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Come Follow Me 2022 LDS (June 6-12) Ruth 1 & Samuel 1-3 | Ruth & Hanna’s Redemption – powered by Happy Scribe

Is your life going exactly as originally planned, or is the road you’re on filled with more potholes and detours than you hoped for? After the end of the crazy Book of Judges, we find two beautiful stories about three women whose lives are certainly not working out as they’d originally hoped, but with God’s power and redemption, they witness miracles. Now, during the time of the Judges, Alamalek and his wife Naomi, from the tribe of Judah, have two sons, Malone and Killian. They’re a faithful and believing family living in Bethlehem, which means house of bread. But currently there’s no bread at all because there’s a big famine and they’re super duper hungry. Together, Alamalek and Naomi make the difficult decision to move to Moab among foreigners who don’t know the true God, but they do have food. While living there, both sons marry admirable Moabite women, Orpa and Ruth. And just when life seems to be going according to plan, Alemalek and both sons suddenly die. Wow. So now what with broken hearts? The three widows are utterly alone, and back then, childless widows had very few options. Distraught but determined, Naomi decides to return to Bethlehem and tells her two daughters inlaw to return to their families because she knows she can’t support them.

Reluctantly, or believes. But Ruth loves Naomi profoundly. And more importantly, Ruth Enos and loves Naomi’s God.

So she begs, don’t urge me to leave you. Where you go, I will go. And where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God. My God.

Ruth personifies Christ’s goodness, love, and service as she prepares to become an outsider among the Israelites. Arriving together in Bethlehem with no food, Ruth immediately becomes a Gleaner. What’s a Gleaner? Well, in the law of Moses, when a farmer harvested his field, he left the outside edge of the field along with any grain that fell throughout the field, untouched for the pour together or glean. Now Ruth is inspired to glean in the field of Boaz, a very rich and influential farmer who also embodies Christlike kindness and service. Boaz notices Ruth and learns of her awesome sacrifice to be with her mother in law and offers Ruth help. Returning home, Ruth tells Naomi about Boaz, and Naomi remembers that Boaz is a near Kinsman. Why does that matter? Well, the law of Moses includes the Leverett law of marriage that States if a husband dies, his nearest male Kinsman has the duty to support and Mary the widow, becoming the woman’s Redeemer. In fact, the term near Kinsman in Hebrew is Goel, meaning Redeemer, and the vital word redeem means to rescue or pay off an obligation. So Naomi, as a great woman of faith, excitedly creates a plan for Ruth to approach Boaz to ask that he take the role of near Kinsman and marry Ruth.

Can you imagine how incredibly nervous she must have been? Fortunately, Boaz knows Ruth’s kind heart and marries her. She and Naomi move into Boaz’s home and are redeemed from their poverty. Later, Ruth and Boaz have a son and eventually become the great grandparents of King David, through whose lineage came Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of us all. Today, as we plead to Jesus Christ to be saved and redeemed from our challenges and weaknesses, we too are like Ruth, and Jesus is our Savior, rescuing us from physical death and our Redeemer by paying the debts of sin we can’t pay ourselves. Our next story is about Hannah, whose life is also not going according to plan. All she wants from life is to be a mother, but for many, many years, she’s unable to have children. Grieving, Hannah worships at the temple each year with her husband. Filled with faith and knowing God hears prayers, she pleads for a child while kneeling outside the Tabernacle walls. Wanting to offer something of great worth to God, she vows, if thou will.

Give me a son, I will give him unto thee all the days of his life.

Unfortunately, Eli, the temple priest, totally misreads this tender moment and can only see Hannah’s lips moving wordlessly while crying on the ground. Assuming the worst, he calls her a drunk and tells her to leave. Surprised, Hannah explains, no, my Lord, I’m.

Not drunk, but I’ve poured out my soul before the Lord.

Realizing his mistake, Eli quickly apologizes and prophetically blesses her, go in peace. May the God of Israel grant thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And sure enough, later that year, Hannah’s prayers are answered as she’s redeemed from her childless state and gives birth to her son, Samuel. Obediently, she keeps her sincere vow and raises Samuel until he’s old enough to leave her side and then brings him to the temple to spend the rest of his life serving God. Astonishingly, she gave her only son to God just as God gave his only son to us. Now, in reading about Naomi, Ruth, and Hannah, we see examples of incredible faith, hope and prayers. So when our lives don’t go as planned and everything seems to be falling apart, we too can likewise turn to the Lord in mighty prayer for our redemption. And sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no. But most of the time the answer is just to wait. And remember that when we turn to him, our great Redeemer is there. So Hannah’s blessed with a miraculous baby boy. But what will happen to Samuel as she turns his life over to God?

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Be a Loyal Servant

Ruth; 1 Samuel 1-3 | June 6-12

Naomi and her husband moved to Moab with their two sons. The sons married Orpah and Ruth. Naomiโ€™s husband and her sons died suddenly. Naomi told her daughters-in-law that they could go back to their own families, but Ruth wanted to stay with Naomi, promising to follow her and her God. Naomi and Ruth moved back to Judah. As Ruth was out gleaning in a corn field, she met Boaz. Boaz owned the field and offered to help Ruth. Ruth told Naomi about Boaz and Naomi realized that Boaz was a near kinsman who could marry her and take care of her and Naomi. The Lord blessed Ruth for her loyalty and faithfulness.

Hannah was sad because she hadnโ€™t been able to have children. She went to the temple and prayed outside the temple wall that she would be blessed with a son. She promised the Lord that she would give her son to Him to serve Him. The priest saw her and after talking with her, he promised her that her prayer would be answered. Hannah soon had a son and named him Samuel. The Lord blessed Hannah for her faithfulness. Hannah was loyal to God and fulfilled her promise. When he was old enough, Hannah brought Samuel to the temple to serve the Lord.

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Scripture

Ruth 1:16

โ€œAnd Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:โ€

Questions

  • How did Ruth show her loyalty to her mother-in-law?
  • How was Ruth blessed for her loyalty and faithfulness?
  • How did Hannah show her faith in the Lord?
  • How was Hannah blessed?
  • How can we show our loyalty to God?

Quote

โ€œWe show our loyalty to the Lord by being obedient to parents, being respectful of our brothers and sisters, following Church leaders, and fulfilling our church callings and priesthood responsibilities. Loyalty includes being obedient to the laws of the land and the commandments of God. Loyalty to employer and employee, demonstrated by an honest dayสผs work and an honest dayสผs pay, is part of our loyalty to the Lord, for what we do unto each other we do unto Him. It means standing up for that which is right when our associates would persuade us to do wrong.โ€ Rex D. Pinegar

View past lessons & resourcesย on our website.

More Resources

Activity

Gleaning Ears of Corn

Ruth gleaned ears of corn to feed her family. These ears of corn will help your family glean knowledge from this weekโ€™s lesson as you answer the questions.

Treat

Corn Pones

Feed your family with these delicious corn pones.

Song

I Feel My Saviorโ€™s Love, verse 4,ย Childrenโ€™s Songbook page 74

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