We are very excited to be studying the book of Ruth with you.
Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges, and as we begin reading we see the curtain lift on a scene of the tragedy. Naomi, who had already lost her husband, now mourns the loss of both of her sons.
As Naomi makes the hard decision to leave the home she shared with her husband and children and go back to the land where she was raised, Orpah, her daughter-in-law, decides to return to her family in the land of Moab. More loss.
But then we meet Ruth. Ruth is also a Moabite woman, but it is evident that she has come to accept the one true God as her own God (Ruth 1:16). With this love for the Lord comes a love for and devotion to Naomi that causes her to pledge her life to her. Together these two widows travel to Naomi’s hometown of Bethlehem.
While Ruth is a story of loss and heartache, we also see mourning turn to dancing. We see women who are alone and destitute find love and acceptance. We will see themes of loyalty, kindness, boldness, love, and redemption. But ultimately, Ruth is a book about the providence of God. While these two ladies traveled with utter sadness and fear of the unknown towards Bethlehem, they did not realize that God was leading them to a place of hope and redemption.
In the book of Ruth, we see Romans 8:28 come to life:
And we know that for those who love God
all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to His purpose.
In Ruth we see God take ordinary people through painful events to manifest His glory and bring about their good. We should never underestimate the seemingly small events in our lives. Whether it is caring for family, getting married, working, showing kindness to our neighbors, or raising children… all of it is being used by God for the good of those who love Him, for His glory, and for the salvation of others.
No event or person is insignificant in the plan of God. This study should fill us with great hope as we see every event and person sovereignly placed in God’s beautiful patchwork, whose final piece will be the return of Christ Himself.
Looking to Jesus,
You can grab a copy of our Ruth journal here or download it at this location.
We also have a corresponding kid’s Ruth journal geared for children in the elementary grades. You can also grab the children’s journal at this location.
Looking forward to this study. Reminds me of a favorite book that goes VERY DEEP into the book of Ruth and how it applies to us today; what our walk should look like. A serious read of the book “Homecoming: A Prophetic Study of Ruth” by Julie Wilson is needed. To quote what is written on the back of the book, “At first reading, most Christians might dismiss the Book of Ruth as a simple story of romance and redemption, an Old Testament tale with no bearing on their lives. But in Julie Wilson’s inspired retelling, it becomes so much more. She uses numerous New Testament Scriptures to show how the relationship of Naomi and Ruth is an allegory for how mature believers can disciple new believers, and how the marriage of Ruth and Boaz foreshadows the relationship of Jesus with the Body of Christ. Homecoming also demonstrates how the book of Ruth can help believers to regain spiritual footing after serious setbacks, thereby serving as a healing balm for all who have been wounded by terrorism, personal tragedy, or scandals within the Church. In twelve chapters, each followed by Scripture study and reflection prompts, this fascinating and multi-layered book challenges readers to discern where they are in their relationship with the Lord, and how to proceed to spiritual maturity. Homecoming is for experienced students of the Bible as well as anyone who has ever said, “I just don’t get the Old Testament.” After reading Homecoming, you’ll get it like never before.” Trust me, it’s a wonderful book!
This study is coming at the perfect time for me I’m in a season where I really need to trust God’s plan for my life despite what my circumstances tell me. I’m joining from Michigan and look forward to meeting women of faith from all over to form friendships and support for each other ?
So excited to be a part of this Bible study! I have always loved the story of Ruth but like others have never delved deeply into the meaning. Cannot wait for my journal to arrive, it’ll be a couple of days late. But I’ll make do!
Hello everyone. I am joining this group from North Carolina. I am very excited to study the book of Ruth with everyone and I am looking forward to what God reveals through His word. As we are each in different seasons of life , my season is one of uncertainty, closed doors, doubt, and disappointment. Despite this season, I am trusting God’s greater plans. Best wishes to you all and know that I will be praying for this study and everyone in the group.
Hello everyone! I’m joint from New York and I’m excited to dive into Gods word and see what he reveals to me. Glad to be here!
Hello everyone! I am from Lafayette, LA & this is my first Love God Greatly Bible Study. I am very excited to read Ruth (which happens to be one of my favorite books in the bible)..I am also excited to see where God is going to lead me. I have many questions about what I should be doing or where should I go so I am hoping to see what God is going to reveal to me. I am looking forward to doing this study with all of you!!
Hello. I am from Tulsa, Oklahoma and I’m in a very turbulent season. And I plan on catching up and sticking with the remainder of the session. I know it seems like I won’t get passed where I am now, but my faith in God has never failed me. I love LGG!
I am looking for the true th in the Bible and how to understand it.