Seriously, who wouldn’t want their name to mean that?
Reference: v.14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth clung to her. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: My sister’s name is Ruth, so reading through the Biblical book of Ruth always has that extra significance for me. As I kicked off reading this book I thought that I would look up the meaning of this particular name. I discovered quite a few interpretations of the name. Some websites gave reference to the biblical character and explained that the name meant friend, faithful companion, compassionate, or sorrow for another’s misery. Already in this first chapter of Ruth we see that this is certainly the case. While it never mentions what Ruth looked like physically, another meaning given was ‘vision of beauty’. Seriously, who wouldn’t want their name to mean that?
Application: A meaning that did stick out to me when looking at this wonderful female character of Ruth was ‘something worth seeing’. While it was my sister who received this name, and not me, I was thinking that this meaning could translate to everyone. When something is impressive and stands out then you would say that it is something worth seeing. If we were to live our lives with an amazing amount of love, peace and grace then I believe people would think that it was something worth seeing. Our outward appearance is changeable and superficial, however, our character and actions can have a lasting impact.
Prayer: Lord God, you are certainly worth seeing! May we live so closely to you that others will desire to see You through us. Amen.
What is worth seeing about your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.