Saints everywhere today Brother Bob starts off his bible study by asking you to meditate on 2 Corinthians 10:4 that says For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. And also note Ephesians 6:12 that says For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This bible study will show all my friends everywhere how Jesus used small but mighty weapons in history to defeat the enemy the devil. Instead of swords, spears, and guns, Jesus used everyday ordinary objects like empty pitchers, lamps, trumpets, the jawbone of an ass, a sling and five smooth stones, an ox goad, and the Word of God to defeat the devil and produce victory. Remember Romans 8:31 says What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
For today's bible study, as we look at the picture above lets look at how Gideon relied on Jesus as God to give him a victory and not the power of a large army, spears, and swords. Gideon at first had 32000 men to fight against a great multitude of Midianites. Jesus humbled Gideon and told Gideon that 32000 men was too large an army to fight against the Midianites lest Israel vaunt themselves against the Lord. Judges 7:2 says And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
The instructions the Lord Jesus gave to Gideon are stated in Judges 7:3 that says Now therefore go to, proclaim to the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people 22000, and there remained 10000. Wow, now Gideon only had 10000 men to fight the great multitude of Midianites. But, Jesus let Gideon know that Jesus as Lord and not Gideon was going to defeat the Midianites and said 10000 men was still too many men to fight the Midianites.
Take a look at the picture above and look at the next instructions Jesus gave to Gideon at Judges 7:5 that says So he brought down the people unto the water; and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were 300 men; but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
Jesus told Gideon to just use the 300 men that lapped the water and put their hand to their mouth to fight the Midianites and 9700 men went home. It's interesting to note that Jesus did not use the lazy people who bowed down but the alert men who stood up and lapped the water putting their hands to their mouths. Proverbs 20:13 says Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
And finally, to make sure Jesus got the glory in Gideon's victory, Jesus told Gideon to only use trumpets, empty pitchers, and lamps instead of swords and spears to defeat the Midianites. Wow, when Gideon obeyed the instructions of the Lord, blowing trumpets and showing lamps that were inside the pitchers that were broken with just 300 men, the Midianites were defeated by the Lord Jesus. Saint reading this be encouraged. 2 Chronicles 20:15 says Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. 2 Chronicles 20:17 further states Ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem; fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them; for the Lord will be with you.
OK, take a look at the above picture of another biblical hero David who trusted in the name of the Lord Jesus and used five smooth stones that Brother Bob names J E S U S with a sling instead of Sauls armour, helmet of brass, and a coat of mail to defeat the giant Goliath.The wonderful story about the above picture is at 1 Samuel 17:38 that says And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head and he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip, and his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:45 further states Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied.
Hallelujah, David won the victory over Goliath and used a small sling and five smooth stones instead of a sword and armour to defeat the giant Goliath. Saint reading this anywhere, if people around you who persecute you daily as you believe in Jesus seem like giants, remember like David we can trust in the name of the Lord Jesus to give us victory over any giant in our lives. Mark 16:17 says And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name (Jesus) shall they cast out devils.
OK, friends everywhere as you look at the above two pictures of Shamgar and Samson remember Jesus can use small ordinary objects as weapons to make the devil flee and give victory to his saints. Shamgar just used a simple ox goad (an instrument to prod and poke oxen) to defeat 600 men. Samson only used a simple jawbone of an ass to defeat an army of 1000 Philistines. Judges 3:31 says And after him was Shamgar (defined as sword), the son of Anath(defined as answer), which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad, and he also delivered Israel. Judges 15:15 says And he(Samson) found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it and slew a thousand men therewith. Saint reading this you might feel that you have only a little to work with to witness for Jesus. I claim in Jesus name all my friends everywhere will be blessed to use what small objects Jesus provides them with to effectively witness to multitudes of people everywhere.
