Bible Study Of The Book Of Ruth
The book of Ruth comes right after Judges, and its story takes place near the end of the period of the judges in Jewish history. Unfortunately, there was a famine in the land, so a family consisting of Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their two sons went from Bethlehem to Moab to live. Unfortunately, Elimelech died. Naomi’s two sons got married, but then they died as well, so Naomi was left with only her two daughters-in-law. Naomi hears that the famine is over, so she goes to move back to Bethlehem and tells her daughters-in-law that they should just stay in Moab and go back to their families. Ruth, one of the daughters-in-law would not leave grief stricken Naomi and returned with her to Bethlehem.
In Bethlehem, they find out that they have a relative named Boaz. He takes care of them without knowing he is their closest relative. One night, Ruth speaks with him and tells him he is their kinsman. She asks for him to redeem them and take care of them. That night he promises to look into it the next day, and when he does, he becomes their redeemer, which means that he will buy Naomi’s land and marry Ruth. This is a great relief to Naomi and Ruth as they realize that God has taken care of them.
Foundational stories in Ruth (and where to find them):
- Naomi and family move to Moab and Ruth returns with Naomi to Bethlehem: Chapter 1
- Ruth meets Boaz for the first time: Chapter 2
- Boaz listens to Ruth at the threshing floor: Chapter 3
- Boaz redeems Ruth, and they get married: Chapter 4
Where Ruth fits in the whole story of the Bible: The story of Ruth gives the reader an idea of how God works in the lives of individual people in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. It shows a story of loyalty, love, and doing the right thing. Ruth gives a ray of hope during the difficult times of the judges. It also serves as an example of how God looks out for and redeems His people.