August 9: Unrivaled Compassion (Ruth 2:1-23)
This Sunday Scott Forney will continue teaching a series on church history in the youth room at 9:00am, focusing on the roots of the Reformation and how theology develops over time. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
[We will study all of chapter 2, though only vv. 19-22 are provided here]
Now Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The LORD be with you!” And they answered, “The LORD bless you.” Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”
Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” (ESV)
In Ruth chapter 2, the beautiful and redemptive story continues with God acting with great kindness toward Ruth and Naomi through the ministry of Boaz. Boaz enters the story as a relative of Naomi, a worthy man and land owner through whom God will provide bread for Ruth and Naomi. In this chapter, God is revealing his great compassion through the ministry of this man who will continue to occupy a central role in the story of God's redeeming love. As you read the chapter, consider the faith of Ruth in seeking favor from God for sustenance and consider the mercy of Boaz in exerting care for the widow, hungry and poor as they both display God's care for his people.
Review and Apply
1. How does Ruth demonstrate faith in the first three verses?
2. How does Boaz acts with kindness toward Ruth?
3. What three great acts of kindness have affected you deeply in the last year?
4. What causes a church to be marked by kindness and another not?
5. How was Ruth's reputation developed and appreciated? What is your reputation among others?
6. How is God revealed in the passage as guiding through ordinary events?
7. What does it mean that Boaz is a "redeemer"?
8. How does Boaz reflect his ultimate descendent Jesus?