by Rev Joel Yong
Ruth immediately bowed down to the ground and said to him, “Why are you so helpful? Why are you paying attention to me? I’m only a foreigner.” Boaz answered her, “People have told me about everything you have done for your mother-in-law after your husband died. They told me how you left your father and mother and the country where you were born. They also told me how you came to people that you didn’t know before. May the LORD reward you for what you have done! May you receive a rich reward from the LORD God of Israel, under whose protection you have come for shelter.”
Our world has a system that readily excludes people who do not belong due to their nationality or ethnicity.
It’s no different in ancient biblical times- Ruth expresses surprise that though she is a foreigner, Boaz shows her mercy by providing for her.
Ruth thought that no one would care … after all she did not belong. Her passport and skin color showed she did not belong.
But Boaz does and he surprises her with knowledge of what she has done for her widowed mother in law.
The Scriptures are consistent- God’s always looking out for the state of a person’s heart more so than the color of his skin and more important to God is what a person does on the private than what he does in appearance to the masses.
John 4.24 NKJV
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.