God of the Harvest


God of the Harvest: Generations (Ruth 4:18-22, Psalm 90:1-2)

Summary:  God is from everlasting to everlasting and sees the world differently than us, we who are too often spiritually near-sighted. Reflection Questions: 1.  When we function as spiritually near-sighted, we often viewing the world through a lens that inflates or a perspective that says life is pointless.  Do you tend toward one of these…

God of the Harvest: God’s Redemptive Fullness (Ruth 4:13-17)

Summary: God’s redemptive fullness, as represented in Ruth’s marriage to Boaz and the birth of her son Obed, arouses both praise and witness in us. Reflection Questions: 1.  If you were with us Sunday, we did a “praise exercise” where we lifted our hands and said, “Praise the Lord” at each remembrance of God’s blessing. …

God of the Harvest: Belonging (Ruth 4:1-12)

Summary: one of the ways to understand redemption is with the idea of purchasing from bondage, which is what we see in Boaz’s actions here.  As people bought by God, we begin to understand and experience true belonging. Reflection Questions: 1. What has the setting moved to the city gates?  What is it necessary that…

God of the Harvest: Willing Love (Ruth 3)

Summary: Boaz redeems Ruth not because he has to, but because he wants to.  In this picture of love, we’re directed toward a God who loves and redeems us with the same heart. Reflection Questions: 1.  In Ruth 3:1-6, we see Ruth and Naomi acting on God’s Word to them in the guardian-redeemer law of…

God of the Harvest: Redeemer (Ruth 2:13-23)

Summary:  We don’t know what’s around the next bend of our lives, but we know the Lord is at work and that He – our redeemer – will provide, allowing us to “harvest from the sheaves” of his grace. Reflection Questions: 1.  What part of your journey are you on?  Do you feel lost, settled,…

God of the Harvest: Sowing and Reaping (Ruth 2:1-12)

Summary:  Ruth goes out to glean, to survive, but she ends up reaping an unexpected harvest.  Grace!  Has she sown? Reflection Questions: 1. In what ways did Ruth sow what was right and good?  Why does it catch Boaz’s attention?  How does he respond? 2.  Paul writes, in Galatians 6:7:  “A man reaps what he…

God of the Harvest: Clinging (Ruth 1:14-18)

Summary:  How do you respond to times of trial and suffering?  Ruth shows deep love as she clings to Naomi, walking by faith and not by sight. Reflection Questions: 1.  Who or what does your soul cling to in times of trouble?  What’s the one thing you can’t live without? 2. How was Ruth’s action…

God of the Harvest: Love (Ruth 1:6-22)

Summary:  Following a season of devastating loss, Naomi experiences unexpected love.  We see that love sows for a harvest, even in what looks like barren soil.  Do you believe God can change your script? Reflection Questions: 1.  Reflect on a time when someone loved you deeply and it changed you – your heart, your course…

God of the Harvest: Loss (Ruth 1:1-5)

Summary: Ruth begins in a season of loss. For Naomi, the fields are razed; the crops are bare. How does God call his people to walk through loss? What can we stand upon, even amid devastation? Reflection Questions: 1. What words come to mind to describe some of the most painful losses in your life?…


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