Parkview CHURCH of CHRIST

Click Arrow To Start Audio

THE BOOK OF RUTH – LESSON ONE


I. RUTH LEAVES MOAB TO GLEAN THE FIELDS OF BOAZ IN BETHLEHEM (Chapters 1-2)


A. Sojourn of Elimelech’s family in Moab (1:1-5)

1. Sons marry women of Moab: Orpah and Ruth

2. Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion all die leaving Naomi, and her

daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth, husbandless


B. Naomi’s return with Ruth to Bethlehem (1:6-22)

1. Naomi encourages Orpah and Ruth to go to their respective mother’s

houses – and find husbands that Naomi can no longer provide.

2. Ruth is determined to return with Naomi – Orpah stays in Moab.

3. Naomi returns to Bethlehem bitter and empty

C. Ruth gleans fields for food in the fields of Boaz (2:1-23)

1. Ruth so happens to glean in field belonging to a family member of family of Elimelech – gleans morning to evening.

2. Boaz speaks with Ruth and shows protective kindness to her.

3. Naomi learns of field in which Ruth gleaned – she tells Ruth that  Boaz is near kinsman.  


QUESTIONS:


1. Why might there be a famine in Bethlehem in the time of the Judges?

     Why is this ironic?


2. Where did Elimelech elect to go?

 Was this a wise move for his family?


3. After 10 years, why does Naomi decide to move back to Bethlehem?


4. Orpah was determined from the very beginning to stay in Moab when Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem.  (T)  (F)


5. What wisdom does Naomi offer her husbandless daughter-in-laws?


6. What lack of “spirituality” is seen in Naomi?


7. What term does Naomi adopt for herself?

How does this term contrast with her name “Naomi”?


8. How does Naomi’s “condition” fit with the law of “gleaning”?


9. How does personal “dignity” fit in with the law of “gleaning” as evidenced in chapter 2?


10. What different expressions of “kindness” did Boaz show unto Ruth in chapter 2?


11. Why does Naomi say it is good for Ruth to stay with Boaz’s maidens and glean in his field ?



THE BOOK OF RUTH – LESSON TWO


I. THE NEAR KINSMAN PLAN AND ITS FRUITION WITH BOAZ MARRYING RUTH (Chapters 3-4)

A. Ruth’s appeal to Boaz (3:1-18)

a. Naomi encourages Ruth to prepare herself and go meet Boaz in the threshing floor – Ruth carries out the plan.

b. Naomi encouraged when Ruth returns showing and telling her what Boaz had done.

B. Boaz addresses near kinsman before the elders at the gate of Bethlehem (4:1-12)

1. Boaz states the case for Naomi and Ruth.

2. Nearest kinsman responds by refusing to marrying Ruth and raising children in name of deceased family member.

3. Boaz receives praise for his determination of perform the duty of the near kinsman.

C. Boaz marries Ruth who bears a male child (4:13-22)

1. Women bless Naomi

2. Naomi becomes nurse to child

3. Child names Obed – the grandfather of David.

4. Genealogy of David beginning with Perez.


QUESTIONS:


1. How was Naomi seeking “rest” for Ruth?


2. What was Boaz doing in the evening?


3. Should we believe that Ruth was acting improperly when she laid down where Boaz was?


4. What kindness did Ruth show Boaz according to him?


5. What had to be done according to law before Boaz could marry Ruth?


6. What basis for hope does Naomi have for Ruth when she tells Ruth to “Sit still…”?


7. What was the nearest kinsman willing to do?

 What was he unwilling to do?

 Why the difference?


8. What significance did the “shoe” play in connection with the law of the near kinsman?


9. Why are the three women Rachel, Leah and Tamar mentioned as being worthy for Ruth to be like?


10. What did the women wish the child of Boaz and Ruth to be for Naomi?

 How is this wish conveyed in their naming the child “obed”?


11. How high did the women regard Ruth?  


12. What place in the genealogy of David does Ruth have?


13. What can we see in the genealogy of David and ultimately Jesus that makes man take notice that God is behind it all?