I would like to first begin by saying I am sorry. The month of December was crazy – as I’m sure it was in your life as well. I did not blog as I should have. I am disappointed, however, I am not going to sulk long. I’m going to be committed now and start back.
My goal is to do at least 3 a week. I had begun the study of Ruth in November which I was enjoying very much. I have decided to continue this study now. I have done away with the Mapping Monday, Worship Wednesday & Food for Friday at this time. Thank you for staying with me and I pray you will receive a blessing from my blog. I would also like to ask you to share with friends and family or on social media. I really would like to get my blog out for others to read.
We have studied chapter 1. Below are the two posts for Chapter 1.
Now to Chapter 2. Ruth 2:1-4 (NIV)
At the end of Chapter 1, Naomi & Ruth arrive in Bethlehem as the harvest of barley is beginning. Naomi had a relative from her husband side who lived there. His name was Boaz and he was of good standing.
Now let me give a few details about Boaz before we go any further. He was from the clan of Elimelech. He was a wealthy farmer but he was a man of his word as well (we will see this as we continue the study). Boaz was sensitive to those in need, because he allowed the poor to glean in his fields. Gleaning in a field was where the poor would pick up any grain that was dropped on the ground and use for food. In those days this was law and helped to feed the poor and prevent owners from hoarding. We will see in future chapters he was very successful.
In the scriptures it states Ruth asked Naomi to let her go into the field and pick leftover grain. Naomi told her to go out my daughter. Now both of these ladies were truly respectful of each other. Ruth did not expect Naomi to be capable of going out into the fields. Ruth offered to go out to help them find food. Ruth did not sit around and wait for the older more mature Lady Naomi to figure out what to do – she took it upon herself to do.
Are you respectful to your elders?
Do you help older people when you see a need?
Now Naomi to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” Remember Ruth is not her daughter but a daughter-in-law. Naomi considered Ruth as her own flesh and blood and respected her as if she was. Ruth was not of Naomi’s bloodline or heritage, but she respected and loved her.
Do you love your in-laws as Naomi loved Ruth?
Do you love others who are not of your family, race, sex, etc?
Ruth went out into the fields BUT she had no idea she was in the field of Boaz. God was in control again. He knew the plans – He wanted her in this field. If it is God’s plan, He will send you where He wants you.
Boaz enters the story. He had been in town at Bethlehem, probably taking care of business or meeting with others. Instead of walking past the harvesters, the servants and the poor and ignoring them or speaking harshly to them, Boaz speaks with kind words. Not just kind words – words of Prayer.
Vs. 4a “The Lord be with you!”
From this statement, we see many things about his character. We see his kindness to the people. I can just picture him waving, smiling and speaking these kind words. We see he cared for these people. Why did he speak if he did not? He was the business man, he had plenty to do. He didn’t have time for them – BUT HE DID. Boaz was also a man who believed in the Lord. We know this by his statement. He was not ashamed of the Lord. He wanted everyone to know even the people in the fields working, the poor and the less fortunate.
Wow, what a boss, what a person!
Do you speak to people who may be under you at work, school, or the world in an uplifting manner or in an arrogant manner?
But, here is another amazing thing. The people in the fields called back to him.
Vs. 4b “The Lord bless you!”
We did not hear the employee’s talk harshly. They did not yell or talk under their breath. They blessed him back. These people must have loved this man. These people must have respected this man.
Do you speak to people with authority with this respect and love?
As I close this study of these 4 amazing verses, let’s look the character traits of these three people.
- God Believing
Naomi, Ruth and Boaz are no doubt God believing and God-fearing people. They each showed respect to one another, to people of higher standard as well as people of lower standard. They loved others and showed others their love.
Are you striving to have these character traits?
Can others give any of these character traits when asked about you?
Does God see these traits in your actions and words?
We all can be committed to being more like these 3 people in our daily walk. We can all be committed to helping others, loving others, and praying for others. Will you be committed today to working on having these traits?