Daughters of Grace Series: Ruth
Last week we continued a study from the Daily Grace Co. called Daughters of Grace. We talked about Jael, her story, characteristics, and what we can learn from her life. This week we are talking about a woman who had her own book of the Bible: Ruth.
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There is no way we could read through or cover the entire book of Ruth tonight, but I definitely encourage you to read and dig into it when you have time. It is such an amazing story! I am going to jump right into the discussion questions from the Daughters of Grace book.
1. What do we learn about God and His character in the life of Ruth?
Okay, if you have been following along on this study each week, you already know what I am about to see- that God is FAITHFUL! Each week we see so beautifully illustrated in each story how God's faithfulness is present regardless of the scenario. God's character is never changing- He will always remain the same. This is one of the most amazing things about God! We can always trust Him. Even when the future seems gleam, God has a bigger plan and He will always remain true to His promises.
Another character quality we see about God in Ruth's story is His brilliant use of double meaning and foreshadowing. So often in scripture, we see God create these real life parables where He is faithful to the person in the story and saves them and we see a foreshadowing of how mankind will be saved by the blood of Jesus. Ruth 4:14 reads, "Then the women said to Naomi, 'Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!'". What I love about this verse is we see Ruth's redemption in this story and how she went from widow to a once again married woman, bearing children. But Ruth wasn't only redeemed within this story, she would receive redemption in the future for all of mankind when her own bloodline (Jesus) would die on the cross for all of our sins. God had such a beautiful plan all along!
2. What character qualities, positive or negative, do we see demonstrated in Ruth's life?
3. What can I learn from Ruth's story that I can apply to my own life?
- God always has a plan and a bigger picture for us
- Stay humble and continue working even when God is blessing you
- Your past is your past. It does not dictate your present or your future.
- God does not discriminate. He loves us all, and no one is less important than anyone else. God shows us that redemption is for everyone.
- Decisions made today can impact generations to come.