As we study through the Old Testament book of Ruth, it is not hard at all to find the beautiful pictures of Christ and His love for His bride the church (Ephesians 5:23-32).

Ruth is very much aware of the favor, kindness and comfort that Boaz has shown unto her (Ruth 2:13). None of these blessings were deserved by Ruth or earned by her; they originated in the love and grace of Boaz. Such is true for you and me as sinners this morning, beloved. Because of the faith of Christ (Ephesians 3:12), you and I have received forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:7) and all things that pertain unto life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We see today that Boaz supplied above and beyond what Ruth would have been able to glean in one day (Ruth 2:15,16). Has not The Father done this and so much more for us as His adopted children (Ephesians 1:5)? Every good and perfect gift that you and I can think of comes from our gracious Father of lights (James 1:17).

And to think that everything that happened in this book of redemption was planned out by God Himself is truly incredible (Isaiah 43:13)! What may have seemed like a coincidental event (Ruth 2:2,3) was actually the plan of God being unfolded in a very natural setting. Paul tells us that the message of this book, along with the rest of Scripture, was written for our learning and to give us hope (Romans 15:4).

As we study God’s Word this morning, not only should we do so soberly, and not carelessly (1 Corinthians 11:27-31), but we should also do so with great joy and thankfulness for our Boaz, Jesus Christ, Who died for us in order to show us great favor, kindness and comfort.