Brother Bob must testify now. Brother Bob lives in a poor neighborhood in Reynoldsburg, Ohio with an old five year old computer out of a little one bedroom apartment. Yet, Brother Bob is using what Jesus has provided(the tiny apartment and the small computer in poor little Reynoldsburg, Ohio) to reach 18000 people in hundreds of nations over the internet to daily lift up Jesus. I also think about my good friend David Berkowitz the former Son of Sam who is saved now and witnesses for Jesus daily from his jail cell. David has not stopped preaching Jesus and even though David is in jail, Jesus has blessed David to have people take his writings from the jail cell and type them on the internet to save souls for Jesus. David Berkowitz's website at www.ariseandshine.org has now reached 197412 people for Jesus. If David Berkowitz can reach all these people for Jesus from a jail cell, we should all be encouraged to witness for Jesus and win souls to the Lord. I am honored to say that David Berkowitz writes me regularly and it is truly an honor to call him Brother Bob's friend as a true believer in the Lord Jesus. Proverbs 11:30 says The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Everyone, isn't the above picture wonderful of a little girl meditating on the Word of God. We should all be like this little girl and every day take time to meditate on the Word of God Jesus and receive life. The bible promises that if anyone daily meditates on the Word of God day and night, whatever that person does, I mean whatever that person does shall prosper. Psalm 1:2 says But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth His fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Take time to look at the all the following scriptures that promise life and peace to us all if we take time daily to meditate and think on the Word of God. Acts 20:32 says And now brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. So, first the Word of God will build us up. Psalm 119:130 says The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:11 says Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Second, the Word stops us from sinning which causes death and makes us smart. You see since Jesus is the Word, we get wisdom from the word to be smarter than a Harvard graduate because Jesus is wisdom. This is proven by 1 Corinthians 1:30 that says But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
Look at Romans 15:4 that promises peace and comfort if we daily meditate on the Word of God. Romans 15:4 says For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Also, the Word of God causes us all to have joy and rejoice. Jeremiah 15;16 says Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart, for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. Finally, the Word of God helps us all grow. 1 Peter 2:2 says As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Colossians 3:16 tells us Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Saint reading this anywhere Brother Bob encourages you to do what Colossians 3:16 says and daily meditate on the word of God and constantly listen to and sing hymns and spiritual songs to receive strength from Jesus. Brother Bob testifies to you all that each time I write these bible studies, I have praise music and spiritual songs playing to give Brother Bob peace as he writes these bible studies. Each day Brother Bob works at a job, Brother Bob listens to spiritual songs and meditates on the Word of God and receives peace and strength daily to perform his job
OK, to show all my friends everywhere the power of the Word, Brother Bob had to give you all the above picture of Jesus telling the devil at Matthew 4:4 It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. And look what happened when Jesus spoke the Word to the devil and said It Is Written at Matthew 4:11 that says Then the devil leaveth Him, and behold angels came and ministered unto Him. I claim in Jesus name as we all meditate daily on the Word of God, the devil will leave us all and angels will come and minister unto us all.
You see Mark 9:23 says All things are possible to him that believeth. Now remember to believe and have faith one must hear the Word of God and then all things are possible for us. Romans 10:17 says So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. It's interesting to note that the jailer who guarded Paul Silas got saved after he heard the Word of God and received faith to believe in the Lord Jesus. This is proven at Acts 16:30 that says And brought them out and said Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house. (Now notice the next verse where the Word was preached to the jailer to help him get saved and believe).And they spake unto him the Word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes and was baptized, he and all his straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
For a final thought today, everyone take a look at the picture of John the Baptist above who received all his theological training in the wilderness of Judaea and not at a manmade seminary. 1 John 2:27 tells us But, the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.
You see the Holy Ghost anointing and not man qualifies you saint reading this anywhere to go forth and preach the gospel to all people. I remember one time a man told Brother Bob he would not listen to my preaching until I got a DD(Doctor of Divinity). I told the man that Brother Bob already had his DD and that Brother Bob was a devil disturber qualified by the Holy Ghost to preach the gospel to all nations with a PHD (A pentecostal hairdo) along with the fact that Brother Bob had his BA and was born again. Even Jesus was told by Nathaniel that he was not qualified to preach. Nathaniel doubted Jesus as a man of God and said at John 1:46 about Jesus Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
Like John the Baptist pictured above who was trained in the wilderness of Judaea from the Lord Jesus away from man, the apostle Paul also received his training from the Lord Jesus in the desert of Arabia and not from man and the scholars of Jerusalem. This is stated at Galatians 1:15 that says But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace. To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood; Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Brother Bob agrees with John the Baptist and the apostle Paul and tells you all that I'd rather be trained by Jesus and the Holy Ghost instead of man for the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. 1 Corinthians 3:19 says For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. In Jesus name, let all those who forevermore read this bible study choose to be taught by the true wisdom who is Jesus stated at 1 Corinthians 1:30 instead of man.
As always, Brother Bob has enjoyed writing this bible study and I pray in Jesus name it strengthens and blesses all my friends in the many nations with everlasting peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob at Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till our next meeting soon to lift up the name of Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.