Ruth 1:16, 4:13-14
But Ruth answered Naomi, “Don’t ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”
So Boaz took Ruth home as his wife. The LORD blessed her, and she became pregnant and had a son. The women said to Naomi, “Praise the LORD! He has given you a grandson today to take care of you. May the boy become famous in Israel!”
The story of Ruth is set in the time of the Judges when Israel kept forgetting God.
- Ruth wasn’t part of God’s chosen family but in this story she travels to Bethlehem in Israel. Why?
- Where have you heard about Bethlehem before? Hold onto that thought!
Ruth was a great friend to Naomi. Take another look at Ruth 1v.16
- What do you think are the top characteristics of a true friend?
- Who is a friend like this that you can rely on?
Back in Bethlehem Ruth and Naomi were vulnerable.
- Who looked after them? How? Why?
The story of Ruth begins with tragedy but ends with rejoicing (Ruth 4 v.13-14)
Time someone to tell the whole story of Ruth in less than 60 seconds.
Now, let’s return to Bethlehem. Boaz was the “redeemer” who rescued Ruth and brought her into God’s chosen family. They got married and had a son. Centuries later one of their descendants, Jesus, was born in Bethlehem.
- How does what Boaz did for Ruth show what Jesus can do for us?
Thank you that through Jesus I can be redeemed and brought into your family.
Help me to be a friend who is as loyal as Ruth and as generous as Boaz.
Do something kind and generous for a friend today.
Finally - have a look at the back of your card. What does it say? You can now place your card onto your story line.
We hope you are enjoying the story so far. We would love to hear your thoughts on what’s working and what’s confusing? Thanks