Ruth: The Message of Redemption & Revival Answer Key

An Introduction to the Book of Ruth: Session 1

(NOTE: Please disregard any reference to page numbers given in the video. These refer to an earlier version of note-blank, and not to this study guide.

  • The story of Ruth is one of the most beautiful ____love_____ stories of all time.  
  • This is also a story about _____sacrificial love___________.  
  • In the book of Ruth, we find women going through various ___seasons_________ of life.  
  • In Ruth we see almost every ____season_________ of ___life____________ that a woman can experience.  
  • Ruth is one of five women listed in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1.  
  • To be related to Jesus is not a matter of being a good woman or a religious person, it’s a matter of being a sinner who knows something of the ______grace___________ of God.  
  • Major themes in the Book of Ruth:  
  • The ______sovereignty____________________ of God.
  • The meaning of ______genuine_______________ love.
  • The _____impact___________that one can make.
  • The meaning of _____redemption_______________.
  • The Law of the Kinsman-Redeemer:
  • The kinsman-redeemer had both a ___right________ and a ____responsibility__________ to his impoverished relative.
  • The kinsman-redeemer could buy back land and ____restore_________it to a relative.
  • The kinsman-redeemer could also raise up ____seed/children__________ for his brother, to preserve the family name. 

Running, Rebuke, Repentance: Session 2

  • The setting for the Book of Ruth is in the wicked days when the ______judges________ruled.
  • Famine was unusual in this land. Bethlehem-Judah means “house of ______bread____________ and _____praise___________.”
  • The famine was a result of ____disobedience____________, so the solution was not in _____leaving____________, but in _____staying______________.
  • The moment this family stepped out of God’s will, God began creating _____circumstances_____________ to bring them back home and back to Himself.
  • God used two things to bring Naomi back:  
  • His hand of ______discipline__________________
  • News of _____revival__________ back home
  • Repent means to ____change_____________ my mind, to realize I’ve been going my own way instead of ___God’s____________ way.
  • When Naomi repented, she had to get up and _____leave_____________ Moab.
  • Repentance is the first step in the process of _____restoration_____________________.
  • Our “Moab” is the places, things, and people to which we turn to get our ___needs________ met rather than looking to _____God___________. Moab is the ___substitutes______________ for God in our lives.  

Resolve: Session 3

  • Naomi was looking for ____rest_________________ for herself and her daughters-in-law. This is a recurring theme in the Book of Ruth.
  • Bitterness of spirit produces _____weariness__________________ in our souls.
  • Rest is not a matter of a change in our ____external______________ circumstances, but something God gives within our hearts.
  • The daughters-in-law are faced with a ____choice__________________.
  • They could choose between the pathway of _____convenience___________ and ____comfort_____________ or the pathway of ____commitment_______________ and _____compassion_____________.
  • If you’re willing to sacrifice immediate _____gratification______________ to settle for long-term blessing, you will choose the pathway of commitment and compassion.
  • Ruth made a:
  • conscious, ____deliberate____________ choice. Her choice was a matter of ___leaving_____________ and ___cleaving______________.
  • choice based on ____faith_______________ rather than feelings.
  • a steadfast, ____determined_____________ choice.
  • ___permanent_______________, lifetime choice.
  • ___100_________ percent choice requiring total commitment.
  • ____costly__________ choice.  
  • The foundational choice to follow Christ does not eliminate smaller choices that we must make on a daily basis, but it does ___simplify______________ them. 

Resentment: Session 4

  • The outcome of our lives is not determined by what happens to us, but by how we ____respond______ to what happens to us.
  • How we respond will be determined by our ____view_________ of God.
  • Naomi had a faulty view of God. She did not see that the painful circumstances in her life were an expression of God’s ______love/grace_____________.
  • Naomi responded to her circumstances in resentment and ___bitterness____________, and others became defiled by the overflow.
  • As a step to determine if you are bitter, ask:
  • Is there anyone in my life that I have never fully ____forgiven________________?
  • Is there any person or circumstances in my life for which I have never ___thanked_________ God?
  • Naomi, in the process of ____restoration________________, needed a right view of God.
  • To be set free from bitterness, we need to:
  • Look ___inward_______________.
  • Look ___upward_______________. 

