NKJ Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon; 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David. (Rut 4:13 NKJ)
- The conjunction (“so” AV) connects this passage the blessing in 11-12, what does this tell us?
- The focal point of vss 14-17 is obviously Naomi. When contrasted with chapter 1, what is the main thrust in the passage?
- Verse 17 connects Obed to the lineage in 18-22, what is the relevance of this?
- Boaz and Ruth’s son is a direct answer to Boaz’s previous prayer. Prayer is intricately involved in God’s fulfilling of His plan. How does this encourage us to remain faithful in prayer?
- We see that redemption of Naomi resulted in in legacy, restoration of life/vitality, and care. How does our redemption in Christ result in these things in our lives?
- How does Ruth’s unwavering, faithful love for God challenge you?
- Christ’s redemption brings fulfillment by restoring purpose. Why do we sometimes fail to realize the benefits or our redemption?
- The book of Ruth demonstrates how one family, completely dedicated to the Lord, can positively impact God’s chosen people, Israel. Our Christian culture often asks what the church can do for our families instead of what our families can do for the church. How should the example in Ruth change our perspective?