Day Two: The Cling-ons

Ruth 2:3 – So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.

“The reader becomes blissfully aware that God had been at work in this man, Boaz, just as he had been with Ruth… Could there be a better man for Ruth?
Boaz of all men knew of the plight of strangers in the land… Because his mother Rahab had walked where Ruth was now walking, Boaz intimately understood the pain of being an alien woman in the land of Israel… What a poignant scene we have—Ruth the Moabitess meets the tender-hearted son of a former prostitute who had also been a foreigner in the land. What a beautiful story!
… Here again Boaz points us to Jesus. Could there be a better Savior for us but Jesus? Jesus is the one who left heavenly glory to become a human like us. Jesus understands us… Hebrews 4.14–16 says, ‘…For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’” [L. Charles Jackson, “God Provides a Redeemer”]

We seldom have perfect clarity… but our God does… let’s cling to Him as we sing “Clarity” (Click here) by For All Seasons.

– JP