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Today’s story is from the book of Ruth. Last year’s story and lesson can be found HERE.


So just before Deborah was judge over Israel, the people next door to Israel, Moab, were being hard on Israel. Things were hard in Israel. There was no food (a famine) and a woman from Israel, named Naomi had married a man from Moab. She moved there and lived in Moab and they had a son. Their son grew up and he married a woman named Ruth.

Naomi’s husband died and Ruth’s husband died…so it was just the two women left. Ruth and her mother in law, Naomi.

Back then, women couldn’t just go get a job, so they knew they would be very very poor and have to beg for food and money to live. Naomi told Ruth to go back to her family so they could take care of her.

But Ruth wouldn’t leave Naomi. “Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God,” Ruth told Naomi. Ruth wouldn’t just leave Naomi all alone.

Ruth went with Naomi and they moved back to Israel. It was a hard life in Israel. They had no food or money, so Ruth went out each day and followed the workers in the field. (Naomi was too old to be out all day working, so Ruth took care of her.) She would take the leftovers and she and Naomi lived off the leftovers from the field.

There was a very nice man, named Boaz who owned the field where Ruth picked her leftovers. He noticed her one day and invited her to lunch. He told her he was very happy because he saw how much Ruth took care of Naomi. He told her she could always stay in his field and help herself to any of his leftovers. Before she left, he loaded her up with lots of food for her and Naomi. He told her God noticed what a caring and hardworking person she was and he knew God would give good things to her.

When Ruth went home, she told Naomi all about the nice man Boaz and how he had taken care of her.

“Boaz!?” said Naomi, “He is from our family!”

Naomi knew Boaz would take good care of Ruth and she thought it would be a good idea if they got married. So, one day, she told Ruth to dress really pretty and put on some good smelling perfume and to go lay down next to Boaz at bedtime.

When Boaz woke up in the middle of the night, he saw Ruth laying there and he was happy to see her and said he wanted to marry her.

Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer. This is someone in the family who can claim property or take over caring for people. Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer for Naomi and Ruth. He was allowed to buy some of the land that belonged to Naomi’s husband, and he got to marry Ruth too! Jesus is like a kinsman-redeemer for us. He paid the price for our sins and made us part of His family…sons and daughters of God. Boaz redeemed (saved) Ruth and Naomi from being poor and alone…and Jesus saves us from our sins and being alone from God forever.

Boaz and Ruth got married. Later, they had a baby boy named Obed. When Obed grew up, he had a baby named Jesse and when Jesse grew up, he had a son named David (as in David and Goliath/King David). And way way way down the line from David comes Jesus!

God used Ruth’s heart to be part of Jesus’ family. Ruth was a good hard worker who did the right thing. She took care of her mother-in-law, even when it would be hard. Boaz also did a good job taking care of his family. Do you know that one of the ways we can serve God is by loving our family? Sometimes people think you have to do something BIG or go far away to serve God or love other people. But one of the ways we can show God’s love best is by being an important part of our own family–loving the people He put us with every single day! How can YOU be a good worker in your family? How can you show your mom, dad, grandma, brother, or sister love?


For today we watched the Veggie Tales “Duke and the Great Pie War” (available to rent or buy on amazon).

Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all.


Balaam’s Talking Donkey

Hello all! Today’s story is from Numbers 22-24. Last year’s lesson and craft can be found HERE.

The Israelites were spending  40 years wandering around the desert because they had disobeyed God. During that time, they had to fight a lot of other countries. One of them was Moab. Now the king of Moab was scared of the Israelites so he called for one of his prophets (someone who tells people what God says) Balaam, and said, “I need you to curse the Israelites. Say bad things about them and say that WE will win!”

But Balaam said, “I can’t come to curse them….I can only say what God tells me to say?”

“What if i give you a lot of money? THEN will say what I want?” asked the king.

Balaam talked to God and God didn’t want him to go. Eventually though, God said he could.

And you know what? Balaam was going to go and curse the Israelites and take the money. He was riding his donkey back to the king to curse the Israelites when suddenly,  in the rode, his donkey stopped. Balaam was mad. “Move it!” he yelled to the donkey. “Why aren’t you moving?!” He even hit the donkey.

Then the donkey turned around and said, “Why are you hitting me?!”

Balaam answered “Because you won’t move!” (He talked to a donkey!)

Just then Balaam saw an angel of God. He was blocking the road. The donkey had seen the angel and stopped, but Balaam did not see the angel until just then. God did not want Balaam to go to the king and say bad things about the Israelites. God had told him that in prayer, with a donkey and with an angel!

Balaam went anyway, but when he got there, three times he spoke the words of God and he said that the Israelites would be strong and brave and that THEY would win. He also said that anyone who went against God’s people would lose.

It took a LOT for God to get’s Balaam’s attention. He even made an animal TALK to get Balaam to listen to Him. We need take time to pray and to LISTEN to God. We can know what God wants by reading the Bible, listening to grown ups who know God and by praying and listening to God in our own hearts. Maybe you can pray right now and take some time to give God your attention.

Today’s craft is made from a gift bag (or a paper lunch bag). We cut out a donkey head shape and drew on some nostrils and then glued on some googly eyes. Then we cut another strip of brown paper and fringed it. This we glued to the back of the bag.



THIS is a video from SabbathSchool about today’s lesson.

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