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March 28, 2018

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Reading along with us in Ruth? Here’s today’s reading:

Ruth 2 (ESV)

Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. 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.” So 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. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” 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.”....Continue Reading

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  1. Ah the sovereign plan of God in action, but coupled with the good choices of Ruth. Ruth is a worker. She is not going to wait for things to come to her. She is going to do the thing Israelite society provides for the poor and go and get the left over barley that falls to the ground or, is on the edge of the fields, as the harvesters harvest. But whose field does she come to? It is not just a kind man, but a rich man, and a relative too….maybe even a little handsome to boot. Enter Boaz, who is kind and generous to Ruth, while honoring her work. And Ruth is humble in her regard for Boaz and the gratitude she expresses, but she is also free of presumption or expectation that could be there. Like, of course you should help me…don’t you know what I have been through. But Ruth is far more gracious and humble than that.

  2. 12The 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!” 13Then 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.”

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