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Truth for Today #24

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III. RUTH’S REALISATION OF GOD’S PROVIDENCE

Up until this point, Naomi did not know who their benefactor was and though Ruth knew his name, she was unaware of his position.

1. Naomi asks an instructive question. “Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou?”  verse 19. This is a good question for parents to ask their children and for each one of us to ask ourselves! A parent’s watch over their children’s activities and a watch exercised by each one of us over our own affairs, would yield great good.

2. Ruth’s answer. “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,” verse 19. It is clear that Ruth was unaware of the man’s identity. Boaz knew of Ruth but Ruth knew little about Ruth, verse 11.
Here is a reminder of how Christ blesses us while we are still unaware of just Who He is.

3. The providence of God is made known. “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,” verse 20. It is clear that Naomi had forgotten about Boaz for is it not likely that had she remembered she would have requested help of him?
Even so we may for Christ and fail to seek Him for help but He will never forget or neglect us.

4. Wise counsel for Ruth. “And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law,” verses 22-23. Naomi was but encouraging Ruth to obey Boaz, verse 21. Let us all stick close to Christ and His servants, labouring in His fields until the harvest.

Ruth obeyed and in consequence, all that followed sprang from that obedience. Obedience is ever the forerunner of blessing. Haggai 2:18-19.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city,” Revelation 22:14.

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II. RUTH’S RESPECT FOR NAOMI

1. She reported back to Naomi. Verse 18, she showed her the respect due to a mother.

2. She thought of Noami during her labours. “She . .  gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed,” verse 18. The word “sufficed” links her giving to the meal in the field, verse 14. She was thinking of Naomi as she enjoyed Baoz’s kindness and provision. She who was hard-working in the fields was kind-hearted in the home.

3. They both rejoiced at God’s provision. So it aught to be with us all and even more so as we enjoy a greater measure of bounty than did these women.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters,” Psalm 23:2.

“He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; and sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase,” Psalm 107:35-37.

Truth for today, Pt22

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.

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III. A HUMBLE RESPONSE TO GOD’S GRACE BRINGS YET MORE GRACE

1. She thankfully prays that his favour might continue. She did not feel that she needed no more help from him, that she could now make it on her own. May God give us a desire that we may continue to enjoy the comforts and friendliness of God, verse 13.

2. Immediately she is further blessed. She is entertained amongst the workers of Boaz.

3. Boaz attends her himself. Verse 14. What a picture of the caring Saviour! She is given parched or roasted corn and vinegar of wine. Both speak to us of the cross and it is of such rich fare that Christ feeds our souls. Notice that Ruth was “sufficed.”

4. Unknown to her, the favour increases. Verse 15-16. Her path was strewn with favours. 2 Cor 8:9. All things work for God’s faithful people.

Truth for today, #20

The reward of righteousness

Scripture: Ruth 2:12

Notes: 

2. God’s rewards are full rewards. The word “full” is often translated “perfect”, there will be a wholeness to God’s rewards. Our reward is God Himself. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward,” Genesis 15:1. In heaven we will enjoy God in a fashion we cannot conceive of here — S. Cat Q. 1. Men shall yet see that “Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth,” Psalm 58:11. It is a sure reward, Pro 11:18. God’s rewards are visible, Matthew 6:4.

 

3. Let it be noted that the wicked will also receive their rewards. Psalm 91:8; 94:2: Isa 3:11.