By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Then said Boaz unto Ruth, 'Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens. Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap and go thou after them; have not I 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."Ruth 2:8-9-----Protection - To look after; to oversee with a defensive posture.-To guard and to keep safe.-The act of securing and sheltering another.Boaz was a refuge, shelter, and timely protector to Ruth in her time of need.An example of the highest form of guardianship and protection;Boaz illustrates the character and safe provision of God.Three virtues of Boaz:Provisionary, Protective, Safe.-----The individual who procures, provides, and ensures true protection to another, is a fortifier and strength of man's soul, and a grace to his inward vulnerabilities.That man shall dwell safely and enjoy tender pasture;That man shall be supplied with the tender care of God.Amply and ably, Boaz diffuses a difficult situation and infuses tangible mercies into it.Securing a foreigner, named Ruth, with substance, care, and supplementary provision in his harvesting fields, he assists her and is drawn emphatically to her in a sure and steadfast way and ...-Her differences inspire him.-Her qualities provoke him.-Her care-giving skills touch him.She is "his" to look after.------Boaz, notably, has been securely stationed into Ruth's life as a preordained "kinsman- redeemer."The qualities at work within him secure provision to his distant relative Naomi (Ruth's mother-in-law) and endear him to gracious, timely, and a provisionary long-term care commitment to love and provide for Ruth.Preserving the blood line and lineage of Ruth's deceased husband, Mahlon, and her father-in-law, Elimelech, Boaz graciously receives Ruth under "his" protective wing and becomes husband and loving partner to her.But greater than this ... is the preservation of the ultimate Father, God almighty, who fortifies Ruth with an unexpected, unassumed role in the lineage of Christ.Together, Boaz and Ruth, will enjoy the right and privilege of becoming "great-grandparents" to King David.Together they will witness God's wonders ... and play a role in the lineage of the ultimate protector, provider, and Redeemer:Jesus Christ.How does one explain such a divine display of grace?It isn't possible.It's simply, beautifully, and notably ... God.------Mmmm ....Wonder of wonders, Redeemer of blunders;To God be all glory alone.Rest in the "nest" of safety God has ordained for you and find protection in the everlasting care and security of the Father.-----"The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust."Ruth 2:12&"Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me under the shadow of Thy wings."Psalm 17:8
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