Joshua was a military commander who served with Moses and who would ultimately take the people of God into the Promised Land. While he distinguished himself as a military commander he was also an able administrator and spiritual leader as well. Joshua is the story of his leadership and the conquest of the land of Canaan.
The book of Judges is the record of the judges who ruled from the death of Samuel to the anointing of Saul as king. Like Joshua before them, many of these judges were military commanders who delivered the people of God from oppression after they had been judged by God for sin.
The story of Ruth is a story of a Moabitess who settled with her mother in the land of Israel. It recounts the wonderful provision for two widows and how through them God would fulfill the wonderful promise for a Messiah in Israel who would be their ultimate judge and deliverer.
This is a commentary on these three Old Testament books. Its purpose is to make the teaching in these book practical and applicable to the readers daily life. Each chapter is concluded with some questions to consider and some points for prayer to help the reader apply the truth of the books to his or her own life.