Ruth Sunday School Lesson

Objective

To trust God to make a way when there seems to be no way.

Ice Breaker

Play a peg board game where the answer is not clear, then show how it is done.

There is a way when there seems no way.

Bible Card

  • Author: Unknown, possibly Samuel
  • Type: History
  • Written: 1011 to 931 BC
  • No. Chapters: 4
  • O.T. Book No.: 8

Study

The book of Ruth is a story of how trusting God resulted in His guidance.

Sing the chorus of the Don Moen song, God will make a way:

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way
 
The study and the craft go together.

Craft

We are going to make a story.

Have a lego house in Bethlehem.

There was a famine so Naomi, her husband Elimelech and her two boys Mahlon and Kilion went to Moab to find food.

Eilimelech died.

Mahlon and Kilion married Orpah and Ruth.

Mahon and Kilion died.

They hear that the famine in Bethlehem had finished, so Naomi wanted to go back home.

Give everyone an empy pot container.  I used a small cake decoration container.

Naomi told Orpah and Ruth to go back to their parents and perhaps they can marry again.  She basically said that it was a hopeless situation.

Orpah left but Ruth said she would stay with Naomi.

Read Ruth 1v16,17.

Give each child a small piece of string.  Let them tie a knot in it and put it on their pot.

This represents a strong family tie and a strong tie with God.

Ruth trusted God to find a way when things looked hopeless.

They returned to Bethlehem and Ruth worked hard gleaning grain.

Spill a pot of grain on the table and ask the children to pick up the grain and put them in the pot.

She worked in Boaz’s field, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband.  He was kind to Ruth.

Boaz and Ruth wanted to marry.

Put some hearts on the table and let the children put a heart in the pot.

In order to marry, according to their culture, a closer relative had to have first choice.

He chose not to in order to protect his situation and handed Boaz his sandle.

Put a small cut-out of a foam sandle into the pot.

Then Ruth and Boaz got married and had a baby and called him Obed.  Everyone was happy.

Let the children put a Jelly Baby into the pot.

Read Matthew 1v5 and 1v16.  You can see how Ruth, a foreigner and a woman, is mentioned in the lineage of Jesus.

Look how God found a way that seemed hopeless.

Can we be like Ruth, who trusts God and supports their family even when things are difficult.

Sing the song again.

Story of Ruth pot.