Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Ruth: Week 4
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:
Ruth is a beautiful story that puts God’s sovereignty on display. In the final chapter, we see this fully demonstrated in the restoration of Naomi’s lineage through the son born to her by Ruth and Boaz. In chapter 4, verse 17, we learn that not only was Naomi given a son, but that the genealogy would extend to King David, the most prominent figure in Israel’s history. Eventually this genealogy climaxed in our savior, Jesus as evidenced in Mary’s magnificent-one of four song’s denoting God’s theme of promise and fulfillment in Jesus found in the Gospel of Luke.
- Where have you seen God sovereignly work in your life as He did in the story of Ruth?
- How can you fall back on God’s sovereignty and be encouraged in your life when things don’t seem to be working as planned?
- As God’s beautiful orchestration of the preservation of His promises seen in Ruth moves us into the season of Advent, what are some ways you can help your family appreciate our Savior better this season?
- The book of Ruth elevates the purpose of the heart over your social standing. Although Ruth was a Moabite, God’s plan was to place her in the the lineage of David. What is Ruth’s moral quality that was pleasing to God? Why does God cherish this quality more than Ruth’s identity as a Gentile? How does the choosing of Ruth in David’s lineage affect his worthiness as King
- How does God’s use of Ruth in his lineage foreshadow the Gospel being spread to everyone?