Ruth 2:1-18 Toil & Mercy
What do you learn about the happenings in this text? Ruth is doing the hard work of living in poverty and we are introduced to Boaz.
Why is the author wighting these words? We are getting the background on our people, because as image bearers of God our character is important.
It occurs to me, that Ruth was Barren in her first marriage. Only God can be responsible for the strange grace of saving her maternal years for the man who would so truly in-body the picture of redeemer and friend. Only a good God can take something so desperate and sad and hallow, like a widow with a empty womb, and make it beautiful. Beautiful like only things can be when they are working towards, His glory and His very ancestry. God is alive in our day to day, we are a part of something bigger then ourselves. Remember that as you question “why has fill in the blank been allowed, to play out this way”. God dose not inflict the pain and suffer upon His prized creation. But He works it all out for His glory. He is in the perpetual process of drawing us into His glorious story.
A note for Mama Bears everywhere; If ever your days as a mama make you question “is this messy, noisy, day after day life, of caring for my little children really a part of anything big and important?” Know that we are drawn into a epic story of redeeming and saving and suffering for the Golry of God. Never will there be a ministery more deeply intrenched in the work of our saviour then the 24/7, no chance of retiring, work of mother hood.
So back to Ruth… She when out to glean with the hope of “finding favour” and when she did find it in Boaz eyes she was surprised. How often are we surprised by answered prayer? Is that the difference of living with assurance of the truth of Gods goodness or just the hope God is good?
When Boaz entered the field his workers and him exchanged “the Lords blessing” as a greeting and he went on to speak to Ruth with a similar blessing language. This would introduce Boaz to us a “Christian Leader Type”. He was well standing, his employees like him and he is generous.
We see Gods quiet work from the beginning as appose to his miraculous working in a moment.
Ruth being barren so a redeemer is required… Her ending up in Boaz field… The owner is a close relative and single and loves God…
Boaz had the hots for Ruth from the start I figure, he went out of his way to be so kind and to tell the other men to leave her alone. He offered “whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
This brought to mind, John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”
Do you remember Indiana Jonas and the Search for the Holy Grail? The German guy “chose poorly” He drank from the wrong cup and death was all he got. It was a rich mans cup he chose.
But Indy chose a shabby cup, the cup of a carpenter, a humble cup and he received life. He “chose wisely”
Ruth was so humble “She bowed down with her face to the ground” She spoke of herself as a servant, as one without standing. She worked hard and accepted charity from a stranger.
She didn’t have to stay in Boaz field. She could have played the “fields” if you will. But she accepted the charity and kindness offered. She was humble. To accept the offered drink is to say “Yes I am completely at your mercy, I don’t even have a cup to carry water in.’ It also says to me Ruth was confident and valued herself anouf, to care for herself. She did take a break in some borrowed shade, and she was willing to commune with the other workers. She didn’t hide away in the corner of the field, ashamed of her poverty. She was ready for redemption because she felt redeemable.
Do I always feel redeemable? No Why? Because I am prideful and keep my eyes on my lacking and struggle and not on Gods loving nature.
So what can I do? Cultivate Gratitude, memorize Scripture and Live loved
Chose wisely, be humble, be ok with the need for God to redeem your broken places and live in light of the Glorious story you are place in as a child of God.
This is the story of Ruth.