What does it say?
- Read Ruth 4.
- What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
- Who gathers at the "gate" of Bethlehem?
- How does Boaz describe the role of the elders and people gathered? (v. 9-11)
- What is the initial response of the unnamed redeemer? (v. 4)
- Why does he change his mind? (v. 6)
What does it mean?
- What do you think is significant about meeting at the city gate?
- What is so significant about what Boaz does?
- How does the unnamed Redeemers reluctance help us to understand the cost to Boaz?
- How does the generosity of Boaz here point us to Jesus' costly generosity towards sinners?
- In verse 14, the women remark that the Lord has not left Naomi.
- How have things changed since Naomi entered Bethlehem at the end of chapter 1?
- Why do you think the author of this book includes all these things about Naomi?
- What does this teach us about God and how He works in the world?
- If you have time, look back at Genesis 38.
- How does Ruth 4 connect with Genesis 38?
- Compare and contrast the book of Ruth with the story of Judah and Tamar.
- How do you see God's faithfulness in the book of Ruth to "perpetuate the name" of Judah, despite Judah's immorality?
How should it change us?
- What's one significant thing that you've learned or applied through studying the book of Ruth?
- Think again about Jesus' costly generosity towards sinners like us.
- We cannot repay Him for this, so how can we respond?
- How does the kindness of Boaz and the love of Ruth spur you on to show God's love and kindness to others?
- What are one or two practical ways that you can show loving-kindness to someone this week?
- How should this love and kindness shape our church?