Lesson 70: Ruth
When Ruth and Naomi came back to live in Bethlehem, they were very poor. They probably had a small house to live in, but they had to find some way to get food for themselves. Ruth went to get food for them by gathering grain in the fields after the workers were finished.
Ruth went to a field owned by a man named Boaz. Boaz was a relative of Elimelech, Naomi's husband. When Boaz saw Ruth gleaning grain in his field he told her to only gather in his fields. Boaz was a very kind person. He told his workers to be kind to Ruth and to see that no harm came to her.
After a while Naomi began to worry about Ruth. Naomi was getting old, and she wanted someone to take care of Elimelech's land and to take Ruth as his wife. Boaz was a very kind man to Ruth. He was very glad to purchase the land and to have Ruth for his wife.
After they were married, Boaz and Ruth had a son named Obed, and then Obed had a son named Jesse, and Jesse had a son named David, (Ruth 4:13-17) who when he was a boy killed the giant Goliath and later became a great king of Israel. Boaz was David's great-grandfather.
- Where did Ruth gather grain?
- How did Boaz treat Ruth?
- Was Boaz glad to take Ruth for his wife?