Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Naomi's Choices ... Lesson 8


Naomi’s Choices

by patsy norwood

Copyright © 2019.  All Rights Reserved.  For personal use only!  Written for women!


Lesson 8:  Take-a-ways from this Study

In this final lesson we're going to look at some things we can take-a-way from this study.  Here are some that I came up with ...


We can’t always go by our feelings, Naomi felt God had abandoned her but He hadn’t.

God can make something good come out of our unwise choices when we are obedient to Him.

The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

We alone determine where we will spend eternity, the choice is ours.

Our spiritual health and security should be the driving forces in our decision making process.

We reap what we sow!

Sometimes, not getting what we want is the best thing for us.  Naomi wanted both of her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab, but Ruth refused.  God was working behind the scenes!

It’s never too late to turn back to God!

Our journey through life is driven by the choices we make.  When our choices take us away from God, there can be painful consequences as we saw in Naomi’s life.  How we react to those consequences is yet another choice we get to make.

Following are some Scriptures that I hope will encourage us to think carefully about the choices we make.

Joshua 24:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 

Circle the word choose.  What were the children of Israel not to choose?

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Proverbs 3:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 Do not envy a man of violence
And do not choose any of his ways.

Circle the word choose.  What was the audience admonished not to choose?  

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Proverbs 1:28-33 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 “They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
31 “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way
And be satiated with their own devices.
32 “For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 “But he who listens to me shall live securely
And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”

Circle the word choose.  What did they fail to choose?  

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Isaiah 65:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 I will destine you for the sword,
And all of you will bow down to the slaughter.
Because I called, but you did not answer;
I spoke, but you did not hear.
And you did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”

Circle the word chose.  What had they chosen? 

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1 Kings 18:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. 
What was Israel’s choice in this verse?  
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Deuteronomy 30:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” 

Circle the word choose.  What is Israel being admonished to choose?  

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Exodus 32:26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

26 then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.  
What was Israel’s choice in this verse?   
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Choices have been a part of mankind since Adam and Eve in the Garden, they were for Naomi and they are for us as well. It's so vitality important that we make choices with God as our guiding influence, that's what Naomi's story is all about, the choices she made,  the consequences that followed and her/our Great Redeemer.  
This concludes our study on Naomi, I hope it has encouraged you to look more closely at the choices you make and the spiritual implications of each.  May God be glorified in all that we do!
patsy

Scripture taken from:  New American Standard Bible (NASB)  Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Naomi's Choices ... Lesson 7


Naomi’s Choices

by patsy norwood

Copyright © 2019.  All Rights Reserved.  For personal use only!  Written for women!


Lesson 7
The End of the Matter
Ruth 4:9-13

           Before long the end of the matter was settled and the results shared with Naomi and Ruth.  Boaz had redeemed Naomi and Ruth’s inheritance and Ruth became Boaz’ wife.
  

Ruth 4:9-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. 10 Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.” 11 All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem. 12 Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the Lord will give you by this young woman.”

            But that’s not the end of the story, it never is with God when we are obedient to Him.  Boaz and Ruth had a son, whom they named Obed.  Obed became the father of Jesse and Jesse became the father of David, the man we know as “a man after God’s own heart!”  
           

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.  1Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. 15 May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”

16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. 17 The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

18 Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron, 19 and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, 20 and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon, 21 and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed, 22 and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

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Acts 13:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 22 After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’


Questions: 
1.   Did Boaz ‘redeem’ Naomi and Ruth’s inheritance?

2.   Did Boaz and Ruth marry?

3.  Who was their son?

4.  Verse 16 tells us that Naomi ‘became her grandson’s nurse’ meaning that she cared for him as if he were her own.  Can’t you just see her gazing down at this child, this grandchild that she never thought she would have, with a heart overflowing with love and quite possibly a tear or two rolling down her cheeks?  Starting with lesson one, what emotions has Naomi experienced thus far?  I’ll get you started …

Lesson 1:  Desperation over the never ending famine
                   Grief over the loss of her husband and son
                  Resignation over Ruth’s determination to ‘not leave her’
5.   What relation was David to Naomi?

patsy

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Naomi's Choices ... Lesson 6


Naomi’s Choices

by patsy norwood

Copyright © 2019.  All Rights Reserved.  For personal use only!  Written for women!


Lesson 6
A Time to Wait!
Ruth 4: 1 - 8

Naomi’s advice after hearing Ruth’s response in 3:18 was one of wisdom.

Ruth 3:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)   18 Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.”

Waiting can be hard and I’m sure that Naomi and Ruth found this to be true during this time.  Can’t you just see Naomi and Ruth going about their morning chores discussing the previous night’s events wondering and waiting or, maybe they were both deep in thought with few words being shared.  Either way, you know this situation had to be occupying both of their thoughts!

In the meantime, Boaz went to the gate of the city to find the relative that was closer than he to Naomi and Ruth.  Once he found him he made known to him of Ruth and Naomi and inquired whether he wished to redeem Elimelech’s inheritance.  Boaz also informed the closest relative that if he did accept the role of redeemer, that Ruth would become his wife and he must raise up children in the name of Ruth’s deceased husband.  The man informed Boaz that he couldn’t redeem the land because it would jeopardize his own inheritance.  The man then passed the right to redeem Elimelech’s inheritance to the next closest relative, which was Boaz.  

1Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, “Turn aside, friend, sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. 2He took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3Then he said to the closest relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4“So I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if not, tell me that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am after you.’” And he said, “I will redeem it.” 5Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.” 6The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance.  Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it.”

What would become of Naomi and Ruth’s inheritance, what would become of Naomi and Ruth?  These were thoughts that I’m sure occupied Naomi and Ruth’s minds as they waited to see how the matter would be settled.

Questions:

1.  What do you think Naomi and Ruth’s state of mind was, as they waited to see what their future held?

2.  Where did Boaz find Naomi’s ‘next of kin?’

3.  When Naomi’s ‘next of kin’ was notified that Naomi was going to sell the family land and that he had the first option to purchase it, what was his reaction?

4.  What changed his mind?

5.  Whose ‘hands’ are Naomi and Ruth’s future in now?

patsy