Daily Bible Reading
- Day 1: Ruth 1:1-22
- Day 2: Ruth 2:1-13
- Day 3: Ruth 2:13-23
- Day 4: Ruth 3:1-18
- Day 5: Ruth 4:1-22
Group Bible Study
Week 25: Ruth 1:1-22 (Ruth’s Commitment to Naomi)
- Who was Naomi? Why did she go to the land of the Moab? What calamities did she experience in the land of Moab? Put yourself in her shoes—what do you think she must have been feeling and thinking?
- Have you ever lost a close member of your family? What things helped you deal with your great loss? How does our faith help us through times of grief?
- In what ways have you reached out to help others who have experienced the loss of a family member? How could our D-Group minister to someone in this situation? Can you think of a widow/widower we could ask to join our group?
- What did Naomi encourage her two widowed daughter-in-laws to do? What blessing did she speak over them?
- How did Orpah respond? How did Ruth respond? Ruth spoke a beautiful vow of commitment to Naomi. What specific areas of commitment did Ruth include in her vow? Do you think Ruth professed faith in God in her vow?
- Even in calamity and grief, Naomi’s faith in God appears to have a strong influence on Ruth. Why is our witness for Christ more powerful during times of trial than any other time?
- Naomi left Israel during a time of famine and she returned “at the beginning of barley harvest.” In the rest of Ruth, what significance does the season of “barley harvest” have in relation God’s providence over Naomi and Ruth?
- Read Matthew 1:5. Here we learn that Ruth, the wife of Boaz, became the great grandmother of King David and a part of the linage of Christ. What can we learn from this about the providence of God in our times of trial?
- Let’s pray today for perseverance and faith for someone we know who is going through a time of trial.