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in Ruth

Ruth 2 - 10th December 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ruth 2.
  2. What characters are mentioned?
    1. How is Boaz described?
    2. What do we learn about Boaz and his servants from their greeting in verse 4?
  3. What do verses 5-7 tell us about Ruth?
  4. What does Boaz do for Ruth? What does that tell you about his character?
  5. How is God described in this chapter?
    1. How is that different from the previous chapter?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. "Gleaning", or picking up leftover grain, is discussed in the law of Moses. Read Leviticus 19:9-10, Leviticus 23:22, and Deuteronomy 24:19.
    1. Who was allowed to do this?
    2. How does this fit with what Ruth did at Naomi's instruction?
  2. What do you think it means that Ruth took refuge under the wings of the Lord? (verse 12)
    1. A "wing" is the same as the corner of a garment.
    2. Read Ezekiel 16:8. How does this compare to Ruth making the LORD her God?
  3. Why is it important that Boaz is "of the clan of Elimelech"?
  4. Why do you think Ruth is repeatedly warned to "keep close to [Boaz's] young women"? (think about the end of the book of Judges)
  5. How do you see God's providence at work in the story of Ruth so far?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In what ways should the character and actions of Ruth be an example for us today?
  2. In what ways does the character and actions of Boaz show us the character and actions of Jesus Christ our Redeemer?
    1. How do we experience "gleaning" and having a meal through the kindness of Jesus?
  3. What is something you can do this week in response to Ruth 2?
Some questions are adapted from Christopher Ash, Teaching Ruth and Esther: From Text to Message
in Ruth

Ruth 1 - 3rd December 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ruth 1
  2. When do the events of Ruth take place? (HERE is a short introduction to the book to help think about the timeline)
  3. What characters are mentioned?
    1. How are they described?
  4. What locations are mentioned?
    1. Where are Elimelech and Naomi sojourning?
    2. Where have they come from?
  5. What hardships has Naomi endured?
  6. Why does Naomi return to Bethlehem? (verse 6)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How does Naomi describe God?
    1. What does this reveal about what she believes about God?
    2. Is she right to feel that God is against her?
  2. Why does Naomi urge her daughters-in-law to return to their mothers' houses?
    1. Why would it be difficult for Ruth or Orpa to stay with Naomi and go to Israel?
  3. Were you surprised that Ruth "clung" to Naomi? Why/Why not?
    1. What do you think motivated Ruth to stay with Naomi?
    2. What does this say about Ruth's faith?
  4. How do you see God's providence at work in the story of Ruth so far?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should suffering affect someone's attitude towards God?
  2. Have you ever felt like Naomi did? (Bitter? Empty? Afflicted?)
    1. How did you respond?
    2. How did you see God work in your situation?
  3. What can you learn from Ruth's faith?
    1. How does your own testimony relate to what Ruth says in verses 16 and 17?
    2. What's something in your life that you need to leave behind in order to follow God?

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