He goes out against the enemy army with his singers and worshippers first! 3. 'Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. She was also teachable, following Naomi's instructions even if it meant stepping out in faith and putting herself on the line. If Boaz is a picture of Jesus Christ and Ruth is a picture of His gentile bride then we should look at what in Ruth pleases Boaz so much that he would call her a 'woman of excellence'? How have you helped your extended family? What would have been best for Ruth during this time? Create a Devotion – Ruth Chapter 3. Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative?” a. As a Christian grows, their faith has got to be tried and refined. May we like Ruth, desire to go deeper, learning to rest and lay all at the feet of Jesus. 2. he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor --The winnowing process is performed by throwing up the grain, after being trodden down, against the … Then, I would ask you to read Ezekiel Chapter 16:1‐14. 1Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Ruth Chapter 3:1-13 (with various OT scripture) More in this series. If so, have you laid the result before Jesus and rested at His feet? This Bible study lesson from Ruth chapter three takes us into the next stage of our Christian lives. Ruth had known the provision of Boaz, and had 'sought refuge under the wings of the God of Israel' as Boaz himself had earlier stated. And often, God seems asleep  or at least oblivious to the whole ordeal. Previous Lessons: 1, 2 Ruth 2. In any regard, do you think the man should propose a marriage, or do you think it's OK for a woman to do so? Jesus slept because He had power and control over all things, including this storm. What exactly did Naomi instruct Ruth to do in the beginning of Chapter 3? We’re following the story of two widows seeking rest in the land of Israel. Lessons from Ruth Chapter 2 Lessons from Ruth Chapter 3 Lessons from Ruth Chapter 4 + Graphics Goodies Lessons from Ruth Chapter 3 Lecture content locked If you're already enrolled, you'll need to login. Finally, what about Naomi, do you think she slept well that night? And it is the same for you. Read Hebrews 4 - it states that there remains a rest for the people of God and that 'we who believe enter the rest'. But what a difference a few chapters makes. Or how has your extended family helped you overcome hardships or tough times? This chapter is all about the three R's - reading, writing, and arithmetic.  ↩ Don't you hate it when prosperity teachers take a promise like 'If you ask me anything in my name I will do it' and use it to say that if we had faith then Jesus would give us everything we want blah blah blah!  ↩ Might be a good time to recap on Ruth's character. In fact, what She was kind always sharing with others what she received. The famine broke in Judah and Naomi could go home. Ruth 4:3-4 Then he said to the closest relative, 'Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. print mp3. She could see Ruth fully redeemed, loved, and honoured as a wife. I mean, it probably doesn't sound long for us, but here was Ruth, laying at Boaz's feet, thinking 'will He marry me? Some may think this is rather forward of her; however, we don't know all of the details regarding their previous interactions. Lesson 3: Chapters 3:6-4:22 Boaz Becomes Ruth's Blood Redeemer • Previous • Ruth Lessons List. But as we shall see, through this testing she would learn what it is to rest in him, and his provision would be greater than in any time before!  She had to rest on the threshing floor knowing that Boaz would look after her! Boaz was amazed at her commitment, faith and kindness stating that she was a woman of excellence  . Ruth Chapter 3:1-13 More in this series.  ↩ Why did Boaz have to be down there? “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” ~ Colossians 1:17. In this third lesson on the Book of Ruth we see the plan of Naomi. And she said to her, 'All that you say I will do.'. It is human nature to look at the bad side of things. We know that Ruth was dedicated and committed in what she did, willing to leave her life in Moab behind to follow the true God. Ruth boldly, yet humbly and properly, sought her rights.  Ever felt like that? It just might be what Jesus would like to see in us! Ruth 3:6-7 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. 'And now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? But it wasn't going to be easy and would involve Ruth placing herself at the feet of Boaz, totally reliant upon his will. 6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. But there was sweet providence as well. After Boaz told Ruth to rest, not to fear and that he would look after everything, do you think she spent the rest of the night tossing and turning thinking 'will he, won't he, he loves me, he loves me not - Oh what's going to happen?' 9. But for this purpose I came to this hour.' Ruth Bible Study – Chapter 1. I do. Why or why not? Lesson 6 - Chapter 3 We finished up Ruth chapter 2 last week and we’ll study chapter 3 this week. She had to cast herself at Boaz' feet! 5-7 Ruth trusts Naomi and does what she says. So where was Jesus at this point because it is the place he said we would be also? Ruth 3: God Provides FAITHFUL LOVE Ruth is a love story. But if it dies it will bear much fruit. 4. Who were the three people who knew of Ruth being at the threshing floor and why was it necessary that only they know of her presence? 1. Ruth also waits for Boaz to tell her what to do. (John 12:23-27). Ruth 3:3 'Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.'. When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. Precisely how the ancient reader understood the role is not clear but it was obviously not as ambiguous as it is for today's reader. Or how has your extended family helped you overcome hardships or tough times. For example, it may have been that she was wearing the traditional clothes of a widow previously which may have deterred Boaz. Um, sorry no, it's about refining, rest and rewards. No way! Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be filled (or controlled) by the Holy Spirit and this is crucial in times of refining when our natural reaction is to be anything but controlled! 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Notice also that he said 'I will do whatever you ask... for you are a woman of excellence.' Then he said, "Blessed are you of the LORD, my daughter! Please read The Book of Ruth, Chapter 3. Have you washed yourself in the word and allowed the Lord Jesus Christ to speak those words 'Do not fear!' Three things are given for Ruth to do - wash herself, anoint herself, and put on her best clothes! Based on your reading of the text, does this seem probable? He was contemplating the cross and the enormity of what that meant. Audio. No, he wasn't speaking about a physical location but a place in his life. It is a song of thanksgiving in the midst of the trial that benefits us so much more than endless moaning to the Lord. It seems that a verse like this is ripped out of context so much and not weighed up with other verses that show the need to pray in accordance with the will of God.  ↩ This reminds me of the attitude Esther took in going before the King - an act which was not lawful (Esther 4:16) She had to bring herself to the place where, having committed it to God, she steps out in faith stating 'If I perish, I perish'. This is the rest. To us it seems like a huge risk but to the Lord it is the very place He wants us to be. Do you think she was able to sleep well? 1-4 Naomi tells Ruth to get herself together and go lay at the feet of Boaz. Ruth, Chapter 4 – Part 2. 3. See what happens when Ruth waits in the shadows and then makes her move in the dark of night. And when God makes a 'somebody', He always starts with nobodies!  ↩ The threshing floor is all about separating the true wheat or grain from the chaff and this process is used in the N.T as an example of Jesus' judgement between the righteous and the unrighteous (Matt 3:12, 13:24-30) Grain is produced through this refining process. Chapter 1 hit us with the bitter providence of God in the life of Naomi as she left her land, and lost her husband, her sons, and one of her daughters-in-law. Precisely how the ancient reader understood the role is not clear but it was obviously not as ambiguous as it is for today's reader. Study Notes for Ruth Chapter 3 If you have read the passage from Ezekiel 16:1‐14 which I suggested you might want to study in preparation for this particular lesson, you will have discovered that there are several parallels with Ruth 3:2‐3. Have you found that in your own life? Reread verses 3-4. One widow is Jewish, one is Gentile. Testing and trials will come for the refining of our faith but what the Lord is after is that attitude which places the problem at the feet of Jesus, remaining restful in the midst of the trial. Oh hurry up and wake up!' Did Ruth follow Noami's plan exactly? He was going to be defeated so he turned his attention towards the Lord. Then she said, 'Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.'. Lessons Ruth 2016 - Lesson 3B 08.29.2016. In chapter 3 Naomi and Ruth make a risky move in the middle of the night. The rest is not one day a week, but 'Today' as Hebrews states. The picture couldn't be any clearer for us. With this understanding, read the following texts to understand the background of the kinsman-redeemer: Genesis 38Leviticus 25:25-34Deuteronomy 25:5-10a. We have also seen her grow in her relationship with Boaz, consistently relying upon his grace. A sermon on Ruth 3:1-18 by Russell Smith . We may read our books and hear our sermons for years but we only truly know something once that knowledge has been tested. Ruth 3:12-14 'And now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. Why? 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your mai… So, we enter the book of Ruth and the 3 rd chapter looking for a king. Lesson Content 0% Complete 0/6 Steps Ruth, Chapter 4 – Part 1. 8. Jerusalem? Have you noticed that hard times produce far more growth in your character than any amount of normal daily living. This is only possible to the extent that we've got the first two tasks in place. She is accompanied by her daughter in law Ruth, who is a foreign born Moabitess, and has no resources of her own. Ruth is a love story, not about romantic love, but faithful love (Hebrew "hesed"), shown by Boaz, and reflecting the love of God. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and lets dig deep into the first chapter of Ruth. We may not like it but it is true. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence. Small Group Publishing Company LLC. Naomi stated that she came back “empty.” In fact, the women of Bethlehem said that Ruth was better to her than seven sons (Ruth 4:15). That is his response once we have put ourselves into this position at His feet. In verse 9, Ruth basically proposes a marriage to Boaz (compare Ezekiel 16:8 and Malachi 2:16). … What might she have been thinking? It would have been a long wait for Ruth, believe me! 5. 