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in Ruth

Ruth 4 - 24th December 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ruth 4.
  2. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  3. Who gathers at the "gate" of Bethlehem?
  4.  How does Boaz describe the role of the elders and people gathered? (v. 9-11)
  5. What is the initial response of the unnamed redeemer? (v. 4)
    1. Why does he change his mind? (v. 6)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you think is significant about meeting at the city gate?
    1. Read Genesis 23:10-18 and Deuteronomy 25:7
    2. What do these passages tell us about the kinds of things that happen at city gates?
  2. What is so significant about what Boaz does?
    1. How does the unnamed Redeemers reluctance help us to understand the cost to Boaz?
    2. How does the generosity of Boaz here point us to Jesus' costly generosity towards sinners?
  3. In verse 14, the women remark that the Lord has not left Naomi.
    1. How have things changed since Naomi entered Bethlehem at the end of chapter 1?
    2. Why do you think the author of this book includes all these things about Naomi?
    3. What does this teach us about God and how He works in the world?
  4. If you have time, look back at Genesis 38.
    1. How does Ruth 4 connect with Genesis 38?
    2. Compare and contrast the book of Ruth with the story of Judah and Tamar. 
    3. How do you see God's faithfulness in the book of Ruth to "perpetuate the name" of Judah, despite Judah's immorality?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What's one significant thing that you've learned or applied through studying the book of Ruth?
  2. Think again about Jesus' costly generosity towards sinners like us.
    1. We cannot repay Him for this, so how can we respond?
  3. How does the kindness of Boaz and the love of Ruth spur you on to show God's love and kindness to others?
    1. What are one or two practical ways that you can show loving-kindness to someone this week?
    2. How should this love and kindness shape our church?
Some questions are adapted from Christopher Ash, Teaching Ruth and Esther: From Text to Message
in Ruth

Ruth 3 - 17th December 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ruth 3.
  2. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  3. Are there any words you don't know? Some words like "winnowing" and "threshing floor" may be worth looking up.
  4. What is the goal of Naomi's plan in verse 1?
  5. In what ways does the author of Ruth draw attention to the privacy of Ruth's meeting with Boaz?
  6. What does Boaz give Ruth to bring to Naomi? (v. 15-17)
    1. What has changed for Naomi since we last heard the word "empty" in 1:21?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Think back to what we learned about coming under the "wings" in chapter 2. 
    1. How do Deuteronomy 22:12 and Ezekiel 5:3 help to explain the word translated "wing" or "corner"?
    2. What will it mean for Boaz to spread the corner of his garment over Ruth (verse 9)?
  2. What do you think it means for Boaz to be a "redeemer"?
  3. In verse 10, Boaz blesses Ruth for her kindness.
    1. What was the first act of kindness he is referring to?
    2. Why are Ruth's actions here such a great kindness towards Boaz?
  4. What do you think are all the reasons that Ruth is called a "worthy woman" in verse 11?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Rather than passively waiting for something to happen, Ruth and Naomi act deliberately in this chapter.
    1. How is our faith like this? (deliberate rather than passive)
    2. Do Ruth's actions mean that she doesn't trust God to act?
  2. Ruth is unprotected and vulnerable at the feet of Boaz. She depends entirely on his character as the guardian-redeemer.
    1. What does it mean for us to submit ourselves entirely to the mercy of Jesus our redeemer?
    2. Where else are we tempted to find our security?
  3. At the end of the chapter, Ruth receives a promise from Boaz, but the matter is still not finished.
    1. How is this similar to us as we wait for Christ's return?
    2. What is one practical way that your confidence in Christ's return can change how you live this week?
Some questions are adapted from Christopher Ash, Teaching Ruth and Esther: From Text to Message

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