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Title and Authorship

Title and Authorship


‎Ruth and Esther are the only two books in the Bible named for women. Esther was a Hebrew woman who married a Gentile king. God used Esther for a strategic time in the history of Israel to help preserve the nation from destruction. Ruth, on the other hand, was a Gentile woman who married a Hebrew man. God used Ruth to perpetuate the line of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

‎The Book of Ruth is read annually by orthodox Jews on the Feast of Pentecost. This feast commemorates the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai and occurs at the time of the beginning of the offering called the Firstfruits of the Harvest (Ex. 23:16). Ruth’s betrothal took place during this festive harvest season, when barley was being winnowed (Ruth 3:2; cf. 1:22). … More

Reed, John W. “Ruth.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 415. Print.


‎The scene is a segment of the picture gallery on the city gate of Balavat, which was protected by metal panels, and dates back to the time of Shalmaneser III (858–824 BCE). The segment shows the silhouette of Tyre, which is located on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Hence the tribute to the Assyrian king had to be brought to the mainland with boats. ‎Josh 19:29; 2 Sam 5:11; Ezra 3:7; Ps 45:12; Jer 47:4; Ezek 26; 27; Hos 9:13; Joel 3:4; Amos 1:9–10;1 Macc 5:15; 2 Macc 4:18, 4:32, 4:44, 4:49;Matt 11:21–22; Mark 3:8; Luke 10:13–14; Acts 21:3, 21:7

Block Statue, Scribe with Shrine

Block Statue, Scribe with Shrine

‎This Egyptian limestone block statue portrays Khay, army scribe during the Nineteenth Dynasty (c. 1298–1187 B.C.) The statue’s front features a chapel to Thoth-Djehuty, god of scribes. The Bible tells of many notable scribes. King Josiah’s secretary Shaphan recognized the importance of the copy of God’s Law when workmen found it in the Temple. Baruch recorded Jeremiah’s dictated words. When Ezra read and explained the Law to the returned exiles, he catalyzed spiritual renewal among them. Jesus’ teaching divided Jewish scribes; some opposed him, others followed him. ‎1 Chr 24:6, Ezra 7:6, Neh 8:4–12, Esther 8:9, Ps 45:1, Matt 8:19, Matt 13:52, Matt 23:13–29, Acts 4:5, 1 Cor 1:20 ‎Image by Guillaume Blanchard, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Walking With God

Walking With God


John’s readers were confused by two false teachings. The first was the claim that those who choose sin’s lifestyle can maintain fellowship with God. This John labeled as a lie (v.6). The second claim was by those who said they were without sin (v.8). They based their claim to fellowship with God on the belief that they matched God in His moral perfection! John called this claim self-deceit: “We deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (v.8).

Truth and falsehood are not related so much to the trustworthiness of the teller as they are to correspondence with reality. The problem with the claim of sinlessness is not that the motives of the claimant are unpure. His or her report may be made with honest conviction. But the report of sinlessness is mistaken: it does not correspond to reality. “We deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

What is the reality of sin for the Christian? The simple fact is that while in His death Jesus dealt fully with sin, the sin …

Early Bronze Age Cylinder Seal Impressions and a Stamp Seal from Tel Qashish

Early Bronze Age Cylinder Seal Impressions and a Stamp Seal from Tel Qashish

Jesus Quotes the Proverb to the People

Jesus Quotes the Proverb to the People


In response, Jesus assaulted their “acceptance” of him: “Jesus said to them,‘Surely you will quote this proverb to me:“Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.” I tell you the truth,’ he continued, ‘no prophet is accepted in his home town’ ” (vv.23,24). Jesus said exactly what the pious worshipers, the good people of Nazareth, were thinking. “If he’s a prophet, I’m Isaiah! How about a few tricks? It’s not too much to ask of a real prophet. Blind? Poor? Prisoners? Oppressed? Who does he think he is?”

The fact is, they already had enough evidence to believe in him—the objective evidence of the miracles in Capernaum Jesus had alluded to. All Galilee, which was only twenty-five by forty miles, was talking about what had happened. Their difficulty in accepting him did not come from the lack of objective evidence. As David Gooding writes:

Hughes, R. Kent. Luke: That You May Know the Truth. Whe…

Remains of an Arch in the Temple Wall, Jerusalem Known as “Robinson’s Arch.”

Remains of an Arch in the Temple Wall, Jerusalem Known as “Robinson’s Arch.”
‎From a Photograph by Bonfils.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 13

  These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work
1 Chron. 4:23
Anywhere and everywhere we may dwell “with the King, for his work.” We may be in a very unlikely or unfavorable place for this; it may be in a little country life, with little enough to be seen of the “goings” of the King around us; it may be among hedges of all sorts, hindrances in all directions; it may be, furthermore, with our hands full of all manner of pottery for our daily task. No matter! The King who placed us “there” will come and dwell there with us; the hedges are all right, or He would soon do away with them; and it does not follow that what seems to hinder our way may not be for its very protection; and as for the pottery, why, this is just exactly what He has seen fit to put into our hands, and therefore it is, for the present, “His work.”

Frances Ridley Havergal

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet H…

My Utmost for His Highest

September 13th
After surrender—what?

I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. John 17:4.

Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the Will; when that is done, all is done. There are very few crises in life; the great crisis is the surrender of the will. God never crushes a man’s will into surrender, He never beseeches him, He waits until the man yields up his will to Him. That battle never needs to be re-fought.
Surrender for Deliverance. “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.” It is after we have begun to experience what salvation means that we surrender our wills to Jesus for rest. Whatever is perplexing heart or mind is a call to the will—“Come unto Me.” It is a voluntary coming.

Surrender for Devotion.“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” The surrender here is of myself to Jesus, myself with His rest at the heart of it. “If you would be My disciple, give up your right to yourself to Me.’ Then the remainder of the life is nothing bu…

Connect the Testaments

September 13: Who Can Bring Me Down?
Obadiah 1:1–21; Acts 11:19–12:25; Job 21:17–34

“The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of a rock, the heights of its dwelling, you who say in your heart: ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ ” (Obad 3).
Pride is an especially dangerous sin because it deludes us into elevating ourselves above everyone else. It can even lead us to betray or hurt other people. In this passage, Obadiah addresses the Edomites, who lived in the hills above Judah. The Edomites should have helped Judah when they were attacked, but instead, they conducted raids. They believed that they were superior to and had been wronged by the Judahites and that their actions were, therefore, justified. This type of pride puts us in a precarious position. No wonder the Bible addresses it often.

Pride can get the best of us when we place ourselves in the “clefts” above others. It usually emerges from one of two places: Either we believe that we’re as importan…

Morning and Evening

Morning, September 13 Go To Evening Reading
         “Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well, the rain also filleth the pools.” —Psalm 84:6
This teaches us that the comfort obtained by one may often prove serviceable to another; just as wells would be used by the company who came after. We read some book full of consolation, which is like Jonathan’s rod, dropping with honey. Ah! we think our brother has been here before us and dug this well for us as well as for himself. Many a “Night of Weeping,” “Midnight Harmonies,” an “Eternal Day,” “A Crook in the Lot,” a “Comfort for Mourners,” has been a well dug by a pilgrim for himself, but has proved quite as useful to others. Specially, we notice this in the Psalms, such as that beginning, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” Travellers have been delighted to see the footprint of man on a barren shore, and we love to see the waymarks of pilgrims while passing through the vale of tears.

The pilgrims dig the well, but, strange e…