Ruth – Ruth 1 - 4
For the past few weeks, we have been looking at the book of Judges, a book that details the disheartening, repeated rebellion and depravity of God’s people. Against this dark backdrop, God reveals in the book of Ruth a story of true love - a love which is self-sacrificing and faithful. The surprising part of the story is that the protagonist isn’t even one of God’s chosen people. Instead, she is a foreigner, an outsider, a Moabite woman. Boaz notices Ruth and comes to her rescue to redeem her. Interesting note: Boaz’s mother was the prostitute Rahab, who was rescued from Jericho and came to live among the Israelites. Could it be that because of his mother’s experiences, he was extra sensitive and compassionate toward this young woman who was also an outsider?
In this story, we see:
- • God’s heart for ALL people.
- • That our God sees the lowly, the ordinary, the nobody, and He cares!
- • How God works through the mundane details of our lives to script REALLY big stories. (Ruth became the grandmother of King David and an ancestor of Jesus)!
- • A picture of Jesus in Boaz, who noticed Ruth and Naomi, and worked to redeem them out of poverty, sadness, and hopelessness. Jesus does the same for us!
- • How God delights to surprise us with His love and goodness just when we are most discouraged and impoverished.
Craft – Seed Collage – provide kids with cardstock, glue and a variety of grains/ seeds. Let kids glue the grains to create pictures of their choosing. As kids work, ask them:
- • How do you think Ruth felt as she headed to the fields that first day to pick grain? Scared, worried about how she was going to eat, how people would treat her
- • How do you think she felt when Boaz spoke to her?
- • Do you think Ruth prayed? What might she have prayed?
- • How do you think Ruth felt when she went to meet Boaz in the barn at night?
- • Ruth probably never knew that she would become the grandmother of a king. What would she have said if God told her about her future grandson, David?
- • God also has plans for you, your children, and your grandchildren. What do you suppose those plans are?
- • Ruth was faithful in little things, and God blessed her with much bigger things. What little things has God asked you to be faithful in?
What did you like about this story?
What didn’t you like?
What did you learn about God?
- • God creates us with a purpose and a plan.
- • God honors people who love others and who are faithful in little things.
- • God cares for His people.
- • God loves all people.
What did you learn about people?
- • People bless others when they love them well.
- • People bless others when they notice them.
- • Sometimes we need to present out needs and requests to others.
What did you learn about yourself?
- • I want to trust God to make me into the person He plans for me to be.
- • I want to love other people well.