The book of Ruth is set at the time of a famine in the area around Bethlehem (Ruth 1:1). Elimelech and his family left Bethlehem in search of food and went to Moab, where they lived for at least 10 years (Ruth 1:4-5). Following the deaths of her husband and sons, Naomi returned home with her daughter-in-law Ruth (Ruth 1:22).
Read Ruth 1:16-2:9
- Why does Ruth take on the responsibility to provide for her mother-in-law?
- As a young foreign widow Ruth would be very vulnerable. Why do you think Ruth stayed in Boaz’s fields?
- What does Boaz learn about Ruth?
- How does he treat her?
Boaz was a man of God and followed the law of Moses in the way he managed his fields.
Read Leviticus 19:9-10 and Deuteronomy 24:19-20
- What are the laws?
- Why were these laws useful for someone like Ruth?
- What do these laws tell us about God’s desire that the poor have a secure food supply?
- Are there similar practices in your community or country today? How can these practices be encouraged?
Read Ruth 2:10-23
- Why does Boaz respond as he does?
- How does Boaz show his concern for Ruth and Naomi?
- Who does Naomi thank for the food and kindness?
Read 1 John 3:16-20
- How has Jesus shown his love for us?
- How should we love?
- List practical ways we can show love like Jesus to those around us.