Changed Lives, and Barley

29 Sep

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.” And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.” So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” (Ruth 2:13-19)

Ruth, “ate until she was satisfied,” and even then had left-overs. She was given everything she could handle, and then some. And why? Not because of anything she had done, but because of Boaz. Boaz “sacrificed” food and income (Ruth did take home an entire “ephah” of barley) for this women who wasn’t even an Israelite. In fact, as the foreman of Boaz’s field (see: Ruth 2:6) so quaintly pointed out, she was a ‘Moabite from Moab’. She deserved nothing, yet he gave her so much.

The next part of the passage is just as wonderful as the first; Ruth comes home so loaded, that the first words out of Naomi’s mouth are, “Where did you glean today?” She doesn’t even say hello, just jumps straight to the point. To which Ruth replies with a simple little sentence: “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”  Naomi asked where Ruth had gleaned, because it was so glaringly obvious that Ruth had found someone different; someone willing to offer such gifts to a complete stranger.

Jesus has given us everything that we need; He has satisfied us completely, through His death and Resurrection, and has given us abundant gifts. Now, we ought to be like Ruth: since we cannot bring our Boaz with us when we meet people, we should instead show them our changed lives. Ruth’s huge bundle of barley was right out there and obvious,  so too should we show how Christ has changed our lives. – By not living as the “World” lives, but by being transformed into the image of Christ by the renewal of our minds.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Delivered Through Love


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