Boaz & The Poor


I noticed that Boaz had a number of widows and poor that gleaned at the edges of his fields. The Old Testament law commanded that a margin was left to provide for the poor and non-property owners. Notice how the law provided for but did not demean the poor by absolving them of all responsibility for their survival.
It appears that Boaz had a relationship established with his poor. I think this because Boaz notices, right away, that someone new has come. He inquires without rudeness and then seeks to establish a relationship. These are his charges, gleaning on the edge of his fields. In fact, Boaz seems to take his role of provider and protector of these seriously. I doubt any of the women, poor and children gathering in his margins felt unsafe. Boaz paid attention to do his part and protect his investments.
Certainly, Boaz' inquiries have brought an immediate interest in this poor widow. Ruth responds to the kindness of provision and protection with sincere gratefulness. How many times have we offered help, advice, prayers and concern, personal investment to have the offering met with careless ungratefulness? Not that the offering must be received but that an attitude of gratefulness accompanies any rejection.
As a church we are called to be long suffering, always giving the benefit of a doubt, anticipating good instead of evil. We are to help our members do righteously with much prayer and concern. How hard it is to have members prefer their sin over us and God. Thus the church is torn asunder. We must give, invest, pray, dote on our members as a flow from our own gratefulness and mercy experienced by God's grace or risk perversion of charity.
Ruth 2:10-17
Who do I know that is poor, poor in spirit?
What do I do to show God's love for them?
How does my relationship with them let them know they are cared about, thought of, loved?

Mickey Kyler 5/21/2019

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