8 It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. The verses contained in chapter 3 of Ruth; Free online Douay Rheims Version of the Catholic Bible; Study passages and the scripture of Ruth, 3; Use this information for a Catholic Bible study course; Read the words and text of Ruth chapter 3 - perfect for Catholic Biblical Studies, Sunday School lessons and … 1) Wash yourself - is being washed with the water of the word as Eph 5:26 tells us. Ruth was getting good advise from her Mother-in-law here! Let’s pick up in our “second story” again within the book of Ruth . Ruth 3:9-12 And he said, 'Who are you?' But Naomi had a greater vision for Ruth. BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN. It's easy to talk about but never nice in reality. Journal – Ruth Chapter 3. The Hebrews had reason to believe that they would have a king all the way back in the Law. Which is exactly what Jesus meant by 'ask in my name' - it means to ask in accordance with His desires and His will. 2. There is limited biblical and extra biblical evidence for the legal precedence of ancient Israelites regarding the role of the kinsman-redeemer. Ruth herself is a foreigner, who'll marry an Israelite in the next chapter. Professor Hubbard reminds us that the ancient Hebrew legal system reflected their strong obligation to, and protection of, their fundamental value system. Boaz was pleased with Ruth's choice and responds by the same words that Jesus said more than any other - 'do not fear!' Pin for later… *As an Amazon Associate I earn a small amount on qualifying purchases. 9 index cards – write words on Bible Verse on cards (1 word per card) and then cut them in half (like a puzzle) Paper, markers/crayons; Optional: You can use this Ruth coloring page as a teaching illustration or a class activity. This could only happen through Boaz marrying Ruth, and providing children to carry on the name of Elimelech. 10-13 … Likewise, the Lord calls us to praise and He is able to give us a song in the night. It's life out of death and rewards out of refining. If you want to read an awesome book about this and how it applies to our Christian life then I would recommend 'If I perish, I perish' by Major Ian Thomas. But it always starts by laying yourself down in humility at His feet. Will he redeem me? Ruth, Boaz & Naomi Bible Lesson "I am Christ's" - 3rd in the "I am Incredible" Identity Series. Bible Commentary Ruth Chapter 3. However, as Professor Robert L. Hubbard Jr. points out, the ancient Hebrew legal system was more about the application of principles to situations not a prescription for action on legal matters. Each of these acts are quite common in the Old Testament and each is interpreted for us in the New Testament. Not much of a contest you would think but in doing so the Lord confused their enemies and a great victory was gained. When God creates, He starts with nothing, and creates something. From your reading, what values are represented by these texts? . Naomi even changed her own name from “pleasant” to “bitter.” There didn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Should we go there? It means examining ourselves by the word and allowing it to govern our attitudes, motives and desires. Ruth 3:4-5 'And it shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.' And she told her all that the man had done for her. And finally, think about the following discussion questions. Journal – Ruth Chapter 4. Let me start by reminding everyone where we left off. Ruth 3:8 And it happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. Here, after being at the threshing floor, Boaz gives Ruth a gift of six measures, which according to the Bible Knowledge Commentary was six seahs or 46 litres! How many times is Ruth referred to as "my daughter" in this chapter and who is using this term of endearment?  ↩ There is only one thing that prevents us from entering into the rest and that is unbelief. 7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Beloved Lord God, It was Your intention that mankind live in fellowship with You eternally, but in Adam's fall from grace that bond of eternal fellowship was broken and for the first time man was in need of a Redeemer. Ruth, a widow in a strange land, goes into a field at harvest time, to gather grain left by the reapers. Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. Naomi, an Israelite by birth, has lost both her husband and her sons and is returning in absolute poverty. Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of man.' CHAPTER 3 Ruth 3:1-13. 11. In fact, it … Audio.  ↩ One of my favourite passages in the Old Testament that shows the rest in the face of disaster is in 2 Chronicles 20. We’re following the story of two widows seeking rest in the land of Israel. Our faith is of little use to anyone until this has happened. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich. Maybe it means coming and acknowledging to the Lord that you have been a failure as a Christian, a failure as a husband, or a failure as a mother. So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her. It's a place where, as John the Baptist testified, 'I must decrease and He must increase'. Definitely a woman of excellence though. "Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may … Ruth- Lesson 3. Jehoshaphat was alarmed as the armies of Moab and Ammon were coming against Israel. Who would have the first choice to redeem you before the Lord? It is a time of testing and refining, and just as the threshing floor was used to separate the true grain from the chaff so these times in our life are used to refine and purify our faith in Him. Like the children of Israel we often fail to believe but let's hear God again say 'do not fear' and allow faith to rise as faith comes by hearing. But right when the tragedy of Ruth's widowhood seems to be resolved into a beautiful love story, a big Blue Ridge boulder rolls out onto the state road of Ruth's life. 'Tis a mystery but we will have to save that for chapter four. RUTH CHAPTER 3 SUMMARY. Does Naomi's plot to send Ruth to the threshing floor to propose to Boaz violate the principle of relying on God to provide for one's family? As we go on in our Christian life, there are times also when we must also be found at the threshing floor  , where he is  . ', You bet it would! What about Boaz, do you think he slept well and what might he have been thinking? To lie down at someone’s feet would be to take the position of a servant, waiting for the command of the master (something Ruth references later). 