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Boaz invited Ruth to eat lunch with him and his workers (v. 14). They would often tie a few stalks of grain together and roast it over a blazing fire. Ruth had all she wanted to eat and still had food left over. Her being able to eat with Boaz and the reapers was a mark of special favor. After the meal Ruth returned to the field to glean. The law gave the gleaners the right to go over the field after the reapers had taken all they wanted. However Boaz instructed his reapers to drop some grain along the way for her (v. 15). At the end of the day she had about three fourths of a bushel (vv. 16-17).
I need to look for any widows whom I could help by showing special favors to them? This is something that is greatly neglected by many families and churches today (1 Tim 5:16).
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Ruth 1:1-14Choices we make in life
Ruth 1:15-22Ruth is committed to Naomi
Ruth 2:1-13Ruth meets Boaz
Ruth 2:14-23Boaz invites Ruth to lunch
Ruth 3:1-18Ruth’s redemption is assured
Ruth 4:1-6Sacrifice is necessary
Ruth 4:7-12Boaz marries Ruth
Ruth 4:13-22Grandfather of David is born to Ruth