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Questions to Consider
1. How is Boaz’s integrity in handling this situation with the nearer kinsmen a good example of being driven by obedience and not fear or desire? When are you tempted to compromise your integrity and disobey God because of fear or desire? What can help you obey during those times? What does obedience during these times say about our trust of God’s goodness?
2. How does Ruth 4:18-21 and Matthew 1:1-16 reveal how God used Ruth and Boaz in His plan for His glory? What are specific examples from the book of Ruth that show how God worked to make sure this genealogy/His plan was carried out? How do you see Him working in seemingly painful times and small ways to accomplish His plan in the book of Ruth? How should that encourage us in our lives?
3. How is the idea of the Kinsman-Redeemer an example of the gospel of Jesus? In light of Scripture’s description of the church as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5, Revelation 19), how is Jesus the perfect Husband to us? Why should that lead us to be completely satisfied and joyful in Him? How does our complete satisfaction and joy in Jesus glorify Him?
4. If joy is not complete until it is shared, and if our joy is in Jesus, then what should we be naturally doing?
Action Steps for This Week
1. Share Ruth’s story with someone, using it to share the gospel of Jesus.
2. Identify one area of your life where you are tempted to disobey out of fear or desire. Memorize a Scripture that will help you obey during that time.
3. Identify how you’ve seen God work for His glory in various times (painful and celebratory) in your life. Thank Him for that.
4. Make a Scriptural list of how Jesus is all you need. Meditate on that.