The first chapter in the book of Ruth introduced us to Ruth and explained a bit of the back story. The chapter begins with Ruth gathering grain from one of the fields owned by Boaz.
“So Boaz said to Ruth, ‘My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.’” – Ruth 2:8-9
This is a nice gesture on the part of Boaz. Much different than the route Samson would have taken. Samson would have taken her right there in the field and raped her. The chapter continues, describing the details of how Ruth gathered up grain.
“’The Lord bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.’” – Ruth 2:20
Naomi is referring to Boaz.
“So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.” – Ruth 2:23
That concludes Ruth 2. Not much to report. It is a very pleasant surprise to see a woman treated with respect in the Bible. Granted, the bar is very low. Don’t kill a woman or rape her and you are already doing better than most of the stories in the Bible.
Coming Soon: Ruth – Chapter 3: Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor