Ruth 2: Do not gather grain in another field; and by no means leave here

Published On: 30 de October de 2023Categories: Bible Study

The book of Ruth is one of the treasures of the Bible that reveals to us God’s grace and faithfulness in a unique way. The narrative of Ruth 2 is a chapter that shines with the beauty of divine provision in the context of a human story full of challenges. In this Bible study, we will explore Ruth 2 in detail, highlighting the profound spiritual lessons that can be gleaned from this chapter. Let’s examine God’s grace, Boaz’s generosity, Ruth’s courage, and the implications for our lives.

The Field of Boaz Scenario

Ruth 2 introduces us to a new setting: the field of Boaz. At this point in the story, Ruth, a Moabite widow, decided to follow her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem. They were facing financial difficulties and Ruth chose to pick grain in the fields to support herself and Naomi. This choice took her to the field of Boaz, a relative of Naomi and a prominent man in Bethlehem. Although Ruth didn’t know it, this decision would change her life in a profound way.

Boaz’s field represents God’s provision in difficult times. The book of Ruth shows us that God often guides us to places and people who will play crucial roles in our journey. Even though Ruth went to gather grain to eat, God was directing her to an encounter that would greatly bless his life. We often find blessings where we least expect them, and divine grace is revealed even in the midst of our daily tasks.

The Generosity of Boaz: A Portrait of Divine Grace

Boaz, the owner of the field, is a notable figure in this chapter. He demonstrates extraordinary generosity when he comes across Ruth, a foreigner who was picking corn. Boaz instructed his servants to allow Ruth to glean among the ears, and did not rebuke her for plucking without permission. Instead, he blessed and encouraged her:

“Do not gather grain in another field; and by no means pass from here; and do not harm this one either.” (Ruth 2:16)

Boaz’s attitude reminds us of the divine grace we receive from God. Even when we are spiritual foreigners, far from God, He offers us grace, welcome and blessings. Boaz was a channel of God’s grace to Ruth, and this reminds us that God often uses people to express his grace in our lives.

While God’s grace is a free and undeserved gift, it is also important to note that Ruth was hard at work plucking grain in Boaz’s field. God’s grace often manifests itself in our joint effort with His supernatural provision. However, we cannot forget that even as we work, God’s grace is what sustains us.

Ruth: An Example of Courage and Humility

Ruth, the protagonist of this book, is a remarkable figure of courage and humility. She chose to follow Naomi, her mother-in-law, even after losing her husband. Her loyalty and love for Naomi are evident when she declares:

“Do not urge me to leave you and force me not to follow you; for wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you settle, there I will lodge; Your people are my people, your God is my God.” (Ruth 1:16)

This statement by Ruth is a testimony to her character and commitment to her mother-in-law and her faith . She not only expresses her willingness to stand by Naomi, but also to embrace faith in the God of Israel.

Ruth also demonstrates humility by plucking grain in Boaz’s field. She does not consider herself worthy of special favors and accepts her humble role as one who honestly and diligently seeks God’s provision. Her humility puts her in a position where God’s grace can flow abundantly into her life.

Although Ruth’s life was marked by tragedy and challenges, her courage and humility led her to a place of unexpected blessings and a story that would impact generations to come.

Practical Lessons from Ruth 2 for Our Lives

Chapter 2 of Ruth offers us countless practical lessons that can transform our lives:

  1. God’s grace abounds : Just as Ruth experienced God’s grace in the field of Boaz, so too can we experience divine grace on our journey. Even in the midst of difficulties, God always has a plan of provision and blessings for His children.
  2. Generosity begets generosity : Boaz’s generosity toward Ruth inspired his generosity toward Naomi. It reminds us that our acts of kindness and generosity have the potential to set off a chain reaction of blessings.
  3. Courage and humility are powerful virtues : Ruth’s courage in facing challenges and her humility when picking grain are virtues that God values. These qualities can lead us to places of blessing and impact.
  4. Obedience attracts God’s attention : Ruth’s obedience in following Naomi’s directions took her to the field of Boaz, where her life would change forever. Obedience to God often directs us to the blessings He has prepared for us.
  5. God uses ordinary people to accomplish His extraordinary plans : Ruth was an ordinary woman, but God used her in extraordinary ways in the lineage of Jesus Christ. This reminds us that God often chooses ordinary people to fulfill His extraordinary purposes.

The Harvest and Harvest of Divine Grace

Ruth chapter 2, the scene unfolds during harvest time. The fields are ready for harvest, and agricultural activity is at its peak. This scenario has symbolic and spiritual meaning that goes beyond simple agriculture.

Just as the harvest represents the result of farmers’ hard work, we can also apply this metaphor to our spiritual lives. Ruth harvested ears with zeal and humility, and this harvest represented God’s blessing on her life. Likewise, when we sow good deeds, we reap God’s grace in our lives.

The New Testament reminds us of this spiritual truth:

“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7, KJV)

Our actions and attitudes, like Ruth’s harvest, have consequences. Ruth’s faithfulness in picking grain led to her encounter with Boaz and, eventually, redemption and blessings. On our spiritual journey, our faithfulness in following God and doing good can lead us to divine encounters and spiritual blessings.

The Importance of Divine Protection

Chapter 2 also shows us the importance of divine protection in our lives. Ruth, as a foreigner in Bethlehem, could have faced countless difficulties and challenges. However, she found protection and favor in the field of Boaz. It reminds us that God is our protector and provider, even in strange lands and in difficult times.

Psalm 91 is an example of God’s promises of protection:

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High in the shadow of the Almighty will rest.” (Psalm 91:1, KJV)

Just as Ruth found refuge in the field of Boaz, we also find our refuge in God. He surrounds us with His protection and guides us at all times. Our trust in God allows us to face challenges with courage, knowing that He is with us.

Naomi’s Reaction and Renewed Hope

The conclusion of chapter 2 brings an exciting twist to Ruth’s story. When Naomi hears about Ruth’s meeting with Boaz, she is filled with hope and gratitude. She recognizes divine providence in Ruth’s life and the importance of Boaz as kinsman-redeemer:

“And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of the LORD, for his love hath not failed either to the living or to the dead.” (Ruth 2:20, KJV)

Naomi’s reaction reflects the importance of celebrating God’s blessings in our lives. She recognizes that Boaz’s generosity is a reflection of divine benevolence. This reminds us that when we experience God’s grace, we should express our gratitude and recognize that all blessings come from Him.

Furthermore, this passage teaches us about the importance of maintaining hope, even in the midst of challenges. Naomi, who had experienced great suffering, now saw the possibility of redemption and restoration in her family.

Conclusion: The Grace that Transforms Lives

Ruth chapter 2 is a remarkable testimony to God’s grace working in surprising ways in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. God’s grace, represented by Boaz’s generosity, is poured out on Ruth, a courageous and humble woman. This story reminds us that divine grace is always available to those who trust God and seek His will.

May we learn from Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi, and may the lessons in this chapter inspire us to live with courage, humility, and a deep trust in God’s grace. Just as Ruth found her redeemer in Boaz, we also find our Redeemer in Jesus Christ , who grants us His grace and leads us to a transformed life.

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Written by : Ministério Veredas Do IDE

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