May the Lord repay you for your kindness, and may your reward be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:12
The first thing that strikes us about these two whom God brought together by His grace is their spiritual preparation. Although Elimelech’s family was out of the centre of God’s will and out of the place of God’s blessing, they did accomplish something worthwhile. Through their testimony, this young Moabite named Ruth turned from worshiping Chemosh, the God of the Moabites, with all the abominable practices associated with his worship, and put her trust in the one true and living God. “Your God shall be my God,” she boldly declared. And it was evident to all who knew her that she had come to enjoy an intimate relationship with the Lord God of Israel. Her trust in God and her love for God were the sources of an inner strength and beauty that could not be hidden and of a love for others that could not be suppressed. – Richard Strauss
Ruth must have also been impressed with how caring Boaz was. He entreated her with compassion, “My daughter, listen to me.” The spirituality of Boaz is practical and down-to-earth. He assured her that she belonged working in his field and invited her to join his servant girls. He expressed his concern over Ruth’s safety, having already warned “the men not to touch her.” He made provision for her comfort. Ruth was surprised by Boaz–his graciousness, his respect, his evident concern and care for her. She never expected this kind of treatment. “The Lord be with you!” Indeed, the Lord was with her. She had never imagined that she would be treated this well. But for Boaz there was no mystery behind her treatment. She deserved it. The story of Ruth had been told throughout the town of Bethlehem and had earned for her a well-deserved reputation. Boaz admired her and he had every intention of honoring her devotion to Naomi and Naomi’s God.
Reflect on the steadfast love that God has for people and that people have for God and others —
… God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:5
But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others]… – Galatians 5:22
The Boaz Blessing – let’s speak it over others as the Holy Spirit prompts us.
Beloved Lord God,
It was Your intention that mankind live in fellowship with You eternally, but in Adam’s fall from grace that bond of eternal fellowship was broken and for the first time man was in need of a Redeemer. Thank you, merciful Father, for not abandoning us, Your children, to the ravages of sin and death. Thank you, Lord, for providing a Blood Redeemer-a man of flesh and blood uniquely related to us and yet more than a man who willing battled, suffered and overcame sin for the sake of a fallen humanity. Please send Your Holy Spirit to guide us, Lord, we look at the decision of Your servant Boaz who willingly offered himself as a Blood Redeemer to Ruth in an act of mercy that had an impact on the future liberation of all men and women in the drama of sin and redemption. We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.