In reading the book of Ruth this time, the character of the Lord that stood out was His mercy. Deuteronomy 23:3 says, “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the Lord, even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the Lord forever.” Yet, Ruth was a Moabite.
Here is Ruth’s commitment to Naomi. Ruth 1:16-17 says, “…your people shall be my people, and your God, my God…The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.” Boaz commended her. Ruth 2:12 says, “The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
We know from chapter 1 that Naomi was a bitter woman. Have you ever lived with a bitter person? It is not an easy road. Ruth showed Namoi unconditional love. She respected her and followed her advice. Ruth had a generous nature. When Boaz let Ruth eat with them, she ate until she was satisfied. Ruth 2:14 says that she kept some back for Naomi.
Boaz had a generous spirit. He spoke to his reapers. Verse 16 in the Amplified says, “And let fall some handfuls for her on purpose and let them lie there for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.” Notice what Naomi says in verse 20 about Boaz. “…Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!…”
Boaz honored Ruth with his words. Ruth 3:11 says, “…for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” When she left the threshing house, he lavished grain on her. Verse 17 was Ruth’s recounting to Naomi. “…These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.”
Bitterness creates an emotional wall around our spirit. We were created for love. It imprisons us through toxic thoughts. The bitterness causes caustic acid to drip down upon our neural connections, destroying their pathways. It also causes chemical changes in our bodies. Our health suffers. Naomi’s heart was full of inner defilement. Remember Hebrew 12:15 about the bitter roots? They defile us and those around us.
Yet, Ruth did not allow Naomi’s bitterness to affect her spirit. She was leaning on the Lord. She found her refuge in Him. God brought a Moabite woman into His land, to live with His people. He miraculously intervened through His mercy to strategically set Ruth in His own blood line. How amazing is that! Boaz married Ruth and she had a little baby named Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse who was the father of David.
Watch now how the Lord used Obed in Naomi’s life. The women of the town blessed Naomi with these words about her little grandson. Ruth 4:15 says, “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, she is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” The Lord, in His mercy, in our Restorer and Nourisher. Psalm 145:9 says, “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”