This Week's Readings:
STUDY RUTH WITH YOUR KIDS!
MEMORY VERSE: Ruth 1:16-17 “Where you go, I go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus, may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”
RUTH: Week 2
July 15th, 2018
STUDY RUTH WITH YOUR KIDS!
MEMORY VERSE: Ruth 2:12 “The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”
READ: Ruth 1-4
REFLECT: As you reflect on the book of Ruth, is God’s presence obvious or subtle? Is there any doubt in your mind that Naomi’s and Ruth’s story is God’s story? Reflect on your own life- where do you see God’s hand?
PRACTICE: Use the memorization tips from the week 1 reading plan (found below) to help you as you work to memorize Ruth 2:12. Praise God that He is your refuge!
TAKE IT FURTHER!
LEARN: “How to Study the Bible”- Found on Right Now Media, this is a series of short videos from The Bible Project that will enhance your understanding of Scripture. (If you do not yet have a RNM account, contact !)
REFLECT: God’s presence may not be obvious in this chapter, but what are some of the “coincidences” that reveal His hand working in the lives of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz?
“Providence is the intersection of God’s sovereignty and God’s goodness. Providence is God’s work in the seemingly coincidental events in our lives.”
PRACTICE: Reflect on your day, week, month, year. If we’re not careful, we can live as if we don’t need Him or don’t see Him. Spend time in prayer today committing yourself to His hands. Continue to memorize Ruth 2:12.
REFLECT: How does Boaz go beyond the instructions of God’s law in Leviticus to provide for Ruth and Naomi? What does the example of Boaz teach us about God’s provision?
PRACTICE: Thank God for His provision in your life. How do you reflect God’s goodness in the way you provide for family, friends, others? Is there a step you can take toward greater generosity? Don’t forget to practice Ruth 2:12!
REFLECT: “Finding favor” is a key element of Ruth 2 and of the Old Testament. Moses found favor in God’s eyes and what was the result (Exodus 33)? Ruth found favor in Boaz’s eyes and how did he act toward her and Naomi? Just as the “stiff-necked” Israelites and the foreign Moabitess could not earn favor, it was freely given. How has God shown us favor?
PRACTICE: Sometimes it is hard for us to fully understand God’s favor toward us. Listen to “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong as you pray a prayer of praise for who God is and thanksgiving for what He has done. And continue practicing Ruth 2:12!
REFLECT: In Genesis 22:14 Abraham calls God by the name “The Lord Will Provide” (Yahweh Yireh/ Jehovah Jireh). How did God specifically provide for Abraham? How does this story point to Jesus? Reflecting on all you have learned this week, how have you grown in your understanding of Scripture and of God?
PRACTICE: Share Ruth 2:12 with someone you love and share something you have learned this week about what it means that He is your refuge and provider.
Last Week's Readings:
REFLECT: What are your first impressions of the characters and the story being told? What surprises you? Confuses you? Write down any questions you have as you begin this month of study of the book of Ruth. Ask God to give you wisdom and understanding as you read His Word.
PRACTICE: Write Ruth 1:16-17 on a notecard and say the verses aloud several times to start memorizing them. Think about the meaning and weight of Ruth’s words as you learn them.
TAKE IT FURTHER!
WATCH: “How to Read Ruth” from the Gospel Project on Right Now Media. (If you don’t yet have a RNM account, email )
REFLECT: Who are the characters of this story? What action do they take? Where is the setting of chapter 1? Describe the circumstances and conflict.
PRACTICE: Break Ruth 1:16-17 into smaller phrases and practice memorizing each phrase aloud. If Ruth were your friend, what would she learn from you about “your God”?
READ: Ruth 1:1-22
REFLECT: The book is titled “Ruth” but it is really Naomi’s story. Why does she change her name (verses 19-22)? Who does Naomi blame for her losses?
PRACTICE: Try a Scripture memory app (RememberMe, for example) to help you learn Ruth 1:16-17. Ask God to give you joy in as you follow Him and learn His Word.
REFLECT: The theme of “returning” is prominent in this first chapter of Ruth. List every mention of return or a similar idea in this chapter. How does that theme shape the introduction to this story? Considering man’s fall in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, the circumstances of life in the time of Ruth and Naomi and the words of the prophets Hosea and Zechariah, why is “return” important for our lives as Christians?
PRACTICE: Say Ruth 1:16-17 out loud a few times. Thank God for the gift of His Word!
READ: Deuteronomy 28-30
REFLECT: The book of Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges, when the Israelites have turned from God. These chapters in Deuteronomy, written by Moses before the Israelites settled the Promised Land, give greater context to Ruth chapter 1. Where do you see the theme of “return” in Deuteronomy? The book of Ruth is an exciting story of God’s faithfulness and redemption. Stay tuned for more!
PRACTICE: Share Ruth 1:16-17 with someone you love and tell them something you have learned from Ruth chapter 1.
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