Hello, friends, and welcome to Help for Today. Today and this week, we find ourselves in the book of Ruth as we’re making our way through the scripture. Oftentimes this text is read at weddings, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it is a daughter-in-law speaking to a mother-in-law, and Ruth and Naomi are having a conversation. Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave thee.” This daughter-in-law says, “Mother, I don’t want to leave you.” The mother-in-law says, “You stay here. I’m going back. I went out full, I’m coming back empty. I’ve lost my husband. I lost my two boys, and I gained you, daughter-in-laws. But you stay here in your country.” And she said, “Entreat me not to leave thee, nor return from following after thee. For whether thou goest, I will go, and where thou lodgest, I will lodge, and thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. And where thou diest, I will die. There will I be buried. The Lord do so to me and more. If aught but death part thee and me.”

You know in my Bible I have written down here loyalty, devotion, family. Don’t walk away from your family. Don’t walk away from the heritage. Your mother, your dad, your siblings, your aunts and uncles, they may walk away from you, but don’t you walk away from people today. Where thou goest, I will go. That’s commitment. That’s desire. That’s what Elisha said to Elijah. Excuse me, yeah, Elisha to Elijah. “I’m staying with you. Where you’re going, I’m going.” I’ll look at that in a few weeks with you.

But Ruth said, “Where you’re gonna die, I’m gonna die.” Let’s live in loyalty this day.

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Pastor Jack Trieber

Pastor Trieber

Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March of 1976. He is also the President of Golden State Baptist College.