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Studies In The Book of Ruth-Introduction

by Larry Miles

Preface: The printed text at the beginning of each lesson is taken from the New King James Version of the Bible. 

      The Scripture references within the body of this study are mostly taken from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

The structure of the Bible Study is taken from Warren Wiersbe’s book “Be Committed,” doing God’s will whatever the cost.

           INTRO: The Book of Ruth is one of only 2 books in the Bible devoted to a story whose main character is a woman. The Book of Ruth introduces us to a Gentile who married a Jew and is found in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus. The Book of Ruth is read on the day that the Jews celebrate the Feast of Shavuot (We know it better as “Pentecost.” In addition to being a “human love story,”‘ it is a picture of the Grace of God. It is a story of redemption, not only humanly speaking for the time it was written and the characters therein, it, as all Scripture, points to Jesus as our Kinsman-Redeemer. Boaz was the kinsman-redeemer to Naomi and he is a type of Christ. The book has some prophetic implications also. We will get to that more in chapter 4.

Warren Wiersbe writes the following, “The story of Ruth begins with a famine and ends with the birth of a baby…. God is mentioned 25 times in the book of Ruth. . the will of God is fulfilled, and the providential hand of God is clearly seen. It has been said that faith is not believing in spite of evidence but obeying in spite of consequence.”

John MacArthur, in the “MacArthur Study Bible,” writes this: “Jewish tradition credits Samuel as the author, which is plausible since he did not die until after he had anointed David as God’s chosen king (I Sam 16:6-13).”

MacArthur further writes, At least Seven major theological themes emerge in Ruth.

       Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word & Work and attends Cherry St. Church of      Christ in New Albany, In.

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33