Scripture: Ruth 1: 1-8, 14 – 18, 22; Ruth 2: 1-23; Ruth 3: 1-13, 15-18; Ruth 4 : 1 -16 or pages 210-215 in The Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
For the Teacher:
I would encourage you to listen to this series on the book of Ruth done by Zolz Levitt.
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Have the children open their Bibles to Ruth or pages 210-215 in The Golden Children’s Bible.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- Why did Naomi and her husband and sons move to Moab? There was a famine.
- Who did the sons marry? Ruth and Orpah
- Why did Naomi decide to go back to Bethlehem? Her husband and both of her sons had died. She heard that there was food again in Bethlehem.
- Why did Naomi encourage here daughters-in-law to go back? So that they would be with their own families.
- Did they go back? Orpah did, but Ruth didn’t.
- What did Ruth say to Naomi? “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
- Do you think that going along with Naomi would have been an easy or a hard thing to do? Why? It would have been hard for her to leave her father and mother, family, friends, and the country where she had grown up.
- Why do you think that Ruth stayed with Naomi? She knew that Ruth was old and needed help. She had taken Naomi’s God to be her own God. Nobody in her home town would have been a believer.
- When did the two women get to Bethlehem? During the barley harvest.
- What did Ruth do to help provide for Naomi and herself? She went to glean in the fields.
- Who’s field did she end up gleaning in? Boaz
- What did Boaz offer to Ruth? protection and food and water
- Why was he so kind to Ruth? He heard about how she left her own family and homeland to take care of Naomi. He knew that she was a relative.
- Why was Naomi excited when she heard that Ruth had gleaned in the field of Boaz? Boaz was a relative of theirs.
- Naomi refers to Boaz as “one of our guardian-redeemers” or “kinsman redeemer”. Another word for that person was a “goel”. Jewish law said that if you were widowed, the closest male in the family was to take care of you, and to marry you to give you children to carry on the family line.
- Where did Naomi tell Ruth to find Boaz? on the threshing floor
- Explain that the threshing floor was an area where the grain is separated from the chaff. Show a picture.
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- The area was usually paved and had a small wall surrounding it. And it was usually located on a hill so that there was more wind to help in separating the grain from the chaff. Show a video.
- When Ruth lay at the feet of Boaz and asked for him to cover her with his garment, what was she really asking him? She was asking him to take care of her and Naomi, since he was the kinsman redeemer.
- What was his answer? There was another relative who was closer to them, and therefore, he was first in line. He would redeem her, if the other relative didn’t.
- What did he give Ruth before she returned to Naomi? Six measures of barley.
- Why did Boaz meet with the other relative and ten elders of the town? To see if the other relative wanted to redeem Ruth and Naomi, and to have his answer witnessed.
- Did the other man redeem them? No. He would have bought the land, but he didn’t want to marry Ruth. So, he told Boaz to redeem her.
- How did the man legalize the agreement? By taking off his sandal and giving it to Boaz.
- Ruth and Boaz had a baby boy named Obed. Who was Obed’s grandson? King David.
- Who was the descendant of King David? Jesus!
- Ruth and Boaz and Grandma Naomi were blessed with this baby boy, but who else was blessed? We were! Because Jesus, his descendant, is our kinsman redeemer. He purchased us, and took us to be a part his family.
- Let’s pray and ask Jesus to be our kinsman redeemer…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
Ruth 1:16b “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 from Raising Our Kids
An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Show a video of this story.
Older kids will enjoy this Bible Trivia Challenge from Children’s Ministry Deals:
My Little House has a great craft for this lesson.
Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
Have the children make a wall hanging from Christian Crafts.
Gospel Hall has a puzzle and a mini-book featuring this story. Search for “Ruth” or lesson activity “315”
This lesson from Church of God has some worksheets and a color page.
And here is a lesson from Kids Clubs 4 Jesus
Sing “His Banner Over Me” or “God is So Good” by the Donut Man. Or sing “Banner of Love” by Mary Rice Hopkins. Get them on itunes.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.