Kids City continued learning how God uses ordinary people to complete His perfect plan this week with the story of Ruth and Boaz. God used Boaz to care for Ruth as a family redeemer in the same way Jesus redeems us from our sin. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is: God provided a redeemer for Ruth.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Ruth 1-4. This story can be found on page 68 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Naomi lived in Bethlehem in Judah with her husband and their two sons. At that time, the people of Israel were ruled by judges like Gideon, Samson, and Deborah. There was a famine in the land, so it was difficult to find enough food to survive. Naomi and her husband decided to go to Moab.
While they were in Moab, Naomi’s husband died. Naomi’s sons married women from Moab, Orpah and Ruth. They lived in Moab for 10 years, and then Naomi’s sons died. Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth were all alone. The famine was over, so Naomi decided to go home.
The women were very sad to leave each other. Orpah returned home, but Ruth clung to Naomi. “Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God,” Ruth said. So Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem together.
Naomi gave Ruth permission to go into the fields and gather fallen grain. She happened to go to the field of Boaz, a good man from the family of Naomi’s late husband. Boaz saw Ruth in his field. He had heard how kind Ruth was to Naomi, so Boaz told RUth to stay in his field where she would be safe. Boaz made sure Ruth had enough food.
Ruth gathered plenty of grain in the field. She returned to Naomi and told her about Boaz. “Boaz is one of our family redeemers,” Naomi replied. A family redeemer was someone who would help his close relatives if they were in trouble. Naomi knew Boaz would take care of Ruth, so she encouraged Ruth to stay in his fields.
Naomi wanted to make sure Ruth had a husband to care for her, so she gave Ruth special instructions. Ruth put on her best clothes and laid down near Boaz’s feet. In this way, Ruth showed Boaz that she hoped he would marry her. Boaz was surprised to find Ruth at his feet. “You are a family redeemer,” Ruth said.
Boaz promised to redeem Ruth, which meant he would buy back the land that Naomi sold after her husband died, and he would marry Ruth. He gave Ruth grain and send her home.
Boaz bought back the land that had belonged to Naomi’s family, and he married Ruth. Ruth and Boaz had a son name Obed. Naomi took care of Obed. When Obed grew up, he was the father of Jesse, who was the father of King David.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What happened to Naomi’s husband and sons in Moab? (they died)
- Who went with Naomi to Bethlehem? (Ruth)
- In whose field did Ruth gather leftover grain? (Boaz)
- What is the name for someone who helps his relatives who are in trouble? (family redeemer)
- How did Boaz help his family? (he married Ruth)
- What did Ruth tell Naomi when Naomi told her to go back to her own family? (Wherever you go I will go, … your God will be my God)
- To what town did Naomi and Ruth return?(Bethlehem)
- To whose field did God lead Ruth? (Boaz)
- How did God use Boaz? (God provided a redeemer for Ruth)
- Who was Boaz and Ruth’s great-grandson? (David)
- How does God accomplish His plan? (God uses people for His glory and our good)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Boaz helped his close relatives. Boaz was a family redeemer. He bought back what his relatives lost. Jesus is our Redeemer. He bought our salvation from sin by dying on the cross.
Boaz was a family redeemer. That means he would help his close relatives who were in trouble. Boaz cared for Ruth and Naomi because their husbands had died. In a similar way, Jesus is our Redeemer. We need help because we sin. Jesus bought our salvation for us by taking our punishment when He died on the cross.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God for using ordinary people to carry out His perfect plan. Thank Him for being our Redeemer and dying on the cross to pay the punishment for our sin. Pray that He might use us in special ways to complete His perfect plan.