Published on March 9, 2014
Redeeming Ruth 2 God’s Hand in our Luck
“Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, ‘Whose young woman is this?’ And the servant, who was in charge of the reapers answered, ‘She is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.’
“Then Boaz said to Ruth, ‘Now listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.’ Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?’
But Boaz answered her, ‘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. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward to be given you by the Lord to the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.’ “Then she said, ‘I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.’”
“Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech from her husband’s side whose name was BOAZ.”
BOAZ =“strength, mighty one, man’s man.” MAN OF WAR he could fight MAN OF WEALTH he runs a good business and he’s good with money MAN OF MEANS he gets things done if there’s hardship, difficulty or oppression
He is the guy who delivers results. Boaz is the dude of dudes.
VERSE 2 “And Ruth, the Moabite, said to Naomi, ‘Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.’ And she said to her, ‘Go, my daughter.’”
GLEANING. “The land belongs to me. So if you own a piece of land, actually I own it, too, and when you work the land, harvest what I give you for food, but don’t take all of the food. Leave a little bit so that the poor, the widow, the orphan, the alien, the oppressed, the immigrant, the needy, can work”
– not just get a handout, but work – “come to the field, and take some of the food home for themselves and their family.” This was the Hebrew welfare system.
They have hit rock bottom. These are women who are in a devastated, very difficult place.
But here’s Ruth, willing to work hard, do anything, venture out in faith, and hope, and trust, and pray that the Lord gives them away to have a meal. And she’s willing to work to also feed her mother-in-law.
VERSE 3. “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.” PROVIDENCE
4 And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” Boaz was a noble and godly man.
5 Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” 6 And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. This is the first sight – love at first sight.
7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”
Ruth is a woman of outstanding character. She’s not looking for a handout. She’s working hard. She’s honest. She’s worked hard all day to feed herself and her mother-in-law. She, in many ways, illustrates the Proverbs 31 sort of great woman with a great work ethic.
ONE: What is going to attract him to Ruth is her character. TWO: Boaz is going to go after the woman that’s in front of him.
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Boaz Protector, provider, defender, man of war. He’s a man of chivalry.
“‘And when you are thirsty,’” he says, “‘go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.’” Boaz is a picture of Jesus.
10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” FAVOR This a picture of an unworthy person receiving great favor from the hand of God.
11 But Boaz answered her, “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. Ruth’s good works preceded her. Let our good works precede us as well.
12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”
This is a beautiful beginning to any relationship. This is not the first person Boaz has prayed for. Boaz is a man who prays for people when he meets them. This is just part of his character. This is how he operates. The flipside of providence is prayer.
Did God answer that prayer? Yes. Who did God send to answer the prayer of Boaz? Boaz. BASED UPON THIS TEXT, THAT SOMETIMES WE NEED TO ANSWER OUR OWN PRAYERS.
FUNCTIONS OF PRAYER: Sometimes prayer moves the hand of God. Sometimes prayer changes the heart of the one who is asking.
13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”
Women are looking for a man who’s masculine, but can comfort, and speaks kindly. He comforts her. He respects her. He cares for her. He’s a defender, protector, provider. He’s a man who speaks kindly. He’s an encourager.
MISCONCEPTION: Rich = bad people Poor = good people
To God, it makes a little difference whether a person is materially rich or poor. It is not an issue. The real issue is whether a person is godly or ungodly regardless of this person’s financial status.
Boaz a man of grace and favor Boaz is a type of Jesus - our kinsman redeemer.
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