- This weekend we are continuing our series on Ruth entitled “Unexpected” with a look at Ruth, chapter two. Whether you are on your own or in a small group, take time to read it out loud.
- The story of Ruth continues here in chapter two with the introduction of a pivotal character, Naomi’s distant relative Boaz. How is Boaz described? How does Boaz compare with the men mentioned thus far in the story?
- There are five times in the book of Ruth that the phrase “Ruth the Moabite” is used. Chapter two in particular is book-ended with this phrase as seen in verses 2 and 21. This implies that Ruth’s ethnic identity is important to the events. How might Ruth’s ethnicity have been significant in the events in chapter two?
- Compare Boaz’s generosity with the requirements of Old Testament laws about gleaning fields, refer to Leviticus 9:19-20; 23:22; and Deuteronomy 24:19-22. What do you notice?
- How would you describe Ruth’s response to Boaz through the course of this chapter, particularly in verses 8-13?
- Observe Naomi’s response to Ruth in verses 18-23. What has changed with Naomi in comparison toRuth 1:20-21? [For background on the role of the ‘guardian-redeemer’ see Deuteronomy 25:5-10 and Leviticus 25.]
- Name one specific way that you can respond to God from the message and study this week. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.
Next week we will look at Ruth 3:1-18. Let God speak to you during this next week by reading these verses ahead of time.