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Ruth 1:1-18 Return to the Lord

Ruth 1:1-18                         Return to the Lord

  1. A Sad Scene verses 1-5  

  1. What is the period of history that the book of Ruth is describing?  Verses 1-2  

  1. What are these times like?  Judges 21:25 with Deuteronomy 32:15,24; 28:23,48 

  1. Should Elimelech have left his inheritance in the land of promise? Deuteronomy 31:12-13

  1. In times of pressure, or when you are experiencing the consequences of your sin, how should you respond? 

  1. Verses 3-5 

  1. What is sad about this scene?

  1. Should Mahlon and Chilion have married Moabite women in the first place? See Ezra 9:1,12 and Deuteronomy 7:3-4

  1. Decide to Return verses 6-18 

  1. Who decides to return to the promised land? Verses 6,7   How does this provide the theme for the rest of the chapter? 

  1. What must you be willing to do even if you’re the only one in your family who does it? 8-15 

  1. Along with her decision, how does Naomi pray for her daughters-in-law? Verses 8-9 

  1. How does Naomi urge Ruth and Orpah to count the cost of returning with her? Verses 10-15  

  1. How does Naomi explain that the law of Deuteronomy 25:5-6 can’t apply in her case? 

   Verses 11-13

  1. What are the different responses to Naomi’s facing Ruth and Orpah with the cost?

  1. Why do you think Naomi urges Orpah and Ruth to go back to Moab, their families, and their gods?   

  1. How is Naomi’s own example a witness? 

  1. How does Jesus urge you to count the cost? Matthew 10_37-38 (How is this different than false promises of ease?) How does Ruth set and example for us? 

  1. What is involved when you make a decision to turn to the Lord? Verse 16-18 


  1. What commitment does Ruth make instead of returning to her parents and the gods of Moab? 

  1. What commitment does the Lord call you to today? verse 16, 18 

  1. What indicates that Naomi is not seeing the whole picture when she says the Lord Almighty is “against” her? 

  1. What is God is up to in the difficulties of your life? Romans 8:28; Matthew 19:29