Small Group Bible Study - Participant Handout
Ruth demonstrates courage as she asks Boaz to redeem her.
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.
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?
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.
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: