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Questions to Consider
1. How do these three laws in play in the book of Ruth (gleaning, redemption of land, and levirate marriage) picture the kindness of God to His people?
2. How does the first Passover (described in Exodus 12) picture the redemption that Christ would offer us? How does what Boaz did for Ruth picture Jesus as our Kinsmen-Redeemer? What type of daily response should we have to Jesus in light of Him redeeming us from the captivity and consequence of our sin?
3. Interact with this quote from John MacArthur: “Our responsibility is not to moralize the unconverted, it’s to convert the immoral…We do not have a moral agenda. We have a redemptive agenda.”
4. How does Boaz become the answer to his own prayer for Ruth in 2:12? Why are we tempted to pray only, and not be willing to be God’s answer to our own prayers for others? How can you constantly be a vessel of God “spreading His wings” of kindness, refuge, and gospel to others?
Action Steps for This Week
1. Read the book of Ruth. Share the story with someone, using it as a bridge to share the gospel of Jesus.
2. Read through as many Scriptures about the redemption that Christ gives us. Let Ephesians 1:3-10, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Colossians 1:13-14, Mark 10:45, Romans 3:23-24, Galatians 3:10-14 get you started. Memorize one of the Scriptures you read.
3. Through prayer, identify who God may be leading you to be the vessel for Him to “spread His wings” of refuge and kindness to, and how He is leading you to do so. Go do it.