Archive for February 17th, 2015

Ruth 2

Ruth 2 has Naomi back among the clan of her husband, and there was a member of that clan named Boaz who had a great harvest.  Ruth went out into the field to glean what was left after the grain was harvested.  “So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech”.  When the reapers gathered the grain and put them into shocks for harvest, some grain or stems would be missed or dropped and that is what Ruth was in the field gathering.

Boaz notices her and asks who the young woman is.  And they told him “she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest”. Boaz comes to talk with Ruth and instructs her to stay with his young women and to reap alongside them and be part of his crew, eating and drinking as part of the team.  He had heard about her faithfulness to Naomi.  “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before”.

Boaz makes her feel like part of the family.  “At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine”.  All this happens because of the character of Boaz.  Naomi didn’t even know it was happening.  But Ruth ate until she was satisfied and took food home for Naomi too.  And then she was back at work gleaning in the field.  Boaz made it easier for her instructing his reapers to “glean even among the sheaves” rather than wait until all the bundles were loaded.

But he goes further telling the reapers to “pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her”.  Boaz was going to make sure she and Naomi were taken care of.  Ruth goes home after a long day of gleaning and took her work to town and had about an epah of barley to sell.  Not a bad days work, with a lot of help from Boaz.  And he also gives her direction for her safety – to keep “close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law”.  Ruth shows us her faithfulness in many ways.

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