Contributed on Jun 4, 2020
Naomi found herself in a desperate situation in Moab. Having left Bethlehem due to a famine, Moab had not brought the abundance they desired. Losing her husband and sons to death in Moab, Naomi was left there with only her daughters-in-law, but hope and grace were available in Bethlehem.
The Truth About Moab Ruth 1: 1-7 Today I want to begin our study in the wonderful book of Ruth. Within this portion of Scripture, we find one of the greatest pictures of grace presented in the Bible. This biblical account focuses on three main characters: Ruth, a pagan girl from Moab who ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2020
As you examine the lives of Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah, you find a picture of all people. Naomi represents a wayward believer; Orpah pictures one who was exposed and yet refused the gospel; Ruth is a picture of grace in salvation.
Three Widows in Moab Ruth 1:8-18 Last week we began our study in the book of Ruth. We discovered that Moab was a place of difficulty and desperation. It is a picture of the world, much like that of Egypt in Scripture. Dwelling in the land of Moab will always result in separation and spiritual ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2020
As Ruth gleaned in the field of one she had yet to meet, she was unaware of the providence of God regarding her situation. The Lord had led her to a place where she would be noticed by Boaz, the man who would serve as her Kinsman Redeemer.
Favor in the Field Ruth 2: 4-7 As I pondered these verses I was reminded what a difference a day can make. It is amazing how God can take what appears to be an ordinary or even uncertain circumstance and work it out for our benefit. Ruth had made the long journey from Moab to Bethlehem ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2020
As Ruth entered what appeared to be a random field, in hopes of being able to glean enough to survive, she had no idea of the providence of God at work in her life. She came empty, and yet, she would leave filled.
Fullness in the Field Ruth 2:8-14 It has been a long journey from the desolation and desperation of Moab. Surely Ruth wondered what she would find as she made her way to a new land. I’m sure there were fears and uncertainties in her mind. Even though she was unaware, God was providentially ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2020
Much had changed since Naomi and Ruth returned from Moab. Neither woman had any idea what the Lord had in store for their future and how their lives were about to change.
A Conversation of Hope Ruth 2: 19-23 As I studied this wonderful passage, I was reminded of the change that has taken place in such a short time. In the beginning verses, Naomi and Ruth had returned from Moab with little hope or confidence in the future. Little did they know that God was ...read more
Contributed on Aug 6, 2020
Much had changed since Naomi and Ruth left Moab for Bethlehem. Ruth had found favor in the eyes of Boaz, but yet she lacked security for the future. She made preparations for a meeting that would change her future.
Preparing to Meet the Master Ruth 3:1-6 We can’t begin to imagine the excitement Ruth and Naomi must’ve felt at this time. Moab had dealt very bitterly with them, leaving little hope for the future. Upon returning to Bethlehem, God had shown Himself mighty in their situation and was ...read more
Contributed on Aug 13, 2020
The journey from Moab had been difficult and filled with uncertainty. However, Bethlehem offered great favor and abundance for Ruth and Naomi. Ruth has prepared for a meeting that would changer her life forever. She would have a meeting with one able to redeem.
A Place at His Feet Ruth 3: 7-18 It is impossible to fully understand the emotion and anxiety Ruth must’ve felt at this moment in her life. She had left the devastation of Moab, in search of a new beginning, in a strange and foreign land. We can only imagine what she might have thought in ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2020
Ruth had encountered much since her devastating circumstances in Moab. No doubt, Bethlehem had exceeded her wildest dreams. On this Boaz was in town among the elders, securing her redemption.
Redeemed by Love Divine Ruth 4: 1-12 Ruth had experienced a miraculous chain of events in her life. Not too long ago she was in Moab, a widow without hope for the future. Unaware of what lay ahead she made the decision to follow Naomi to Bethlehem. This would turn out to be the most important ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2020
One could imagine the book of Ruth ending with - "They lived happily ever after." However, this account is not a children's story of fairy tale. In fact, it is part of the scarlet thread that runs through the Old Testament, leading to the birth of our Savior.
A Home Built by God Ruth 4: 13-22 I think you would all agree that it has been a pleasant and encouraging journey through the book of Ruth. We are all familiar with the fairy tales of our youth. Most of them begin with “Once upon a time” and end with “Happily ever-after.” The book of Ruth ...read more