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Ruth & Esther

There is a Redeemer and Sudden Reversals

David Strain
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Ruth and Esther, the only two biblical books that centre on the lives of women, display the hand of a God who works in the lives of individuals to bring about his plan for the salvation of many. Ruth is an outsider who finds a home among the people of God and whose descendants include not only King David, but David’s greater son, Christ the King of Kings.


While Ruth’s story focuses through the mundane dynamics of a peasant family, Esther’s story plays out in the palace precincts of a despotic king. While God’s name is famously never mentioned, we see his handiwork in each twist and turn of the narrative. He uses improbable means and improbable individuals to save His people, and we see that God is on His throne.


Focus on the Bible commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are also useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.

David Strain

About David Strain

David Strain is Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi. He is Chairman of the Board of Christian Witness to Israel, and Convener of the Twin Lakes Fellowship.


  • Author: David Strain
  • Release Date: October 2018
  • Pages: 176
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527102347
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Bible Study > Commentaries > Old Testament
  • Series: Focus on the Bible


Ruth and Esther are two of the most charming stories in the Bible. Yet these carefully crafted accounts of two faithful women point beyond human factors to the invisible hand of the good and sovereign God. David Strain’s engaging exposition calls people in bitter circumstances to believe that, somehow, God is using all things to save His people and establish the kingdom of His Son.

Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

One of the positives in our current culture is a rediscovery of the value of story.  David Strain unpacks the stories of two young girls whose lives and experiences illustrate the purpose of providence.  If you ever wonder why you are where you are in life, Ruth and Esther will give you food for thought.

David Meredith, Mission Director, Free Church of Scotland, Inverness
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