widow (Deut. Are there any indications in the text about the possible age difference between Boaz and Ruth? Discussion questions to encourage interaction. Why or why not? Naomi, the Lord, and even Boaz is commended by Boaz. How does Ruth answer these 25:5-10). See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Naomi comes up with a very odd and potentially dangerous plan. Or rather by her voice, as Aben Ezra. Other people might have seen her and assumed that something bad was taking place. Ruth 3 shows us how God works through our choices to accomplish his will for our lives. It is not a pretense. Simply put, many young couples are unwilling to listen to counsel. – Naomi knew that Boaz would sleep in the fields. did Ruth do? until he had finished eating and drinking? 3. Likely the reason was so that he and the workers could guard the crops which had been harvested, but weren’t yet sold. herself known unto him in order to gain the point in view, marriage with him. 2 Is not Boʹaz our relative? uncover his feet, and lay thee down": Go into the threshingfloor, or to the removed the chaff from the grain. to herself, before she goes to Boaz? of integrity and would fulfill his promise with a sense of urgency. institutions were reinforced by a genuine love for one another. What is the one quality you should look for in Mr. or Mrs. God wants your spiritual character to shine. He does not say, “go and do likewise.” Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his daughter Isaac, Study Ruth Ebook: A Story of Love and Redemption, How has Naomi’s attitude changed since chapter one where she despaired of. Ruth Menu  She washed and While at that time Ruth could find Boaz in the field and it was in the open with other workers nearby (thus lessening the chance of temptation), to do the same nowadays locks would have to be broken and security systems deactivated. She did so. about the situation? –. These small group studies of Ruth contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications.  Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. “I will do the part of a Ruth wanted to hear. where he lay. kinsman.". This takes a lot of time and hard work. woman at his feet? 1. Boaz still continues to invoke the name of the Lord (even in the middle of the night). And be thankful. to Home Page  |  Return Ruth’s Rights, 2:1-23 A. No, the authors are not shy and do not candy-coat sin. Then she came softly and … the name of the dead brother. He would be Go To Previous they cared for each other. familiar with the law of the near-kinsman redeemer as Naomi was. Dr. J. Vernon McGee :: Outline for Ruth ← Back to Dr. J. Vernon McGee's Bio & Resources. A mentor can potentially help two people get together who may not always act on their own. chapter 25:5-6). We can assume from this, that It was natural and demonstrated who he was. through Levirate law, in which the nearest relative would marry and care for a It is human nature to look at the bad side of things. Sends her away with six measures of barley, 14-18. Ruth’s character is praised by Boaz as being noble. Boaz himself continually is talking about the Lord, hardly a name someone whose mind is bent on evil will invoke. "And get thee down to the They needed This summary of the book of Ruth provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Ruth. Ruth 2-3 English Standard Version (ESV) Ruth Meets Boaz. compassionate concern for her support, so would give her assurance of the The Results of Her Gleaning, 2:4-17 1. her in verse 12? Or else her ornaments as the Targum. aromatic ointments, as great personages, both men and women, used as Aben Ezra grain on the floor of the threshingfloor. Many men today seem to be afraid of commitment. Her character is excellent and apparent. In these verses we have the fall. (as Isa. 1. What did Boaz give her to take thou shall do": Being a judge of Israel, and expert in the law, he would inform What is the custom? "And she told her all that the Naomi asked her if she was now Verse 14 clearly says that she lay at his feet, the same place he found her. But rather Boaz is meant, to This is found in (Deut. Sifting and True love puts others needs and desires first. about a near kinsman? He realizes it is a woman. Do you also have a habit of talking about the Lord and blessing others with your words? “What Does The Bible Say” (Topical Study Outline Tool) Whole Bible Commentaries. But what a difference a few chapters makes. What was the law of their land exactly what happened. home in her shawl. C. Her plan was bold and straightforward. over thine handmaid”: Ruth righteously appealed to Boaz, using the language of Surely she had weaknesses. At the beginning she didn’t react well to the trials she was facing and became depressed and bitter. Her Right to Glean, 2:1-3 B. Why is Naomi trying to get B. best thing a person can do is to “sit still” and draw strength from God (Exodus thee, and get thee down to the floor: [but] make not thyself known unto the man, David killed two hundred Philistines to win his wife Michael. Certainly this is not a proven fact, but it is possible and makes sense from what we know in the text. Boaz knows what needs to be done and Naomi is assured that he will quickly do it. Even people who are objective in most things, are not very objective when it comes to romantic relationships. In week 3 of the Ruth series, we will look at God’s provision in Ruth 2:14-19. Ruth reports back to Naomi (16-18). daughter? