Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, ‘The Lord be with you!’ ‘The Lord bless you!’ they answered. Ruth 2:4 (NIV)
Read: Ruth 2
Consider: Ruth could have ended up in any field in Bethlehem, but instead ended up following the harvesters in the field of Boaz.
It is obvious that Boaz is a man whose heart is centred on God. His opening words when arriving in the field give a clear indication of this. It could be argued that Boaz is only using a greeting, but his Godly nature is indicated again in verse 12 where he says to Ruth:
‘May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.’
We will find out more about Boaz in the next chapter of Ruth, but it is sufficient at the moment to realise that here was a man who was Godly.
Returning to Naomi at the end of the day, Ruth tells her mother-in-law everything that has happened to her and how she has been treated by Boaz. Can you imagine Naomi’s surprise in learning that Ruth ended up gleaning in the field of a close relative. This is summed up in verse 20 where we read:
‘The LORD bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.’
These words are in very stark contrast to those used by Naomi in Ruth 1:20-21 where her bitterness is apparent. Here God has begun to turn her bitterness into joy.
Boaz is only one of Naomi’s close relatives who could accept the responsibility for protecting them as a guardian redeemer. We will have to wait until chapters 3 and 4 of Ruth to see what happens.
Pray: Lord, may our lives so reflect you that those around us can see Christ in us. Amen