Saturday, June 9, 2012
Inspiring Bible Stories
How about the above picture to start out this weeks bible study of Jephthah the Gileadite lamenting that he must perform his vow and sacrifice his one and only virgin daughter who greeted him at the door of his house. I encourage you reader to left click the picture above and study this anointed painting. This story reminds me of Peter lamenting and saying to Jesus that Jesus should not go on the cross as a pure sacrifice. Saint reading this remember as you read old testament stories in the Word you should see Jesus in these stories. It's interesting to note that in hebrew the name Jephthah means He opens and this reminds me of the keys of the kingdom of heaven that Jesus gave to Peter for opening. Also, in hebrew the name Gileadite means rocky region and it's interesting to note that Peter's name was Cephas or a stone. OK I will now quote to you all the wonderful story of the picture above of Jephthah who is listed as a hero of faith in Hebrews 11:32. And do not forget that even though Peter denied Jesus three times and lamented that Jesus would be crucified, Peter also is considered a hero of faith and his name is listed forever in the foundations of the heavenly city. Revelation 21:14.
The story of Jephthah and the above picture can be found at Judges 11:30 and says And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, if thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, then it shall be, that whatsoever comes forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. Judges 11:34 further states And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and behold his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and dances. And she was his only child, beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
OK, lets let the Holy Ghost analyze the above verses. First note that the sacrifice or the daughter of Jephthah appears at the door. The holy ghost revealed to me that the pure virgin daughter of Jephthah at the door in the above picture represents Jesus who is the door and was a willing sacrifice for all sinful people of all nations. Jesus stated at John 10:9 I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. Also, note that in the kingdom are twelve gates or doors and these gates represent Jesus who is the only way to enter into the everlasting kingdom. Now also notice above that the daughter is rejoicing and happy to be the pure sacrifice. Hallelujah, this reminds Brother Bob of how Jesus rejoiced to die on the cross to be a willing sacrifice for all saints everywhere in all nations. Hebrews 12:2 says Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
And glory to the Lord Jesus, John 10:17-18 proves that Jesus like the daughter of Jephthah pictured above was a willing sacrifice. John 10:17-18 says Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. Wow, Jesus fully obeyed the command of the Father and willingly laid down his life for us at the cross so we daily could have a place to place our burdens by faith to destroy the works of the devil. And also note that Jephthah's daughter was his one and only child and Jesus was the Father's one and only Son that was sacrificed for you saint reading this so you could obtain eternal life. Hallelujah, Abraham truly prophecied about Jesus when Abraham at Genesis 22:8 stated God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering. Yes God provided himself Jesus who is God as the Lamb for our burnt offering. Yes Jesus as God was that burnt offering that Jephthah was referring to quoted above at Judges 11:30.
OK now Brother Bob wants you to group the above picture of Peter denying Jesus and not wanting Jesus to go on the cross with the first picture above of Jephthah who like Peter does not want to sacrifice his pure virgin daughter. Now lets continue on in our analysis of the story of Jephthah at Judges 11:35 that says And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter thou hast brought me very low and thou art one of them that trouble me, for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord and I cannot go back. And she said unto him, my Father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do to me according to that which proceedeth out of thy mouth, forasmuch as the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon. And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me.
Now let's all compare the story of Peter lamenting and telling Jesus not to go on the cross with Jephthah above lamenting about the sacrifice of his daughter. Matthew 16:21 says From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples how that He must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him and began to rebuke Him saying, Be it far from thee Lord. This shall not be unto thee. But, He turned and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me Satan. Thou art an offence unto me for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Thank you Lord Jesus because for myself and for all my friends reading this bible study in the many nations you willingly died on the cross. Jesus did not let Peter stop him from going to the cross. Also the virgin daughter of Jephthah did not allow anything stop her from dying as a willing sacrifice.
Unlike Adam, Jesus you did not hide in the garden of gesthemene but willingly offered yourself to die on the cross for all sinners. John 18:7 says Then asked He them again, Whom seek ye? And they said Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am He: if therefore ye seek me; let these go their way. Remember, when we are pure with Jesus we all come to the light and have no reason to hide like sinful Adam.
