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Seminar Outline by Dr. Meharry H. Lewis (COS) edited by Dr. George Lockhart

Case Study: Boaz and Ruth (Ruth: Chapters 1-4)


"So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it."  Genesis 1:27-28


Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24 ¹


One can see from the Bible and the very biology of the human body that it is natural for a man and a woman to be together. God created woman because "it is not good for man to be alone" (Genesis 2:18). From the beginning of time, as recorded in the Book of Genesis, God planned for man and woman to unite in love and marriage for the continuity of his creation, the human family. ²Children are the fruit and bond of a marriage. The family provides a framework for each family member to grow as a person in love and security. ³








The Institution of Marriage


  1.    Necessary and sufficient (Gen. 1:28)

  2. Ordained (Gen. 2:18)


  1. Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob

    1. God’s Perfect Will was to have been achieved through strong men (the book of Genesis, selected chapters)

    2. If men won’t; women will! (Jer. 31:22; St. John 1:12; Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:17, 18)


  1. The Case of Barak (Judges 4th chapter)

    1. Hid behind Deborah, the Prophetess

    2. God won the victory, but at the hand of a woman

    3. “A woman shall compass (refer to dictionary definition) a man” (Jer. 31:22)


  1. God’s Charge was to Men, Fathers, the Elders

    1. To Adam first

    2. “Ask thy father and he will shew thee; thy elders and they will tell thee” (Deut. 32:7; Jos. 4:20)

    3. “I write unto you fathers, …” (I John 2:14)

    4. “I have written unto you, fathers because ye have known him that is from the beginning” (I John 2:14)



  1. Care of God’s Church Entrusted (I Tim. 3rd chapter)

    1. Men in church administration

      1. “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17)

      2. “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34; Gal. 3:28)


  1. Men in household administration

    1. Head of the house (Gen. 3:16)

    2. Husband head of the wife (Eph. 5:23); love them (Eph. 5:25); honor them (I Pet. 3:7); provide for them

    3. Train up the children (Prov. 22:6); hear the instructions of a father (Prov. 1:7, 8); receive the words of a good father (Prov. 1st through 3rd chapter, and so on)


  1. Remember thy Creator (Eccl. 12th chapter)

    1. There is an end (Song 11:9)      

    2. The conclusion of the matter (Song 12:8, 12-14)





  1. Navarre RSV Holy Bible, Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1999-2005.

  2. Henry Gray. Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body. 40th Edition, Susan Standring (ed). Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, Orlando, Florida, 2008.

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