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Ruth - Day 3

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The Blessedness of Believing
Rahab - Week 1
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Ruth - Week 2
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Widow of Zarephath; Widow with Oil; Shunammite Woman - Week 3
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Mary the Mother of Jesus - Week 4
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Anna; Syrophoenician Woman; Mary and Martha - Week 5
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Mary Magdalene; Samaritan Woman - Week 6
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Tabitha (Dorcas); Lois and Eunice - Week 7
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)

  • Widow of Zarephath - Week 7
  • Day 5 (Friday)
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    DAY THREE

    Ruth and Naomi had returned to Bethlehem, and the town was stirred up by their arrival. The sorrow of Naomi's family was felt throughout the town. Word got around that Naomi had brought along a daughter-in-law, by the name of Ruth, who was a foreigner. However, it must have been evident that she was a loving and caring woman, devoted to her mother-in-law.


    1. From Ruth 2:1, what do we learn about Naomi's relative?

    2. Who was Boaz? (Look up Ruth 4:21-22 and Matt 1:5)

    3. Read Ruth 2:2-7. What do we learn about God's divine guidance in directing Ruth to this particular field to glean grain?

    4. Note Boaz's greeting to his servants in verses 2-3. What does this convey about his faith and his example in managing his business?

    5. Describe the scene when Boaz and Ruth first met.
      Verse 8:
      Verse 9:

      In this type of work where the women came after the reapers to harvest grain, it wasn't uncommon for bandits or even reapers to turn on the women and harm them. In Boaz's field, he was actively involved in the harvest and concerned about his helpers. He extended protection to Ruth, which was a gesture of extreme kindness.

    6. Why was Ruth humbled? (v.10) (Remember where she came from.)

    7. Describe the honor Boaz ascribed to Ruth. How do you suppose he knew all this? (v.11)

    8. What blessing did Boaz give Ruth in verse 12?

    9. How did Ruth respond to the kindness of Boaz? (v.13)

    We see from Ruth 2:14-16 that Boaz was attracted to this Moabite woman. He recognized that she was a young woman (2:6), and he was moved by her boldness in leaving her home to take care of and provide for his close relative, Naomi. He must have admired her surrender of Moabite status to become a foreigner in his land. He acknowledged her faith when he asked the LORD to reward her and to protect her under His (God's) wings where she had sought refuge.

    Boaz told Ruth to drink from the servants' water, a gesture of kindness. Then he invited her to share a meal (and he served her). (v.14) Next Boaz instructed the servants to allow her to glean even among the sheaves (another act of kindness) and for them to not insult her. I wonder what his servants were thinking at that point. Remember, Ruth was a foreigner. The Jews may have been put off by her. Finally, Boaz told them to leave some grain (the best of the crop) for her and not to speak down to her for taking this harvest. Certainly God was providing for Ruth and Naomi through the kindness of Boaz, their kinsman.


    LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

    1. The LORD provides for His people; His storehouse is filled with bounty. How is God providing for your needs today?

    2. God rewards those who are willing to surrender all and follow Him. What do you need to surrender today in order to receive God's bounty of goodness, love, and grace?

     

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