Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled."
10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, "Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?"
11 Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."
13 "May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord," she said. "You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls."
14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar." When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. 15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, "Even if she gathers among the sheaves, don't embarrass her. 16 Rather, pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don't rebuke her."
17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah. [a] 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.
19 Her mother-in-law asked her, "Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!" Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. "The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz," she said.
Ruth and Boaz are courting. This is a real Bible type story, all of the characters are so good. Even though Naomi is kind of bitter, she still has faith in God. Ruth has courage, loyalty and is a hard worker. Boaz is very generous.
He goes beyond what the law says, and even has his servants help this forien girl out. Usually if the gleaners got too close to real workers, the workers would rebuke them. Boaz tells his people to leave Ruth alone. She works hard ands gets enough grain to feed her and her Mother in law. Naomi knows.
Even if this sounds like a fairy tale, it is still very applicable. Loyalty and hard work will be rewarded. When we are told to give, give a little more. When times look bad, they will get better.
Prayer- Lord, help us learn through your word, and help us use these lessons in our life. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.