Saturday, December 15, 2018

Thirteen-Seven Or One Out Of Five




WHAT IS 13-7 OR 1 OUT OF 5

     According to statistics, 13-7 or 1 out of 5 says that if you introduce 100 people to any sin, 13 people will have a problem with that sin and 7 people will become addicted to that sin. 13 plus 7 equals 20 out of 100 people that will struggle with sin. Therefore, the odds say that 100/20 or 1 out of 5 people that are introduced to any sin will struggle with that sin for the rest of their life. The devil knows about these odds, and this is why christians should never introduce or cause anyone to sin.

     Let me illustrate the 13-7 or 1 out of 5 theory. If you give alcohol to 100 people, 13 will become problem drinkers and 7 will become alcoholics or drunkards. If you give drugs to 100 people, 13 will develop a chemical dependency for drugs and 7 will become drug addicts. If you show pornography to 100 people, 13 will become obsessed with pornography and 7 will become sex addicts. 

     Therefore, never introduce anyone to sin saying a couple of beers won't hurt or allow anyone to see you at a wedding sipping some wine during a toast. It might not hurt you; but it could cause your friend to become an alcoholic drunkard saying I can drink alcohol all the time because my pastor sips wine at weddings and says a couple of beers won't hurt. God will punish that pastor for causing his friend to sin unless the pastor repents. The bible says it is a sin to introduce or cause anyone to sin. And God punishes people for causing anyone to sin unless they repent. 

     When 100 people go into a casino for the first time, 13 will become problem gamblers and 7 will become gambling addicts. Don't introduce anyone to casinos and gambling saying let's have some fun today and see what the casino looks like because last year there was 34.1 billion dollars of losses at gambling casinos just in the USA. Wow, what a waste of money that leads to a dead end of lifelong poverty. Just get saved with Jesus and avoid losing money gambling at the casino. Right now get saved, repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be your God, and believe daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.

      If you give cigarettes to 100 people, 13 will become problem smokers and 7 will become nicotene addicts. The cigarette companies know about this statistic and therefore try to get children to experiment with cigarettes. These cigarette companies know that they can make millions of dollars off the 13 problem smokers and 7 nicotene addicts. And why would anyone want to waste their money and pay $6 for a pack of cigarettes? Wow, what an expensive habit and a waste ($42 a week and $168 a month for anyone that smokes a pack of cigarettes a day). Just get saved with Jesus and don't smoke.   

     Statistics also say that when parents introduced TV to 100 kids, 13 had a problem turning off the TV and 7 had to constantly watch the TV all day long. It's not wise to give a kid under 12 a cellphone with access to the internet and a TV in their room. This can cause the child to sin because 25% of all websites on a cellphone are obscene. 

     Brother Bob put his TV in the trash 30 years ago and now every day I just listen to christian preaching every day on my computer at home. The devil told me I'd be bored without TV. But, hallelujah I'm not bored with listening to the Word of God daily because it's like a christmas present that is always new with blessed mysteries to learn daily. I recommend listening daily to Pastor Art Kohl of Faith Bible Baptist Church on the internet who has thousands of sermons available. Art has sermons on facebook, youtube, and his personal website. John 21:25 says if you wrote down everything Jesus did, the world couldn't contain the books that should be written. In other words Jesus and the Word of God is not boring with infinite knowledge to learn forevermore. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out.

     And advertisements mislead people saying cellphones are great because they bring the entire world into your hands. But, the last I heard, the bible says to be separate from the world. 1 John 2:15 says Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. When parents let a little kid have a cellphone or TV in their personal room, they are guilty of causing their kid to sin if he views sinful pictures on the cellphone or TV. Parents, just watch or listen with your kids to websites about Jesus on a computer.     

     Finally, note that the bible says that there will be certain people that cannot cease from sinning. 2 Peter 2:14 describes these people saying Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls; an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children. Therefore, never introduce or cause anyone to sin because they might be that person that cannot cease from sinning. Let us never be the cause of introducing a sin to anyone that causes them to constantly sin.

     I heard a story about a pastor who was introduced to his first joint from a church friend. At a carnival, the friend pulled out a joint and said have you ever seen one of these and lit up the joint. This triggered a three year downward spiral into sin and a backsliden carnal state for the pastor who left the church and stop praying. Fortunately Jesus delivered this pastor and today he is drug free and a blessed preacher. 

Notice God's Punishment For Introducing 
Or Causing Anyone To Sin 

     Now let's look at what the Lord Jesus said about anyone that causes their brother or sister to sin. Jesus said at Luke 17:1 It is impossible but that offences (defined as temptations to sin) will come; but woe unto him through whom they come; It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend (defined as to cause to sin) one of these little ones.

     In other words, Jesus is warning everyone that He will punish anyone that offends or causes their brother or sister to sin unless they repent. Jesus is saying at Luke 17:1, if you offend anyone by introducing or causing them to sin,  it would be better to wear a millstone necklace and be cast into the sea than to experience Jesus' punishment for this sin. And since a millstone is a huge heavy rock, you would probably need a great chain to make this millstone necklace. Therefore, according to Jesus, it is a serious matter when anyone is introduced to sin. Jesus will punish people that cause others to sin, unless repentance occurs. Wow, What A Warning. Wow, What A Necklace. Don't ever be the one to introduce or cause anyone to sin.