Refuge: Session 5

  • In contrast to Naomi’s spirit of bitterness, we see Ruth’s response to her ____similar_____________ circumstances.
  • In the Old Testament, God’s provision for the poor was that they should _______work___________, and that the wealthy should _____enable______________ the poor to work.
  • Another title for this chapter might be ___grace_________ and ___gratitude_____________.
  • Ruth was diligent and ______industrious_______________. Even menial work, when done through love, can be a ____blessing/privilege____________.
  • From Ruth’s standpoint, she just “happened” to come upon Boaz’s field, but with God there are no _____chance-happenings_____________.
  • Boaz tells Ruth to stay in his field—the “Field of ____Grace___________.”
  • “God will rarely change my circumstances until He has used my circumstances to ___change_________ me.”
  • The “Wings of God” provide:
  • ____safety__________________ (Psalm 17:8-9)
  • ____a place of refreshment___________________ (Psalm 36:7-8)
  • ____stillness_____________ in the midst of the storm (Psalm 57:1)
  • help and ___joy_____________ (Psalm 63:7)
  • ___hope______ in the midst of ___fearful____________ circumstances (Psalm 91:4)
  • Three qualifications of a Kinsman-Redeemer are:
  • The man had to have the ___right______________ to redeem—he had to be related.
  • The man had to have the ___power______________ to redeem—the ability to pay.
  • The man had to be ____willing_____________ to redeem. 

Request: Session 6—Part One

  • Ruth wants nothing for herself; she is seeking an ____heir____________ for her deceased husband. She is fulfilling her ___duty________ to follow the ways of God in restoring her family name and family lands.
  • Ruth’s response gives us a key to successful marriage relationships—not based on personal happiness, but rather on ____commitment___________________, sacrifice, obedience, and ______what pleases God______.
  • Ruth first found refuge under the shadow of God’s wings, and then she was able to find refuge under the garment of a ____kinsman-redeemer________.
  • Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer, says to Ruth, “Don’t be ___afraid_____________. I will do for you _____all________ you ask.”
  • Ruth was known in the city as a woman of ____noble______________ character. She is a ___virtuous______________ woman.
  • Women’s virtue should ____inspire__________ men.
  • Virtue is a matter of the _____heart_______, and it affects everything in our lives.
  • Naomi now counsels Ruth to _____wait_________ until Boaz settles the matter.
  • God doesn’t fix every situation _____immediately______________; sometimes we too must ____wait__________. 

Redemption & Restoration: Session 6—Part Two

  • The grace of God always has a _____happy ending_______________________!
  • The city elders pronounced a three-fold blessing to Boaz and Ruth:  
  • A blessing on the _____wife_____________________
  • A blessing on the _____husband_____________________
  • A blessing on their _______offspring__________________
  • The women of the city told Naomi that she would ______always________________ have a “goel” (redeemer) to care for her.

Our Redemption

  • Our condition: _____helpless______________ and ____hopeless___________________
  • Two biblical words that describe our situation:



  • His intervention
  • The transaction: ___transfer_________________ of ____ownership_________________. I become His!

My part—by faith:

Acknowledge my _____need_____________.

Appeal for grace.

Give myself and my situation fully to Him.

His part—the transformation

My _____past_____________________

My _____present___________________

My _____future_____________________


© Used with permission. Study Guide for Ruth: The Message of Redemption & Revival DVD & CD
by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.




Scripture: Ruth

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Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored twenty-two books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, and You Can Trust God to Write Your Story (coauthored with her husband). Her books have sold more than five million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.