Think about what Naomi asked Ruth to do in verses 1-4. What do the expressions “find a home for you” and “Is not Boaz…a kinsman of ours” suggest about the purpose Naomi had in mind for the marriage?What can we learn from Naomi? (2 Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 9:15, 25:1)
Consider what Ruth did in verses 5-9.In what ways was this not easy for her?Yet, why did she do it? What can we learn from her?
Read verses 10-15. What does this passage tell us about: 1) Boaz; 2) Ruth; and 3) their relationship before their marriage?
Upon hearing Ruth’s report, Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter…”Ruth’s waiting period was just one day, but for some it could be a lot longer.Why did Naomi ask Ruth to wait?What can we learn from Naomi? (Romans 8:24-26; Matthew 25:1-13)
Skim through Ruth 4:1-10 and compare Boaz with the kinsman redeemer who was first in line.Why did the former refuse to exercise his right to redeem?What does his response show about the sacrifice a redeemer makes?What did Jesus do to redeem men from the power of sin and Satan? (Micah 6:3-5; Luke 1:68; 1 Peter 1:17-19; 1 Corinthians 5:7)What can we learn from Boaz? (Philippians 2:7; 2 Timothy 4:6)
In verses 11-12 the elders blessed Ruth, Boaz, and the offspring of their union.What can we learn from them about the purpose of marriage?
Verses 13-22 describe the fruit of Ruth and Boaz’s marriage, that is, Obed.How is he related to: 1) David; and 2) the Savior of the world? (Matthew 1:1; 2:10)What can we learn from this?