     After reading this, let's never lead anyone into any sin. Abstain from all appearance of evil and be good examples of living holy for Jesus around all people. People are always watching the saints daily and christians are the only bible that lost sinners read daily. The bible says we are a gazingstock and spectacle seen daily by this world. 1 Corinthians 4:9 says For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. Wow, the world, angels, and men are watching us daily.  Therefore saints let's be good examples where people see us always reading our bibles; always going to church; always praying and witnessing Jesus to multitudes on this earth; and always loving and forgiving everyone (even the unloveable and our enemies).


  
     Watch what you say, text, and the pictures you post to facebook or any website on the internet. Make sure that your words and pictures don't cause anyone to sin. Romans 14:13 says Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

     Somebody might say there's nothing wrong with playing a scratch off and buying a lottery ticket. It's only a dollar and a dream; And I'm gonna give the money to the Lord if I win. I've never seen that happen. And I wouldn't want the money anyway because it's filthy lucre. People that buy lottery tickets are only thinking about getting money instead of looking to Jesus. Matthew 6:24 says No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money).

     Somebody told Brother Bob there's a good buffet at the casino. I said I would go to the buffet if it was by the casino. After they told me I had to walk through the casino to get to the buffet, I said no way I'm not going into that place of idolatry called a casino. I didn't care that they said Brother Bob you're a religious nut that won't eat good food. People in the casino playing blackjack, poker, slot machines, and the roulette wheel don't want to hear sermons from Brother Bob. Idolatry is defined as covetousness (defined as the greed and lust for money) and therefore casinos are places of idolatry to avoid where people only think about money instead of Jesus. And I don't want people saying all over town that Brother Bob went into a casino causing people to become gambling addicts. I don't want a millstone necklace around my neck.


     Remember, how we act daily affects everyone around us. Romans 14:7 says For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. It would be a bad witness if Brother Bob drove his car with a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer in another hand blasting hard ungodly rock that shook the whole street. People seeing this would say that Brother Bob is a hypocrite and I don't want to hear him preach. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving and delivering Brother Bob from a former sinful life where he drank 10 bottles of beer a night with his hair down to his waist. Hallelujah, Brother Bob has not sipped one drop of alcohol for 36 years and is no longer an alcoholic. My sins are under the blood of Jesus and remembered no more. 

     Instead of being a bad witness introducing anyone to sin, introduce everyone to the bible and make bible addicts; Introduce everyone to prayer and get them addicted to prayer. Introduce anyone to church and get them addicted to going to church. Be like Stephanas and become a ministry addict that loves to attend church all the time. Wow, there is only one time that the word addiction appears in the bible where Stephanas was described as being addicted to the ministry. 1 Corinthians 16:15 says I beseech you, brethren (ye know the house of Stephanas that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints). Let's all be like Stephanas and get addicted to the ministry and work with our churches to tell everyone everywhere about the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

     And there is yet another scripture that tells us not to introduce or cause anyone to sin. 1 Corinthians 8:9 says But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols. And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish for whom Christ died. But when ye sin (notice Jesus says again that it is a sin to cause anyone to sin), against the brethren and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 

     In other words, people during Paul's time could buy meat at a discount price from an idol's temple. But if anyone saw a saint buy the cheap meat, they would think it's OK to worship the idol and stop serving God. Therefore Paul warned the people at Romans 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence (causing someone to stumble and fall by their actions). 

     And think about all the movie producers in Hollywood that need to repent for introducing millions of people to sin through filthy ungodly movies and television shows. I'd tell these Hollywood movie producers and actors you better repent for influencing millions to sin; It would be better for you to have a millstone around your neck and be cast into the sea than to be punished in judgment before the Lord Jesus for causing millions to sin. 

     The bible speaks about the witch Jezebel who caused her husband Ahab to sin and agree to killing an innocent man named Naboth to take possession of his vineyard. 1 Kings 21:25 says But there was none like unto Ahab which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. The Lord Jesus punished Jezebel for causing Ahab to sin by having the dogs eat her leaving only her skull, feet, and palms of her hands. When Jehu saw Jezebel in a tower, he told some eunuchs, boys throw her down, and after the old bag, biddy, and hag hit the ground, Jehu rode over the witch with his chariot while the dogs ate up Jezebel. God gave Jezebel her payday punishment for causing Ahab to sin.

     And how can we forget Jeroboam who the bible says made many to sin. 1 Kings 14:16 says And He (God) shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin. Jeroboam made the people worship idols at Bethel and Dan instead of allowing them to worship God correctly at Jerusalem in Judah. Jeroboam and his false priest Amaziah persecuted the prophet Amos for warning them to allow the people to worship God at Jerusalem. The Lord Jesus punished Jeroboam for making many people in Israel sin by placing a curse on him and his family.  

     To close out this bible study, if you have ever been guilty of causing anyone to sin, ask Jesus to forgive you, and the blood of Jesus will cleanse you of all your sins. Now, let's all spend the rest of our lives encouraging others with prayers for blessings and peace. I pray in Jesus name we all obey Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace and things wherewith one may edify another. And let us never introduce or cause anyone to sin. 

     I pray in Jesus name that this little bible study blesses multitudes everywhere. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz9tlm@gmail.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jesus Makes The Hard Way The Easy Way



     Today let's see the different ways King David moved the ark of God. At first, David chose the easy way invented by the Philistines in the world to move the ark on a new cart pulled by some cows that caused Uzzah to die. Then David repented and followed God's instructions in His Word by having four levites carry the ark on poles. It was harder for four men to carry the ark for forty miles to Jerusalem instead of allowing two cows to pull the ark on a new cart. But David learned that Jesus makes the hard way the easy way.

