Of which ancestors are you very proud? Of whom were you embarrassed? What would you like to be known for?
Why do the women regard Ruth as "better than seven sons"? Why is this significant?
It's interesting that Naomi herself never speaks at the end of the book. She is likely still filled with sadness and maybe even bitterness at the loss of her husband and sons. New life doesn't ever erase past hurt, but it is a gift that reminds us that life is not over and a new day will come. Phillis Trible writes, "Sad stories do not have happy endings...[but] sad stories may yield new beginnings." Sometimes, it may feel like we are just supposed to "get over" bad things in our life. How does Naomi's story and her new beginning help us resolve that dissonance?
How does the book of Ruth challenge how you see yourself and how necessary other men and women are to how you fulfill God's calling on your life?
- At the end of Ruth, we discover that she is the great-grandmother of King David, the ancestor of Jesus himself. What can you do today to think back on your past and give thanks for the Lion of Judah--Jesus Christ?
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