Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth, No 22
Scripture: Ruth 2:17-23.
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There is a progressive unfolding of God’s purpose for Ruth in this book. We will see that progress in the verses before us.
I. RUTH’S REAPING IN THE FIELDS
1. Ruth toiled all day. Ruth was not scared of work! She recognised that opportunities to benefits one’s self lawfully should be made the most of.
Learn Christian — “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work,” John 9:4
Sinner, likewise learn — “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness,” Hebrews 3:7-8.
2. Ruth threshed what she gathered. Labour is in vain without threshing! The labour involved in the preparation of food teaches us a vital spiritual lesson. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so,” Acts 17:11. The word “searched” means “to sift”, a word akin to threshing.
3. Ruth’s earnestness was well rewarded. She gathered an ephah = 10 omers, each one of which was the weight of the daily ration of manna for a man, Exodus 16:18.