Thursday, October 22, 2009
1 There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. 2 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 may find favor.”
And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
3 Then she left, 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 family of Elimelech.
(Ruth 2:1-3, New King James Version)
The beginning of Ruth 2 introduces us to a man named Boaz who was a relative of Elimilech, Naomi's deceased husband, and who was very wealthy. Technically Ruth was not a blood relative of Elimelech, but due to her decision to remain with Naomi, she retained her position as the daughter-in-law of Elimelech and Naomi.
The fact that Boaz is introduced in this way tells us that he is going to be an important person in the story of Ruth. As a matter of fact, we begin to see this in the next few verses.
Naomi and Ruth were poor, but that did not stop Ruth from determining to provide for her mother-in-law and her. It was barley harvest so she requested that Naomi allow her to glean behind the harvesters. When crops were harvested, the poor were allowed to follow behind the reapers and take whatever was left for themselves.
After giving her permission, Ruth found a field nearby and followed after the reapers, gleaning grain for Naomi and her. Not knowing anyone in this land, she had no idea that she was in a field owned by Boaz. It is plain to see the leading of the Lord, is it not? God has a plan for Ruth which is beginning to slowly unfold before our very eyes.
What a lesson for us! God was using the very circumstances of Ruth's life, her poverty, to lead her to glean in the field of Boaz. How little we think of the ways that God is continually leading in our own lives. Yet, we do understand that He has a plan for our lives, and just as in the case of Ruth, that plan is slowly unfolding before our very eyes!
As we return to Ruth 2 tomorrow, we will see how Ruth meets Boaz, and we will continue to see this drama unfold. Praise the Lord our God who has not left us without a Redeemer!
God Bless You,