April 23

April 23

Ruth Meets Boaz — Caring for the poor & allowing the poor to collect food after harvest.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Ruth 2

Reading 2: Deuteronomy 15:7-11

Reading 3: Deuteronomy 24:17-22

Part of God’s instruction for His people was the principle that a close relative could be the redeemer of a person who had lost everything and become an indentured servant (or slave). The relative could pay to release the person from slavery. It is a picture of what Jesus will do on the Cross.

And today’s account of Ruth’s favor with Boaz is not just a story of a kinsman redeemer but also a story of love prompted by faithfulness and loyalty. Boaz has heard of Ruth’s commitment to Naomi – “where you go I will go…” and he is impressed with her godly reputation.

He is a godly man himself, following God’s instructions to care for the poor and the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan. Godliness attracts godliness – there’s a word of wisdom for relationships!

And through Boaz’s generosity, God provides for Ruth and Naomi. They have come through their hardship and into a place of blessing. The same can be true for each of us as we are loyal to those around us and serve our kinsman redeemer, Jesus!

Together: celebrate loyalty in your group and in each one’s life; share stories of past loyalty and affirm current loyalties, then pray for God’s blessing to increase for the sake of those around you.

Have a great day!