And she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. ~ Ruth 2:14

In devout attention to his series of morning and evening devotionals, the prolific Charles Haddon Spurgeon refers to Jesus as “our glorious Boaz.” By a steady reading of the book of Ruth, one couldn’t agree more.

From the great man himself…

Whenever we are privileged to eat of the bread which Jesus gives, we are, like Ruth, satisfied with the full and sweet repast. When Jesus is the host no guest goes empty from the table. Our head is satisfied with the precious truth which Christ reveals; our heart is content with Jesus, as the altogether lovely object of affection; our hope is satisfied, for whom have we in heaven but Jesus? and our desire is satiated, for what can we wish for more than “to know Christ and to be found in him?”

Jesus fills our conscience till it is at perfect peace; our judgment with persuasion of the certainty of his teachings; our memory with recollections of what he has done, and our imagination with the prospects of what he is yet to do. As Ruth was “sufficed, and left,” so is it with us. We have had deep draughts; we have thought that we could take in all of Christ; but when we have done our best we have had to leave a vast remainder.

We have sat at the table of the Lord’s love, and said, “Nothing but the infinite can ever satisfy me; I am such a great sinner that I must have infinite merit to wash my sin away;” but we have had our sin removed, and found that there was merit to spare; we have had our hunger relieved at the feast of sacred love, and found that there was a redundance of spiritual meat remaining.

There are certain sweet things in the Word of God which we have not enjoyed yet, and which we are obliged to leave for awhile; for we are like the disciples to whom Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” Yes, there are graces to which we have not attained; places of fellowship nearer to Christ which we have not reached; and heights of communion which our feet have not climbed.


At every banquet of love there are many baskets of fragments left. Let us magnify the liberality of our glorious Boaz.

Check out all the things Boaz did that foreshadows Jesus:

Boaz came to survey his field. Jesus came to survey his field, the earth.

Boaz looked out and saw Ruth. Jesus has seen us.

Boaz pursued Ruth. Jesus has pursued us.

Boaz spoke to Ruth kindly. Jesus spoke to us kindly.

Boaz went beyond the requirements of the law and even offered grace to Ruth. Jesus has gone beyond the requirements of the law all the way to grace for us.

Ruth found favor in the eyes of Boaz. We have found favor in the eyes of Jesus.

Boaz was considered a “man of standing” among his people. As a sinless man, Jesus stands high above all other men.

Boaz was a “near kinsman” to Ruth. Jesus stepped out of heaven and took on flesh to become “near kinsman” for us.

Boaz was able to redeem Ruth. As a sinless man, Jesus alone was able to redeem us.

Out of his love for her (not obligation to the law), Boaz was willing to redeem Ruth. Out of Jesus’ great love for us, he too was willing to redeem us.

Boaz paid the price to redeem Ruth. Jesus paid the high price of his own life and death on the cross to redeem us.

Boaz took Ruth as his own bride. In the same way, Jesus will return to take his bride, the church.

In addition to Ruth, Boaz also redeemed the land. When Jesus returns, He will also redeem the earth and everything in it.

Long before Jesus was roaming the earth, God was preparing us and working to show us His character. Even in the midst of crazy times (the  book of Ruth is historically related to the period of the Judges), God was at work. Those are the kinds of things that really give us all hope for whatever situation we’re in.

Hang on to stories like Ruth because we’re all in need of redemption. Even when Boaz is pointing us in the right direction.

And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David. ~ Ruth 4:22


See also: Charles H. Spurgeon Devotionals


Face of Jesus by Richard Hook

Soli Deo Gloria!