For today's bible study, as we all look at the spectacular palace above, praise our Lord Jesus for refusing the devil's offer of millions of palaces like the one pictured above where Jesus ruled over kingdoms in elaborate wealth. Like Jesus, let us all choose to serve the Lord Jesus, denying worldly pleasures as we all are willing to reach the poor and needy in every country around us. Jesus was not selfish, willing to die on the cross for you friend, denying the selfish pleasures of this world. The story about how Jesus refused the devil's offer of many glorious kingdoms if Jesus worshipped the devil can be seen at Matthew 4:8 and says Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
Let us all be like the Apostle Paul, willing to leave everything for Jesus, counting the sin of this world as dung. Paul stated at Philippians 3:8 Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. Jesus said at Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Remember, to have Jesus alone after we leave all the sins of this world is great riches. Colossians 1:27 tells us To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Brother Bob has told many people that Jesus is not a choice of religion but Jesus is our very life. Acts 17:28 says For in Him we live, and move, and have our being. 1 John 5:11 says And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. King Solomon compared Jesus to an apple tree that gives christians great delight and stated at Song of Solomon 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under His shadow with great delight and His fruit was sweet to my taste. Revelation 7:17 tells us For the Lamb (Jesus) which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
As you look at the picture above of Moses leaving the treasures of Egypt with the children of Israel, learn about another example of how serving Jesus is greater riches than all the wealth of this fading world. Let us all be like Moses, willing to leave the fame and treasures of this world, choosing to bless the poor and serve Jesus as we all receive treasures in heaven that never fade away. Hebrews 11:24 says By faith, Moses when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Friend reading this anywhere, take time to meditate on a proverb from King Solomon at Proverbs 13:7 that says There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing; there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. Jesus told us at Mark 10:21 to give to the poor to receive treasure in heaven that never fades away where no thief, moth, or rust can take away the treasure. King Solomon said to not trust in worldly riches and money that will disappear and fade away. Proverbs 23:5 says Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. The prophet Ezekial stated at Ezekial 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed; their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord; they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels; because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
King Solomon also told us that worldly riches not only fade away but never satisfy anyone when he said at Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. Ecclesiastes 5:10 also says He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase; this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? Job warned the hypocrite that his rich gains would be lost when God took away his soul and said at Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? 1 Timothy 6:6 says But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. After reading this, Brother Bob concludes that it is better to bless the poor and give away my money, blessing little orphans and widows with food and clothes as I build a treasure in heaven with Jesus that never fades away.
Asaph also repented of his envy at the prosperity of the wicked, realizing that the riches of Jesus are far better than fading worldly riches when Asaph said at Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Asaph realized his mistake and repented by stating at Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
Brother Bob recommends to all my friends everywhere to type in google as a search Oliver Heywood and read anything by Oliver Heywood, a great christian writer from the 1600's. Oliver Heywood in 1652 wrote If all the mountains were gold, the rocks pearls, and the whole world filled with the sweetest delights of the sons of men, and these offered to the Christian to be his proper inheritance forever, he would with a holy scorn, trample upon them, and look on them as not worth one glance of his eye, in comparison of one taste of the love of Christ, and a grain of saving grace in His heaven born soul. The Apostle Paul had the honour of being caught up to paradise to see Jesus and stated that the spectacular glory of Jesus was unspeakable at 2 Corinthians 12:4. Like the Apostle Paul, Brother Bob states that it is better to have the riches of Jesus than all the fading treasures of this world. Paul stated at Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ; which is far better.
Take time to meditate on some wisdom from King David at Psalm 119:96 that says I have seen an end of all perfection (the pleasures of this fading world); but thy commandment (this means Jesus for Jesus is the Word) is exceeding broad (defined as infinite and lasting forever). Jesus showed Brother Bob that all outward worldly treasures are scant garments that cannot cover us and fade away, but Jesus and the Word of God is exceeding broad and is a treasure that lasts forevermore. Oliver Heywood stated that it is much better to be a poor soul with the infinite blessings of Jesus than a self deluding richling that thinks he is something when he is nothing having a false golden dream where upon awakening the deluded richling finds himself as a pauper in hell. Truly this deluded richling was exemplified by King Solomon at Proverbs 25:14 that says Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift (the empty riches of this world) is like clouds and wind without rain (totally empty lacking the true riches of Jesus). Mark 8:36 warns us For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
King David also stated many times in Psalm 119 how Jesus as the word, commandments, law and testimonies of God are so much better than the fading riches, gold, and silver of this world. Like King David let us all choose the riches of Jesus as we bless the poor instead of the fading worldly riches. Psalm 119:14 says I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. Psalm 119:72 says The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. Psalm 119:127 says therefore I love thy commandment above gold; yea, above fine gold. Psalm 119:162 says I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Friend reading this anywhere, as you look at the above beautiful springing well of water, think about how the treasure of knowing Jesus is everlasting as a springing well of water that forever flows to quench our thirst. John 4:13 says Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Like the well of water pictured above that constantly springs forth life, the blessings of Jesus continue forever. John 7:37 says In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Notice the rivers flow, blessing us continually forevermore with the joy of Jesus.
Take time to meditate on the following scriptures that prove that the blessings of knowing Jesus keep getting better and better, continuing forever and ever. I'd rather have Jesus than anything this world has to offer. Proverbs 4:18 tells us But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Psalm 92:13 says Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. Psalm 84:7 says They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. The prophet Isaiah told us that promises of great riches from Jesus are everlasting when he stated at Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
To end up today's bible study, as you all look at the above pictured well of springing water, take time to meditate on the four blessed rivers flowing from paradise or the third heaven where we all will soon be with Jesus forevermore in His blessed kingdom. These four rivers named Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates all represent blessings that flow forevermore to christians who constantly worship the Lord Jesus. Take time to read Genesis 2:10 as Brother Bob defines what these blessed rivers represent. Genesis 2:10 says And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. the name of the first is Pison (Increase where Jesus constantly increases our blessings), that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah (defined as Circle where the blessing of Jesus is all around us), where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good (hallelujah the good gold of Jesus is better than the fading worldly riches); there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon (Bursting Forth) (Jesus gives us exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think) the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel (defined as Rapid showing that Jesus will quickly bless his saints); that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates (defined as fruitfulness where Jesus makes christians fruitful and blessed in every area of their lives).
I pray that this bible study in Jesus name will bless and strengthen all my friends in the many countries that regularly read Brother Bob's book for Jesus. Feel free to contact Brother Bob by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, have a blessed day in Jesus name.