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Series Theme: Why Read the Bible: Ruth



Why read Ruth:
Ruth is a story of family distress and redemption. The main players are Naomi who becomes a widow, Ruth who also becomes a widow, and Boaz who becomes a Kinsman-Redeemer. It is the only place we see this aspect of the Law being worked out. The story is simple and straight forward and can be easily read in one sitting in under a half an hour. It comes from a culture that is very different from our own in the West today, but has a simplicity and caring about it that perhaps should speak volumes into our own needy day. It is an historical account with profound significance.



Ruth 1: Naomi Loses Her Family but gains Ruth

v.1-5 Naomi's family are lost

v.6-13 Naomi sends her daughters-in-law home

v.14-18 Ruth commits herself to Naomi

v.19-22 Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem

Ruth 2: Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field

v.1-3 Ruth ‘chances' to work in the field of Boaz

v.4-9 Boaz welcomes here in his field

v.10-17 Boaz cares for her

v.18-23 Ruth reports back to Naomi

FRAMEWORKS: Ruth 3: Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

v.1-5 Naomi Instructs Ruth on Potential Courtship Rites

v.6,7 Ruth obeys Naomi

v.8-13 Boaz understands, accepts & instructs Ruth

v.14-18 Ruth Reports back to Naomi


FRAMEWORKS: Ruth 4: Boaz Marries Ruth

v.1-12 Boaz Negotiates for Ruth

v.13-17 Naomi Gains a Son

v.18-22 The Genealogy of David