     Pictured above we see that the ark of God is a very heavy rectangular box 2 feet wide, 2 feet deep, and 4 feet long made of acacia wood covered with gold. The gold lid on the top of the ark is called the mercy seat. Two angelic cheribums are facing inward toward the mercy seat lid. Between the cheribums at the mercy seat is where the voice of God originated where God spoke from the tabernacle. Inside the ark were the tables of the covenant (the 10 commandments), Aaron's rod that budded, and the golden pot that had manna.

The Philistines Send Back The Ark To Israel 
On A New Cart Pulled By A Couple Of Cows

     We see that the Philistines of the world created an easy way to move the ark on a new cart pulled by a couple of cows. This was not God's prescribed way to move the ark on poles by four levites. After the Philistines stole the ark, they were cursed by the presence of the ark. Even their god Dagan was cursed by the presence of the ark. The Philistines said let's just get rid of this thing and send it back to the Israelites on a new cart pulled by a couple of cows to remove the curse on our people. 

     Pictured above we see the ark returning to Israel on a new cart pulled by a couple of cows. Eventually, the ark came to the house of Abinidab and his sons Uzzah and Ahio of the tribe of Judah and not Levi. Then King David wants to move the ark of God from the house of Abinidab to Jerusalem. David had to decide whether to move the ark the easy way invented by the world on a new cart by some cows or the hard way by four levites carrying the heavy ark on poles for forty miles.



Uzzah Dies Because David Chose The Wrong Easy Way To Move The Ark

     We see that after the Philistines returned the ark to Israel, King David went to Abinidab's house to move the ark to Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 6:1 says Again David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah to bring up from thence the ark of God whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinidab that was at Gibeah, and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab drove the new cart. 
  
     David knew that God's Word said to move the ark on poles by four Levites. But, David thought it's a lot easier to move the ark on a new cart pulled by some cows. This way the Levites could rest while everyone rejoiced. But the easier way is not always God's way.  And David is gonna learn quickly by Uzzah's death that it's better to do things God's so called hard way instead of the world's invented new way. 

     The old ways and directions of the bible are blessed and better than the new ways invented by the world. If it's new it's not true; and it's not true if it's new. Read the KJV original bible instead of these perverted new translated bibles. Jeremiah 6:16 says Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein. Proverbs 24:21 tells us My son fear thou the Lord and the king; and meddle not with them that are given to change. Just follow the road map of the old blessed bible ways and you will live a blessed life.   

     Look what happened to David for choosing to follow the world's easy way instead of God's blessed way. 2 Samuel 6:6 says And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.


Why Did God Kill Uzzah Who Tried To Steady The Ark

     Now why did God kill Uzzah for just trying to steady the ark on a new cart after it tipped when the oxen pulling it hit a rock or pothole in the road? Uzzah was just trying to stabilize and steady the ark and do God a favor. But, Uzzah's death was David's fault who knew God's directions on how to move the ark.

     Five hundred years earlier, God warned the people that they would die if they touched or even looked on the ark. David's disobedience to God's law caused the death of Uzzah. God said that the Levites had to move the ark and not even touch the ark by carrying it on poles inserted into four rings on the ark. All the other tribes like Judah which Abinidab, Uzzah, and Ahio belonged to were told to walk 100 yards (10 football fields) behind the ark and not even look at the ark. Uzzah and Ahio shouldn't even have been anywhere near the ark. 

     First God instructed the people of Israel not to touch or even look at the ark or they would die. Numbers 4:15 says And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that the sons of Kohath (Levites) shall come to bear it (on four poles inserted into four rings), but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. 

     In other words, before the ark was to be moved, Aaron and his sons went into the holy place first to cover the holy vessels (the brasen altar, the laver, the table of shewbread, the candlestick, the altar of incense, and the ark of God with the mercy seat). Only the Levites, not the people of Judah like Uzzah, could move the ark by carrying it on poles inserted into four rings. 

     And then the bible instructed that all the other tribes not from Levi could not even look at the ark or they would die.  Numbers 4:20 said But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered , lest they die. In fact, the other tribes outside of Levi were instructed to stay 2000 cubits (100 yards or ten football fields) behind the ark when it was moved by the Levites. Uzzah and Ahio from Judah shouldn't have been near the ark when it was moving; therefore Uzzah died because David disobeyed God's instructions for moving the ark. The easy way turned out to be the hard way. 

     The instructions for the tribes outside of Levi to stay behind the ark 10 football fields is found at Joshua 3:3 that says And they commanded the people saying when ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it about 2000 cubits (3000 feet or 100 yards or 10 football fields) by measure; Come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go, for ye have not passed this way heretofore; And Joshua said unto the people, sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. 


     David eventually repented and learned that Jesus makes the hard way the easy way. He learned that God's way is always the better way even if it seems harder than the world's easy way.  David told God alright I'm gonna move your ark the correct way by four Levites on poles instead of on a new cart pulled by a couple of cows. David said at 1 Chronicles 15:2 None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God and to minister unto Him forever. 

     David repented and realized his mistake caused the death of Uzzah. David told the people at 1 Chronicles 15:13 For because ye did it not at the first (mistakenly carried the ark on a new cart by cows in disobedience) the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not after the due order. So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the Word of the Lord.

     Now I want you to notice that when David correctly had the Levites move the heavy ark on poles, God helped the Levites carry the ark and made the hard way the easy way.  1 Chronicles 15:25 says So David and the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obed Edom with joy. And it came to pass when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord (notice the unseen hand of God underneath the ark helping the four Levites carry the ark making it light as a feather), that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams. 

