Bible Stories for Adults

God Blesses Ruth


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    Bible Words to Remember:
      I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Opening Prayer

The Time of the Judges (Judges 2:10-23)
    What law did Moses give to the Israelites about the people who lived in the Promised Land?
      Deuteronomy 7:2-3
    Why was this important?
      Deuteronomy 7:4
    How well did the Israelites remember and follow this command?
      Judges 3:5-6

    How did God handle this?
      Judges 2:14-15
    How did God respond to Israel's cries?
      Judges 2:16
    Did the judges have a lasting effect on Israel's faithfulness?
      Judges 2:19

    Other than following other gods, did the people of Israel at least live good and moral lives?
      Judges 21:25

Elimelech's Family From Bethlehem (Ruth 1:1-5)
    What do we learn about Elimelech and his family?
      Ruth 1:1-2
    What happened to this family in Moab?
      Ruth 1:3-5
    Besides the command not to intermarry, what other problem did Moabites in the family present?
      Deuteronomy 23:3

Going Home (Ruth 1:5-13)
    Did Naomi stay in Moab the rest of her life?
      Ruth 1:6-7
    What did Naomi remember along the road?
      Ruth 1:8-9
    How did Naomi use logic to send these daughters-in-law of ten years back home?
      Ruth 1:10-13
    What was this levirate marriage that Naomi was referring to?
      Deuteronomy 25:5-6 (5-10)

Where You Go I Will Go (Ruth 1:14-22)
    How well did this sensible logic work in getting these women to leave their mother-in-law?
      Ruth 1:14-15
    How did Ruth respond to Naomi's urging that has become a famous phrase of devotion?
      Ruth 1:16-17

    How did Naomi respond to Ruth's stubbornness?
      Ruth 1:18-19
    How happy was Naomi to see her friends after so many years?
      Ruth 1:20-21

What About Food? (Ruth 2:1-3)
    How would two poor widows find food in Bethlehem?
      Ruth 1:22, 2:2
    How would she be able to find a field where the owner would let her glean?
      Leviticus 23:22

Harvest Steps
    Harvesting grain in ancient Canaan took place in April and May (barley first, wheat a few weeks later)
    1. Men cut ripened standing grain with hand sickles or pulled out of ground
    2. Women bound the grain into sheaves
    3. Gleaning - Stalks left behind were gathered
    4. Sheaves were transported to the threshing floor - usually by donkey, sometimes by cart
    5. Threshing - The grain was loosened from the straw by treading of cattle,
      by toothed threshing sledges or by the wheels of carts
    6. Winnowing - Grain tossed in air so afternoon wind would blow away straw and chaff
    7. Sifting - Grain was sifted to remove any leftover chaff, dirt, etc.
    8. Grain was bagged for transportation and storage

A Friendly Relative (Ruth 2:3-16)
    Whose field did Ruth happen to glean in?
      Ruth 2:3
    Was it entirely by chance that Ruth happened upon Boaz's field?
      Proverbs 20:24

    What did Boaz do when he learned that Ruth was gleaning in his field?
      Ruth 2:4-9
    Did Boaz normally do this for strangers coming into his fields?
      Ruth 2:10-13
    How else did Boaz go out of his way to help this poor Ruth?
      Ruth 2:14-16

A Fruitful First Day (Ruth 2:17-23)
    What did Naomi think of what Ruth was able to bring home that first evening?
      Ruth 2:17-19a
    Did Naomi know who Boaz was?
      Ruth 2:19b-20
    Did Boaz's kindness to Ruth go beyond the first day?
      Ruth 2:21-23

Naomi's Concern (Ruth 3:1-6)
    What was Naomi's concern as harvest and their source of food were ending?
      Ruth 3:1
    What idea did Naomi come up with to solve this problem?
      Ruth 3:2-4
    What did Ruth think about such a strange suggestion?
      Ruth 3:5-6

Boaz's Surprise (Ruth 3:7-18)
    How did Ruth explain her actions when Boaz woke up and found her there?
      Ruth 3:7-9
    How did Boaz respond to this request by the young Ruth?
      Ruth 3:10-13
    How else did Boaz show concern for Ruth that night?
      Ruth 3:14-15
    What did Naomi think of what Boaz had done and promised?
      Ruth 3:16-18

The Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 4:1-5)
    What was the first thing Boaz did that morning?
      Ruth 4:1
    Why else was it important for Boaz to be at the town gate?
      Deuteronomy 25:7-10

    What did Boaz present to the kinsman-redeemer and how did he reply?
      Ruth 4:2-4
    What Jewish law was Boaz referring to?
      Leviticus 25:25
    What treasure came with the land that Boaz tried to present as a liability?
      Ruth 4:5
    What parable of Jesus might Boaz's action remind you of?
      Matthew 13:44

Always a Catch (Ruth 4:6-12)
    How did the kinsman-redeemer respond to this catch?
      Ruth 4:6-8
    How long did Boaz wait before laying claim to this land and Ruth?
      Ruth 4:9-10
    How did the elders and witnesses accept Boaz's claim?
      Ruth 4:11-12

Naomi and the World are Blessed (Ruth 4:13-22)
    Besides being paid for the land, how else was Naomi blessed through Ruth's marriage to Boaz?
      Ruth 4:13-16

    Though interesting, what made Ruth's story important enough to become part of the Scripture?
      Ruth 4:17
    What other important Bible character descended from Ruth?
      Matthew 1:1

Jesus' Ancestry (Matthew 1:11-17)
    How could God allow a non-Jew to taint Jesus' ancestry? Were there any others?
      Matthew 1:5 (Joshua 6)
    Were there any other scandalous women in Jesus' ancestry?
      Matthew 1:3 (Genesis 38)
    Are any other women mentioned in Jesus' family tree?
      Matthew 1:6 (2 Samuel 11)

    What does this tainted ancestry remind us?
      Galatians 3:26-29
    Who is our kinsman-redeemer?
      Galatians 4:4-7

Closing Prayer

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