God in Everyday Life: The Book of Ruth for Expositors and Biblical Counselors speaks to people with whom we live and minister today. This expositional commentary on the book of Ruth is a joint effort between Brad Brandt and Rick Kress, whose pastoral experience and deep appreciation for the words of Scripture make this commentary well-suited for both biblical study and pastoral ministry.
This book is an attempt to combine the various elements and styles of different types of study aids into one resource in order to facilitate the biblical exposition and application of the book of Ruth. This volume is not a detailed exegetical work, but rather an expositional commentary, an expository sermon, and a collection of tools to help apply the biblical text.
“Ruth would teach that God’s plan and purposes can never be thwarted in an ultimate sense. His grace shines even in the bleakest of circumstances.” (Page 19)
“‘Boaz’, took a kind and fatherly approach to her though she was a Moabitess. He was no doubt old enough to be her father” (Page 57)
“‘Naomi’ means ‘delightful’ or ‘pleasant’. ‘Mara’ means ‘bitterness’.” (Page 29)
“‘Mara’ to the Jewish people would have brought to mind the sad episode of bitterness and complaining in Exodus 15:23 where just a few days after the deliverance through the Red Sea, the people were complaining because of their circumstances—a lack of drinkable water. They came to ‘Marah,’ the place of bitter waters, and they complained. But the Lord in His grace, made the bitter waters sweet. Little did Naomi know that she too would experience the sweetness of God’s grace in days to come. She evidently didn’t remember the episode at the time of this confession, since she was not compelled to stop her complaining at this time.” (Page 29)
“It is also interesting to note that those who are in mourning—including mourning death—would refrain from washing and anointing, and wear garments that revealed their mourning (cf. 2 Sam. 12:20; 14:2; Dan. 10:3; cf. Gen. 38:14, 19). It may be that Naomi was telling Ruth that the time for mourning her husband was over.” (Page 87)
Brad Brandt has served as pastor-teacher at Wheelersburg Baptist Church in Wheelersburg, Ohio since 1987. He is a graduate of Cedarville College, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, and Grace Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is a Fellow with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors.
Eric Kress is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and is currently the pastor of Grace Community Bible Church in Tomball, Texas. He has been involved in Christian publishing since 1999.