The text for this lesson is Book of Ruth
- Through the lineage of a common woman, Ruth, God ultimately brought forth His Son, who is the Savior of all: Jews and Gentiles, men and women.
- Law: My sins, the sins of others, and the fallen creation cause me to lose hope; I come to think that even God is against me.
- Gospel: Though I feel overwhelmed, God causes all things to work together for good for the sake of His Son, Jesus, who has already borne my greatest burden, sin, on the cross, forgiving me and enabling me to see His steadfast love.
- Think of a time when you were surprised by the lengths to which someone would go out of love. What made his or her love extraordinary?
- Read Ruth 1. What has happened to Naomi that she decides to call herself by a new name (verse 20)? Whom does she blame for her circumstances (verse 21)? How does that make you feel?
- Skim Ruth 2:1–3:13. Why does Boaz show favor to Ruth? What do Ruth and Naomi want Boaz to do? Why does Naomi tell Ruth to approach him in this way?
- Read Ruth 4:1–12. Boaz seeks out the nearest kinsman-redeemer. How does Boaz dissuade his relative from redeeming the land of Naomi?
- Read Ruth 4:13–22. How does the Lord provide for Naomi even more than she could have hoped for?
- Ruth was an ordinary woman, but through her the Lord provided much more for us than we deserve. What was that?
- What ordinary means does God use to accomplish extraordinary purposes in our lives?