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(3) The Triumph of Love, vs. 16-18. Ruth pleads with Naomi to be taken to the land of Israel, v. 16; 2 Kings 2 :6; Luke 24: 28-29. She pledges her loyalty and love to Na­ omi, v. 16; 2 Sam. 15:21. She chooses the people of Naomi, v. 16; Isa. 14:1. She chooses the God of Naomi, v. 16; Dan. 2:47. She declares that only death shall part her from Naomi, v. 17; Acts 20:24. Naomi yields to the entreaty of Ruth and takes her with her, v. 18; Eph. 6:10. Practical Points 1. A famine is a test to many a family; 2. Faith failed when famine appeared. 3. Moab was a “promising” land, but not the “promised” land. 4 The backsliding family tasted the bit­ terness of death. 5. The’ heart that knows the homeland hears the call “come home.” 6. The temptation to tarry in the forbidden land is the test of character. 7. The argument which serves to separate . one person from the Lord will serve 'to strengthen the loyalty of another. 8. Renunciation and surrender of self are the stepping stones to a splendid life. 9. Devotion to Christ should be the delight of the Christian. 10. Let us listen to this language of love and say to our Lord, “Whither thou goest, I will go.”

(1) Tidings front the Home Land, Ch. 1:6-7. A famine had driven Naomi and her hus­ band and sons from the land of Israel, v. 1. In Moab her sons had married Orpah and Ruth, Moabitesses, v. 4. Death had taken away her husband and sons, vs. 3-5. Naomi hears good news from the home land, v. 6. God had visited the land, v. 6; Exod. 3: 16; 4:31. God had blessed the land with bread, v. 6 ; Prov. 30:8; Isa. 55:10. Naomi and her daughters begin a pil­ grimage to the home land, v. 7 ; Exod. 18:27. (2) Test of Affection, 8:15. Naomi urges her daughters to return to their own homes, v. 8; Joshua 24:15; Luke 14:25, 26. She invoked the blessing of the Lord upon them, v. 8; 2 Tim. 1:16-18. She kissed them good-bye and wept with them, v. 9 ; Acts 20:37. The sisters insisted upon going with her, v. 10; Zech. 8:23. Naomi urges them to return to their own land, v. 11, 12, 13. Naomi confessed that the hand of the Lord is against her, v. 13; Judges 2:5. Orpah yields and kisses Naomi good-bye, v. 14; Matt. 10:37. Naomi urges Ruth to return with her sis­ ter to their heathen gods, v. 15; Joshua 24: 15; Sam. 15:19-20.

FEBRUARY 14, 1915. S amuel C alled to be a P ro ph et . LESSON VII 1 Sam. 5:1-13. 19, 20. (Commit ch. 3:8. 9.) G olden T e x t : . “Speak, Jehovah; for thy servant heareth.” —-1 Sam. 3:9. DAILY BIBLE READINGS Monday, February 8—1 Samuel 1:24-28 ; 3:1-10. (The Lesson).

Tuesday, February 9.—1 Samuel 3:11-21. (The Lesson), Wednesday. February 10.—2 Timothy 3:10-17. A godly child. Thursday, February 11.—Provefbs 8 :6-17. A promise to youth. Friday, February 12.—Isaiah 6:1-8. The call of Isaiah. Saturday, February 13.^-Mark 1:14-20. A call answered. Sunday, February 14.—Ezekiel 2:1-8. A faithful prophet

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