Perspective 1- Kelsey Rath

When I was reading Ch.9 of the story I put myself in Ruth’s shoes. She lost her husband, and went with her mother in law back to her country. If I went through all that I start to wonder would I start doubting God. If you were in her position how would you feel? Would you start to doubt God? Maybe you’re one of those people who have faith even if you’re going through the hardest of times. Maybe you’re not. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Perspective 2- Barb Miles

I focused on the two women in this chapter.  Naomi for her strength after she lost her husband and both sons.  And Ruth for her selflessness.

After Ruth’s husband died, Naomi’s son, her mother-in-law gave her the freedom to leave her, to go back to her homeland and start a new life.  But Ruth was a woman who chose not to leave her mother-in-law, but journey with her back to Naomi’s homeland.  Ruth was a Moabite and Naomi was an Israelite.  Ruth had no idea what was ahead of her, but she desired most to share Naomi’s faith in God.  Ruth followed her guidance without question which ultimately gave her a son to carry on the family heritage.

The title of guardian-redeemer, one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty, was used throughout the book of Ruth.  The kindness and generosity shown by Boaz to both Naomi and Ruth when they returned to Bethlehem was admirable, both for their safety and future life.  Who is each of ours guardian-redeemer?

Perspective 3- Dan Petrak

Perspective 4- Pastor Phil

What a joy to have some reprieve from the battles, war and sin of the last couple of chapters. Chapter 9 gives us a glimpse of the work that God is doing in the lives of not only the Israelites but in the nations throughout the world. God loves all people, but the Israelites were chosen to be the ones who would carry the message to the rest of the world.

Ruth, a Moabite woman considered to be an enemy of the Israelites, goes back with her mother-in-law to a foreign territory. What did she expect would happen? Why did her loyalty continue to stick with Naomi when she was released from that duty? Even when things don’t make sense God still pulls it all together. Ruth will be mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus as a woman and as a foreigner. A beautiful web of people, used by God for his glory.

The land owners allowed for the poor to glean from their fields, but Boaz goes beyond that generosity because Ruth of what she has done for Naomi. Boaz becomes Ruth’s guardian-redeemer and saves her, as widows were often overlooked in that day. We have a redeemer who saved us when we rightfully should have been forgotten. The Upper Story looks great from here.

Great chapter this week! What did you find to be significant?