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Ruth 3:10-18

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Boaz is Willing to be the Kinsman Redeemer

Ruth 3:10-18

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Lesson Number 8

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Waiting on God involves a time of testing.
  2. Waiting on God assumes that God is working.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t give those who gossip an opportunity.
  2. You will never lose out on the best deal if you wait on God.

Questions

  1. Did Boaz grudgingly accept his position as kinsman redeemer?
  2. What was the kindness of Ruth commended by Boaz, both at the beginning and the end?
  3. How do we see Boaz’ assurance of care for Naomi as well as for Ruth?
  4. What does waiting on God involve? Relate it to this story.
  5. Why is it that believers can wait on God without getting uptight?

Answers

  1. No, not grudgingly but happily. See Ruth 3:10-11.
  2. Her kindness in the beginning was to leave her homeland and care for Naomi. At the end, it was giving up the chance to marry a younger man, so that Naomi would be cared for, the property kept in the family, and an heir raised up for Elimelech.
  3. See Ruth 3:17.
  4. Waiting involves a time of testing. Boaz told Ruth that he was willing to marry her, but that there was a closer relative who had first option. Although Boaz and Ruth desired marriage, they waited and trusted God to work it out.
  5. Because waiting on God assumes that He is working behind the scenes with their best interests in mind.

Discuss/Consider

  1. What kindnesses have you shown to relatives who depend on you?
  2. When you must wait for God to work, what is the quality of your waiting time? Are you anxious, trying to make things work out, or are you resting in the better plan of God?

Challenge

  1. See Ruth 3:11b. Do you enjoy this kind of a reputation?

Key Verses

  • “Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning.” Ruth 3:10
  • “All the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11
  • “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out.” Ruth 3:18

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