“8 Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me.”
Naomi blesses her daughters-in-law. She sends them back to their own homes, where they can have a future, and blesses them. This counter intuitive. In blessing and sending, Naomi is sending security and help away. She’ll now return home alone.
It’s a significant verse in Ruth. For the first time we hear the word, hesed. May the Lord deal kindly (hesed) with you.
The word means covenantal loyalty, kindness, goodness and love. It is one of two great theological foundations of this whole story.
In announcing the Lord’s hesed Naomi points us to the truth of Jesus Christ. In Him, we experience God’s ultimate kindness to us. One that never fails, no matter what we are facing.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great one with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ…so that in the ages to come he might how the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-8)
Remember this promise today. It’s stronger than every other word you will hear along your way.