Ruth and Boaz

Here is the newest story in this series.  This lesson would be placed after Samson and before Samuel, if you are teaching chronologically.

Ruth and Boaz - 2

The book of Ruth contains a wonderful picture of redemption.  The story takes place in the time of the Judges.  Naomi and her husband and two sons have left Bethlehem (the House of Bread) to sojourn in Moab due to a famine .  They stay 10 years, during which time Naomi’s sons and husband die, leaving her with 2 Moabite daughters-in-law: Ruth and Orpah.  Naomi decides to return to Bethlehem, and Ruth pleads to be allowed to accompany her, forsaking her homeland and gods, to embrace the one true God of Israel.  Once back in Bethlehem, Ruth offers to go glean in the fields and “just so happened” to come to the property belonging to  mighty Boaz…a kinsman of Naomi’s husband.  She was treated kindly by this man, and encouraged to continue in his fields for the duration of the barley harvest.  Naomi prompted Ruth to claim the provision that Boaz was more than willing to perform…that of a kinsman redeemer. He could buy back the property that was lost by Naomi’s husband and sons according to Leviticus 25: 25-28, and marry Ruth so that her husband’s family still had a name in Israel according to Deuteronomy 25: 5-10.  Ruth’s first-born son was Obed , the father of Jesse…the father of David. Optional: If you have access to barley kernels, you could glue them to the barley stalk.The worksheet above should be printed  on a full-sized sheet of card stock. (8 1/2 by 11 inches) The  worksheet below should produce ” 2 inch” squares with pictures from which the kids will choose “Who can be a Goel?”…both for Ruth and for mankind. Glue as shown in sample, and write your choices in the 4 lines provided. Write John 6: 35 in red ink.  Explain  who was born in Bethlehem. (Boaz, David, Jesus) and make sure the kids understand the definition of redemption, Redeemer etc.                                          

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 1

ruth and boaz - worksheet 2

Wisemen Still Seek Him

We know that many astronomers came to find the King of the Jews, not just three.  Maybe they had  heard of the prophesies from Daniel, who was the most illustrious of the “wise men” in Persia over 500 years before.  They brought gifts to present to the young child as they fell down to worship Him.  Do we have as great a passion and devotion as these Wise Men?

Birth of the Messiah foretold

Birth of Christ foretold

E-mail me if you need help with directions.  The verse is Micah 5:2 ; ‘But you, O Bethlehem, who are little among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting”, and is written with a silver gel pen.  The building will need to pre-cut by you with an x-acto blade. (dangerous for kids)  Cut on the highlighted lines, and fold on the dashes.  You can either pre-fold…or do it together  in class.   Also needed will be 5 palm fronds and the windows , which are 2  different sizes.

To make the palm trees you will have to know how to make a “Jacob’s ladder”… go to you-tube for a good instructional video “how to make a jacob’s ladder” uploaded by rostichery.This pattern uses one half page of dark blue or black card stock.  The palm trees can be colored with pens if you do not have brown or green card stock.  The folds will stay crisp with card stock…I have never tried it with any other type of paper.