Bible Study On Discipleship In Ruth’s Perspective

The most important mission of every Christian is to make disciples and spread the salvation of God.

Matthew: 28. 19. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:

Matt 28:20. teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

What are the characteristics & practice of a disciple under Discipleship?

In Ruth’s case, she was obedient and reliant on her mother in law for wisdom. Naomi although a widow herself but cares alot for Ruth, as though she was her own daughter. She also wished that Ruth would have a fulfilling life.

In ch. 2 food is used to indicate Boaz’s acceptance of and generosity towards Ruth beyond all expectations by consciously shaping his actions in a direct reversal of Deuteronomy’s ban on Moabites.

In ch. 3, Boaz tells Ruth to hold out her garment and then places six measures of barley on her—an unrealistically heavy amount—which makes her appear pregnant. Ruth tells Naomi that Boaz did not want her to return to her mother-in-law ‘empty’. This use of ‘empty’ plays off of the other occurrence in ch. 1, implying that Obed’s birth fills Naomi’s emptiness.

Boaz measured six ephahs of barley: As a proper gentleman, Boaz did not sent Ruth home empty-handed. Not having any chocolates, he gave her six handfuls of grain. The added word ephahs is almost certainly incorrect; that would be more than thirty-three gallons (120 liters) of grain, more than Ruth could carry home in her shawl.

Jewish traditions say that the six measures of barley given as a gift to Ruth were a sign of six pious men who would descend from her, endowed with six spiritual gifts: David, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and the Messiah.

Without Ruth’s faithfulness and obedience, there would not the lineage of King David and Jesus. Even as a non Jewish decent,  God can still make use of Ruth for future generations.