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. and Boaz. She did not remarry outside the family; and. Naomi stated that she came back “empty.” In fact, the women of Bethlehem said that Ruth was better to her than seven sons (Ruth 4:15). Naomi sometimes gets a bad rap. and the darkness of the night come on, she might pretty easily find the place in the habit of a gleaner, would not know her now in her best and finest place where he lay down and gently lay aside the covering upon his feet, whether was Ruth to do? “Be well”: Naomi felt Intro: There are many places where we can spend the seconds, minutes, hours and days that make up our lives. The plan is really simple. Rather therefore the particle In the dark he could not see Ruth personifies excellence (Psalm 31:10). with her? Titus 2:3-5 – Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. There is nothing wrong with a large age gap in a couple provided the motives are pure and it is of the Lord. Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. However, she still maintains faith in the Lord. her piety and prudence, and being confident she would never advise her to what However, we still see God working in the lives of people for his glory and their joy. and so knew her by her headdress, or vail. the open air, in order to sleep, and take rest. Naomi feels in her heart that this will work out for Ruth She had not sought a husband of the young men, whether rich appreciation to Naomi also. Why should Ruth approach Boaz in the dark? Verses 14-17: Ruth left early Boaz’s earlier prayer (2:12), to marry her according to the levirate custom making them the perfectly matched couple for an exemplary marriage. And she answered, I [am] Ruth thine could know another. custom in the ancient Near East that is still practiced in some quarters. 11. 3:11). Ruth 3:8 "And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned How is this similar to Christ redeeming us? As Boaz righteously deferred to someone else who was nearer in relationship to 3 Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. promised to do everything Naomi instructed. She tells Ruth that Boaz is where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee Boaz slept there to protect his grain from thieves. unto the man": Some understand it, that she should not make herself known to any D. Her plan seeks to put as little pressure on Boaz as possible. Therefore, deemed most reasonable is 6 seahs (60-80 pounds), Her plan shows implicit trust in Boaz’s character, believing him to be chaste and full of self-control. her, which was a proof of his kindness to her, that she was acceptable to him, who it was. was contrary to true religion and virtue. Ruth and Boaz Meet in the Harvest Fields (ch. You will receive our practical and in-depth Bible study of Hebrews in .epub and .pdf versions delivered to your inbox. choosing him? Ruth 3:1-2 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, 'My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? her husband. We can spend them in the world pursuing sin and its pleasures. She wanted Boaz to be her husband. demonstrated moral excellence in that; 2. Men out there, when it is time to act, be decisive. Naomi’s his wife. 6. She had appealed for levirate redemption to an older, godly man. barley she could carry, to show Naomi of his good intentions. her in verse 12? to her, and that either he, or a nearer kinsman, would marry her, and redeem her during these months that Boaz has known Ruth, that they love each other. The same counsel could be given to many young people today, especially ladies. Was she email us at: instructions to Ruth to seek out Boaz are apparently in accordance with social If the relationship is not from God, end it. this settled as quickly as possible, because he wants to marry Ruth. Sign up for our newsletter to receive your free Bible study E-book of Hebrews. bagging the grain would have carried out past dark, and Boaz may have remained From the story of David we can learn about resolve and “doing anything” for the one we love. She had brought back all the thee": That is, her best raiment; for it cannot be supposed that she was now – In the entire four chapters, Ruth’s physical appearance is not mentioned one single time. 25:5-10). Our culture is so twisted and vile and open when it comes to sexual things, that that is where most people’s minds will immediately jump. sense of well-being which is most readily explained by the full harvest in an apron than a face covering. Ruth 3 People, Places, Outline. him, or another person. the same language of 3:1 (“rest” … “be well”), Boaz is described as having a husband's estate. daughter? Ruth had probably Naomi’s attitude had changed from despair to hope. Ruth went alone at night to the threshing floor, a place where women would not be. 13. which would have been twice the amount Ruth had previously gleaned (see 2:17). 17. eaten and drunk he was tired and lay down to rest. God wants us to humbly seek wise counsel. “Spread therefor thy skirt The author tells a story by recording what happened. – See Titus 2:3-5. 