Day 17

Ruth and Boaz, a Family Lost and a Family Redeemed

from the reading plan

Ruth 1:1-18, Ruth 2:1-3, Ruth 2:19-23, Ruth 3:1-13, Ruth 4:1-16

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

Ruth was a Moabite widow who remained loyal to her mother-in-law, Naomi, by following Naomi to Israel after their husbands’ deaths. Ruth was known for her faithfulness and hard work. Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s husband, married Ruth and provided a family for both women. 

Where do you see God present and active through Ruth’s and Boaz’s stories?


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2 thoughts on "Ruth and Boaz, a Family Lost and a Family Redeemed"

  1. Mike G says:

    Boaz was taking care of the widowed and doing what God teaches us to do. This man of faith has a good heart. This heart is also what made David such a great King. It reminds me how important it is for me to share my faith and exhibit the heart Jesus teaches us to have for widows, single moms and to teach our children how to always show respect, be kind and do for others.

  2. Tim Lawson says:

    God is at work in so many places in this story. First of all there were the connections that God orchestrated between Boaz and Ruth. While the story doesn’t explicitly say this was the case, it’s hard to imagine so many details coming together by any other way than divine providence. I think there is also a beautiful picture of how God worked through the aspect of community, much like He does the Church. We see a grieving widow who is surrounded by friends who apparently stick with her despite her bitterness of soul, encouraging her and walking with her in her sorrow, because those women are still around Naomi at the end when she’s holding Boaz and Ruth’s baby on her lap. Lastly is the picture of Naomi’s redemption. Naomi and her husband had left their covenant land in Bethlehem to go to a country outside of Israel because of a famine during the days of the judges, potentially during a season of judgment from God (which happened many times during the time of the judges). Fleeing judgment and their people, Naomi finds herself without a husband or sons with two foreign wives. Yet at the end of her story Naomi has gone from losing everything and thinking her life was over to holding a grandson on her lap; something she thought she would never have.

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