     Just picture these four Levites carrying the heavy ark on poles while the Lord Jesus helped them, making the hard way the easy way, by holding up the ark with his mighty unseen hand. One Levite in the back right corner said boy this ark is really light; Are the other three Levites doing all the work. And then the other three Levites started laughing saying wow this ark is light as a feather. Truly, if you follow the road map and do things God's way according to the bible, the Lord Jesus will help you and make the hard way the easy way.

     David successfully carried the ark to Jerusalem because he did it God's way and allowed four Levites to carry the ark on poles. Like David, choose the yoke of Jesus today and be blessed with rest and peace. Jesus said His yoke which seems to be the hard way is easy. Right now instead of the wrong way of the world, get saved with the easy yoke of Jesus; Repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be your God, believing that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.  

     Right now say the blessed words of our Lord Jesus at Matthew 11:28 Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 

     I pray in Jesus name that this little bible study blesses multitudes on this earth with peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz9tlm@gmail.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name. 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Three Ways To Win Souls To Jesus


THREE WAYS TO WIN SOULS TO JESUS
Through Your Life, Lips, And Literature

1) Win Souls Through Your Life

     Today, let's look at three ways to win souls to Jesus. The first way is through your life that witnesses to multitudes of lost sinners about the Lord Jesus. We are the only bible that most people will ever read. Lost sinners around us at Walmart, on our jobs, and in the grocery store are not reading their bibles; they are reading us. 2 Corinthians 3:2 says Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. 

     People all around us every day are watching how we live daily for Jesus. Jesus told us at Matthew 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. To be a good witness to everyone for Jesus, deny your flesh daily by looking to the cross of Jesus. Our worst enemy outside of the devil is our flesh. In our flesh dwelleth no good thing. But, greater is He (Jesus) that is within us than he that is in the world (our flesh). If we daily crucify the lusts and desires of our flesh by looking by faith with our hearts to the cross of Jesus, Jesus will shine to this lost world of sinners, and people everywhere will get saved. 

     Daily say I am crucified with Christ and covered by the blood of Jesus. Tell the devil daily that the blood of Jesus has overcome and defeated you devil, evil must pass over me, and the blood of Jesus has cleansed me of all my sins. Then Jesus will shine in you and multitudes will be saved. Right now get saved, repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be your God, and believe the gospel that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. 
   
     The bible says that saved saints are a spectacle and gazingstock (defined as on stage in a theatre) that multitudes of lost sinners are watching daily. Therefore, we need to be careful how we act around people. All saved saints are on stage daily and the world is watching in the ampitheatre. Therefore, our life needs to be a good witness for Jesus to win souls to Jesus everywhere.

     Here are some good ways to let your life be a good witness to win souls to Jesus. Let people always see you reading your bible, always see you going to church, always see you praying, and always witnessing everywhere trying to win souls to Jesus. And let people see you always loving everyone around you (even the unloveable and your enemies), while you forgive everyone (even your worst enemies).  

     Hebrews 10:33 says Partly, whilst ye (the saved saints) were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions, and partly whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. And 1 Corinthians 4:9 says For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last as it were appointed to death, for we are made a spectacle unto the world, to angels, and to men. In other words, saved saints are a spectacle and gazingstock that the world, the angels, and lost sinners watch daily. Therefore, all saved saints need to be a good testimony for Jesus, shown by a life of good behavior and holiness, so lost sinners can get saved everywhere.  

     People are watching our life every day; After anyone gets saved, they don't live for themselves any more. How we act and behave around lost sinners determines if people go to heaven in peace or go to hell in misery forever. Romans 14:7 says For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. Therefore, be a good testimony of holiness for Jesus, and let your life shine Jesus to lost sinners, so souls can be saved everywhere.  

     Every atheist, agnostic, and secular humanist that watches the life of saved saints daily know how christians should act. This is because these unsaved heathens have the laws of God written in their hearts with a conscience bearing witness about Jesus. Romans 2:15 speaks about these unsaved sinners saying which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. 

     In other words, every lost sinner knows how a christian should act and behave. They know that christians shouldn't drink beer, smoke a joint, watch pornography, or walk into a casino and gamble. Even primitive people in the African jungles know to cover up their nakedness after they get saved. A missionary in the deep jungles of Africa once ministered to naked pygmies in a tent meeting. After the pygmies got saved, they all were convicted and covered their nakedness with sheets. This reminds me of the naked man in the tombs of Gadarenes that became clothed (clothes covering his nakedness) and in his right mind after Jesus saved him.  


2) Win Souls Through Your Lips

     The second way to win souls to Jesus is through your lips. You need to tell everyone everywhere the gospel with your lips to save lost souls all over this earth. The gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus) is not something you go to church to hear; the gospel is something you take from church to tell. The gospel is not a secret to be hoarded, but a story to be heralded.

     Instead of talking about the weather, the football game, or politics, talk about the gospel of our Lord Jesus and offer salvation to everyone. Some people will get offended, but many will listen and get saved. Someone once told Brother Bob you talk too much about Jesus. I responded correction; I need to talk more about Jesus; And thanks for the compliment, while I leaped for joy in the nearest Walmart bathroom. You can never talk too much about Jesus. 

     Romans 10:14 says How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher. And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.  

