Ruth 2:16 “And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, and she may glean them, and rebuke her not.”
Ruth was a poor Moabite widow, a stranger in Israel. Besides that, she was a hated gentile. She had journeyed with her mother-in-law form Moab to Bethlehem. They arrived penniless and destitute. Soon Ruth went, as the poor were allowed to do, to glean in a barley field to provide food for them to eat.
Ruth started gleanings in the field of a wealthy landowner name Boaz. He saw her and told his reapers to drop handfuls of barley on purpose for her. According to the law of the day, the poor were allowed to pick up such grain as the harvesters accidentally dropped. In most cases there must have been a little for the poor to collect, but Ruth was given handfuls on purpose.
Ruth was not given hand falls on purpose without reason. She could have stayed in Moab, but she had chosen to follow her mother-in-law and to worship her mother-in-law’s God. She had chosen to reap in the field of Boaz, a type of Christ. That means that she was gleaning in the field of the master, and the master provided handfuls on purpose for her.
Those of us who have chosen to receive Jesus as our savior and to work safely in His harvest field also have handfuls of blessings dropped for us on purpose. We have only to claim them.
Evangelist Louis Arnold (1914-2015)
Founder of CMRBC
An excerpt from his daily devotional book: