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Let us be content, then. There is a great deal of straw, you are not required to take that away; but it will be remarkable if you cannot pick up an ear or two of good grain. I heard a man of that kind once, and when he said a thing was so-and-so, I said to myself that it was not; and when he said such-and-such a thing would happen, I said it would not; and I enjoyed the sermon then. That is the way, when you hear a bad sermon, just to qualify what the preacher says. Then, after all, you can make his discourse suggest spiritual thoughts to you, and do you good.

But you must be content, whereever you go to hear the Word, to pick up the corn ear by ear. Note, next, that what the gleaner picks up, she keeps in her hand; she does not pick it up, and then drop it down, as some do in their spiritual gleaning. There is a good thought at the beginning of the sermon; but you are all agape to hear another, and you let the first go. Then, towards the end of the discourse, there is another flash perhaps; and, in trying to catch that, you have forgotten all the rest.

So, when the sermon is over, it is nearly all gone; and you are about as wise as a gleaner, who should set out in the morning, and pick up one ear, then drop that, and pick up another; then drop that, and pick up another; she would find, at night, that she had got — ay, what? It is just the same in hearing a sermon: some people pick up the ears, and drop them again as fast as they pick them up. Many a man, when he has nearly the whole sermon, loses it on the way home. Very much depends on our conduct on our way back from the house of God. I have heard of a Christian man who was seen hurrying home, one Sunday, with all his might.

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A friend asked him why he was in such haste. Then, again, the gleaner takes the wheat home, and threshes it. It is a blessed thing to thresh a sermon when you have heard it. Many persons thrash the preacher; but that is not half so good as threshing the sermon. They begin finding this fault and the other with him, and they think that is doing good; but it is not.

Take the sermon, beloved, when you have listened to it, lay it down on the floor of meditation, and beat it with the flail of prayer; so you will get the corn out of it. But the sermon is no good unless you thresh it. Why, that is as if a gleaner should stow away her corn in the room, and the mice should find it; in that case, it would be a nuisance to her rather than a benefit. So, some people hear a sermon, and carry it home, and then allow their sins to eat it all up; thus, it becomes an injury to them, rather than a blessing.

But he who knows how to flail a sermon well, to put it into the threshing machine, and thresh it well, has learned a good art, from which he shall profit much. But some of you are content if you carry the sermon home; you are willing enough, perhaps, to talk a little about it; but there is no thorough threshing of it by meditation and prayer. And then, once more, the good woman, after threshing the corn, no doubt afterwards winnowed it. Ruth did this in the field; but you can scarcely do so with the sermons you hear; some of the winnowing must be done at home.

Observe, too, that Ruth did not take the chaff home; she left that behind her in the field. It is an important thing to winnow every sermon that you hear. I would have you all to be winnowers, to separate the precious from the vile. With all ministers, there is a certain quantity of chaff mixed with the corn; but I have noticed in some hearers a sad predilection to take all the chaff, and leave the corn behind. Spurgeon used such-and-such an expression.

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Spurgeon said that was good? Let me advise you to winnow the sermon, to meditate upon it, to pray over it, to separate the chaff from the wheat, and to take care of that which is good. Shall I tell you the reasons that moved the heart of Boaz to let Ruth go and glean among the sheaves? One reason was, became he loved her.

He would have her go there, because he had conceived a great affection for her, which he afterwards displayed in due time. So the Lord lets his people come and glean among the sheaves, because he loves them. Didst thou have a rich gleaning amongst the sheaves, the other Sabbath?

Didst thou have an abundance of the good corn of the land? Wast thou satisfied with favor, and filled with the blessing of the Lord? Look, I beseech thee, on all thy mercies as proofs of his love; especially, look on all thy spiritual blessings as being tokens of his grace. There was another reason why Boaz let Ruth glean amongst the sheaves,-that was, because he was related to her.

And that is why the Lord sometimes gives us such sweet mercies, and takes us into his banqueting house, because he is related to us. He is our Brother, our Kinsman, nearly allied to us by ties of blood; ay, more than that, he is the Husband of his Church, and he may well let his wife go and glean among the sheaves, for all she gets is not lost to him; it is only putting it out of one hand into the other, since her interests and his are all one.

Thou art my partner, thou art my chosen one, thou art my bride; so, take it, take it all, for it is still in the family, and there is none the less, when thou hast taken all that thou canst. What more shall I say to you, my beloved brethren and sisters? Go a-gleaning, spiritually, as much as ever you can.

Never lose an opportunity of getting a blessing. Glean at the mercy-seat; glean in the house of God; glean in private meditation; glean in reading pious books; glean in associating with gracious men and women; glean everywhere — wherever you go; and if you can pick up only an ear a day, you who are so much engaged in business, and so much penned up by cares, if you can only spare five minutes, go a-gleaning a little; and if you cannot carry away a sheaf, get an ear; or if you cannot get an ear, make sure of at least one grain.

In the midst of the trial, our eyes were washed with tears, and gained clarity of sight to realize our own powerlessness. Time passed, and time allowed us to see those very circumstances less as they appeared when we were experiencing them, and more like they appear from God's perspective outside time in eternity, and with his perfect knowledge of the great ends he desires to achieve in our lives. We learned what Ruth had learnt.

The winds that hit our lives obey his voice who wants the best for us. Circumstances are but his means to achieve great things in our lives And the command is whispered with a love that wants our wellbeing far more than we want it for our own selves. The rest of Ruth's story is basically the story of how Ruth decided to go back to the land of Israel with Naomi her mother-in-law, and how God prepared for her in the land of Israel a man who was to become her husband.

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For where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. God prepared for her a husband, a husband that was willing to marry her though she was from Moab. That Husband was Boaz. In studying these characters we will find that there are many spiritual treasures that are sure to enrich our lives if we could understand them.


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The two hidden heroes behind the story…. It is impressive that two of the most important characters of the story of Ruth were hardly mentioned at all in this book. It is my purpose to speak about these two characters in depth to see beyond the outer circumstances a God whose love works beyond where the eyes can see. Few know their names. Rahab, the prostitute from the book of Joshua. Mathew 1. Studying the ancestry of Boaz reveals spiritual treasures.

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It is the quality of the Word of God to always reveal its treasures to the diligent. As such, the more we search, the more we discover depths and treasures hidden from the eye of the lazy, and revealed only to those who diligently seek to understand the mind of God. Here, as in everywhere else, we can expect to find our Father preparing food for our lives and lessons to touch the very depths of our existence.

Let us not despise any word of his sacred record. All is for our edification…. The great grandfather of Boaz- Amminadab:. Amminadab is mentioned to have two children in scriptures. One was his son Nahshon, and the other was his daughter Elisheba Exodus Aaron, the high priest of Israel and the brother of Moses, took Elisheba to be his wife, and their sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. The grandfather of Boaz- Nahshon:. Nahshon was the son of Amminadab and the father of Salmon, and grandfather of Boaz.

This should certainly lead us to imagine the amount of time that Nahshon spent with the high priest and with Moses, and all the spiritual lessons that could be learnt from a lifetime spent together. However it is unlikely that he has crossed the Jordan or entered into Canaan since the scriptures mention that all that generation vanished in the wilderness. During the wilderness journey, the people of Israel were divided into tribes, each divided into thousands, hundreds, and tens. The mother of Boaz — Rahab, the prostitute:.

After the people of Israel crossed the Jordan River to the land of Canaan in the book of Joshua , the first city to fall before them was Jericho. Spies were sent to that city, and a woman gave them shelter in the city and protected them from being found out. That woman was Rahab, a prostitute.

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That lady showed such amazing faith in the God of Israel. And we had heard, and our hearts melted, nor did any more spirit remain in any man, because of you. Kindness beyond duty, beyond what they deserve. To experience it for themselves. What a great prayer! We should pray that way for others.

Pray for the hesed of the Lord to rest upon the people we love. But notice that it is not just a prayer. It is what she has experienced from Ruth and Orpah. It is something we can show to others. Naomi had experienced their loyalty, their kindness, even beyond what was due her.

Before asking yourself to whom you could show this kind of kindness, ask yourself this question first. Who has shown you lovingkindness?

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Who has done that for you? Is there anyone that you can thank today? The other side of the coin, of course, is who should we bless today with the kind kindness that the Lord has shown to us? The Lord blesses those who are kind. Love is patient. Love is kind. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness. This word hesed is going to show up again and again in this short book. Ruth is going to experience blessing, in part, because she is kind. Naomi is trying to be kind by letting her daughters-in-law go. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands?

Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD's hand has gone out against me! Naomi is talking about Levirate marriages where her new sons if she could have them would take the place of her old sons and carry on the family line.

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So, what future do they have in Israel? Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth clung to her. Go back with her. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.

May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me. What a beautiful statement of commitment! Ruth clings to Naomi and offers commits herself to her and to her God. But Ruth does. This was Ruth promising to take care of her mother-in-law. Have you trusted your life to the LORD?

Like this? No turning back. Total commitment. Total surrender. But Jesus wants to be God in our life, alone. He wants this kind of commitment. Does that describe the state of your heart? Naomi sees that Ruth means business. So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. She was always so pleasant I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty.

Why call me Naomi? Even though she has Ruth with her, she just about ignores her.

Yeah, but I had a husband. And Ruth is standing right there next to her. Naomi was bitter. She said she was bitter in verse