     And notice that Jesus said at John 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone; but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. In other words, Jesus said that their word (the word from the lips of saved saints will save lost sinners). And remember when you witness Jesus through your lips to lost sinners be gentle, kind, meek, and patient, instead of being arrogant and harsh, telling lost sinners they are going to burn in hell. The Lord Jesus said at Jeremiah 31:3 with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.   

     2 Timothy 2:24-26 tells us to witness with meekness and gentleness to win souls to Jesus. The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. In meekness instructing them that oppose themselves; if God per adventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. And Galatians 6:1 says Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

     A good example of someone who witnessed about Jesus with her lips to win multitudes in her city to Jesus was the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. When this woman got saved at the well after talking to Jesus, John 4:28 says the woman then left her waterpot and went her way into the city, and saith to the men. Come see a man (Jesus) which told me all things that ever I did, is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city and came unto Him. John 4:39 goes on to say And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 

     Be like this woman at the well and tell everyone what Jesus did for you through your testimony to win souls. Wow, what a revival this prostitute harlot at the well started; a blessed woman that was married to five men and shacking up with a sixth man fornicating witnessed to hundreds of men (not women) that she sinned with and won them to the Lord Jesus after she got saved. Hallelujah, the blood of Jesus cleansed this harlot from all her sins and made her one of the greatest witnesses for Jesus that ever lived. Truly, Jesus didn't come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance and salvation (Luke 5:32). 


3) Win Souls Through Your Literature

     The third way to win souls to Jesus is through your literature. Statistics say that 37% of people get saved by reading literature. Literature has no fear of witnessing like people. Use this internet to write about Jesus on blogs, emails, and facebook to save souls to Jesus through literature. Be like Brother Bob and write something on this internet about Jesus that can win souls to Jesus. Hallelujah, preachbrotherbob has reached 163000 people all over this earth for Jesus.  

     Giving out gospel tracts about Jesus is another good way to witness with literature and win souls to our Lord Jesus. Be like my hero Art Kohl and every time you pay a bill and make a payment for the phone, electric, water, cable, car, or rent, place a gospel tract in the envelope with your payment, so someone can see the gospel literature and get saved. Wally Beebe got saved by reading a gospel tract and started the greatest bus ministry for Jesus that ever existed.

     When kids come to your house on Halloween, give them a gospel tract with each piece of candy to win their parents to Jesus. Just write letters and notes to everyone with gospel tracts; Send out get well cards, birthday cards, anniversary cards, and Easter cards with gospel tracts to everyone. Buy hundreds of Christmas cards and send them out with gospel tracts to all your relatives and friends to win them to Jesus. Be like my friend David Berkowitz and every time you mail out any letter, put several gospel tracts in the letter to win souls to Jesus. 

     Brother Bob has given away hundreds of KJV bibles for free to lost sinners over the years. If someone tells you they don't have a KJV bible, be like Brother Bob, and give them a free KJV bible. You can buy these KJV bibles at Lifeway christian store for only $6 a piece. One plants, one waters, and God gives the increase. The ethiopian eunuch pictured above got saved because someone gave him a bible when he searched for the Lord Jesus at Jerusalem. Philip was kind enough to travel to the Gaza desert and tell the ethiopian eunuch that he was reading about Jesus in the bible. Because someone shared a bible with this man, the result was salvation for the ethiopian eunuch after Philip witnessed Jesus to him. 

     Now after someone gets saved by our witness, take time to disciple and teach these new believers about the Lord Jesus. Take these new believers from salvation and make them disciples (students learning about the Word Of God and Jesus), where they finally become disciplers that teach others about Jesus.

     Jesus called this the Great Commission at Matthew 28:18 saying All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

      Jesus discipled and taught 82 men (12 apostles and 70 others) how to witness and win souls. Paul discipled and taught around 200 men how to witness and win souls. It's a blessed bible study to learn about all the companions of Paul like Epaphroditus, Barnabas, Erastus, and Onesimus. Like Jesus and Paul,  take time to disciple, mentor, and teach new believers about Jesus, the Word, and the gospel so they can continue witnessing about Jesus after you leave this earth. 

     Right now there are 7.2 billion people on this earth. 2 billion of these people live in China and India where only a few people say that they are saved. Therefore, I believe that only 1% of 7.2 billion people on this earth are truly saved and born again .This means that only 72 million people out of 7.2 billion people on this earth are saved. 

     Jesus said that these last days would be like the days of Noah where only 8 people were saved, while billions died lost in the flood. When the rapture occurs and the saints get caught up to be with Jesus, this ungodly world will not realize that anyone is missing. Billions of unsaved muslims, Jehovah witnesses, buddhists, and anyone that has not believed in the Lord Jesus will be left on this earth after the rapture. 

     Note the words of Jesus at Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. In other words, not many people out of the 7.2 billion people on this earth will get saved; only a few saints will get saved and escape this wicked world during the soon coming rapture. I pray in Jesus name that anyone reading this will be one of the few saints that gets saved by repenting, confessing Jesus to be their God, and believe that Jesus died for them on the cross, was buried, and rose again.  

     I pray in Jesus name that this little bible study blesses multitudes with peace and strength. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz9tlm@gmail.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.                      

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Four Voices Saying Win Souls To Jesus


THE MACEDONIAN CALL

1) The Voice From Without

     The first voice saying win souls to Jesus is the voice from without (the Macedonian call) of people all around us. Listen and you will hear these people saying come over into our country, help us, and tell us about the Lord Jesus. Paul heard the Macedonian call and was willing to travel everywhere to help lost sinners and tell them about the Lord Jesus. Acts 16:8 says And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him saying come over into Macedonia and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.  