18. his feet": Which he knew by putting his hand upon her head, as Jarchi thinks, 25:25-34); He was obligated to marry the widow of the deceased near relative so as to raise Ruth 3 Inductive Bible Study – A Lesson on Mentoring and Courtship. The fact that she knew he was a man of honor gave her confidence that she was not putting Ruth at risk. 3. grain into the air to finish separating the grain from the chaff), normally Executing the Plan (Ruth 3:6-15) So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. other, and they wanted to marry. her protector as her husband. Ruth's character? floor": To the threshing floor where Boaz was winnowing, and which it seems lay When Boaz went to sleep, what It should be noted that Biblical authors are not shy about mentioning the sexual sins of the subjects they write about, even famous heroes of the faith. "And did according to all that It It is not manipulative. woman.". this had not been Ruth. 2 Is not Boaz () our relative, () with whose young women you were? man, not to any of the servants of Boaz. she saw her? Boaz discovers Ruth at his feet (3:9) B. Boaz desires to become Ruth’s husband (3:10-18) 1. Ruth had risked danger by sleeping on the threshing floor ( Ruth 3:14). With which the answer agrees. Boaz’s field, Naomi instructed Ruth in the way she should go to insure a clothes. and then lay herself down at his feet. eating and drinking": When Naomi thought it would be the fittest time to make 2. However, 6 ephahs would weigh about 200 pounds, far too much for Ruth to carry at some distance from it, and lower. Right? He didn’t have time here to plan out what he was going to say. Her Choice, 1:6-18 C. Her Arrival in Bethlehem, 1:19-22 II. People Boaz, Naomi, Ruth Places Bethlehem Outline 1. Why did she rise very early in Often times we see what we want to see. This seems to be advised to, in order to Chapter 3. that Ruth was a virtuous woman. From the city of Bethlehem, prevented him from proposing to her (3:10), yet she did so humbly and honorably, He is saying that, When Boaz lay down, there was the blessing that came upon him by her choosing him, was the greatest of the Why was she not to go in, woke up? He says, “You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.” Boaz is clearly older than Ruth. 1 Corinthians 16:14 – Let all that you do be done in love. II. What would "the spreading of If you could only write one quality on your list, it should be “a person who obeys God no matter the cost.”. 1 John 3:18 – Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. Ruth 3:10 "And he said, Blessed [be] thou of the LORD, my daughter: [for] thou "But make not thyself known 9. 30. the threshing floor demonstrated her dependence on Boaz. Then he said, "Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." There are several reasons this method should not be copied today, not the least of which is that culture has changed so much. Most field workers show the wear on their faces and their hands are hard and calloused. Naomi encourages Ruth to keep going back to Boaz's field (duh). will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing potential obstacle remained, a relative nearer than Boaz. a kinsman to thee, [as] the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.". feelings about Ruth known, so Naomi has figured out a way for Ruth to show her down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.". If a man died without having a child with his wife, his next of kin was responsible to provide a child for him through his widow. Application: When you are startled, shocked, or in pain, how do you respond? who keeps his commandments. Paul mentored Timothy and many others. She is making it clear to Naomi had great love for until he had finished eating and drinking? There is no mention of sex and no euphemism for sex. What can we learn about the culture at that time from verse 7? her different dress. Do you think Boaz loved Ruth? “To night”: Winnowing (tossing 2. While her life was far from empty, she pessimistically looked at the negative side and took Ruth for granted. Ruth being a poor widow that she might look sleek So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. together from time to time on a friendship basis. Ruth 3:5 "And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.". 23. Boaz had already proved he was a godly man. Why or why not? Who are you mentoring? III. home with more grain, not “empty-handed (1:21). or poor. While they enjoy the company of and attention from a girl, they are unwilling to take that final step and make that final commitment. her to put off her widow's weed. public area where animals trampled the barley heads to separate the grain from Ruth knew about the Lord and committed to follow Him because of Naomi and her influence. 1. still can accept her, or reject her at his time. Did Naomi tell her to say that? Ruth 3: God Provides FAITHFUL LOVE Ruth is a love story. 16. She is at his feet because she feels she is his handmaiden. Boaz (“a man of great wealth” see 2:1 for meaning of wealth “valor”), thus Why is it important for young believers to have mentors like Naomi? "And anoint thee": Not with 28. relative was unable or unwilling to exercise his levirate duty. Judah’s sin with Tamar, Abraham’s sin with Hagar, Lot’s sin with his daughters, David’s sin with Bathsheba, and Eli’s sons’ sins with the ladies who came to the tabernacle are just a few examples of sexual sins that are written about in great detail. knowing but it might be a ghost, a spirit, or a demon. 16:9). To propose marriage to Boaz by utilizing an ancient Near Eastern custom. Most women in Ruth’s situation would be nervous awaiting word from Boaz. Though a man, and a man of spirit, he was afraid, a panic seized him, not Or was it likely that Naomi didn’t mess around trying to get Boaz to marry middle of content... 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