Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. (Ruth 2:9, 14)
We have sat beside angels; we have feasted on the bread of life.
“And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.” (Ruth 2:16)
Handfuls of purpose: The “of” in the verse above indicates a relationship. It is no longer just about the sheaves or it would have said “on” purpose. Now it’s about her “purpose.”
While you were busy with work or daily activities, God is dropping handfuls of purpose.
What Ruth gleaned was according to the law; to provide for the poor. The handfuls of purpose were for mercy (for she was a Moabitess.)
“An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever:” (Deuteronomy 23:3)
She not only received the law but accepted the purpose: to seek and to save that which is lost. Boaz was a type of Jesus Christ. He redeemed Ruth.
“And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.” (Ruth 2:18)
Go into your city with your purpose
“So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.” (Ruth 2:23)
Barley was harvested first; wheat would be harvested about a month later. She continued until the harvest was complete.
It has intrigued me for years how she was sufficed and left. I just didn’t catch it. One, she took enough to strengthen her and went right back to work. She didn’t say, I have enough for myself, but thought of her mother in law as well. In verse 18, we see she reserved some after she was sufficed and brought it as well. This food was probably roasted barley that had been prepared for consumption (the bread of life.) God used a Gentile to bring forth his purpose, for Ruth is in the genealogy of Jesus. So, we don’t need to be shocked or nervous when we see the drug addicts, or homosexuals come into our churches.
They are the handfuls of purpose we need to pick up.
Ruth didn’t say, I can’t pick this up, it’s not right (per the law); the reaper had a sickle to reap, yet Ruth had to lower (humble) herself to pick up the remnants. God will always have a remnant.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:2 3)
“This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (Isaiah14:26)
Go ye therefore, seek and save that which is lost.
Does my purpose match up with God? Then go after them!