All in the Family: Ruth


Reflection Questions

1. Ruth 1 introduces us to the family of Ruth and zeroes in on what happens to Naomi, Ruth’s mother in law. Describe the experiences Naomi has. What would that be like to lose so much?

2. Ruth 1 shows us the courage of Ruth to stay with her mother in law after all of this loss; chapters 2 and 3 show us what all Ruth does for the sake of Naomi. What would it be like to be Ruth in these situations? How would her status as a single, foreign woman affect her ability to provide for herself and Naomi?

3. Ruth 2 introduces us to Boaz; chapters 2 and 3 highlight his generosity towards Ruth, and chapter 4 brings the story full circle as Boaz marries Ruth. What stands out to you about his character? What are some of the things that impress you about Boaz?

4. Thinking about Naomi’s emptiness, Ruth’s courage, and Boaz’s generosity, which character do you most easily relate to? Which character are you most attracted to?

5. How could you apply the example of Ruth or Boaz in your life right now?

6. The geneaology at the end of Ruth points us forward towards a bigger promise. Jesus is a distant descendant of Ruth, Boaz, and Obed, and is ultimately alluded to as the object of our hope. How does the sermon’s description of Jesus, taking on emptiness like Naomi, bring you comfort right now?

7. What is your most significant takeaway from what this story shows us about the makeup of the family of Jesus?

Ruth 1:1-6; 1:19-22; 4:13-22

 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food.

19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;[a] call me Mara,[b] for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22 Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.


FOOTNOTES

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.