“Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back.” Ruth 2:14
Boaz has already talked with Ruth and told her to stay with his reapers and told his reapers that they’re not to harm her in any way. He’s also told her that she’s welcome to drink from the water that’s been brought to the field for his reapers as well.
Now as the midday meal arrives he calls her to share in the bread and parched grain he’s provided for his workers. So she joins them and the scriptures record that he personally passes parched grain to her for her to eat.
This probably doesn’t sound like a big deal to most of us today. It might just seem like a nice thing to do. Perhaps some might even think it’s romantic. Terri Fivash, in her book on the story of Ruth, tells us that this action on the part of Boaz, of personally giving her food, in fact, announces to Ruth and to anyone present that he’s committed himself to providing for the needs of Ruth and her mother in law, Naomi.
As they leave the meal and return to the fields Boaz backs up this commitment by instructing his workers to allow Ruth to gather close among the sheaves and to purposefully drop wheat for Ruth to gather.
Many centuries later, in an upper room, Jesus would, with his own hands, break bread for his disciples and give it to them, he would also bless and give them the cup and with both he would pledge by word and actions to give us whatever is needed to provide for our physical needs and to solve our problem with sin.
Too much we worry and fret about how we’ll manage with life’s responsibilities.
Have you given your life to Jesus? Are you not now God’s adopted child? Is he not now your adopted Father? Has he not pledged himself to you and sealed that pledge with the blood of the Son? Paul in Romans 8:32 asks it this way, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
With this pledge from God we’re all set free to live and labor as God calls us to. No longer are we slaves to the needs of our lives. In Matthew chapter six Jesus tells us that the Father knows these needs and is supplying them. So now whatever he calls us to do we’re free to do.
This world is falling apart and it’s full of people that need to know Jesus and that he’s returning soon. Jesus is calling for us to broadcast this news to the world and he’s pledged to provide for our needs. It’s now up to us to receive his provision and then to work in his field.