Bible Study Notes on Ruth 2 – 20160914

Ruth 2:1  "...relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech..." Wonder if he had great wealth during the famine.  Could he have possibly assisted Elimelech then?  Did Elimelech ever ask?  All speculation.  Thought occurred to me that we make most of our own problems or make them worse because …

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Bible Study Notes on Ruth 1 – 20160912

Ruth 1:1  "...when the judges ruled..." This would put it after the Israelites got into the Promised Land and Joshua died.  God through Moses instructed them to live according to the laws that He gave them.  They had no need for a king because God Himself was their king.  They had perfect freedom as a …

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Bible Study Notes on Esther 9 & 10 – 20160908

Esther 9:1-2  "...the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them...no one could withstand them" Although they knew the Jews had the legal permission to fight back, some of the enemies of the Jews still tried to attack them.  Apparently, none were successful. 3-4  "...all the officials...helped the Jews...For Mordecai was great..." Enough time had passed …

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Bible Study Notes on Esther 8 – 20160906

Esther 8:2  "...king took off his signet ring...gave it to Mordecai..." King transfers what he had given to Haman to Mordecai.  Would be elevating Mordecai to Haman's position.  Doesn't mention it, but seems to me it gives credence to the idea that Mordecai already had some form of office in the king's court. 3-4  "...fell …

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Bible Study Notes on Esther 7 – 20160905

Esther 7:2  "...on the second day..." As the time of the action is already on the second day, it sounds like the banquet lasted more than a day.  But I think this is just a way to emphasize when it occurred.  Not during the first banquet Esther gave, but on the second.  Like saying and …

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Bible Study Notes on Esther 6 – 20160902

Esther 6:1  "...the king could not sleep..." God's providence.  Too much of a coincidence to be otherwise.  Reminds me of Proverbs 21.  "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water.  He turns it wherever He wishes."  Doesn't matter that Ahasuerus wasn't Jewish or that he didn't follow God.  …

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