The story of Ruth begins under the shadow of famine, which pressed this family to seek bread outside of the Promised Land. This famine was only the beginning of their sorrows, but God had not abandoned them.
Prior to beginning His public ministry, there were two spiritual appointments for the Lord Jesus to keep. First, the baptism by John. Second, the temptations by the Devil. Completing these Jesus of Nazareth emerged.
The wickedness of a single tribe had caused severe damage to the entire nation of tribes. Judgment was clouded and corrective actions were violent and lopsided. Rash vows, violent solutions and great folly ruled.
After the heading of v1, Mark immediately introduces the man whom the prophets told of hundreds of years earlier: John the baptizer. He was the chosen voice of God to announce the arrival of the Word of God.
In response to the grotesque method used in the call to action against a perverted army of human monsters, all Israel, except one town, rallied together to execute justice in a bloody war to win a hard victory.