Small Group Bible Study - Leader Guide
Boaz chooses to be obedient to the LORD by redeeming Ruth and Naomi and is blessed by God because of it.
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?
Why is it so hard to obey? Our struggle almost never centers on knowing the right thing to do, but rather on simply doing it. Have you ever felt that the LORD was asking you to obey Him in a certain area? What was he asking you to do? Did you hesitate? Did you obey? Obedience is rarely easy, but it crucial if we desire to live under God’s blessing.
The guardian-redeemer who acted selfishly and forfeited his responsibility is left unnamed and therefore is recorded in history as being insignificant.
For Boaz, on the other hand, simple obedience brings blessing and honor.
1. Redeeming Ruth (and Naomi) may not have been an easy decision for Boaz. It placed additional responsibility and financial risk on His shoulders. Yet biblically, he knew it was the right thing to do and God blessed him in his obedience. Share an experience of a difficult obedience that brought blessing in your life.
There is power in the spoken word.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)
2. The elders in his community spoke a blessing over Boaz when he announced that he would redeem Ruth and Naomi. Name other biblical characters who received blessings.
3. Words are powerful. What spoken blessings have you received and how have they affected your life?
Isaac, Jacob, Esau and many others.
This could include kind or affirming words from family or friends.
Naomi's friends and family were quick to praise God for His faithfulness.
4. Thanking God for what He has done keeps us focused on His greatness and allows Him to impart to us His peace. What are you thankful for today?
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
God sovereignly orchestrates the events of our lives.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
5. Upon the death of her husband and sons, Naomi could have turned her back on the LORD, but she chose to trust in spite of her circumstances. In the depths of the valley, for those trust in Christ, there is always hope ahead. Name another biblical character who God rescued from a hopeless situation.
6. How have you seen the sovereignty of God at work in your life?
Moses, Joseph, David, Peter and many others.
In response to today’s lesson, we can: