Family Devotionals

May 7-13 | A Look at Ruth

Family Devotional – A Look at Ruth

May 7-13

This week’s Family Devotional parallels the Prestonwood Student Ministry Junior High Devos for the week of May 7 - May 13.

Leader Preparation

Read through chapters 3 and 4 of Ruth. Take the time to really understand the setting and context of Ruth’s story (i.e. look up “threshing floor” if needed). After familiarizing yourself with these chapters, take a few minutes to ask God to help you relay the redemption story of Ruth to the rest of your family.

Also, in preparation for your opening activity, create a flow-chart outline of your family tree. Add as much information as you like (pictures, stories, how the husband and wife met, etc.).

Prayer Time with Family

Pray for the following things:

·      Clarity and understanding of this book of the Bible.

·      A better understanding of how Ruth was an important piece of the genealogy of Christ, and how her story gives us a picture of what Christ would do for us.

Opening Activity

Take a little time to look back through your family tree (at least back to great grandparents if possible) and see how God has orchestrated your birth and the birth of your children through those that have come before you.

Bible Study

A.    Read chapter three aloud, together. Ask each family member to share one thing that stands out to them.

B.    Then hand out the following questions and have everyone read chapter four silently, and answer these questions as they go: 

a.    How does Ruth’s redemption reflect Christ and his death on the cross?

b.    What characteristics of Christ do you see in each main character (Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz)?

C.   Discuss the Scripture

a.    How does Ruth’s redemption reflect Christ and his death on the cross?

b.    What characteristics of Christ do you see in each main character (Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz)?

c.     Of the three main characters, who would you say you most resemble in attitude?

d.    Consider how well God orchestrated Boaz being able to redeem Ruth in place of the other, more closely related man. Discuss one time in your life or in your family’s life when God has clearly been the orchestrator.

e.    The story of Ruth is a story that foretells of the One who will be the ultimate redeemer of humankind. Christ, like Boaz, was not only willing, but also anxious to redeem that which had been separated from Him. Christ gave us more than we could ever deserve (just as Boaz gave Ruth barley) through his grace and mercy by living the perfect life and offering himself as a sacrifice for the ones He loved.

D.   Apply

a.    Again, consider the three main characters of the story.

                                               i.     Dad, how can you be more like Boaz – the provider, the redeemer of she who would become his family?

                                             ii.     Mom, how can you be more like Naomi – wise and patient with her family, patient in waiting for the Lord’s will to be fulfilled, joyful at the Lord’s provisions?

                                            iii.     Kids, how can you be more like Ruth – willing to seek and to listen to her family’s advice, trusting in God to pull through in every situation, thankful for God’s work in your life?

b.    How can this story be an example for your family as a whole? In what ways did God bring this family together – how has he done the same in yours? Consider how Naomi, Boaz, the unnamed relative, and Ruth all played a part in this story – none of them worked alone or independently of one another. Work together this week as a family and trust in God’s provision.

c.     Consider how Christ was born of the lineage of Ruth (Ruth was the great-grandmother of David) and therefore how important her life story of redemption is as a very literal part of the future or Christ’s lineage. Emphasize to your family how important each one of you is in your family and your family’s future and how the choices that each of you makes can have a great effect on others.

d.    Set some goals for yourself and your family, whether it be working on your Christ-likeness or growing to be willing to trust the advice of your elder family members even when it doesn’t seem to be fair or make sense, knowing that they are doing what is best for you.


            Pray for:

·      A heart like Ruth’s – one of determination and obedience.

·      A heart like Naomi’s – one of selfless care and wisdom.

·      A heart like Boaz’s – one of willingness to redeem another and of kindness and selfless giving.

·      A deeper faith in God to be your redeemer in every situation.

·      A stronger connection between your family members as you journey through this life together.

Family Devotional – The Reality of Hell
May 14-20

This week’s Family Devotional parallels the Prestonwood Student Ministry Junior High Devos for the week of May 14-20.  (It also parallels the High School Devos from April 16-22).

Pre-Devo Activity

Read Matthew 22:1-14.

Gather some pens and note cards.


Pray that God would cleanse our hearts and forgive us of anything in our lives that might be hindering our fellowship with the Lord. Ask God to speak to each of our hearts individually during the Bible study. Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring insight and wisdom to our study of Matthew 22:1-14.

Opening Activity

  • Pass out note cards and pens to each person in the family. Have them all answer the following questions on their own. After everyone has finished answering the questions ask everyone to share their answers.

1.    Have you ever been excited about a future event (birthday, holiday, vacation, presidential election, etc…)? How did you feel? How did you prepare for this event?

2.    Have you ever been unprepared for an event (test, race, game, etc…)? What was the result of your lack of preparation?

3.    The Jewish people at the time of Jesus were greatly looking forward to the time of the Messiah. They viewed the long awaited Messiah as God’s instrument of justice and salvation. When the Messiah arrived, did the Jewish people recognize him? Were they prepared for his arrival? Use Scripture to support your answers.

  • These questions are closely related to our passage of study. Jesus’ parable functioned somewhat like a commentary on his reception by the Jewish people. The Jewish nation (especially the religious leaders) was not ready for the ministry of Jesus, the long awaited Messiah. However, Jesus’ ministry would continue forward. Those who responded to Jesus’ invitation to repent and believe were some of the most unlikely candidates.  Those who refused the invitation and who were unprepared for the ministry of the Messiah would face God’s judgment.

Bible Study

  • Read Matthew 22:1-14 together as a family.
  • How do you think this parable serves as a warning to its listeners today?  The image of a wedding feast is clearly an allusion to Old Testament texts that speak of the time of the Messiah as a time of great celebration, a future banquet to be shared with the righteous (see Isaiah 25:6-9). The presence of Jesus, the Messiah, signaled the time of fulfillment and celebration. In the parable, the king gives a wedding feast for his son and those who had formerly been invited are called for. To the dismay of the king, the invitations are refused. Those who refuse the invitation are punished and yet the feast continues as those who formerly were not invited are brought into the celebration. We know that the Jewish people largely rejected Jesus as the Messiah, seen especially amongst the religious leaders. However, Jesus’ ministry continued primarily amongst the unexpected: the poor, outcasts, sinners and gentiles. Verses 11-14 depict a man who although present is clearly not properly prepared for the celebration. Unless we repent and believe and therefore have been transformed within (new hearts), we have no part in God’s kingdom. In verse 13 the result of this man’s unpreparedness is laid out, namely judgment. 

o   Jesus is often found using parables to speak judgment against His opposing audience (i.e. Mark 12:1-12). In that sense they functioned as an indictment against His listeners. How might we understand verses 1-7 in light of Jesus’ present ministry?

  • How did the king respond to the violent opposition brought against his messengers (see vs. 7-10)? Despite the refusal of the first guests invited, the invitation continues to go forth and the wedding hall is filled with guests. How might we understand this image in light of Jesus’ ministry (see Mark 2:13-17; John 4:1-30)? In verse 11 there is found a man at the wedding banquet that is clearly unprepared for the event at hand. What does this refer to and what was the result of his lack of preparation?


·      This passage is all about responding well to the ministry and mission of Jesus, whose ministry marked the fulfillment of God’s promise to rescue the world. In this passage we learn that those who refuse the invitation of Jesus and pretend to be part of His people while not being truly ready (committed and transformed) will be judged. 

·      The man who was unprepared was clearly invited to the wedding, but not prepared to stay for the celebration. Many people today have heard the Gospel, but have never placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. 

·      How might we communicate the central truth(s) of this parable to unbelieving friends today?

·      What does this parable teach us about God’s future judgment? 


·      Begin by thanking God for His faithfulness in sending His Messiah to bring salvation to a lost and dying world.

·      Pray that the Lord would give you both opportunities and boldness to proclaim Jesus as the long awaited Christ to lost friends and family.

·      Pray for friends and family members who are presently not following Jesus.

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