Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Ruth: Week 2
The amazing story of God’s faithfulness to Israel is told in the book of Ruth via the lives of three ordinary people: Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. These three people find themselves at times in both economic hardship and prosperity, and through it all we see the hand of God at work. God’s faithfulness to them creates a new family out of nothing and their faithfulness to God brings blessing and hope for the future.
Questions for this week:
- Boaz was dedicated to Ruth for a long time before she was officially redeemed; it wasn’t an overnight process. In your life, who have you been called to intentionally invite and live amongst while they explore a relationship with Christ? What does it look like to be dedicated to someone long-term as they’re actively being redeemed?
- In the book of Ruth, Ruth and Boaz both represent characterization of God’s “hesed” to a bitter, defeated Naomi. Ruth forsakes everything she knows to accompany her mother-in-law into uncharted land while Boaz embodies the kinsmen redeemer who fulfills his responsibility to rejuvenate and restore Naomi’s broken identity lost in the death of her husband and two sons. What are some ways you can better appropriate God’s loving and restorative “hesed” in your family this week? Are there any people you associate with in the workplace who need to be reminded of this “hesed”? What are some tangible examples of how you can apply this in workforce relationships this week?
- Is there a promise or commitment that you have made to God, or to another member of the community, that it has been difficult to maintain due to changing life circumstances? Have you been faithful and held to your word, as Ruth had been to Naomi, or did you have to back out? What would it look like to remain faithful to your word, even when life makes it difficult to?