Summary: Ruth Chapter 2 is the reward for Ruth's resolve
Text: Ruth Chapter 2
Title: Gleaning and Gathering
Leaving a legacy means living for something that will outlive you.
There are so many people in the Bible we could have chosen to do this series on. Lots of people in the Bible left a legacy. We choose Ruth because she had to first overcome so much in her life in order to leave a legacy.
In Ruth chapter 1
1. The death of her husband
2. The desertion of her sister in law
3. The discouragement of her mother in law
4. The disadvantage of being a foreigner and even worse one from Moab
The book of Ruth would have contained only one chapter if not for the resolve of Ruth that her life would count for something.
It was the resolve of Ruth that got her into the second chapter.
In Ruth chapter 2 we will find that her resolve begins to get rewarded.
You might feel today that your life is stuck in chapter one;
…that too many bad things are happening to you;
…that too many things are against you
…that you are surrounded with discouragement
Just remember this; chapter two follows chapter one. Our resolve to leave a legacy will be rewarded!!
This morning we are going to move on from chapter one and look at chapter 2
Read verses 1-3
The first thing we need to see here is that in order to leave a legacy after you are gone -you have to choose the right field to work in.
But don’t interpret the phrase you have to choose the right field to work in as the world interprets it;
To the world “the right field to work in” can only mean the following;
The field of sports
The field of politics
The field of science
The field of education
The field of music
To Ruth the phrase you have to choose the right field to work in means something totally different
The right field for her to work in was the field of Boaz!!
Jesus told us in Matthew 13:44 that the kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field.
Find the right field and you just may find the treasure hidden in it
Ruth literally found her treasure hidden in a field.
“As it turned out she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz.”
And for the first part of chapter 2 we could even say that her treasure was hidden to her.
She had no idea how blessed she was going to become because she found herself in the field of Boaz.
So who is this Boaz?
Read verses 4-23
1. This man from Bethlehem
2. This man of great standing
3. This man who already knows her past pains
4. This man who overwhelms her with kindness
5. This man who provides her with food and protection
Question: Who is our Boaz?
What Boaz was to Ruth Jesus wants to be to us.
There are so many similarities between Boaz and Jesus
1. Both were men from Bethlehem
2. Both were men of great standing
3. Both men already know our past pains
4. Both men overwhelm us with their kindness
5. Both men offer to provide food and protection
So if we want our lives to count for something we have to choose to work in the field belonging to Jesus!
In the case of Ruth the field of Boaz was a literal field. In the case of us the field of Jesus is both spiritual and literal.