The Book of Ruth

Introduction

In the Book of Ruth we first meet Ruth, as a destitute widow. We follow her as she joins God’s people, gleans in the grain fields, ricks her honor at the threshing floor of Boaz. In the end, we see Ruth becoming the wife of Boaz. What a picture of how we come to faith in Christ. We begin with no hope and are rebellious aliens with no part in the kingdom of God. Then as we risk everything by putting our faith in Christ, God saves us, forgives us, rebuilds our lives, and gives us blessings that will last through eternity. Boaz’s redeeming of Ruth is a picture of Christ redeeming us.

The Book of Ruth is also the story of God’s grace in the midst of difficult circumstances. Ruth’s story occurred during the time of the judges – a period of disobedience, idolatry and violence. Even in times of crisis and depest despair, there are those who follow God and through whom God works.

Read this book and be encouraged. God is at work in the world, and he wants to use you. God could use you, as he used Naomi, to bring family and friends to him.

Writer:

Unknown. Some think it was Samuel, but internal evidence suggests that it was written after Samuel’s death.

Date Written:

Sometime after the period of the judges (1375-1050 B.C.).

Purpose:

To show how three people remained strong in character an true to God even when society around them was collapsing.

Complete Outline:

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