Does God help those who help themselves? That may seem to be the message of the books of Esther and Ruth. Yet a closer reading shows a gracious and sovereign God at work, one who uses obviously flawed people--unable even to help themselves--to rescue His people and prepare for the coming of Christ.
About The Reformed Expository Commentary
Series:The Reformed Expository Commentary
focuses on the English rendering of the biblical text, and thus does not address concerns of the original language nor academic technicalities. Rather, proceeding section-by-section it focuses on the narrative flow of the biblical book, while drawing out significant points or theological emphases in the text, and then applies them to the daily life of the Christian.
br/>The various points addressed range between historical events taking place within a books narrative, or upon significant doctrinal statements that are made. The application or "guidance" section as the series calls it rounds out each of the particular emphases from the text making it a complete expository volume. Each commentary approaches the text from a Reformed theological perspective, and can be used profitably for either study or devotion.
- Scripture: Inerrant & Revealed
- Theology: Traditional/Conservative Reformed
- Wider Tradition: Protestant/Evangelical
- Audience: Pastors/Laity
- Uses: Scripture Study, General Reading, Devotional
In Esther, God works in invisible ways to save his people; in Ruth, God's grace come to Naomi unexpectedly. The central message: Christ's sufferings and subsequent glory.
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