Small Group Bible Study - Leader Guide
Ruth demonstrates courage as she asks Boaz to redeem her.
The book of Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges in Israel, Boaz and Ruth are the great grandparents of King David, Israel’s shepherd king and patriarchs in the lineage of the promised Messiah.
Read the entire chapter. What stands out? Comments? Questions?
Is there anyone at family gatherings that you don’t look forward to seeing? What it is about this person that creates tension or conflict? None of our families are perfect; far from it, in fact. Yet, God instructs us not to “turn away from own flesh and blood”.
What does this mean?
When God discusses the true meaning of fasting in Isaiah 58, He reveals one of His purposes for placing us all in families: we are to provide for each other.
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:7)
Naomi knew this and turned to her relatives in her time of need.
1. Today, it is common to see people in need, even though they have family that could support them. Why is this?
2. Christians are required to care for more than just their flesh and blood. Name some scriptures that support this.
7 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ (Matthew 25:44-45)
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)
7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.
8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!
9 “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
Ruth had the courage to approach her redeemer in her time of need.
Boaz was willing to redeem her, but she may have gone unprovided for had she not asked.
3. How does this portion of scripture mirror our need for redemption?
4. What does scripture say about asking God for our needs?
5. Given God’s willingness to hear our requests, why are we, a times, so hesitant to approach Him for help?
Jesus makes it clear that He is our willing redeemer, but He cannot save us if we are unwilling to be saved or too proud to ask for the redemption He is so eager to provide for us.
11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:11-12)
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Our pride and our sinful nature’s desire to be self sufficient often prevents us from approaching God with our needs.
10 The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.
11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.
12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I.
13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.
15 He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he went back to town.
16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”
Being a man or woman of noble character pays dividends in God’s economy. It is not the easy road and may often feel lonely, but God rewards integrity.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)
6. Share an example of a time when the LORD rewarded you for your “noble character”
In response to today’s lesson, we can: