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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
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