Summer Holiday Club play script day 1

SUMMER  HOLIDAY CLUB 2020   PLAY SCRIPT FOR  RUTH PART 1 Chapter 1    

  AIM;-the importance of faithfulness and loyalty-of one person to another and to God.

 

SLIDE 1) Elimelech and his wife Naomi had two sons, Mahlon and Kilion, they lived in the town of Bethlehem in Judah. When the area had no food, they decided to leave to find food  elsewhere.

 

Slide 2) They travelled to the nearby land of Moab and settled there to live. The Moabite people were not Jews and did not worship God but their own idols.

 

SLIDE 3) Sometime later Elimelech (husband of Naomi) died. The two sons grew up and married local Moabite women, Ruth and Orpah.

 

SLIDE 4) Sadly, tragedy struck again. Ten years after the two sons had settled in Moab Mahlon and Kilion  both died. It left three widows, Naomi and her two young Moabite daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Orpah.

 

SLIDE 5)  When Naomi heard that the Lord had provided food for the people back in Bethlehem, she decided to return. The three widows packed up their belongings.

 

SLIDE 6) Naomi then told her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back to your own mothers’ homes. May the Lord show you the same kindness you have shown to your dead husbands and to me. May God help you find new husbands.

 

SLIDE 7) Naomi kissed them both goodbye and they wept aloud. ‘We will go back with you to your people,’ they replied. ‘No, you must return home,’ Naomi insisted. ‘You can marry again.’

 

SLIDE8) Orpah and Ruth wept again. Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye and returned home to her mother’s house. Ruth however clung hold of Naomi and would not let go.

 

Slide9 ) “Orpah has returned to her people and their gods,  said Naomi. Go back with her.”

 

SLIDE10)  “Don’t urge me to leave you,” Ruth replied. “Where you go, I will go, where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die.”

 

SLIDE 11) When Naomi realised that Ruth was determined to stay with her, they both set off on the road to Bethlehem.

 

SLIDE 12) They arrived back in Bethlehem just as the barley harvest was beginning. Their arrival caused quite a stir. Naomi’s grief and suffering had changed her appearance so much that many did not recognise her. ‘Can this be Naomi?’ people asked. 

 

 

SLIDE 13) ‘Don’t call me Naomi,’ she insisted. ‘Call me Mara (which means bitter) because God has made my life bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. The Lord has brought misfortune on me.’

 

Memory verse.

Ruth chapter 1 verse 16

Ruth said “ Every place you go, I will go, every place you live, I will live. Your people are my people, Your God is my God.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEANING

What a story!  Firstly, we have two types of people – Naomi’s people were Jews and worshipped the true and living God, whilst the Moabite  people like Ruth, worshipped their own idols .

After Naomi’s husband and two sons died, Naomi felt she had been made to feel sad by God. She felt perhaps that God had let her down.  Who would look after her now? She was an old lady and couldn’t work to buy food.  What was to become of her and her daughter-in-laws?

Naomi told both of her daughter-in-laws to go back home where they came from  because Naomi had nothing to give them, she couldn’t look after them,  so Orpah did in the hope that she would re-marry again.  But Ruth insisted that she stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi. 

She told her  “where you go, I go, your people are my people, and your God is my God”

 This meant that Ruth believed in the true and living God. It was His plan to show these ladies that He had concern even for something like this. These ladies were of no importance in the world, they were just ordinary people like you and me, but it was God who chose to put these ladies together and help each other. We must remember too that God said that there would always be a descendant of King David to rule over Israel and Ruth was one of those people.   Ruth turned away from idols. The relationship between Naomi and her grew very strong and the relationship between God and Ruth grew too over the course of time.

We know that God loves us today and has a plan for our lives.  We have no idea what it is, but we do know that God shows His love to everyone.  You don’t have to be important.  He works in our lives daily.

 

 


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