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It's A Great Day

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God Gives us more than we deserve

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It’s A Great day

Ruth 2:15–18 KJV 1900
15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
Ruth 2:15–18 KJV 1900
15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
ruth 2.15-18
For Ruth this was a day like that have not ever seen!
For Ruth this was a day like that have not ever seen!
The last couple of months/years have been rough.
I lost my father-in- law
I lost my husband
A drought forced me to leave my family and travel to a land that I did not know.
I have been hungry
I have been stressed
Lord it time for some good days.
Lord it time for some good days.
Illustration -
Moved from TN to NJ
House we had wanted to rent fell through
Money was so tight we could not rent a dollar movie
Living in a friends house that was on vacation
Trisha our oldest was diagnosed with scoliosis
Lord we could use some good news today .....
As I considered this passage I tried to imagine how Ruth must have felt that morning as she made her way to the field of a stranger.
She was new in Bethlehem. She did not have the privilege of knowing which field belonged to whom.
She had no way of knowing who might be willing to show her kindness.
No doubt her heart was filled with anxiety and anticipation.
As we already discovered, a day that began with uncertainty would end with joy and abundance. This is a wonderful testimony to the goodness and grace of God in our lives.
We too have likely encountered days much like this one. We have all had those situations of anxiety and uncertainty in our lives.
Many times I have faced an uncertain situation and found God to be faithful in supplying my need. I have experienced days that were filled with doubt and dread but ended with peace and victory.
It was on this day that she was blessed with handfuls of purpose.
I want to examine these verses and consider the facts associated with: Handfuls of Purpose.
This good day her allotment was increased

I Allotment Increased

Ruth 2:15–16 KJV 1900
15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
Ruth 2:15–16 KJV 1900
15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
Wow much more than the law allowed
ruth 2.
I Allotment Increased
Wow much more than the law allowed
Wow much more than the law allowed

After Ruth went back to continue her work, Boaz ordered his reapers to let her glean among the sheaves (not just picking up grain that they accidently dropped as they reaped) and not to “embarrass” her (v.15; “reproach,” KJV; “insult,” NASB; “scold,” NEB; “rebuke,” NAB). Moreover, they were to pull stalks from their bundles that had not yet been tied up by the women and leave them for her to pick up (v.16). Boaz’s instructions were generous beyond the requirements of the law that allowed the gleaners in the fields only after the reapers had finished their work. His actions showed that he already had a special interest in Ruth.

We have been barren for so long ----- look what God has done!
Valadimer Invenski - persecuted Russian Jew - came to USA on Green card but no work… hung sausages in the slaughter house in South Philadelphia ...
Now VP of Environment division
After Ruth went back to continue her work, Boaz ordered his reapers to let her glean among the sheaves (not just picking up grain that they accidently dropped as they reaped) and not to “embarrass” her (v.15; “reproach,” KJV; “insult,” NASB; “scold,” NEB; “rebuke,” NAB).
Psalm 50:10 KJV 1900
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, And the cattle upon a thousand hills.
Psalm 50:9 KJV 1900
9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, Nor he goats out of thy folds.
Psalm 50:10 KJV 1900
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, And the cattle upon a thousand hills.
Boaz - would leave more behind some already bundled
Boaz - would leave more behind some already bundled
Moreover, they were to pull stalks from their bundles that had not yet been tied up by the women and leave them for her to pick up (v.16).
Boaz’s instructions were generous beyond the requirements of the law that allowed the gleaners in the fields only after the reapers had finished their work. His actions showed that he already had a special interest in Ruth.
God had made provision for strangers to be allowed to glean among the corners of the field, reaping the leftovers of the harvest, but He had said nothing of an obligation to give them of the best.
Here Boaz had instructed the reapers to allow Ruth to glean even among the sheaves, that which had already been harvested. He was in essence saying, “Let her reap wherever she pleases.”
Ruth may have known little about the God of Israel, but she was about to learn a profound lesson in His marvelous grace. Even though she was unaware, God was working on her behalf. His hand of grace was evident in her life.
To us that may seem coincidental, but we are assured that this was no accident. Ruth hadn’t got lucky and stumbled upon a field that was owned by a compassionate and gracious man. She was led there of the Lord. He had already prepared the heart of Boaz to provide for Ruth even though he was unaware of God’s plan. Her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, V.3.
Our lives are not set to run according to chance or circumstance. We have a sovereign God who is in charge of our lives. We may not recognize it or even be aware of Him, but He is working in our lives
God leads - illustration
This good day her allotment was increased
This good day because her abundance was realized

