Scripture for today: Ruth 2
Ruth was a Moabite, which was a group of people hated by the Israelites. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, was from Bethlehem. During this time, there was a famine in Israel, which is why Naomi’s husband had moved them to Moab, where their sons married Moabite women, which was not an approved thing to do if you were an Israelite. Ruth was a gleaner – gleaners were allowed to come into the fields and gather the bits of barley that were leftover after the harvesters had gone through.
Naomi was without a husband (bad) in a foreign land (also bad), so she decided to go back to Bethlehem. She sent Ruth and her other daughter-in-law back to their families. But Ruth refused to go back, and insisted on traveling to Bethlehem with Naomi.
Ruth is a picture of us – we are not Jewish, but Gentiles. By the law, she was not qualified to be there. But by grace, she was qualified. Boaz permitted her to be in his field, under his protection, just as Jesus brings us into His land and protection.
Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer, which means that if he had a relative (like Naomi) in hardship, he could bail them out. He had to be wealthy and willing to do so. He is a picture of Jesus.
Just like Ruth, we have a famine in our land. We can’t save ourselves. We have a debt we can’t repay. Just like Boaz, Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer, Jesus extends His grace to us when we come into His kingdom.