[CF Devotionals] 2014-02-09 - God’s Background Work

Ruth ~ Part 23

- - - - - -

There seems to be a change in Boaz’s view of Ruth. He has become enamored with her. From an older man, concerned in a fatherly way for a young woman who has fallen under his protection, he now seems impressed in a way that causes him to want to spend time with her. So he invites her to dinner.

Next he instructs his men to make sure she gets at much as possible from her gleaning, even to the point of making sure some of the sheaves, not just the leavings, are placed in her path. And if, by chance, she takes more than she is “supposed to,” then they are not to mention it so she won’t be embarrassed.

So Ruth has a very successful day, working in the fields.

“Her gleanings measured about an ephah of barley, about one-half to two-thirds a bushel (also estimated as twenty-nine to fifty pounds). Such a large quantity could not have been acquired in a day by an ordinary gleaner. It shows how Boaz’s instructions to his reapers aided Ruth and also how diligently Ruth had worked. Since the ration of a male worker in ancient Mari was about one to two pounds of grain per day, Ruth probably gathered enough to last Naomi and her for several weeks.”

In addition to the barley, she also brought Naomi a “doggy bag.” It certainly was an amazing day. Going out in the morning, Ruth’s expectations were most likely a long day in the fields, bringing back a small amount of food for a large amount of labor. But Ruth, and for that matter Naomi, weren’t aware of God working in the background.

Instead of limited results, Ruth found a protector who was looking out for her and Naomi’s needs. He provided the opportunity for Ruth to gather enough to last the family for a few weeks. But of even more importance, she found someone who was interest in her beyond just the family ties. But more of that, next time.

To be continued.

[email geoff] GKragen@aol.com
http://www.cfdevotionals.org
http://www.gkragen.com

For more information about the author, podcasts and additional studies visit www.GKRAGEN.com.


CFD | February 2014 | Geoff's Devotions | Geoff's Studies | Devotional Topics