And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
Ruth 1:4-5 KJV
Yesterday we juxtaposed the characters of our story. Thank you Hadassah and Pastor Lamberts who first called our attention with private messages. We blame no one but sleep. Elimelech was Naomi’s husband, not Ruth. That’s simply v.2. Today’s focus is on Ruth, Mahlon and Chillion, the two sons of Elimelech and Naomi. Please be informed that God has made available the covenant of protection for His children. Outside the covenant, God is not obligated to continue the protection. This is Psalm 89:34, ” My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips”. That is perhaps what happened to the two young men we have mentioned. The children were not supposed to marry outside of Israel. They did, and they stayed outside Israel. Then, they died. The question would be, why didnt Boaz die too, since Ruth married Boaz as well. An answer from one Bible scholar is exciting: ” There are several factors that make the marriage of Boaz and Ruth acceptable, even though Ruth was a Moabitess:
1) The wording of the law in Deuteronomy 23:3 forbids only the naturalization of Ammonites and Moabites. It says nothing about their dwelling in the land of Israel, and it does not explicitly mention marriage.
2) According to Jewish law and tradition, curses follow the father, not the mother. In Jewish commentaries, rabbis generally interpreted the command of Deuteronomy 23:3 to apply to a (male) Moabite, but not to a Moabitess.” Other reasons are given in that essay as well. Add the fact that Ruth’s confessions made her a proselyte of the Jewish religion. There are still exemption clauses today for you as a Christian. They are made active by the blood.