The journey through the book of 1 Samuel has come to a close and now the journey will go into the book of Ruth. The author of Ruth records a story of the common people of Israel caring for each other while the leader-aristocrats of the land are involved in wars, intrigue, and rivalries.
This book of the bible is a love story. A Gentile woman marries a Hebrew husband and their son became the grandfather of David. So their son becomes one of the ancestors of Christ. Before we begin the journey, here is a video that gives an overview of book of Ruth.
The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable as I share about God’s Word. As I share about my study of the book of Ruth over the next few weeks, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make each day amazing!
Questions for Reflection
Ruth 1 – What is the historical setting? What is Naomi’s argument to her daughters-in-law? What is Naomi’s view of God and his dealing with people? How is God related to the affairs of your life? When have you felt full? Empty? Why?
Ruth 2 – What is the immediate need of Naomi and Ruth? How can they meet this need (see Lev. 19:9-10 and Deut. 24:19-21)? What kind of person is Boaz? Who has shown you special kindness? In what ways does Naomi share Boaz’s kindness to Ruth? How do you respond when you suddenly become aware of God’s caring for you?
Ruth 3 – What does Naomi now do for Ruth? How does Boaz respond to her identity? How do you respond to people who come to you with emotional and social needs? What is Ruth’s reputation (See 2:6, 11-12)?
Ruth 4 – What legal procedure does Boaz now follow? How do the people and elders relate God to the affairs of the marriage? How has God been active in your life so that what is ordinary becomes extraordinary? What is the importance of the genealogy at the end of the book?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey.
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