Tag Archives: Suffering

Ruth’s Redemption – Ruth 3:1–4:22

Read the Passage: Ruth 3:1-4:22 Promise of Redemption (3:1–18) Ruth chapter 2 begins with dire circumstances, but ends with great promise. After the introduction of Boaz, as well as Ruth and Naomi’s encouraging dialog in Ruth 2:20–23, the reader is … Continue reading

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Introduction to Ruth – Ruth 1:1–22

Read the Passage: Ruth 1:1-22 Authorship and Date: The book of Ruth is named after the main human character in the book, Ruth the Moabitess. Only two Old Testament books are named after women—that is, Ruth and Esther. Ruth is … Continue reading

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Church Life – 1 Peter 5:1-14

Read the Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-14 Church Leaders (5:1–4) In view of the persecution facing his readers, in this passage Peter gives directions regarding proper church leadership. Peter employs the term “elders” in this passage, which is used interchangeably in … Continue reading

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Suffering and Glory – 1 Peter 4:1-19

Read the Passage: 1 Peter 4:1-19 Pattern of Suffering (4:1–6) In 1 Pet. 3:13–17 Peter taught his readers that righteous suffering (or undeserved suffering) is itself a blessing from God (cf. 1 Pet. 3:14). Peter notes that bearing such suffering … Continue reading

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Righteous Suffering – 1 Peter 3:13-22

Read the Passage: 1 Peter 3:13-22 A Perspective (3:13–17) In 1 Pet. 3:13–14 Peter begins to unfold to his readers a proper perspective on suffering. Keep in mind the fact that this was not an academic discussion for the apostle’s … Continue reading

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Introduction to 1 Peter

Authorship and Date The book of 1 Peter is one of the General Epistles. It was written by the apostle Peter, also known as Cephas, and formerly as Simon, who served as the unofficial leader of and spokesman for the … Continue reading

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Providence and Justice – Habakkuk 1:1-2:20

Read the Passage: Habakkuk 1:1-2:20 Background As with several of the other Minor Prophets, little is known about the prophet Habakkuk. Indeed, the name Habakkuk does not occur outside of this book, although several New Testament authors cite the prophet’s … Continue reading

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