Part 1: A Tale of Two Queens
Part 2: For Such a Time as This
Part 3: The Feast of Almost Happened
Part 4: The Right to Fight
There are sixty-six flawless volumes that sit on the bookshelf of the Bible, and only two bear the names of women. Both are historical books, recounting events that were vital to the nation of Israel. Ruth is read each year by the Jews at the Feast of Pentecost, and Esther is read each year at the Feast of Purim. Both women were foreigners who lived in a land not their own, both found unexpected favor in the eyes of a wealthy man who ultimately became their husband, and both were completely submitted to God’s purpose for their lives. But otherwise, Ruth and Esther could not have been more different.
Ruth was a Gentile who married a Jew.
Esther was a Jew who married a Gentile.
Ruth was a widow who gleaned in a field in Bethlehem.
Esther was an orphan who lived in a palace in Persia.
Ruth lived in the time of the judges, before Israel had kings.
Esther lived in the time of the exile, after Israel had kings.
Ruth married into the lineage of King David.
Esther was from the lineage of King Saul.
God used Ruth to perpetuate the line of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
God used Esther to protect the nation through which He would be born.
God’s name is used openly and frequently in the book of Ruth.
God’s name is hidden in the book of Esther, but He is still very active!
The book of Ruth starts with a famine.
The book of Esther starts with a feast.
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