Boaz was rich, but Ruth did not select him

Ruth Bible Background

04.08.2017 – Old Testament: Ruth 2.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read The Book of Ruth on April 8, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

If Ruth had selected Boaz, the charge could have been made that she sought his money, instead Boaz sought her,

There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech (Ruth 2.1–3). 

Both Naomi and Ruth left things to be as they happened. Ruth was just getting food. She wanted to do her part and did not seek to mooch off her mother-in-law.

However, the Lord brings people together, and eventually Boaz noticed her, for he had heard of the wonderful things that she had done for her mother-in-law.


  • Do you do things for people, or do you expect them to do for you?
  • Are you a servant or do you expect to be served?

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