Ruth Chooses To Stay With Naomi
“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn
back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will
go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall
be my people, and your God, my God.’”
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
A few small magnets, several small items, some that will attach to a
magnet and others that won’t and a couple of trays.
Poster board pre-cut into heart or round shapes (enough for all of
the children in your class), 6” long pieces of pre-cut 1/2” to 1”
ribbon, yellow or pink construction paper and safety pins.
Enough gingerbread men cookies (store bought) and frosting for
the number of children in your class.
Put out one tray or several trays containing magnets and some
things that are attracted to the magnets and some that aren’t. Ask
questions about the different items that are being attracted to the
magnets. Explain how that the “attraction” of the magnet
compares with loyalty. Loyalty will always “cling” to that which is
good and right.
As we begin the book of Ruth, we will see a striking contrast to the
book of Judges, which we just finished, and yet we will see a close
connection to it. The book of Judges gave us a dark picture of the
spiritual condition of the nation of Israel, and the book of Ruth
shows us that God has never left Himself without people who are
faithful to Him.
The book is named for a Moabite woman who had married a
Hebrew man living in Moab. Ruth and Esther are the only two
books in the Bible named for women. Ruth was the great-great
grandmother of King David, and is in the line of the Messiah.
No one knows for sure who wrote the book of Ruth. Jewish
tradition attributes the book to Samuel. In this book we will
discover many wonderful things about love, faithfulness and
redemption. In the first chapter we especially learn about loyalty
and how that God wants us to be loyal.
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