A Fruitful Field

The story of Ruth the Moabitess is one of the most beautiful stories in The Bible. It reads like the text of a play and my shortened version is by far not as vivid, nor as poetic, as the original translation from Hebrew. I shorten it here because I want to see ‘the field’ clearly, to understand why this story turns around a field. 

It began in Moab, shortly after Ruth’s husband had died. He was the last of Naomi’s children. Naomi, also a widow, now had no prospect of grandchildren and it saddened her. She wanted to go back home, to Bethlehem in Judah, her home country, but Ruth, her daughter in law refused to let her go by herself and said these famous words – ‘I will not leave you, for where you go I go, where you stay I stay. Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God.’ 

With her mind set, Ruth goes with Naomi to Bethlehem, travelling on foot as people did 3000 years ago, and they arrived destitute and poor. It was then that Ruth said to Naomi, ‘Let me go pick up grain after the reapers among the sheaves in the field because we need bread to survive.’

Naomi still had family in Judah, on her deceased husband’s side. He was a mighty man of wealth and his name was Boaz. When Ruth went to pick up grain, unbeknown to her she found herself in Boaz’s field. He saw her and inquired about her. He then approached her and said to her ‘pick not grain in another field, neither go from here but stay fast by these young maidens of mine. Let your eyes be on the field and go with them. I’ve commanded the young men that they shall not touch you and when you are thirsty go to the vessels and drink of that which the young men have drawn.’

Then she bowed herself down and said to him, ‘Why have I found grace in your eyes that you should take knowledge of me, a stranger.’

The story then weaves circumstances between Ruth and Boaz where Naomi is instrumental in bringing them together. The Jewish law commands the next of kin to marry the widow of a deceased brother for the prospect of children, in this case grandchildren for Naomi.  Boaz married Ruth and Naomi became a grandmother. In Boaz’s fruitful field Ruth is answered. Her ‘let me go and find bread’ is answered beyond her wildest dreams.

Prayer is like that field, where you speak to the living God who created you and knows you. He knows what you need and gives it to his children. 

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