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Memory Verse #4

"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." - Philemon 1:6

Memory Verse #3

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2

Memory Verse #2

"There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman." - Proverbs 30:18-19

Book of Ruth: Chapter 3

Summary:

This chapter starts out with Naomi wanting to find a permanent home for Ruth. She tells Ruth to get dressed up, go to the threshing floor in Boaz's house, and hide until he has finished his meal. Then, she tells Ruth to wait until Boaz has lied down, go uncover Boaz's feet, and lay by them. Ruth did exactly as Naomi told her to do. Boaz lied down, went to sleep, and awoke around midnight, surprised, to find a women lying at his feet. He asked the women who she was and Ruth told him who she was. "Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer." (v. 9) Boaz blessed Ruth for her loyalty to him and told her that he would tell the whole town about what a virtuous woman she was. But Boaz then told Ruth of another man who was more closely related to Ruth than he was.@ Boaz tells Ruth that he is going to talk to the other man and if he wants to redeem them and marry her, then there is nothing he can do. But if he does not want to, Boaz said he would redeem her himself. Boaz then tells Ruth that no one can know that she was there and he gave her some barley so she would not go back to her mother-in-law empty handed. When the sun was just rising, Ruth left and headed back home. Ruth told Naomi of everything that happened.

Notes:

@: The family redeemer had an obligation to “redeem” (buy back) land that had been sold. Naomi and Elimelech had no doubt sold their land when they had moved to Moab, so now the family property was in other hands, and Naomi didn’t have the means to buy it back herself. She needed someone else to buy it back, so that it would remain in the clan. The relative that is the closest in relation has 'first dibs' and then it goes down the line. The person who buys the land also gets to have children to carry out the family name. In this case, the person who buys the land, marries Ruth. We will learn more about this in Chapter 4.

Questions:

I have decided to not post any questions of my own here. You all can ask your own questions, or post some observations you made that you would like to discuss.

Memory Verse #1

"It is the Lord who goes before you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." - Deuteronomy 31:8

Book of Ruth: Chapter 2

Summary

In this chapter, we find out that there is a wealthy man in the town of Bethlehem named Boaz. Boaz is related to Elimelech, who is Naomi's husband. One day, Ruth decides that she wants to go out in the fields behind the harvesters and pick up any grain that they have left behind so that Naomi and her will have something to eat. Ruth ends up gathering grain in Boaz's field. Boaz doesnt recognize one of the young women working in his field and asks his foreman who she is. The foreman tells Boaz that she is the woman who came with Naomi back from Moab and that she has been hard at work the whole day collecting grain. Boaz then approaches Ruth and tells her that he doesnt want her collecting grain in any other field and that she can stay behind the other women harvesters and collect grain in his field. He has also warned all the men in the field to be kind to her and she can have all the water from the well that she wants. Ruth was very happy with this good news but she was confused as to why he was doing this for her. Boaz explained that it was because of how well she treated Naomi and because of everything she has done for Naomi. "May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. (v. 12)" Boaz then invited Ruth to dinner and she ate all the grain, bread, and sour wine she wanted and even had some left over. After dinner, Ruth went back to work collecting grain and Boaz told his young men to let her gather grain right next to the bundles without stopping her and he told them to intentionally drop pieces of grain along the way for her so she could gather more. After gathering grain the whole day, Ruth has enough to fill an entire basket. She then brings the grain she has collected, and the grain leftover from her dinner, back to Naomi. Naomi asks where all the grain came from and Ruth tells her about Boaz and about his offer to stay in his field. Naomi tells Ruth to listen to Boaz because he will keep her safe in his field. Ruth continued to work in Boaz's field through the barley harvest and through the wheat harvest in the early summer.

Questions:

If a stranger came into your place of business and started working, would you treat them the same as Boaz did?

After dinner, what did Boaz tell the young men to do for Ruth? Why do you think he did that?

Do you see God’s actively at work in the story or do you see the events that occur as merely coincidences? If you think God is actively working, how would you describe the nature of his involvement?

Do you see a change in Naomi from Chapter 1 to the end of Chapter 2? What is it?

Book of Ruth: Chapter 1

Summary

In this chapter, Elimelech, who is Naomi's husband, left Judah with his wife and two sons to move to Moab. After their move, Elimelech dies and the two sons marry Moabite women. One of the women's name was Orpah and the other was named Ruth. About ten years later, the two sons then die and Naomi is left alone. Naomi hears that the Lord has blessed the crops in Judah and she decides to return there with Ruth and Orpah. But on the way, Naomi second guesses taking them with her and she tells them to return home and that she hopes that they can find new husbands. Both Orpah and Ruth still wanted to go on with their mother-in-law. Naomi doesnt understand why they do because there is no way that she can give them a husband. Although Orpah was very sad, she decides to go back to Moab and leave Naomi. Ruth, on the other hand, begs to stay with Naomi. "Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!" (v. 16-17) Naomi lets Ruth stay with her and they continue to Bethlehem (which is in Judah) where Naomi was greeted warmly by the entire town. Naomi (which means 'pleasant') tells the towns people to call her Mara instead (which means 'bitter') because of all the tragedy she has had to deal with in her family. All that Naomi has now is her daughter-in-law Ruth and they have arrived in Bethlehem right as the barley harvest was beginning.

Questions:

If you were put in the same position as Ruth and Orpah and had to choose whether or not to move to a new town with your mother-in-law, would you be like Ruth and stay or like Orpah and leave? Why?

Naomi said that God was against her. Was she right to think and feel this way? Why or why not?

How should suffering affect a person’s attitude toward God?

Have you ever felt empty and afflicted by God as Naomi did? How did you respond? What did God do in your situation?

Bible Study 1: The Book of Ruth

Hey! So I decided to start this lovely study off with one of my absolute most favorite books of the Bible, the book of Ruth! Not many people think about this book too often but it actually has a lot of great things happening within it! It shows us what a good relationship is, and what it means to be Godly men and women! Ruth is such a great lady and you can definitely tell that throughout the book and Boaz is someone who we should model the men in our lives after! My next post will be walking you through the events in chapter one and I will also have some questions for you to think about! The post after that will be for chapter two and so on! This post is just to notify all of you what the study will be about so you can dive right in and get started! All of the studies I post on here will be in this format and if you have any questions feel free to send me a message!

Also, make sure you actually read the chapter before you read the summary or the questions!! You may get more out of it if you do some note taking as well! Feel free to leave comments, or questions of your own!

Along with the study, I will try to post a weekly memory verse that goes along with the study that is currently active at the time I decide to post the memory verse. You can comment on what the verse means to you and discuss it with others.