Grace: favor, blessing, and goodwill bestowed upon one who has not done anything to deserve or merit it. It’s the outpouring of unexpected, unearned literal or figurative gifts from one in authority or power over us. This was what we received from Christ in the forgiveness of sins and life eternal He offers, and as we learned last time, what Ruth received from Boaz in his extremely generous provision of protection and food. But for Ruth, did that mean she no longer needed to work? Did Boaz’s outpouring of grace provide for Ruth in such a way that she no longer needed to glean in the field?
Let’s find out…
The providence and perfect timing of God never fails to amaze me. We’ve seen how God brought Ruth to Boaz’s field and sent Boaz out from Bethlehem so that they could meet among the barley. However, what was Boaz’s response and reaction upon meeting Ruth? Did he look down upon her in judgment because she was a foreigner? Or did he look upon her with kindness as a widow protected by the Lord and a kinsman? What did Boaz do next?
Well let’s go back to Ruth 2 and find out!
Throughout our lives we often experience series of events that statistics and probability say should never have happened. These events, chance meetings, or unexpected opportunities are called by the world as coincidence, chance, or really good luck. But as Christians, we should know better. We should know that it is God who moves in the affairs of men, and is the One who orders the timing of the events in our lives.
But sometimes we forget.
“Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech,
whose name was Boaz.”
Chapter two opens up with an introduction of our third main character: Boaz. Throughout this chapter, we glimpse various aspects of Boaz’s character which are unexpected for a man living in the days of the judges—an era in which “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25b) Amidst this cultural background and spiritual climate lived the hero of our story, Boaz, and it is his life and character we are going to study today.