Chapter 2 of the book of Ruth identifies Ruth as one who serves. She goes to the field to glean ears of corn for Naomi and herself. When she meets Boaz she shows a humble attitude. She is thankful to Boaz for the privilege to glean in his field. She is also obedient to the instructions of Boaz and Naomi.
Chapter 2 Ruth’s Service v2
Verses 1-3 Ruth gleans in the field of Boaz
And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
Verses 4-23 Ruth meets Boaz
- Boaz inquires about Ruth v4-7
- Boaz encourages Ruth to abide in his field and glean v8-9
- Ruth’s humble response v10
- Ruth reward for faithfulness to Naomi v11-12
- Ruth’s humble response v13
- Boaz’s instructions to Ruth and to his young men v14-16
- Ruth gleans the field, goes home, and rehearses all that went on that day v17-23
When Ruth left Moab to be with Naomi, I doubt she ever considered how her kindness would be rewarded. Boaz understood the significance of what Ruth was doing. He asked God to bless her for being kind to Naomi.
Do we take the opportunities to be kind to one another? When people are hurting and need help, are we the ones who help? Ruth did.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001