Ruth: Spiritual Gleaning
Charles H. Spurgeon
Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not.
Our country cousins have been engaged recently in harvest occupations, and most of them understand what is meant by gleaning. Perhaps they are not all of them so wise as to understand the heavenly art of spiritual gleaning. That is the subject which I have chosen for our meditation on this occasion, my attention having been called to it while I have been riding along through the country; and as I like to improve the seasons of the year as they come and go, I shall give you a few homely remarks with regard to spiritual gleaning. In the first place, we shall observe, that there is a great Husbandman . It was Boaz in this case; it is our Heavenly Father who is the Husbandman in the other case. Secondly, we shall notice a humble gleaner. It was Ruth in this instance; it is every believer who is represented by her; at least, we shall so consider the subject. And, in the third place, here is a very gracious permission given: "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not." I. In the first place, then, we will consider something concerning
The Great Husbandman-God
The God of the whole earth is a great Husbandman; in fact, all farming operations are really dependent on Him. Man may plow the soil, and he may sow the seed, but God alone gives the increase. It is He who sends the clouds and the sunshine, it is He who directs the winds and the rain, and so, by various processes of nature, He brings forth the food for man. All the farming, however, which God does, He does for the benefit of others, and never for Himself. He has no need of any of those things which are so necessary for us.
Remember how He spoke to Israel of old: "I will take no bullock out of your house, no he goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts o ...
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