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
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?
Why was this important?
How well did the Israelites remember and follow this command?
How did God handle this?
How did God respond to Israel's cries?
Did the judges have a lasting effect on Israel's faithfulness?
Other than following other gods, did the people of Israel at least live good and moral lives?
Elimelech's Family From Bethlehem (Ruth 1:1-5)
What do we learn about Elimelech and his family?
What happened to this family in Moab?
Besides the command not to intermarry, what other problem did Moabites in the family present?
Going Home (Ruth 1:5-13)
Did Naomi stay in Moab the rest of her life?
What did Naomi remember along the road?
How did Naomi use logic to send these daughters-in-law of ten years back home?
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?
How did Ruth respond to Naomi's urging that has become a famous phrase of devotion?
How did Naomi respond to Ruth's stubbornness?
How happy was Naomi to see her friends after so many years?
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?
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?
Was it entirely by chance that Ruth happened upon Boaz's field?
What did Boaz do when he learned that Ruth was gleaning in his field?
Did Boaz normally do this for strangers coming into his fields?
How else did Boaz go out of his way to help this poor Ruth?
A Fruitful First Day (Ruth 2:17-23)
What did Naomi think of what Ruth was able to bring home that first evening?
Did Naomi know who Boaz was?
Did Boaz's kindness to Ruth go beyond the first day?
Naomi's Concern (Ruth 3:1-6)
What was Naomi's concern as harvest and their source of food were ending?
What idea did Naomi come up with to solve this problem?
What did Ruth think about such a strange suggestion?
Boaz's Surprise (Ruth 3:7-18)
How did Ruth explain her actions when Boaz woke up and found her there?
How did Boaz respond to this request by the young Ruth?
How else did Boaz show concern for Ruth that night?
What did Naomi think of what Boaz had done and promised?
The Kinsman-Redeemer (Ruth 4:1-5)
What was the first thing Boaz did that morning?
Why else was it important for Boaz to be at the town gate?
What did Boaz present to the kinsman-redeemer and how did he reply?
What Jewish law was Boaz referring to?
What treasure came with the land that Boaz tried to present as a liability?
What parable of Jesus might Boaz's action remind you of?
Always a Catch (Ruth 4:6-12)
How did the kinsman-redeemer respond to this catch?
How long did Boaz wait before laying claim to this land and Ruth?
How did the elders and witnesses accept Boaz's claim?
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?
Though interesting, what made Ruth's story important enough to become part of the Scripture?
What other important Bible character descended from Ruth?
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?
Who is our kinsman-redeemer?
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