8. I once read a quote that said you can test whether you love God by whether you seek after Him or His gifts. What does the Lord get him to do? Sorry, it's not a magic formula. Our story thus far – our Heroines Naomi and Ruth have returned to Israel from the distant land of Moab. print mp3. She didn't know what would happen next or what his reaction would be but she just knew that she needed to be where he was and this meant the threshing floor! Not only did she show commitment to Naomi but also she had now shown that same commitment to Boaz. So among other things, the Bible study lesson will focus on the following from Ruth chapter 3: Ruth 3:1-2 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, 'My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now what about you? After telling Ruth not to fear the next thing he says is for her to remain resting for the night. Lesson (Ruth 3-4) Helping Others in the Story of Ruth February 18, 2019 by Kristin Schmidt Sometimes Biblical stories just get a bad rap…young and old alike want to hit the snooze button just looking at the Word of God. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, Ruth Chapter 1 Bible Study: Counting the Cost, Ruth Chapter 2 Bible Study: Growing in Grace, Ruth Chapter 3 Bible Study: Rewards through Refining, Ruth Chapter 4 Bible Study: Fruits of Freedom, The process the Lord uses in bringing us closer to Himself, Where fruit and growth in your Christian character comes from. We have also seen her working in Boaz' field and seen his gracious commitment to her in return. Doing the Right Thing Often Takes Great Sacrifice. It’s All About Jesus. 3. Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Does it not also please the Lord Jesus when we choose to seek after Him instead of wealth or other worldly pleasures? Pay off that is. The disciples were frantic but Jesus kept on sleeping. Before we do I’d like to review a bit and get our bearings because we’re about to enter into the 2nd great theological principle demonstrated by Ruth, the principle of the role of the Kinsman Redeemer in God’s plan of redemption for the world. – In chapter 1 Naomi concluded that if Ruth returned with her she would no chance for ever getting married. In essence, she told her to let him know you’re interested (eyebrows flaring up and down). There is limited biblical and extra biblical evidence for the legal precedence of ancient Israelites regarding the role of the kinsman-redeemer. Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. But He isn't, and there will always come a time when Boaz awakes and though it takes longer usually than we would like, there will always come the time when God hears and acts on your cry. 2. She believed him and had a good nights' sleep! And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, 'How did it go, my daughter?'  ↩ Same picture I guess as when Jesus slept on the boat in the midst of the storm. We pray this Bible study of Ruth is a blessing to you. 2) Anoint yourself - always speaks of the enabling of the Holy Spirit. ', Boaz, like the Lord Jesus Christ, is willing to redeem her but there is a closer relative than Boaz! Revelation 19:8 says 'It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen... for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.' EQOT020 Lesson 3 Quiz. The book of Ruth, as we know it a short four-chapter book about a Jewish woman and her daughter in law who return to live in the land of Israel after the men in that family died. So Naomi becomes a matchmaker! , Ruth 3:15-18 Again he said, 'Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.' What can we learn about the character of those in this story from the following verses? Now Naomi starts to take initiative. Yet there are so many amazing stories, more thrilling than an action movie and more dramatic than the steamiest soap opera. The best thing they could have done would have been to sleep as well! He had just said that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it abides alone. There are so many lessons we can learn from the story of Ruth. 10. 7. … One final thought as we close out the chapter. But this chapter doesn't leave us there, as it also shows us the rest and fruit that is produced in such a time. You're going through a time of testing and all you can do is throw yourself down at the Lords feet not really knowing what will happen next? That is the condition for that type of response. Do you feel that you're currently taking a beating down at the threshing floor, wondering how circumstances will turn out? 'So I thought to inform you, saying, 'Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. What exactly did Naomi instruct Ruth to do in the beginning of Chapter 3? We have seen the commitment of Ruth in her determination to follow the true God. This lesson focuses on the fact that as she chose to follow God, and because of that she was never alone and became a part of Jesus' earthly family's ancestry. We see then that which is needed in preparing ourselves at this time. While her life was far from empty, she pessimistically looked at the negative side and took Ruth for granted. into your life? 3) Put on your best clothes - speaks of a righteous life. If you have been a Christian long enough I'm sure you can look back at specific difficult times and testify that that was when you truly learnt more about the character and faithfulness of the Lord. This is at no cost to you, but it helps to keep my blog ministry flourishing and allows me to be generous to others . And she said, 'These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, 'do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'' Many have studied three texts (Genesis 38; Leviticus 25:25-34; and Deuteronomy 25:5-10) to develop an understanding of the role. Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Then she went into the city. She could see something better for Ruth than just being a worker in Boaz's field. 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