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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 6: Ruth 1:21

PASSAGE IN RUTH

“I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.”

Ruth 1:21

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1:21

15 ) God gives us others to walk our paths with so we are not alone. You can find support in others. In the midst of hardship, there is hope around the corner.

16 ) You do keep moving in the hard times. The alternative is to stop living. You have to keep living each day as it comes and what comes with it. This will look different for everyone.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 1 AND WORDGO’S STUDY OF RUTH 1

Very much looking forward to next week to see what happens to these two brave women. Love the classic, “Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay.” This should be our answer to God’s calling every time. Join us for week 2 of this Ruth Bible study, and contact me today!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 5: Ruth 1:19-22

SUMMARY OF RUTH 1:19-22

Naomi and Ruth traveled to Bethlehem where the people were excited to see Naomi return. Naomi changes her name to Mara because the Lord has afflicted her and made her bitter. They arrived as the barley harvest was beginning.

QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1:19-22

12 ) She is bitter. She believes the Lord has afflicted her and brought misfortune upon her. She renames herself to reflect her feelings.

13 ) When life hands you many misfortunes, most people are jaded, bitter, and angry. They do blame God for their losses and hardships, and Naomi’s reaction is one most of us would have. It’s human nature. Who wants to suffer and lose as much as Naomi has?

14 ) Financial troubles mainly.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO RUTH 1:19-22

You can tell the Bible is real because nothing is sugarcoated. We read Naomi’s true feelings of bitterness and feel how hopeless she has become. She is not joyful that she has returned to her homeland — only bitter. This is how most of us would feel. Now, we’ll see God turn all of this around from sadness to joy.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 4: Ruth 1:6-18

SUMMARY OF RUTH 1:6-18

After the famine was over in Bethlehem, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home. Naomi sends her two daughters-in-law back to their families in hopes they will find another husband. They ask to stay, but Naomi points out that she will have no more sons for them to marry.

Orpah left, but Ruth says no. She says that wherever Naomi goes, she will go and her God will be hers, too. Only death will separate them.

QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1:6-18

9 ) Orpah leaves and Ruth stays. It shows the power of God to stitch people together and touch hearts with his will. Ruth loves Naomi more and is willing to stay with her to the very end.

10 ) She tells her that where she goes, she will follow and that her God will be hers, too. She swears that only death will separate them.

11 ) Ruth gave up a husband and a life amongst her people. Also, an easier life. Unsure if Ruth thought about the gains. It seems she was driven by love for Naomi and helping her survive in life rather than herself.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO RUTH 1:6-18

We witness a powerful love and conviction in these verses. Ruth is determined to stay with Naomi till death separates them. This is a very powerful love that few experience I think today, especially for someone who is not flesh and blood. It also shows the power of conviction to do what you believe is right despite what others say.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 3: Ruth 1:2-5

SUMMARY OF RUTH 1:2-5

The man’s name was Elimelech, his was was Naomi, and his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion fro Bethlehem who lived in Moab. Elimelech died, and the two sons got married to Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Both sons died, and Naomi was alone.

QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1:2-5

6 ) We learn their names, and that all died in Moab except Naomi, the wife.

7 ) Marriage signals fullness and joy. Death symbolizes emptiness and sorrow.

8 ) “Why?” is the first question most ask. Then it’s a matter of pressing on to discover the why.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO RUTH 1:2-5

The author of Ruth sets this story up beautifully, so that we have to keep reading. Family moves; men die. Now what? This story is ripe with possibilities, and it will be fun to see it unfold!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 2: Ruth 1:1

PASSAGE FOR TODAY

“In the day when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.”

Ruth 1:1

QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1:1

3 ) Anarchy. No real repercussions or consequences to your actions. Corrupt. Lawlessness. Everyone out for themselves.

4 ) Famous people, notorious people, evil crimes, frivolous things, sinful things. Things of this world, not of God’s world.

5 ) Definitely brought me closer to God as we moved to find his will and changed jobs and professions.

THE TIME OF JUDGES

The time of Judges was the period from the death of Joshua (1380 or 1230 BC) to the generation before the monarchy (1050 BC). Scholars are unsure when this book was composed. Some Bible scholars believe it was right after the end of this time; others put it many centuries later.

This was a time of chaos after Israel occupied Canaan. During this time, God’s people experienced moral and political degradation as they neglected their religious heritage and compromised their faith with the surrounding cultures who were pagans.

The author is unknown, as is the time of its composition. It is believed to be around 1100 BC or during the reign of David.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Ruth: Week 1, Day 1: Ruth 1

SUMMARY OF RUTH 1

In the time of the Judges in Israel, there was a famine that forced Elimelech and his wife Naomi and two sons to live in Moab. Elimelech died, and about 10 years later, the two sons died. Both of the sons had wives of Moabite descent. Naomi heard that Judah now was bountiful, so she set out with her two daughters-in-law there.

