Ruth 2:1-23 (Part 5) – The Big Bang, Ruth & Boaz…And You

Posted: October 29, 2017 in Book of Ruth
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Ruth 2:1-23 (Part 5 of 5)
Ruth Gleans in Boaz’s Field

We will have to go all the way back to creation. Those who do not believe in the existence of God or see Him as some remote force that is not a being with a personality and character would have us believe that the universe began for no apparent reason. They will dazzle with their understanding of how the universe operates upon universal laws that have existed since the beginning of time. The major overriding law of the universe that governs and is superior to all other laws of nature and the universe is cause and effect. In their godless universe, it all works very nicely and neatly if you want to ignore God. Everything since the beginning of time is cause and effect. Even as our world rotates around the sun here in what we, as man, call the 21st century, it is the continuing and ongoing result of the law of cause and effect. It will continue to be so until the end of the universe in this form as we know it. Sounds all nice, neat and tidy. It is a continually working law and the whole universe operates on it. It all works well until you go back to the moment the universe began.

Everything created has a moment of creation. It is not different with the physical universe within which we exist. So, the universalists would have you believe that the universe spontaneously erupted billions of years ago. Not debating the age of the universe here, but the moment of its creation. If the universe has always operated and will continue to always operate on the laws of cause and effect then what caused the universe to be created to begin with? Those who do not believe in a being with personality and character and purpose known as God would have us believe that there was this spontaneous big bang that occurred that started the whole universe. What caused this big bang? They would have you believe that it occurred spontaneously. However that would require that you suspend your belief in that overriding and evident law of the universe, the law of cause and effect. They would have you believe that it was suspended for just a moment at the most critical moment in the history of the universe, its beginning. What was the cause? To them, it was nothing. It was just a spontaneous thing. No cause, only effect.

That’s where I believe differently from those who do not believe in God. I believe science is our limited attempt to explain what God has done in the universe. This amazingly intricate and expansive universe even on this earth’s planetary is mind blowing. There has to be a being with personality, character, and intelligent will to have created the universe and it is He who created the law of cause and effect in His infinite intelligence and will that governs the universe to this day and beyond. It is then, and therefore, illogical to assume that at the moment of creation there was not a divine moment of the institution of the laws that govern the evolution, past, past and future, of the universe. A universe that happily operates on that law must have therefore had a moment of cause, the first cause, that set all this into motion. That first cause is God himself. When He spoke the universe into creation, it was the big bang. He was the cause and the universe is the effect which is now and everspinning set of actions and reactions, causes and effects, set off by the initial cause in God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). God started it all be speaking the universe into creation. Whether the universe is 6,000 years old or billions and billions of human years old, I do not care to debate because literally we do not know beyond a shadow of doubt how old the universe is. Scientist can make educated guesses based on sets of predisposed assumptions. Creationist who believe in the existence of God can debate with the evolutionists all day long about the time frame. But none of us really know. And we won’t know until we move to our eternal destination in heaven or hell in the eternal, non-temporal side of existence. Thus, the debate of the age of the universe is a debate that can never be definitively won.

But at that moment of creation there is a flaw in the argument of those who do not believe in God and say that there was no cause to the beginning of the universe. To them it randomly and spontaneous created itself. There is no Higher Power to them. Thus, the universe has to suspend its own laws to be created. I had rather believe that cause and effect law was operating at its best at that moment. God created the moment of creation. He is Creator. The created cannot create itself. The created must be created by a creator. In this case, the Creator is God. He set all of this intricacy that we call the universe into motion the moment that He as the infinitely wise, eternal One spoke the universe into creation, the first cause. He created the universe because as the intelligent being with character, feelings, and purpose WANTED it to be created. It was created for no other reason that God WANTED it created. The universe thus is testament to the existence of a reasoned, intelligent, willful, purposeful Creator.

It gives me great comfort to know this fact. That was the thing that struck me when I read this passage/chapter of Ruth for the fifth of five reads through this morning – how there are no coincidences in God’s kingdom. Just like there are no coincidences in how the universe was created, there are no random acts in God’s universe. That includes us as his created beings. He leads us. There are no coincidences. Let’s read through Ruth 2:1-23 once again today:

2 Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.

2 One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.”

Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.” 3 So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.

4 While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said.

“The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied.

5 Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”

6 And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. 7 She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”

8 Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. 9 See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.”

10 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”

11 “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. 12 May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”

13 “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”

14 At mealtime Boaz called to her, “Come over here, and help yourself to some food. You can dip your bread in the sour wine.” So she sat with his harvesters, and Boaz gave her some roasted grain to eat. She ate all she wanted and still had some left over.

15 When Ruth went back to work again, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her gather grain right among the sheaves without stopping her. 16 And pull out some heads of barley from the bundles and drop them on purpose for her. Let her pick them up, and don’t give her a hard time!”

17 So Ruth gathered barley there all day, and when she beat out the grain that evening, it filled an entire basket.[a] 18 She carried it back into town and showed it to her mother-in-law. Ruth also gave her the roasted grain that was left over from her meal.

19 “Where did you gather all this grain today?” Naomi asked. “Where did you work? May the Lord bless the one who helped you!”

So Ruth told her mother-in-law about the man in whose field she had worked. She said, “The man I worked with today is named Boaz.”

20 “May the Lord bless him!” Naomi told her daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband.[b] That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.”

21 Then Ruth[c] said, “What’s more, Boaz even told me to come back and stay with his harvesters until the entire harvest is completed.”

22 “Good!” Naomi exclaimed. “Do as he said, my daughter. Stay with his young women right through the whole harvest. You might be harassed in other fields, but you’ll be safe with him.”

23 So Ruth worked alongside the women in Boaz’s fields and gathered grain with them until the end of the barley harvest. Then she continued working with them through the wheat harvest in early summer. And all the while she lived with her mother-in-law.

In this passage, we see that though Ruth may not have always recognized God’s guidance, He had been with her every step of the way. She went to glean and “just happened” to end up in the field owned by Boaz – who “just happened” to be a close relative. This was more than mere coincidence. As you go about your daily lives and the tasks within it, God is working in your life – in ways that you may not even notice. We must close the door on what God can do. Events do not occur by luck or coincidence. We should have faith that God is directing our lives for His purpose for our lives and for His overall glory.

The universe was not some random uncaused creation. It was purposefully done by God. He has purpose in everything even when we do not believe He exists. This world would be a random and purposeless and hopeless existence without God. To know that He has an ordered purpose for everything and that it begin with the beginning of the universe gives me great comfort and purpose to my life. Without God, this existence is entirely meaningless and all is wasted effort while we are here. We are forgotten in three to four generations. Our existence on this side of eternity is futile in the absence of God. I do not care if we have the most knowledge as man that we ever have had at this moment in time. But it is based on the collective work of man leaving it behind for the next generation to build on. However, for each individual, in the absence of God, the end of our life is the end of our existence. This is it. 70, maybe 80, years and you are done. No more existence. Gone. The knowledge you gained and imparted stays here and you are worm food. No existence. God, my God, how depressing and futile then does life seem in the eyes of someone who does not believe in God.

There is an answer. God does exist. He created the universe and ordered its workings from the beginning of time. And because we were given free will be our creator that gives us the ability to gain knowledge about our universe that He created, God took a chance that we would use it appropriately. We did not. Our world is in the mess that it is in now not because of God but because of the sinful nature of man. In order for our perfect God who is without sin to accept us to Himself with our flawed sin nature, He had to send His Son, who is of one and same essence as the Father, to take the punishment for our sins and make us imputedly clean again through this act of taking on the wrath of the perfect God against sin. All we have to do is believe that God exists, is an intelligent being who has a design and plan for everything including reconciling ourselves to Him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and being of the same essence as God that Jesus arose from the dead to give us hope, and a purpose and a future in Him through His resurrection. All this is meaningful. All this has purpose. This is evidence of God caring about you and as individual. Through Christ, there is an eternal existence in heaven. There was a meaning for you to have this temporal existence. There was no coincidence about it. You were put here for a reason and it was to give glory to God, the Creator of all things.

There are no coincidences in the universe He created. And there are no coincidences in your life. God has a plan. He had a plan for Ruth. He has a plan for you!

Amen and Amen.

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