Application of Ruth
1) What have you learned about loyalty from the story of Ruth? What does it mean to be loyal to God, to His people, to His precepts, and to trust God to do what He says He will do?
2) As you think Boaz redeeming Ruth, remember that you have a kinsman Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Think of how the Lord has acted on your behalf as your kinsman Redeemer by becoming a man so He could break death's hold by paying for you sin (Hebrews 2:14-15). Remember that you were not redeemed from your empty way of life with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of the Lamb of God, a Lamb without spot or blemish (1 Peter 1:18-19)
3) The final verse of Ruth show us that Ruth was included in the genealogy of David and therefore in the human lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not only did a sovereign God include Rahab the harlot in the genealogy of Hs Son, but He also chose a Gentile, Ruth. Both of these women chose to believe God when those around them didn't! Consider how their example might apply to you life.
4) In the book of Judges, Israel forsook the true God and turned to idols, while in Ruth we see the opposite. One Gentile woman turns from idols to serve the only true God. In which category do you find yourself?
Ruth Themes of Application
Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi as a daughter-in-law and friends is a great example of love and loyalty. Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz are also faithful to God and his laws. Throughout the story we see God’s faithfulness to his people.
Ruth’s life was guided by faithfulness toward God and showed itself in loyalty toward the people she knew. To be loyal and loving in relationships, we must imitate God’s faithfulness in our relationships with others.
Ruth showed great kindness to Naomi. In turn, Boaz showed kindness to Ruth - a despised Moabite woman with no money. God showed his kindness to Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz by bringing them togethers for his purposes.
Just as Boaz showed his kindness by buying back land to guarantee Ruth and Naomi’s inheritance, so Christ showed his kindness by bying for us to guarantee our eternal life. God’s kindness should motivate us to and honor him.
Ruth showed high moral character by being loyal to Naomi, by her clean break from her former land and customs, and by her hard work in the fields. Boaz showed integrity in his moral standards, his honesty, and by following through on his commitments.
When we have experienced God’s faithfulness and kindness, we should respond by showing integrity. Just as the values by which Ruth and Boaz lived were in sharp contrast to those of the culture portrayed in judges, so our lives should stand out from the world around us.
We see God’s care and protection over the lives of Naomi and Ruth. His supreme control over circumstances brings them safety and security. He guides the minds and activities of people to fulfill his purpose.
No matter how devastating our present situation may be, our hope is in God. His resources are infinite. We must believe that he can work in the life of any person - whether that person is a king or a stranger in a foreign land. Trust his protection.
Ruth and Naomi came to Bethlehem as poor widows, but they soon became prosperous through Ruth’s marriage to Boaz. Ruth become the great-grandmother of King David. Yet the greatest blessing was not the money, the marriage, or the child; it was the quality of love and respect between Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi.
We tend to think of blessing in terms of prosperity rather than the high-quality relationships God makes possible for us. No matter what our economic situation, we can love and respect the people God has brought into our lives. In so doing, we give and receive blessings. Love is the greatest blessing.