Session 5


"I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets." (Hosea 12:10)

One has to be careful when interpreting Scripture! To say that a passage or book has meaning, other than the direct literal interpretation, opens a door to the misconception that the Bible does not mean what it says. It must be clearly understood that any attempt to show similitudes is not an implication that the events described in Ruth did not happen. The Book of Ruth is a real chronology of events that happened to real people, and any similitudes must be understood as God's ability to use these people and events to give us a message for the here and now. Unless Scripture itself tells us that a passage or Book should be seen as a "type," the interpreter is clearly out on a limb, which can easily be sawed off. As the Boreans did, check the following out for yourself. (Acts 17:11)

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

(Rom 15:4)

Read each of the Bible references and discuss the typology.




Ruth 2:1

A kinsman

Gal 4:4

Born of a woman


of great wealth

Jn 3:35

All in His hand (Mt 28:18)

Ruth 2:3

Lord of the harvest

Lk 10:2

Lord of harvest (See also Mt 13:39-41)

Ruth 2:14

Gave bread & wine to Ruth (Ruth may be seen as a type of Church)

Mk 14:22

Institution of Lord's supper for Church (See also Mt 26:26-29)

Ruth 2:15

The supplier of wants(See also vs. 18)

Mt 7:7

Ask and it shall be given

Ruth 2:20

A close relative(See also Ruth 3:9)

Gal 4:4,5

A Goel

Ruth 3:11


Lk 22:42


Ruth 4:1

The intercessor

1 Tim 2:5

Our Mediator (See also Heb 4:14-16)

Ruth 4:10

Bought Ruth for a price

l Cor 6:20

You have been bought with a price


The Bridegroom

Jn 3:29

Christ as the Bridegroom(See also Mt 25:1-13)





Ruth 1:16

Chose the God of Israel

Acts 10:35

One who fears God is welcome to Jesus.

Ruth 2:6

Introduced to Boaz by an unnamed Servant

Jn 16:13

Spirit will guide - Will not speak of Himself

Ruth 2:9

Drank from waters drawn by Servant

Jn 7:38,39

Rivers of living water from Spirit

Ruth 2:10

Found favor of Boaz

Eph 2:13

Brought near by Christ


A foreigner

Eph 2:12

Formerly strangers having no hope

Ruth 2:11

Left father & mother

Matt 10:37

He who loves father or mother more than Me not worthy of Me

Ruth 2:12

Sought refuge under wings of God

Matt 11:28

Come all who are weary and are heavy laden

Ruth 2:14

Received bread and wine from Boaz

Mk 14:22

Received the Lords supper


Was satisfied and had some left

Jn 10:10

I came that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly


Jn 6:11,12

Jesus gave and when they were filled ... there was some left

Ruth 2:16

Do not rebuke her

James 1:5

God gives generously and without reproach

Ruth 2:18

After Ruth satisfied, Naomi received

Rom 11:25-26

After fullness of the Gentiles, Israel saved

Ruth 2:20-3:5

Naomi instructs Ruth

Acts 3:8 Gal 3:8

Gentiles blessed through Abraham (Israel)

Ruth 3:3

Ruth to wash,

Eph 5:26

Sanctify her by washing of water with the word



l Cor 1:21

He who anointed us is God


Put on best clothes

Gal 3:27

Baptized are clothed with Christ

Ruth 3:4

Uncover His feet

Gen 3:15

His heel bruised to redeem His Church


Do what He says

Jn 14:15

If you love Me keep My commandments.

Ruth 3:9

Ruth asks for covering

Jn 6:37

The one who comes to Me, I will not cast out


Ruth is maid (slave)

1 Cor 6:22

You are Christ's slave

Ruth 4:11

House of Ruth to be like Rachel and Leah

Gen 22:17

Seed as sand-Israel-Seed as stars-believers (Rom 4:11,12)

Ruth 4:13

The Bride

Jn 3:29

The Bridegroom has Bride

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