Arie C. Leder

Arie Leder

Dr. Arie C. Leder is the Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He previously served as pastor at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church, Trenton, Ontario, and with Christian Reformed World Missions in Latin America. He teaches courses on the Pentateuch and on historical books of the Old Testament.

January 31, 2017

Same Old, Same Old?

Proverbs 9:1-6, 13-18
Praise the Lord, my soul . . . who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

January 30, 2017

Exalted Redeemers

Ruth 4:18-22; Esther 10:1-3
He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails.

January 29, 2017

Naomi Has a Son!

Ruth 4:13-17
The women living there said: “Naomi has a son!”

January 28, 2017

Joyful and Watchful

Esther 9:29-32; Micah 7:1-7
As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

January 27, 2017

Joyful Relief From the Enemy

Esther 9:18-28
These days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.

January 26, 2017

Ruth and Her Sisters

Ruth 4:11-12; Psalm 113
He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children.

January 25, 2017

Boaz at the Gate

Ruth 4:1-10; Psalm 15
Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite . . . as my wife . . . .

January 24, 2017

No Plunder in Persia

Esther 9:1-17
But they did not lay their hands on the plunder.

January 23, 2017

The King’s Wisdom

Esther 8
No document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.

January 22, 2017

Bread in Bethlehem

Ruth 3:14-18
Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.

January 21, 2017


Ruth 3:7-13
As surely as the Lord lives, I will do it.

January 20, 2017

The Consequences of Folly

Esther 7:5-10
Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.

January 19, 2017

Courting the King’s Favor

Esther 7:1-7
If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life. . . . And spare my people.

January 18, 2017

Persian Wisdom

Esther 6:12-14
Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!

January 17, 2017

Merciful, Noble, Obedient

Ruth 1:16-17; 3:1-13
May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

January 16, 2017

A Time to Speak

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:9-10; Deuteronomy 25:5-6
Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for.”

January 15, 2017

A Time to Honor and a Time to Grieve

Esther 5:9-6:12; Romans 12:3
Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief.

January 14, 2017

A Time to Speak or Be Silent?

Esther 3:5-6; 4:1-5:8
Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

January 13, 2017

A Righteous Israelite

Ruth 2:1-16
Pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.

January 12, 2017

A Righteous Foreigner

Ruth 2:1-3, 17-20
She went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the ­harvesters.

January 11, 2017

Good Citizen Mordecai

Esther 2:17-3:6
Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate . . . .

January 10, 2017

Call Me Bitter!

Ruth 1:6-22
The Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.

January 9, 2017

The World We Live In

Esther 1:10-22
He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom . . . that every man should be ruler over his own household.

January 8, 2017

And What About God?

Genesis 39
The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

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