The Genealogy of David (Ruth 4:13 – 22)

Scripture Text:

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Ruth 4:13 – 22

Questions:

1. Of which ancestors are you very proud? Of whom were you embarrassed?

2. What would you like to be famous for?

3. How would Moabite history (see Genesis 19:30 – 38; Numbers 25:1 – 3; Deuteronomy 24:2 – 4) likely affect the Israelites’ view of Moabites? And hence, their view of Israelites, such as David, who are linked to Moabites? (verses 13 – 17; see 1 Samuel 22:3, 4)

4. Define “providence”. In this story, what evidence do you see for divine providence superseding:

(a) human ingenuity

(b) cultural prejudice

(c) marriage and property laws of the day

5. What was so special about Obed?

  • he kept a family name from being lost
  • he would become King David’s grandfather
  • he would become an ancestor of Jesus Christ
  • he brought life and joy to Naomi
  • he was a testimony of the Lord’s faithful provision

6. In the end, the whole community welcomes Ruth. What brought her from outsider to acceptance?

  • luck
  • having a cuddly baby
  • God’s providence
  • Boaz’s good standing
  • Ruth’s character
  • Ruth’s acceptance of them
  • Naomi’s clever maneuvering

7. Where have you seen the God of Ruth and Boaz act providentially and redemptively on your behalf?

8. Where have you seen the God of Israel and Moab concern Himself equally for any and all people who put their trust in Him?

9. Who is the “untouchable Moabite” in your life – the one whom you keep at arm’s length? How will you bridge the gap between you?

10. There are two books in the Bible bearing the title of women’s names. Both experienced successful, cross-cultural marriages. Is there a lesson to be told about this activity? If so, what?

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Boaz Marries Ruth (Ruth 4:1 – 12)

Scripture Text:

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Ruth 4:1 – 12

Questions:

1. Do you like going barefoot? When? Where?

2. When have you sealed a promise in an unusual way (like being “blood brothers”)?

3. What was Naomi after?

  • getting rid of Ruth
  • providing for Ruth’s welfare
  • providing for her own welfare
  • providing for the continuation of her family line

4. Ruth’s actions and words (verse 9) were apparently a request for marriage. How would you have felt if you were Boaz?

  • flattered
  • fortunate
  • excited
  • embarrassed
  • obligated

5. If a woman marries the kinsman, how much of her property goes to him? How much to her son? How might this account for the nameless redeemer’s reluctance to marry Ruth (verse 6)?

6. How large a social problem are “your poor, your hungry and your homeless”? How could the biblical principle of gleaning (salvaging or recycling) be applied to your situation?

7. When have you faced great physical need? How did God provide for you? How is your story like Naomi’s and Ruth’s story of how God cares?

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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor (Ruth 3)

Scripture Text:

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Ruth 3

Questions:

1. Did your parents ever encourage you to date, even marry someone? How did you feel about that?

2. How did you (or would you) “pop the question” (or receive it)?

3. If you were Ruth’s best friend, what would you have said to her?

  • “get a life”
  • “you continually amaze me”
  • “you’ve done enough for Naomi – do something for yourself”
  • “good things come to those who do what is right”
  • “there are plenty of younger, more attractive men around”
  • other: _____________________________________

4. Which factors could lead readers to believe sexual indiscretion took place?

  • Boaz’s “hung over” condition
  • The secluded “bed”
  • Naomi’s instructions
  • Uncovering Boaz
  • Moabite history (Numbers 25:1)
  • Today’s culture
  • Human nature

5. Which factors assure you that no sexual indiscretion took place?

  • Uncovering Boaz’s feet was not a sexually forward move, but a way to make sure he’d awake on a cold night
  • “Spreading the corner of one’s garment” signified a request for marriage and an offer to protect
  • Ruth’s indisputable moral integrity (verse 11)
  • the proper deference of Boaz to others in accord with the law of kinsman-redeemer (verse 13)

6. If this love story were remade for TV, what liberty with the script might the director take to appeal to viewers? How might that obscure the main point?

7. In your circle of friends, what “dos” and “don’ts” of sexual morality prevail? Which “rules” are the first to be bent or broken?

8. How would Ruth and Boaz fit into your social circle?

9. If you had been Ruth, which of these circumstances would have been most difficult for you?

  • experiencing my spouse’s death
  • leaving my home and moving to a foreign land
  • living with my mother-in-law
  • taking the initiative at the threshing floor like she did
  • getting romantically involved with someone older than myself

10. How have you been “well provided for” by other people? How can you express your thanks?

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