She told her daughters-in-law to return home to their home of Moab to find husbands again. They refused, but Naomi said there was no hope for them of her having any more sons to marry. Orpah returned, but Ruth stayed.

Ruth famously says, “Wheere you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay.” Both women travel to Bethlehem. Naomi renames herself Mara, meaning bitter cause she has returned empty-handed, believing the Lord has afflicted her. They arrive in Bethlehem as the fall barley harvest begins.

QUESTIONS FOR RUTH 1

1 ) Judah is once again plentiful for Naomi to return to her homeland. She doesn’t go home alone; Ruth accompanies her.

2 ) In my work, my life, where I may move to, my kids’ lives, and my husband’s business. I think about God everywhere in my life.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO RUTH 1

I am looking forward to this study because it’s the ultimate example of how God has got your life no matter the depths of where you have fallen.

Fun Fact: this is the only book of the Old Testament named after a foreigner or one not of Jewish descent.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 6: Hebrews 11:1,6

PASSAGE IN HEBREWS

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see … without faith it is impossibile to please God… “

Hebrews 11:1, 6

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 11:1,6

15) Jesus is greater than everyone, including angels. Jesus is our High Priest and the only way to God. Christ’s sacrifice is for all if you have faith. God disciplines us for our good. Must persevere.

16) God is good. He has a plan. We have faith in his plan.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 4 AND ALL OF WORDGO’S STUDY OF HEBREWS

Great book to re-read. Great nuggets of encouragement, and great truths about God that we can hold onto. I’m liking these short studies.

Next week, Ruth!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 5: Hebrews 11-13

RELECTION QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 11-13

13) Gosh, faith, hope, and love. Such huge concepts for such small words. Faith in Jesus as the Savior. Hope for the future as you persevere. Love for others. Perpetual concepts I’m always working on.

14) I can see God in the past and in how my life has turned out. I hope for the future to be the same way.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 11-13

If you struggle with these big concept questions like I do, just pray. As you grow closer to God, these should become clearer.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 4: Hebrews 13

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 13

Love each other as brothers. Do not forget strangers or prisoners. Stay pure in marriage. Be content with what you have. Remember your leaders. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Ignore strange teachings. Jesus made us holy through his blood. Continually praise God. Do good, share wtih others, obey your leaders, and pray for others.

May God equip us with everything good for doing his will and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 13

10) Love each other as brothers. Do not forget strangers or prisoners. Stay pure in marriage. Be content with what you have. Remember your leaders. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Ignore strange teachings. Jesus made us holy through his blood. Continually praise God. Do good, share wtih others, obey your leaders, and pray for others.

May God equip us with everything good for doing his will and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.

11 ) Loving others, remembering others, being content with what I have, remembering our leaders, and more. I could be more content and be more like Jesus if I did so.

12) We get discouraged and lose Jesus in our despair. Jesus died for me; there is no greater encouragement than this.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 13

Great advice offered here at the end from the writer of Hebrews. Jesus is our prize; let us set our eyes on him and chase him till the end of our days.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of Hebrews: Week 4, Day 3: Hebrews 12

SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 12

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus who endured the cross and sat down at God’s right hand.

The Lord disciplines those He loves and punishes everyone He accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline for God is treating you as a son.  For if you are not disciplines then you are not sons of God.  Everyone is disciplined.  God disciplines us for our good so we may share in His holiness.

Discipline is never pleasant, but it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace. Make every effort to live in peace and be holy; without holiness, no one sees the Lord. Do not be bitter. Do not be sexually amoral or sell your inheritance for a meal like Esau.

You have come to the city of the living God. You have come to God and to Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant. Let us be thankful we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and let us worship God reverently.

QUESTIONS FOR HEBREWS 12

7 ) Jesus

8 ) The Lord disciplines those He loves and punishes everyone He accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline for God is treating you as a son.  For if you are not disciplines then you are not sons of God.  Everyone is disciplined.  God disciplines us for our good so we may share in His holiness.

Discipline is never pleasant, but it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace. Make every effort to live in peace and be holy; without holiness, no one sees the Lord. We all face punishment and hardship, and it’s just something that must be endured.

9 ) The mediator of the New Covenant, the author and perfecter of our faith, endured the cross, scored its shame an sat down at God’s right hand. I just choose to follow him as best I can.

CONCLUSIONS TO WORDGO HEBREWS 12

I see this as discipline is part of having God as our Father. Jesus endured it and so must we. But there is an eternal kingdom waiting for us.