Ruth Bible Study
I have SO enjoyed this Ruth Bible study and I cannot wait to share with you what the Lord has been sharing with me in Chapter 2.
Chapter one began with the tragedy that had fallen on Naomi’s house, displayed the fierce loyalty of her daughter-in-law Ruth and ended with hope as Ruth and Naomi arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
So grab some tea, your Bible and a cuddly blanket and lets dive right in to week 2 of our Ruth Bible Study!
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Ruth Bible Study - Chapter 2
Highlights of Chapter 2
- Naomi had a relative of her husband’s – Boaz.
- Ruth suggests that she go and glean in the fields.
- Boaz enquires after Ruth and discovers what she has done for Naomi.
- Boaz and Ruth meet.
- Ruth finds favour with Boaz and he provides her with protection and food whilst she gleans in his field.
- Ruth is overwhelmed by his generosity and kindness and asks why he has shown her favour.
- Boaz recognizes her loyalty and faithfulness to Naomi.
- Boaz invites her to eat with his workers and warns them to let her glean amongst them without reproach, (shame or embarrassment) and to leave extra barley for her to glean.
- Ruth works in the field until evening and returns with about 8 pounds (3.5kgs) of grain and food for Naomi.
- Naomi asks who’s field she gathered grain from that day and Ruth tells her “Boaz”.
- With joy Naomi blesses Boaz and shares with Ruth that he is the family’s redeemer.
- Ruth continues to live with Naomi and remains loyal to her.
In verse 1 we are introduced to Boaz. – a man of great wealth of the clan of Elimelech.
I thought it worthy to mention two things at this point:
- Naomi and Elimelech had made a choice during the famine to take matters into their own hands. God had told His people where they should live and they had left Bethlehem out of fear, stepped out of the will and covering of God, and lost everything.
- In spite of the famine the people of Bethlehem survived and even came out of their “famine” season stronger.
Sometimes we take matters into our own hands because we are unwilling to go through the tough circumstances we find ourselves facing. We do not trust God to redeem the situation.
But God asks that we lean into him during tough times and in turn He promises to be:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” Psalm 46:1-2
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22
“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass,” Isaiah 51:12
And to guide us.
God remains faithful, even when we are not.
“if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Tim 2:13
Ruth Sets Out in Faith
Ruth shows great initiative and courage (as a foreigner) in verse 2 as she sets out to find a field to glean in to support herself and Naomi.
Verse 3 says that she happened to come upon Boaz’s part of the field.
GOD shows his guiding hand here in leading her to the right field.
Often we only see Gods providence in our lives when we look back in retrospect.
If Ruth had stayed at home waiting for GOD to save them, she most likely would have missed out on the blessings the Lord had for them.
Often God requires us to step out of our comfort zones in faith to pursue His will for us.
God drew Ruth to Boaz’s field because He had a plan and a purpose for her life.
God has a plan and purpose for your life too!
Boaz discovers Ruth and His Character is revealed.
Ladies, if you are single or dating these few verses are for you!
There are some KEY character traits that you see in Boaz that are the same key traits Christ-following women should be looking for in a partner.
Lets dive right in!
- Boaz greets his workers with a blessing. “ The Lord be with you
Firstly, Boaz was a godly man who was concerned about the well-being of his workers.
When we look for a partner we need to make sure that his number one priority is the LORD.
- His workers respond with, “The Lord bless you.”
You can tell a lot about a person in leadership by the way they treat the people in their care. And in turn, how their people respond.
Boaz enquires about Ruth and discovers who she is and what she has done for Naomi. He learns from his supervisor that she is a hard worker.
We never know who might be watching. We are ambassadors of Gods Kingdom and should be mindful of how we walk.
BOAZ SHOWS KINDNESS TO RUTH
Boaz invites Ruth to glean amongst his women so that she would be protected, find companionship, and have access to refreshment.
Boaz extends this kindness expecting nothing in return only requesting that she works solely in his field – He will protect and provide for her.
God has made the same promise to us. As long as we look to Him he will be our provider and protector.
Overwhelmed by the generosity of Boaz, Ruth falls to her face. As a foreigner, a Moabite, she knows that this level of grace is undeserved.
There have been so many times in my life where I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity, favour and grace of the Lord.
We are undeserving of God’s kindness towards us and yet He so freely blesses us.
Boaz invites Ruth to eat with him. She eats until she is satisfied and has some food left over.
Jesus tells us in John 6:35
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
And in matthew 5:6 Jesus says,
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
When we place our faith in Jesus he promises that he will satisfy our hunger, not for food and drink, but for spiritual food that will completely transform our lives.
Boaz takes his generosity and grace to new levels when he tells his workers to purposely leave extra grain as they gather.
Likewise, Gods generosity and grace far exceed what we deserve.
Not only does God offer us redemption through salvation, but he calls us sons (and daughters) through adoption into His family.
John 1:12-13 says:
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
At the end of the day Ruth collects an epaph of Barley – about 8 pounds (3.5 kgs). This was remarkable as this amount of barley would be enough to feed Ruth and Naomi for more than a week.
Her determination, hard work and faithfulness paid off.
1 Samuel 26:23 says,
“The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.”
God rewards our faithfulness.
A kinsmen redeemer was a male relative who had the responsibility or duty to step in and redeem a relative who was in danger, trouble or needed vindication. This included marrying a widow who had no children in order to continue her husbands name.
Jesus is our kinsmen redeemer.
Before the fall we were created in the image of God, our Father. But when sin entered the word we were separated from God and so in need of a savior.
Only Jesus can fill the gap.
He is our relative:
Hebrews 2:11 says,
“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”
Hebrews 2:17 says , “Therefore, He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Jesus came to earth as a man; blameless he carried our sin on the cross so that we could be restored to the Father as His Children.
In exchange for our sin, Jesus gives us hope, love, and eternal life.
This gift of salvation is for everyone. It cannot be earned.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says,
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Have you accepted the free gift of salvation that Christ offers you?
Romans 10:9 says,
“confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, [and] you will be saved”
If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savious wont you pray with me now?
” God, know that I am a sinner and that salvation is a gift only given by you. I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that you died for my sins and that you rose from the dead. Today I choose to place my trust and my faith in Jesus, your son, and ask that you come into my heart and my life. Help me to live a life that glorifies you. Amen. “
If you prayed the above prayer today, won’t you send me a message and share what God has done in your life?
Thank you for joining us this week for part 2 of our Ruth Bible Study.
I cannot wait to explore the next 2 chapters with you!
How has the second chapter of Ruth spoken to you?
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