So here we are, back in the Book of Ruth and about to jump head first into the second chapter. So much happened just in the first chapter but we are down to two people. Two grieving women in Bethlehem…..and right at the harvest. According to the Webster, harvest (noun) means ‘a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored’….hmm….that could come in handy later…
So it seems that these two ladies don’t just unpack, put up the fine china and air out the linens…nope…before the second verse is finished Ruth is putting on her sun hat and gloves and taking off to work in the fields! Wait a minute! Aren’t you tired? Aren’t you dusty? It didn’t matter to Ruth! She had a divine appointment and it was in the field owned by a very rich man named Boaz.
I imagine that he was Trump-ish yet possibly without the hair-do. So Ruth was hanging back behind the reapers (ha, Webster says that a reaper is ‘a person who reaps’….hey, thanks for nutin’!) and taking what was basically dropped or left behind.
So Boaz decides to come out to his field and check things out. He sees the servant in charge of the reapers and says, “The Lord be with you!” (vs 4) and they give a shout back and say “And the Lord bless you!” Evidently this Boaz was a stand-up guy. He was respected by the people who worked for him and I get the feeling he was a really good employer. So Boaz decides to find out who this woman was that was trailing behind the reapers. Once he found out that she was Naomi’s daughter-in-law he goes to her and says, “Ok. From here on out I want you to stay close to the women reapers…don’t go hanging out at the other fields and I’ve told the other guys to leave you alone. When you get thirsty, go to the water vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
Ruth falls on her face and bows down close to the ground and says, “OMGosh, why? You don’t even know me!” And that is when Boaz answers that he already knew how she had taken care of her mother-in-law, left her own family and came to a part of the country that she didn’t know anything about! He was so impressed with her that before he left her he prayed for her!! Wow! Doesn’t that sound even a little bit familiar? He knew about her before she met him, just like the Lord knows all about us even before we come to know Him! He responded to Ruth graciously and her needs were satisfied (v. 14) and granted her protection (v 15-16). (Yeah, I like him).
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”