Naomi and Ruth
Questions for Study 1
Memory Verse: 4
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I. Naomi Emptied (1:1-5)
1. What time did the events in this chapter happen? (1) Where was this man from? (2) Where did Elimelech move to and what might this tell us about him? (Gen. 19:36-38; Num. 22:2-6; Judges 3:12-14, 28-30) Would this have been easy?
2. What was the next tragic event to happen in Naomi's life? (3) How might she have taken the news that her sons were going to marry Moabite women? (4) What might she have believed after he sons died? (5) What encouraging words did Jesus give us? (John 16:33; and 1 John 5:3-5)
II. Ruth Clings to Naomi (1:6-18)
3. What news came to Naomi? (6) What does the fact that she wanted to return to Moab say about her? What kind of trip would it have been like for three women to travel such along distance in those days? Who came with her and why might they do so? (7)
4. What did Naomi say to her daughters-in-law? (8-9) What can we learn about Naomi from her words? Had she lost faith in the Lord?
5. When the daughters-in-law insisted they would come with her, what logic did Naomi give about their future with her? (11-13) What did he mean by "the LORD's hand has gone out against me"? What should be done when it appears the LORD's had is against you? (Heb. 12:5-8; and 1 Cor. 11:30-32)
6. Was Orpah wrong in her decision? (14-15) What was the basis of Ruth's decision to stay with Naomi? (16-18) When it appears that all is lost what should we confess? (John 6:66-71)
III. Ruth and Naomi Return to Bethlehem (1:19-22)
7. Why might the whole town be stirred when Naomi returned? (19) What did she want to be called and why? (20-21) Is it wrong to say such things? (Matt. 26:37)
8. Who did Naomi say brought the tragedy in her life? Was she wrong? What did she mean by calling her life "bitter"?
9. Can it be said that her return was a form of repentance? (22)
10. At what time of the year did she return? What happens at this time of year?