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Naomi

  1. To follow the brief story of Moab as given in the introduction look up the following:
    a. Genesis 19:36-37
    b. Deuteronomy 2:9, 28-29
    c. Judges 3:12-30; 11:17, 25-26
    d. 2 Kings 3:4-5
    e. Isaiah 15-16
    f. Jeremiah 40:11-12
  2. What do we learn about Moab in Isaiah 15-16 and Jeremiah 48:46-47?
  3. Why do Naomi and Elimelech go to Moab?
  4. How was Naomi afflicted?
  5. Was it right for Naomi to say “the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (Ruth 1:20)?
  6. Widows often say they feel like a “fifth wheel” in mixed company. Would it be best for them to fellowship mainly with other women who understand them and their problems? Discuss the problem. It may be helpful to some in your group.
  7. Read James 1:27. What does this verse mean?
  8. What should a widow’s attitude be towards receiving help from the church?
  9. How does self-pity usually affect a person?
  10. What makes Naomi and example in times of trouble?
  11. Why is Naomi and exemplary mother-in-law?

One Comment

    1. a) Genesis 19:36-37 – Lot’s daughter became pregnant by their father. The oldest daughter’s son was Moab.
      b) Deuteronomy 2:9, 28-29 – Do not provoke the Moabites to war.
      c) Judges 3:12-30; 11:17, 25-26 – When the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord they were given to the Moabites.
      d) 2 Kings 3:4-5 – The king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel
      e) Isaiah 15-16 – Isaiah tells us that Moabites will be destroyed for their wickedness.
      f) Jeremiah 40:11-12 – When the Israelites heard that the Babylonians had left a remnant in Judah and appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, as governor over them, they all came back to the land of Judah.
    2. They will be judged for disobeying God.
    3. There was a famine in Bethlehem.
    4. While in Moab, she lost her husband and two sons.
    5. I am sure that she felt that God had dealt bitterly with her, but she did not trust in God to help her.
    6. No one should be excluded with fellowship from other Christians.
    7. We are to look after orphans and widows. By doing this we help keep our eyes on God.
    8. If they have no family to help them, then it is the church’s responsibility to help them.
    9. It takes away from your closeness to God.
    10. She was faithful to her husband and God.
    11. She showed her faith with Orpah and Ruth by loving and accepting them for who they were.

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