I) The LORD guided Ruth to the field of Boaz, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 1-3)
II) The LORD granted repentance and brought revival to Bethlehem, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 4)
III) The LORD blessed Ruth, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 11-12)
IV) The LORD healed Naomi of her bitterness, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 20)
Because of God’s loving-kindness, when you do not understand what He is doing, you can trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10)
I) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because, if I am in Christ, God has blotted out my transgressions according to His loving-kindness (Psalm 51:1-2)
II) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because He has written in His book every single day of my life! (Psalm 136:16)
III) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from my Father’s providential work, and, in Christ, I am of more value than many sparrows! (Matthew 10:29-31)
IV) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because He has promised, in Christ, to work all things together for good! (Romans 8:28)
V) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because, in Christ, I know His loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life (AND SO CAN YOU!)
VI) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because I know as my substitute Jesus Christ experienced a far greater darkness than I ever will!
DISCUSSION Read verses 19-22.
1. Read verses 1-7. What do we learn about Boaz in these verses? What do we learn about Ruth? What does verse 3 reveal about the loving providence of God?
2. Read verses 8-13. What does Boaz exhort Ruth to do in verses 8-9? What does he promise her? How does Boaz prefigure Christ Jesus here? How did Ruth respond in verses 10 and 13? What reason does Boaz give for showing her favor in verses 11-12? What is the anchor of all these good works, according to the last part of verse 12?
3. Read verses 14-16. What did Boaz say to Ruth? What must Ruth have been thinking? How does Boaz prefigure the Lord Jesus here?
4. Read verses 17-23. What stands out to you in these verses and why? What does Naomi identify Boaz as at the end of verse 20? How does Leviticus 25:25-33, 48-54 shed light on this word “redeemer”?
*note they are the same words in Hebrew