“Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, Why have I found favor in your eyes that you should notice me, when I am a foreigner?” Ruth 2:10 Amplified
Yesterday we looked at Naomi, today it is Ruth, our women of the Bible. Ruth has followed Naomi, her mother-in-law, back to Naomi’s home town. Ruth is not jewish, she is a Moabite woman, but she cares deeply for Naomi and goes with her. She is rewarded for her faithfulness to Naomi as a wealthy relative takes a shine to her.
Ruth has gone to glean in the fields of Boaz so that she and Naomi might have food to eat. Boaz sees her and she finds favor in his eyes. He offers her protection and the food she is seeking. When Naomi finds out about Boaz she instructs Ruth in what to do to bring her closer to Boaz, humility. Ruth didn’t presume to demand anything even though they were family, but she went to him as a servant and asked him for continued protection. He followed cultural protocol and made sure others who were closer in relation were given the opportunity. When the way was clear he took Ruth as his wife and they were blessed with a son, Obed, who is named in Jesus lineage.
Ruth is a wonderful example of a gentle, humble, willing woman. She cared deeply for those around her and spoke softly. In turn she was greatly blessed and loved. Though she was a foreigner she was accepted, just as we are accepted by God when we come in faith to Him.