     Like Paul, can you hear the Macedonian call of people all around you (at Walmart, in your neighborhood, at the laundromat, on your job, at Cracker Barrel, and all over this earth) saying help us and tell us about the Lord Jesus. Brother Bob has heard the Macedonian call of people in many nations that want to learn about the Lord Jesus saying help us that read preachbrotherbob. I'm determined to keep writing for Jesus until I leave this earth and tell people everywhere to get saved, repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be God, and believe daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. Like Brother Bob, use this internet (by blogs and emails) to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus with people all over this earth and win souls. 

     To give your life meaning and purpose win souls to the Lord Jesus. People that are selfish and don't win any souls to Jesus get bored with life and experience empty meaningless lives. But, if your goal is to win souls, your life will be full of joy and peace. Brother Bob has reached 162000 people all over this earth with the message of our Lord Jesus. My goal is to reach 1 million people with the gospel of our Lord Jesus before I leave this earth.  Proverbs 11:30 tells us The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. Everyone should win at least one soul to the Lord Jesus every year. There is so much joy to see a lost sinner get saved and live for Jesus. Jesus said at Luke 15:10 there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

     James 5:20 tell us that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. In other words, if you witness and save a soul, you save that person from death and prevent any harm he could have done to multitudes. When anyone receives the Lord Jesus, they always become a better person.  Let's obey the Lord's command at Luke 14:23 and Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Remember when someone took time to share the Lord Jesus with you, and take time to share the Lord Jesus with the unloveable and lost sinners all around you.  

     Pictured above can you hear the voice from without all around you saying help us and tell us about Jesus. People are saying Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand and beheld, but there was no man that would know me; refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. These people are saying Psalm 142:7 Bring my soul out of prison that I may praise thy name. Let's help these people and obey Jude 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference, And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 

     Let's help billions of lost people all around us and tell them about the Lord Jesus. A sure sign that you are saved with the Holy Ghost is when you want to witness Jesus everywhere to everyone in the uttermost parts of this earth. Jesus said at Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. In other words, you know that you have the Holy Ghost when you have a desire to win souls by telling people all over this earth about Jesus. 

2) The Voice From Within

     The second voice saying win souls to Jesus is the voice from within our hearts desiring to see souls saved all around us. The Word speaks about the voice from within our hearts at Romans 10:1 saying Brethren, my hearts desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.

     King David spoke about this voice from within our hearts to win souls at Psalm 51:10 saying Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Now notice the result after you obey the voice from within your cleansed heart) Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 

     Like Paul, listen to the voice from within to save souls and become a debtor to offer salvation with our Lord Jesus to everyone around you. Paul said at Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians both to the wise and to the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. In other words, like Paul, owe a debt to every lost sinner around you all over this earth to tell them about the Lord Jesus and save their souls.

3) The Voice From Above 

     The third voice saying win souls to Jesus is the voice from above seen at Isaiah 6:8 from the Lord Jesus. Isaiah said I heard the voice of the Lord saying Whom shall I send, and who will go for us (notice that us speaks of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost that is one and not just God alone). Then said I, Here am I, send me. And He (the Lord Jesus) said Go and tell this people. Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 

     Anyone reading this, can you hear God's voice from above calling Whom shall I send, and who will go for us. Like Isaiah, let's all say Here am I, send me. I'm willing to go and tell people everywhere about the Lord Jesus and how to be saved. Friends time is short and our lives are like a vapour that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Ephesians 5:16 tells us redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Let's get busy and tell people everywhere how to get saved because after this short life on earth, it's either eternity in heaven with Jesus or hell without Jesus.

     Tell people everywhere to repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be God, and believe that Jesus died for them on the cross, was buried, and rose again. Let everyone know to say every day I am crucified with Christ and covered by the blood of Jesus. Let everyone know to tell the devil daily with just a mustard seed of faith that the blood of Jesus has defeated the devil, evil must pass over me, and the blood of Jesus has cleansed me of all my sins. Only what we do for Jesus will last forever. 

4) The Voice From Beneath

     The final fourth voice saying win souls to Jesus is the voice from beneath recorded in a letter from hell by the rich man Dives at Luke 16:27. This rich man in hell said to Abraham, I pray thee therefore father (Abraham) that thou wouldst send him (Lazarus the beggar) to my father's house. For I have five brethren that he may testify unto them, lest thy also come into this place of torment. 

     Right now billions of lost souls in hell are saying please send someone to everyone alive on the earth and tell them about the Lord Jesus and how to be saved so no one has to come to this place of torment called hell. These people in hell are telling us to warn everyone to escape the two deaths experienced by billions that reject Jesus to be God and refuse to believe the gospel about Jesus' death and resurrection. Brother Bob has heard this fourth voice from beneath and says instead of dying in hell and the second death of the lake of fire, get saved and have victory over the second death with the Lord Jesus, receiving eternal life with peace and joy forevermore.

