Book of Ruth, Chapter 2

Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest…

“So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, ‘Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I might find favor.’ And she said to her, ‘Go, my daughter.’” (Ruth 2:2)

Ruth went out to beg, as a poor woman, to harvest barely from the plots of other men so that she might provide for Naomi and herself. This is a great sacrifice considering the abuse she could have gotten for being a foreign woman in a strange land. She went out anyway, again not thinking of herself. A man named Boaz—a man of great wealth and a relative of Naomi’s late husband—took notice of Ruth and had her join him at mealtime; which is a very uncommon occasion. Most beggers don’t eat at the table of a Lord. Then Ruth actually didn’t eat all of her food, but kept some back to give to Naomi. It tells of her constant concern for someone else.

It also speaks of the very obvious relationship between man and woman. Ruth was submissive to Boaz. Boaz, moved by her loyalty and her story, took her under his wing. He protected her. He made sure she had food and water. God made this happen, he brought them together. Ruth, again, was obedient. She did not go beyond Boaz’s fields to seek out more barely and wheat. She was not greedy. She did not try to catch the attention of other men to get more. Boaz showed her a kindness, and she was obedient because of that. She respected him. He gave her rules, and simple commands to follow after his reapers, to stay close to his young women. She did this.

It shows to trust in God. Boaz was an obvious Christian. This is made clear in how he speaks to his reapers, saying “The Lord be with you!” She trusted in God to follow Naomi. She trusted in God when she went out to the fields. And she trusted in God in obeying his servant, Boaz. Boaz could have taken advantage of her, raped her, and done any number of things. Ruth is a foreigner. But she trusted in God.

We don’t always know His purposes for things, but when He graces us with the gift of such pure emotions as love and loyalty He doesn’t wish us to betray them by turning our backs on them. When He gives us a gift of an emotion, we are to embrace it, honor it. He will bless us if we do, especially if we can hold to these gifts through hardships and great personal sacrifice.

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