Naomi’s Family is Redeemed
Ruth 4:1-22, Key Verse: 4:14
“The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!’”
1. Read verses 1-4. Why did Boaz convene a meeting of the town elders and the guardian-redeemer? What did he say to the guardian-redeemer? Why do you think he mentioned the piece of land first? What was the relative’s reply?
2. Read verses 5-8. What additional obligation did Boaz mention to the guardian-redeemer? (Dt 25:5-10) What did he say in response? Why did he refuse to redeem the property? How might the act of redemption endanger his own estate?
3. Read verses 9-12. What did Boaz announce to the elders and all the people? How does his redemptive act remind us of God’s grace? In what sense was Boaz a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ? (Isa 59:20; Ro 3:23-24) How did the elders bless Boaz’s decision? Why did they mention Rachel, Leah and Tamar?
4. Read verses 13-15. How did God bless the marriage between Boaz and Ruth? What can we learn from the women’s words of blessing to Naomi?
5. Read verses 16-17. What was so significant about Ruth’s son becoming the grandfather of David? What did we learn from this book about the character of Ruth? How is her inclusion in David’s and Jesus’ genealogy a sign of God’s redemptive purpose for all people of the world? (Mt 1:5-6)