“And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.”
She found handfuls of purpose within the field of Boaz.
He had purposely arranged for them to be there, just for her.
“even among the sheaves”
The other gleaners were not allowed there, but she was.
“So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.”
She returned home to Naomi with the reserve of barley, and the amount sparked the interest of her mother-in-law.
She held abundant grace within her hands as Naomi asked where she had been to find it.
“And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.”
She had found a kinsman redeemer in the field.
“And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.”
Ruth also serves as an example that God has left us “handfuls of purpose” within His Word that He desires us to apply to our lives.
Where are you gleaning from today?
Jeremiah 33-34 | Philippians 2 | Psalm 38-39
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