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Thursday, August 7, 2014

O is for Orpah (Women of the Bible)

Blogging Through the Alphabet

O is for Orpah.

Scripture Reference:

Ruth 1

Meaning of Name:

A fawn or young doe; or double-minded.

Family Connections:

Widow of Chilion, the son of Naomi and Elimelech; the daughter-in-law of Naomi and Elimelech; and the sister-in-law of Ruth.

Interesting Facts about Orpah:

  • Orpah had been exposed to the truth of God because of her marriage to Naomi and Elimelech's son.
  • At first, Orpah leaves with Naomi and Ruth, but realizing she will have to leave behind her old life she turns around and heads back to her life in Moab.
  • When faced with the opportunity to return to Naomi's homeland where she would be able to serve the One True God, she refuses - embracing instead Moloch, the heathen god of Moab, as the object of her worship.
  • Orpah chose the comfort of her familiar home of Moab rather than an uncertain future in a place she was not familiar with.
  • Orpah went back to her own people and to her own gods. 

What We Can Learn from Orpah:

  • There is only One True God.
  • We can have a godly influence in the lives of our family members who have yet to make their personal decision for Jesus Christ.
  • We are all faced with the choice to leave our old life for a new life with Jesus at the head.
  • We can trust the distant, unknown places of our lives to a faithful God Who holds it all in His mighty hands.

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  1. I wonder if Orpah ever came to regret her decision. Thank you for the reminder and the warning.