike her sister Orphah, Ruth is now remembered for all times and she lives in the history of heaven. In this story we get a glimpse of the role of woman in the history of Salvation.