II Abundance Realized

II Abundance Realized
Ruth 2:17 KJV 1900
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

II Abundance Realized

II Abundance Realized
ruth2.17

Ruth gleaned in the field till evening and then beat out what she had gleaned (i.e., she separated the grain from the chaff). Her gleanings measured about an ephah of barley, about one-half to two-thirds a bushel (also estimated as twenty-nine to fifty pounds). Such a large quantity could not have been acquired in a day by an ordinary gleaner. It shows how Boaz’s instructions to his reapers aided Ruth and also how diligently Ruth had worked. Since the ration of a male worker in ancient Mari was about one to two pounds of grain per day, Ruth probably gathered enough to last Naomi and her for several weeks

Ruth 2:17 KJV 1900
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
Ruth 2:17 KJV 1900
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
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Ruth gleaned in the field till evening and then beat out what she had gleaned (i.e., she separated the grain from the chaff).
She worked hard and all evening
Her gleanings measured about an ephah of barley, about one-half to two-thirds a bushel (also estimated as twenty-nine to fifty pounds).
III Appreciation Shown
Such a large quantity could not have been acquired in a day by an ordinary gleaner.
It shows how Boaz’s instructions to his reapers aided Ruth and also how diligently Ruth had worked.
Since the ration of a male worker in ancient Mari was about one to two pounds of grain per day, Ruth probably gathered enough to last Naomi and her for several weeks
wow - several week of food!
I cant contain myself
More than i ever thought possible
It a great day
How about thees verses to remind us how great today is :
Psalm 118:24 KJV 1900
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 34:8 KJV 1900
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV 1900
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 cor
there will be good days.....
Isaiah 64:4 KJV 1900
4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, Neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, What he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
illustration -
We found a house in the same neighborhood we lived in when i was a engineer
Trisha survived her surgery and went with no lasting effects
We financially survived and were able to get four children through private Christian College
We look back and praise God!
The abundance was realized
This good day her allotment was increased
This good day her allotment was increased
This good day because her abundance was realized
This is a good day because the Allotment was shared

III The Allotment Was Shared

Ruth 2:18 KJV 1900
18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.

When Ruth brought home the ephah of barley grain, the results of her toil, Naomi saw the large amount. Also Ruth gave Naomi the extra portion she had saved from her lunch (cf. v. 14). Here was a widow who was not overlooked in the daily supply of food (cf. Acts 6:1). Naomi would be cared for by Ruth.

When Ruth brought home the ephah of barley grain, the results of her toil, Naomi saw the large amount.
Also Ruth gave Naomi the extra portion she had saved from her lunch (cf. v. 14). Here was a widow who was not overlooked in the daily supply of food (cf. ). Naomi would be cared for by Ruth.
Hebrews 13:16 KJV 1900
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Romans 12:12–13 KJV 1900
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12:13 KJV 1900
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
She was well deserving!
it had been a long road from the desert of Moab to Bethlehem.
Ruth had come to the field of Boaz in search of grain and she would not leave disappointed or empty handed.
Long before she ever made it to the field of Boaz, the grain had been planted and the harvest was now ready. God made provision for her before she ever arrived at the place of need.
God is well aware of your situation. He knows exactly what you stand in need of and He is more than able to provide. There is nothing that we will ever face that is beyond our Lord’s ability to meet.
Psalm 34:7 KJV 1900
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth Round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalm 37:4 KJV 1900
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
What a joyful day to share with her mother-in-law
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I am convinced that we sell God short many times through unbelief. He is not broke and He is not feeble. God has the ability and the resources to meet whatever need you may have. In fact, He has the ability to pour out such a blessing that you will not be able to receive it all. God has the power to fill your cup to overflowing. He can bless us so abundantly that it runs over to the benefit of those around us.
Can you imagine the conversation that day as Ruth returned from the field of Boaz with an ephah of barley. Surely they wondered where she had been. Whose field has she gleaned in? Who had shown favor to one form the land of Moab, an undeserving Gentile? I can assure you that Ruth’s gleaning did not go unnoticed.
Isn’t that just how it was in our lives? Imagine the conversation that has taken place concerning some of us.
What in the world has happened to him? How was her life changed so drastically? Where have they been to be so happy and content all of a sudden?
What an opportunity that we have to carry our ephah into the city and proclaim the goodness and mercy of Christ our Lord. What a joy to be able to share His grace with those who as of yet have not received Him!

Ruth 2:1 KJV 1900
1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
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