Check out the two poems below telling us to win souls to Jesus

Lead Me To Some Soul Today
By Will Houghton

Lead me to some soul today
Teach me Lord just what to say
Friends of mine are lost in sin
And can not find their way

Few there are who seem to care
Few there are who pray
Melt my heart; Fill my life
Give me one soul a day

A blessed poem by an unknown author telling us to win souls to Jesus

Let me see this world dear Lord
As though I was looking through your eyes
A world of men who don't want you Lord
But a world for which you died

Let me stand high above my petty problems
And reach for souls hellbound eternally
For if once I could see this world the way you see
I'd just know I'd serve you more faithfully

     I pray in Jesus name this little bible study blesses multitudes all over this earth with peace and strength and compels everyone to win souls and share Jesus Christ with people all over this earth. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz9tlm@gmail.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Josiah: A Blessed King; Better Than Anyone Anytime, Except Jesus


Outside Of Jesus, Josiah Is The Best King
That Ever Lived Or Will Ever Live
Proven By 2 Kings 23:25

     Today, let's look at Josiah; A blessed King; Better than anyone anytime, except Jesus. This is proven by 2 Kings 23:25 that says And like unto him (Josiah) was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses, neither after him arose there any like him. According to the Word of God, outside of Jesus, Josiah is the best King that ever lived or will ever live. Therefore, let's see what made King Josiah so great.

     If you ask anyone who do you think outside of Jesus is the greatest King that ever lived, most people will say David or Solomon. But, David had faults and committed adultery with Bathsheba. planning the death of her husband Uriah the Hittite in the front lines of battle. Solomon also had faults and began to worship idols to please 1000 heathen women. But, Josiah did everything right and outside of Jesus is the greatest king that ever lived or will ever live. 



What Made King Josiah Better Than Anyone Anytime Except Jesus
A Summary Of Josiah's Life

THE CHILDHOOD OF JOSIAH

     First, let's study the childhood of Josiah. 2 Chronicles 34:1 says Josiah was 8 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem 31 years (note that Josiah died young at 39). And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord; and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left. 

     OK, note that Josiah had a wicked father named Amon and a wicked grandfather named Manasseh. Both Amon and Manasseh were evil and made all the people worship idols. God was angry at Amon and Manasseh and determined to punish Israel for their sins. But Josiah chose to live a holy blessed life and refused to be wicked like Amon and Manasseh. God blessed Josiah for living holy and allowed Josiah to live peacefully before Israel received punishment for their sins of idolatry.

     We see that Josiah's father Amon was very wicked at 2 Chronicles 33:21 that says Amon was 22 years old when he began to reign and reigned two years in Jerusalem. But he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord as did Manasseh his father; for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made and served them. And he humbled not himself before the Lord, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more. And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.

     So we see that Josiah had an evil grandfather named Manasseh and an evil father named Amon who was murdered. But, like the sons of Korah who escaped the pit of hell by refusing to rebel with their father Korah against Moses, Josiah refused to rebel against God by worshipping idols like his father and grandfather, Amon and Manasseh. The result is that Josiah is now remembered as the greatest king better than anyone anytime except Jesus. 

     Josiah was a blessed child like the sons of Korah who escaped the pit of hell where their daddy Korah is forever because they determined to live holy for the Lord Jesus, unlike their parents. Hallelujah Psalms 42-49 are written to honor the sons of Korah who are in heaven for living a blessed life, even though their parents were wicked and are in hell. Numbers 26:11 proves that the sons of Korah were blessed and escaped the pit of hell by saying Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.  

     You see we all got to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. There can be wicked parents and blessed saved kids like Josiah. But, there can also be blessed saved parents and wicked kids. The priest Eli was a blessed father but he had wicked sons named Hophni and Phinehas. The prophet Samuel was a blessed father but he had wicked sons that took bribes and perverted judgment. 1 Samuel 8:1 tells us And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abiah. They were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. 

     So remember, like Brother Bob and Josiah, just because your parents and grandparents deny the Lord Jesus and are wicked, you can choose to get saved and live holy and be blessed forevermore. Brother Bob's orthodox jewish grandparents and great grandparents who all rejected the Lord Jesus are in hell forever. But, Brother Bob like Josiah broke the generational curse and chose to live holy and be saved. Unlike my past unsaved jewish relatives, Brother Bob decided to get saved and will be in heaven with Jesus in peace forevermore. Like Brother Bob and Josiah, get saved right now; repent, stop sinning, confess Jesus to be your God, and daily believe that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. 



     Notice that 2 Chronicles 34:2 says that the child Josiah did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. It's interesting that his grandfather Manasseh at 2 Chronicles 33:2 did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. These two scriptures show us that God sees everything (the good and the evil). Proverbs 15:3 says The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Since God sees everything, choose to live holy and blessed like Josiah to receive peace and strength from our Lord Jesus and avoid punishment like Manasseh who was put into prison for his sins. But note that Josiah's grandfather Manasseh repented in prison and lived holy during his old age before death. 

     Next we see that 2 Chronicles 34:2 says that Josiah walked in the ways of David (not Amon or Manasseh) his father. It's interesting to see that Josiah chose to walk in the ways of David instead of Amon or Manasseh. David was Josiah's role model because David was a man after God's own heart. Even though David lived hundreds of years before Josiah, Josiah chose David to be his role model and pattern his life after David.  Like Josiah, if you have wicked parents and grandparents, choose a blessed saint who lived hundreds of years ago to be your role model like DL Moody from the 1800s or John Bunyan from the 1600s.  

