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Ruth Goes to Glean

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This passage takes place during the time of the Judges, a time when everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Then their was Boaz.

v.1- Tells us that Boaz was a worthy man

Worthy- Gib-bor, a mighty man, a hero, a champion.
Goliath of Gath.
David’s “mighty men”
2 Samuel 23:8 ESV
These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.
Not necessarily a warrior. But he stood out in the midst of all the other men around.
Boaz was a normal guy who used what God had given him for the glory of God.
This is what God is looking for. In the midst of a crooked generation, who is it that will be a manly man, a champion.
Who will stand up for truth when the days are dark.

v.2- Glean

Gleaning was the provision of God for the people.
Psalm 146:9 ESV
The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
God takes care of the widows, the people passing through.
Leviticus 19:9–10 ESV
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 23:22 ESV
“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”
Even the poor would be able to get food and landowners didn’t have to expend extra effort to provide for them.
God shows provision to His people, He shows them that it isn’t just money that matters but doing things to help others.
God blessed them enough where they could leave some to help others.
God cares about people, His desire is to see people provided for and He placed guidelines to make sure that they were.
Do we do this?
Our first fruits are to go to God, but do we use all the rest of the resources that God gives us, or do we have something left over for people in need?
Do you make your meal just a little bit bigger and give some of it to people who need food.
When shopping for cloths, do you buy an extra shirt for someone who is in need?
God has provided for us, do we use every ounce of what God has so generously given, or are we generous and use some of it to bless others?
This is just after a famine, and everybody did what was right in their own eyes.

v.2- In whose sight I shall find favor

This is just after hard times, Ruth was a Moabite, and she was a woman.
It was not always safe to go and glean on others property.
Psalm 94:6–7 ESV
They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless; and they say, “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”
It was a good thing that she came to the field of Boaz, in fact this thought is carried on in v.3

v.3- She happened to come to the part of the field owned by Boaz.

The author doesn’t believe in blind luck, that she just happened upon this field.
This is written to make us think of the provision of God.
God directs our paths.
Proverbs 16:9 ESV
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
God brings us to the places, the situations that He desires us.
Do you pray for the direction of God in Your life? When you feel God calling you to do something, do you follow His promptings?

v.4- And Boaz said, “the Lord be with you”

What a testimony. He speaks kindly, and lovingly to those who work for Him.
He’s not looking to them to make him as much money as they can, he cares about them.
God loves people, so much that He died to make a way to be with them again.
Do we love people the way that God does?
He calls us to build each other up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Does the way you speak, the way that you address others mirror the truth of the gospel that is in you?
Lets make sure that the goodness of God is displayed in our lives for the people around us. That we are bold, we are giving, and we are kind.
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