Author: Sarah Leung (leader)
Over the last 2 weeks, the junior boys and girls read deeply into chapters 3 and 4 of Ruth.
Ruth 3 (15/5/15)
Through this narrative, we continued to learn more about Ruth and Boaz’s admirable characters.
We saw that the kindness of Boaz and the loyalty of Ruth was consistent to what we previously learnt of their characters in chapters 1 and 2:
- Ruth was loyal and obedient to her mother in law Naomi (3: 5-6)
- Boaz demonstrated his kindness through his willingness to redeem Ruth (3:11-13) and generosity with providing Ruth and Naomi grain to eat (3:15-17)
We also challenged ourselves to think ” why are Ruth and Boaz any different to typically kind and loyal people?” In the passage we see that Boaz’s kind words and actions are motivated and dependent on the Lord (3:10, 13). Whereas, we flicked back to see Ruth’s radical loyalty where she left her home in Moab to follow her mother in law Naomi to live in Judah and live with God as her God (1:16) and take refuge under God’s wing (2:12).
To finish off the study, we reflected on some questions which helped us to apply what we learnt from the story of Ruth to our lives.
- What are some things that you do on a day-to-day basis? E.g. Extracurricular activities
- What are the motivations behind doing these activities?
- What are some of the sacrifices that can be made to follow Jesus?
Ruth 4 (22/5/15)
We finished off the series of Ruth with the final chapter 4!
In this chapter, the story concludes with Boaz finally redeeming Ruth the widow (YAY!) and continuing to provide and care for her, in contrast to the closest redeemer who is not willing to pay the price to redeem Ruth. They marry and bore a baby son called Obed.
We continued to explore more into the character of God where we learn of his continual provision for Naomi and Ruth.
” Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has no left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and nourisher of your old age, for you daughter in law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Ruth 4:14-15
The book ends with the genealogy of David and shows where Ruth and Boaz’s son Obed fits into the picture.
” And the women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.”. They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” Ruth 4:17
This genealogy foreshadows the coming of someone greater, who we know eventually leads to the birth of Jesus!
Some key points to keep in mind as we finish the book of Ruth:
- This story occurred during the time of the judges (Israelites were so sinful and rejected God several times by worshipping idols; God had to deliver them time and time again)
- Ruth was a Gentile (not Jew). Its amazing how this small story about an insignificant woman who is not originally part of Gods people, somehow gets brought into Gods plan of salvation for humanity (not only for Jews)
Series Main idea:
Through Ruth and Boaz’s humble story, admirable characters and relationship, God was able to demonstrate his provision and foreshadow His redeeming work (Jesus)