Small Group Bible Study - Participant Handout
Boaz blesses Ruth and takes care of her as she looks to God to provide her needs.
Elimelek (RUth 1::2) was Naomi’s husband.
Boaz means “swiftness” “strength is within him”
Ruth demonstrated an intimate knowledge of Levitical Laws
1. Does the principle of the gleanings apply to us today?
If so, how?
2. How does this Levitical law reflect the character of God?
Boaz demonstrates kindness. He addresses her as daughter. He would have been aware that she was a relative.
Boaz acknowledges God in word (his greeting) and deed (his kindness)
3. Can you think of a biblical example of someone who displayed faith without works?
4. What are some examples of “works” in our lives that will provide evidence of the genuineness of our faith?
Moses is speaking of God’s care for the Israelites:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)
5. What does it mean to dwell under the shelter of the LORD’s wings?
Boaz demonstrated not only generosity in his treatment of Ruth but also a willingness to go “above and beyond” what God required of him in this situation.
This foreshadows the New Covenant and Christ’s reinterpretation of Mosaic Law: the spirit, rather than the letter of the law.
6. Share a biblical example of someone who went above and beyond what the Lord required?
7. What is an example of operating by the spirit, rather than the letter of the law?
The Hebrew word for kinsman-redeemer (ga’el) is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty.
The role that Boaz assumes as ga’el, kinsman redeemer, is a picture of who God is. In the Old Testament He is the redeemer of the nation of Israel, and Christ, in the New Testament is the redeemer of all who would cry out to Him.
8. As you picture God as your kinsman-redeemer, how does this change or deepen your view of the LORD?
In response to today’s lesson, we can: