There was the stirring of great hope in Naomi and Ruth. Boaz’s interest in Ruth aroused the hope of rescue, the hope that Naomi and Ruth might be saved, redeemed from a life of poverty and destitution. Unknown to them, the wonderful day of redemption, salvation, and rescue was rapidly approaching.
Great hope was aroused in Ruth because of Boaz’s gracious provision. Ruth continued to glean, to gather all the grain she could throughout the afternoon and up until the early evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, which amounted to about an ephod (three quarters of a bushel). No doubt, great hope and joy flooded Ruth’s heart as she labored throughout the afternoon, for Boaz had assured her that she could continue to glean until the end of the harvest season.
Great hope, a renewed hope was aroused in Naomi. As soon as Ruth returned to Naomi, she showed how much grain she had gathered. And she gave Naomi the leftovers from her lunch. Knowing that two-thirds of a bushel was far more grain than what was usually gleaned by the poor and that the poor were never given food by the landowners and his workers, Naomi were utterly surprised. Somewhat shocked, but overjoyed, she questioned Ruth: Where had she been gleaning and working? And she blessed the man who had taken notice of Ruth and had been so generous to her. Excitedly, Ruth shared her story and experience, identifying the man as Boaz.
Keep in mind the bitter life that Naomi had lived, the terrible sufferings she had borne through the hand of God’s chastisement. She had lost her husband and both sons and had been gripped by the depths of grief and discouragement. Her life had been empty and tragic ever since her marriage.
But now, a renewed hope was aroused within her. Hearing the name of Boaz stirred within her the hope of being rescued, redeemed from a life of poverty and hopelessness. Great hope was aroused because Boaz was the kinsman-redeemer of Naomi. This is a striking picture of Jesus Christ, the believer’s Kinsman-Redeemer. When Naomi heard the name Boaz, she immediately exclaimed, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers”. This fact meant a most wonderful thing to Naomi. In Jewish society, the kinsmen-redeemer was just that, a near relative who could redeem or rescue a needy family member.
What a difference a day can make!