     Now note that 2 Chronicles 34:2 goes on to say that Josiah declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left. In other words, Josiah was unwavering and not easily influenced by peer pressure. The child Josiah did not stop living holy to please crowds and did not allow the world to influence his decisions. Josiah remembered Psalm 119:9 that says Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy Word. Proverbs 20:11 proves that it is possible for a child like Josiah to have unwavering, steadfast, holy faith saying Even a child is known by his doings; whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 

JOSIAH THE TEENAGER

     OK, let's move on and learn about Josiah the teenager. 2 Chronicles 34:3 says For in the eighth year of his reign (when Josiah was a teenager and 16 years of age), while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father. At 16, Josiah sought after God and determined to learn all about the bible every day. When most teenagers today become 16, instead of seeking God like Josiah, they seek out girls or boys to marry, jobs for money, and the pleasures of this world. Teenagers, make Josiah your role model and choose today to seek the God that David worshipped, determining to learn all you can about the blessed Word of God. Psalm 1 says if you memorize the bible day and night, God will fix all your problems and whatsoever you do will prosper.

     Like Josiah, remember King Solomon's warning to teenagers that forget God and enjoy the fading pleasures of this world. King Solomon warned at Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice O young man in thy youth and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things, God will bring thee into judgment; therefore remove sorrow from thy heart and put away evil from thy flesh; for childhood and youth are vanity. 

     After Josiah remembered the warning from Solomon at Ecclesiastes 11:9, Josiah decided to obey the wise words of Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them. In other words, avoid saying when you are older, I have no pleasure in my life because of the consequences of the sins from my youth.   

JOSIAH AT AGE 20

     Alright, let's move on and see what made Josiah great when he became 20 years of age. 2 Chronicles 34:3 goes on to say in the 12th year (of Josiah's reign when he was 20) he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. In other words, King Josiah was blessed because he totally removed all sin from his life and from his nation. 

     2 Kings 23:7 tells us that King Josiah brake down the houses of the sodomites that were by the house of the Lord where the women wove hangings for the grove. 2 Kings 23:10 then tells us that Josiah defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. In other words, Josiah did not allow any same sex marriage by sodomites or abortion (the killing of innocent babies) in his nation. 

     King Josiah was blessed because he did not allow any idolatry,  sodomy, or killing of innocent babies in his nation. If King Josiah was alive today he would burn down all the casinos which are idolatry covetousness involving the greed and lust for money called avarice. Josiah would make the sale of lottery tickets illegal and ban this form of idolatry worship of money. Josiah would redefine marriage to be between a man and a woman and make same sex marriage and sodomy illegal. Finally, Josiah would say abortion and killing of innocent babies is illegal and close down all the abortion clinics that have murdered 70 million babies since the ungodly Roe v. Wade decision.  

     Let me just write down in detail how 2 Chronicles 34:4 describes how Josiah removed sin from his nation. Like Josiah, let's do a thorough job and totally eliminate all the sin from our lives and from our nations.  The blessed text says And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images he brake in pieces, and made dust of them and strawed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.  

     2 Chronicles 35:5 goes on to say that Josiah burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim and Simeon, even unto Naphtali with their mattocks round about. (In other words, Josiah not only removed sin from his own nation Judah, but he removed sin from the surrounding nations of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and Naphtali). And when he had broken down the altars and the groves and had beaten the graven images into powder and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.  



JOSIAH AT AGE 26

     Alright. let's move on and see what Josiah did at age 26. 2 Chronicles 34:8 tells us In the 18th year of his reign (when Josiah was 26) when he had purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the governor of the city and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder to repair the house of the Lord his God. And while Josiah's servants were repairing the house of the Lord, they found a bible. 

     When Shaphan began to read the bible to King Josiah, Josiah rent his clothes. Josiah learned that God was going to punish the nation of Judah because of the sins of his father and grandfather Amon and Manasseh. Therefore, Josiah sought counsel from Huldah the prophetess if God would spare his life after he lived holy by removing all the sinful idols from Judah. Huldah comforted Josiah and told him that his life would be peaceful where he would not experience any of God's wrath. 

     Josiah kept his promise to Huldah to purge and remove all the sin from his life and from his nation. Like Josiah, we all need to purge and purify ourselves and our nation daily by removing sin from our lives. Jesus told us at John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. In other words, the more we remove and purge away the dead sins of our lives, the more God will bless us with peace.

     The law of spiritual relativity tells us that for every action there has to be an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, the more a person loves the Lord Jesus like Josiah, the more that person will hate evil and remove all the sin around them. Psalm 97:10 states the law of spiritual relativity saying Ye that love the Lord, hate evil; He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Isaiah 58:1 tell us Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.


JOSIAH AT AGE 30

     Now let's see how Josiah lived at age 30. After Shaphan read the Word of God to Josiah, Josiah realized that he was a sinner and was blessed to remove all sin from his nation. Like Josiah, read and memorize the bible daily to cleanse you from sin. John 15:3 tells us Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.  

     When the light of God's Word shines on our dirty flesh, we can see our sins and make a decision to live holy. Hebrews 4:12 says For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul an spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

     Like Josiah, after you cleanse yourself and your nation from all sin, you will want to tell everyone around you about the Lord Jesus. 2 Chronicles 34:32 tells us Josiah caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it (obey the Word of God). And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. And all his days they departed not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.  

     And then Josiah had the greatest passover in the history of Israel. 2 Chronicles 35:18 says And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet. Neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests and the Levites and all Judah and Israel that were present and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

     Finally 2 Chronicles 35:23 records how King Josiah died at the young age of 39. It says And the archers shot at King Josiah and the king said to his servants have me away, for I am sore wounded. His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had, and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day and made them an ordinance in Israel and behold they are written in the lamentations. 

     I pray in Jesus name that this little bible study about Josiah blesses multitudes all over this earth with peace and strength. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime to rz9tlm@gmail.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.