The Generosity of a Worthy Man
Boaz has shown that he followed God’s law concerning his own things and carried God in the middle of all his business and life. Boaz unknowingly has become an answer to the prayer of Naomi toward Ruth who have both lost so much. Boaz acts graciously toward the outsider Ruth by providing a protection and generosity that originates in the heart of God.
A Generous Mealtime vs. 14
Ruth is a lowly gleaner and is invited to eat with the boss and the workers. He even serves her. Boaz is not only polite but is generous in raising the honor of Ruth so that not only her hunger is satisfied but her sense of identity is being nourished by grace. Matthew 23:11-12.
Generous Provision vs. 15,16
The gleaning that Ruth would have normally gathered would not be this much. Boaz ensures that Ruth’s gleaning will be more than normal but blessed. Ruth makes sure that enough is gathered for her mother-in-law and herself. He also protects her dignity and ensures her safety.
Generous Blessing vs. 17-20
Ruth is diligent and gathers what would equal a half months’ wages in one day. Her return evokes more prayers of blessing from Naomi. The “loyal love” of Boaz is recognized just as Ruth’s was. Naomi despite her hard life has not fully become “bitter” and can recognize the blessing of God and pray it for others. She may have experienced bitter situations but she has not become bitter. Philippians 4:4-9
Generous Protection vs. 21-23
Boaz extends his generosity for the entire harvest periods and protection for the hard-working Ruth. There would be no need to search for another solution to their provision. Boaz is identified as one of the “redeemers”. Boaz has the potential and ability to continue his generosity and grace. We will see how Boaz acts to do the very thing he is empowered to do.
Generosity is a character of those who have been “saved” by God.
Four Aspects of Godly Generosity:
Not limited by barriers between culture.
Preserves dignity and identity of the weaker
Addresses the current need and future
Opens the door for relationship and restoration
Refusing to give into bitterness when life is bitter because it is better to bless.