Fresh Bread! Ruth Chapter Two- Gleaning
Updated: Apr 9, 2022
Ruth chapter two is the introduction of a widow capturing the eyes of the
owner of the field.
Her reputation and her heart was an attractive trait. It also shows us that when we are in a place of need, the Lord is orchestrating divine connections.
“Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.” Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.” “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”
Ruth 2:8-12 NLT
Here are a few takeaways from this devotion-
The only way you can have fresh bread in the house is if you’re willing to get down low and find the grain!
A gleaner is compelled and motivated by hunger. -Hunger and thirst after righteousness and you will be filled
Gleaning isn’t about owning a field it is about receiving a gift you don’t deserve. By grace!
It’s about being in a place of need and needing someone to meet that need. Ask and you shall receive.
Gleaning is about gathering enough for yourself and the ones in your care!
A gleaner can always find food. When you seek you will find.
A gleaner is focused on seeking out, searching, and finding.
A gleaner's posture is low, bowed, or knelt. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.
A gleaner needs permission or an invite to search. Come to me- knock- seek find-when you search for me you will find me. Come all who are weary. Come, all who are thirsty!
One of the things that astound me about Ruth: even in her grief, in her time of need, and in a major transition of her own, she made Naomi her priority! I don’t believe she dismissed her pain. I believe she pursued her healing by helping another heal!!!
Ruth was not only compelled to care for her mother-in-law but she was submitted to her in an honorable way.
She laid down her life and in doing so, she found life.
Boaz- the field owner-the kinsman-redeemer, first calls Ruth daughter!
Then he advocates for her so he can call her his own. He negotiates for her life with the one who has first dibs.
Ruth would one day own the field she gleaned from as a hungry, poor stranger.
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