Well, we’ve covered the events of Ruth 2, but chapter 2 is not done. It has a greater story in it that you may or may not see.
Ruth 2 is a pointer in the Bible, pointing forward to a similar and even greater story than this one. This greater story becomes clear to us when we examine how Boaz welcomes Ruth, the foreigner. You see Ruth was an alien. Imagine what it would be like for an alien immigrant living in a foreign land. They would feel like a complete outsider, the culture and the customs are vastly different, all you want is someone to welcome you and make you feel at home rather than making you feel like an outsider, and to make matters worse Ruth was homeless, hungry, and hopeless. This was Ruth, the stranger in a strange land. When Boaz welcomes Ruth, he changes everything for her! He gives her food, friends, and hope that sustains her and Naomi.
You see, we are like Ruth, and Boaz is like Jesus. Eph. 2:12-13 says it like this, “…remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” You see it? We are like Ruth, I was like Ruth, without hope and without God in this world, empty handed, dirty, an alien to God, and more so, His enemy because of my sin. But just as Boaz welcomed Ruth and lavished such grace on her, so too Jesus welcomed me and lavished grace on this dirty alien! The same is true for all Christians! We are Ruth, and we were and are being pursued by Jesus, just as Boaz did.
If you find yourself far away now, without hope and without God in this world, dirty and rotten in your sin (which all of us are!), come to Jesus. He is the greater Boaz, who not only welcomes sinners, but dies for them on the cross, opening their way back to God. He died for all those who’ll trust in Him. If you come to Him you know what you’ll do? You’ll cry out as Ruth did in 2:10, because you know who you are, and know who Jesus is, and you’ll be amazed, astonished, and befuddled that Jesus would love a dirty sinner like you.
Boaz did all of this for Ruth, because he understood the essence of the gospel. Whether other people can tell or not, Boaz knows he is a sinner in need of grace, and when he came into the kingdom of God by faith, he was astonished that he didn’t get what he deserved, but got what we didn’t deserve, grace. He not only knew this, remember he saw a real life example with his parents Salmon and Rahab.
When God welcomed Boaz, it changed Boaz’s life. When Boaz welcomed Ruth, it changed her life. When Jesus welcomes us, it changes everything! So there are two calls here:
1) If you don’t know Jesus, He is calling you to come right now, empty handed, sinful, and dirty, as Ruth did.
2) If you have been so welcomed by Jesus and know Him now, you know you received something you didn’t deserve. This should lead you to welcome others as Boaz welcomed Ruth, and as God welcomed you through Jesus. Your cry is now 1 John 3:1, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we (who were strangers and aliens, far away from God, lost and without hope in this world) can now be called children of God.”