Kids will play Spin That Wheel Live! along with goofy characters who try to answer questions about the stories of Ruth and Job. This four-week, live-teaching series, shows kids that God stayed with Ruth and Job in hard times, just like he is always with us.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from Week 2: God Was With Ruth, Ruth 2-4
Have kids sit down so everyone can see each other. Do introductions if needed. Talk through the discussion questions to help kids understand the story and how to apply it to their lives.
1. After they left Moab, how was God with Ruth and Naomi? (providing food, and Boaz)
2. How did Boaz help Ruth and Naomi? (Discuss. He provided food for them, and married Ruth to care for them for a long time.)
3. Has someone ever helped you like that and reminded you that it’s really God who’s always there with you? Maybe your grandparents, or a neighbor? (Discuss.)
ASK YOUR KID
How did God use Boaz to rescue Ruth and Naomi?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Ruth 2
When Ruth stepped onto Boaz’s field, she had no idea that he was a relative of Naomi’s dead husband. This made him a kinsman redeemer for Naomi and Ruth, which had the potential to change everything. A kinsman redeemer was obligated to marry his dead relative’s widow and father a son with her in order to carry on the family name. He was also obligated to buy the family’s land in order to continue to provide for the family. In other words, widows had a biblical right to protection, provided by a kinsman redeemer.
Boaz promised Ruth that he would protect her, but he also knew she wasn’t his for the taking. There was a relative closer to the family than he was. Ultimately, we find out that this relative wasn’t in a position take on the role of kinsman redeemer, so Boaz stepped in. Ruth and Boaz were people of character who trusted God, and they acted out of God’s best for them. When we live out of God’s best for us, we do the right thing, in the right way, with the right heart.
Ruth married Boaz, and through their bloodline came Jesus, the kinsman redeemer for me, you, and the entire world.
The story of Ruth is a story for all of us. If we think we can’t be used by God, we have to rethink. God used two widows and a farmer in a small village to set forth his plan of redemption for the whole world. John Piper says it this way:
“This is a story for people who wonder where God is when there are no dreams or visions or prophets. It’s a story for people who wonder where God is when one tragedy after another attacks their faith. It’s a story for people who wonder whether a life of integrity in tough times is worth it. It’s a story for people who can’t imagine that anything great could come from their ordinary lives of faith. In other words, it’s a story for people like us.”
How do you relate to this story? Are you like Boaz? Ruth? Naomi? Do you believe God can use you not only in spite of your situation but maybe even because of it?
What decisions are you facing right now? Are you considering them with God’s best in mind— doing the right thing, in the right way, with the right heart?
“God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you,” Deuteronomy 31:6b.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.