Isa. 56:10-11: “10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 ...greedy dogs which can never have enough ...shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain ....”
Nearly all of today’s inept clergy will insist that Ruth was a racial Moabite, and that the Almighty made an exception in her case. Geographic History will prove otherwise!To understand that Ruth was an Israelite instead of a Moabite, we must know some of the history which led up to Ruth’s time.
Amorites absorb Moabites:The most important thing we must understand is the fact that the Amorites had conquered and absorbed the Moabites. The Moabites descended from Lot’s incest with one of his two daughters, named Moab. By the time of the incident at Baalpeor, the Moabites were no longer a racially pure people. We can be quite sure of this as Paul called Israel’s sexual encounter with the Moabite women ‘fornication’ i.e., race-mixing (1 Cor. 10:8). What we can be certain of is, shortly before the Israelites arrived in the Transjordan, Sihon, a king of the Amorites, had defeated the previous king of Moab (Num. 21:26) and absorbed much of the Moabite territory as far south as the Arnon(The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. K-Q, p. 414). For verification of this fact, Num. 21:26 reads:
“For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amor- ites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon.”
What the serious Bible scholar must understand is that during the Joshua period, the Israelites destroyed the Amorites, who had absorbed the Moabites, killing and/or displacing both of them. Upon driving the Amorites (+ absorbed Moabites) out of the promised land, it is recorded at Joshua 18:7 that half of the tribe of Manasseh, along with the tribes of Gad and Reuben, moved into the former land of Moab east of the Jordan. It was later, during the Judges period, that an Israelite lady from the conquered land of Moab by the name of Ruth journeyed with her mother-in-law Naomi from the land of Moab back to Bethlehem. Yes, Ruth was an Israelite, and surely NOT a Moabite!