This is a lesson to be learned; whenever we are guilty of sin, the sinful person tries to hide away and run from trouble in the darkness. But, saint reading this anywhere, if you repent and look to Jesus crucified with your heart, the blood of Jesus will remove all your guilt and you can approach the light away from all darkness. John 3:19 says And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Jesus loved us all and did not call out legions of angels to stop the Roman armies from placing him on the cross. Wherever you are saint now reading this, wave your hands at Jesus for the willing sacrifice that Jesus did for us all at the cross of calvary. Remember the death of Jesus at the cross was the greatest act of love ever.
Well everyone, lets finish the story of Jephthah at Judges 11:37 that reads Let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. And he said, Go, and he sent her away for two months. And she went with her companions and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed. And she knew no man.
This last part of Judges 11:37 about Jephthah's daughter, reminds Brother Bob of Jesus telling the daughters of Jerusalem to not weep for his sacrifice at the cross of calvary. Luke 23:28 says And there followed Him a great company of people and of women which also bewailed and lamented Him. But, Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. And finally, as Jesus was sacrificed on the cross for all our sins, Jephthah finally did sacrifice his virgin daughter who was a pure virgin.
Saint reading this in any nation Brother Bob says like Jesus do not weep any more for the Lamb of God Jesus has destroyed the devil forever by dying on the cross for you. Revelation 21:4 tells us all And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. Revelation 7:17 says For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
OK to end up this weeks bible study, Brother Bob gives you all the wonderful story of how our Lord Jesus created oil out of nowhere for the widow and her sons pictured above so they could pay off their creditors and survive as they obeyed the prophet Elisha's instructions. When I look at the above picture, Brother Bob thinks about Ephesians 3:20 that says Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Now Brother Bob proclaims a prophecy from Jesus to any saint that reads this in any nation from this time forth and forevermore. Jesus told me to tell any saint in any nation if you face an impossible situation raise your hands right now and say Thank you Jesus for creating blessings and making anything I need appear out of nowhere. Romans 4:17 says As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Before I tell you about the story of the picture above let me give you all the examples Jesus shows us in the word about making our needs appear out of nowhere. Jesus and Peter had to pay taxes one day and Jesus made the money for the taxes appear in a fishes mouth for both Jesus and Peter. Jesus fed a multitude with just two fish and five loaves of bread and fish and bread appeared out of nowhere to feed the multitude. And Jesus was so good that after the multitude finished eating, there was still leftovers in twelve baskets. An angel made water appear out of nowhere for Hagar and Ishmael, food and drink appeared out of nowhere for the widow of Zarephath after she faithfully fed the prophet Elijah, and finally out of nowhere manna starting falling from the sky to feed the children of Israel in the wilderness. David posed a question at Psalm 78:19 stating Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Brother Bob gives all my international friends the answer to this question: God Can.
OK take a good look at the picture above and lets read 2 Kings 4 that says Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord; and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
Note in this wonderful story, we all need to be like the widow and act now like we already have our desired prayers. The widow woman gathered many vessels acting like she had a lot of oil available before the oil appeared. Because of the widow woman's faith in obtaining the many vessels, as the widow poured the oil, the oil kept flowing and filled all her vessels. Also, note that when Jesus blessed the widow with enough oil to fill vessels to pay off the creditors, Jesus was so good that there was leftover oil for her and her children to survive and live on. Yes, Jesus will give us all exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.
Everyone, as always I've enjoyed writing these bible studies. It blesses Brother Bob to know that now many new countries are reading Brother Bob's bible studies. I welcome the Fiji Islands, South Korea, Malta, the Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Eritrea, Egypt, Belarus, Costa Rica, Germany, Ecuador, and Pakistan to Brother Bob's book for Jesus. To my international friends everywhere it would bless Brother Bob tremendously to receive emails from you all so we could lift up Jesus worldwide. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Finally, to my international friends everywhere, remember Brother Bob in prayer so Brother Bob can continue to send you anointed bible studies.Hallelujah, lets all use this internet to reach the nations for Jesus. Be blessed everyone in Jesus name.