Sunday, January 25, 2015
Friend reading this anywhere, today Brother Bob will show you how to become one of the few less than the least of all the saints and enter the kingdom of God through the strait gate. We see the above picture at Matthew 7:13 that says 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. Friends, I encourage you to become one of these few blessed saints entering the strait gate to heaven because the multitude is going in the wrong direction.
To become one of these few blessed saints to enter the strait gate of the kingdom deny yourself and let people see the Lord Jesus in your life. Pictured above, lets all agree with John the Baptist and say at John 3:30 He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease. A true preacher of Jesus will not exalt or promote himself. A true preacher will deny himself and tell everyone to exalt the Lord Jesus only. Right now, Brother Bob says to exalt the Lord Jesus only and get saved by confessing Jesus as God and believing that Jesus died for you, was buried, and rose again.
The Apostle Paul told us at 2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. Paul told us by this scripture that it is wrong for preachers to promote themselves as people praise and worship any man of God. Paul could have boasted in his education and degrees that he had in the Jewish religion. But, let's all be like Paul and choose to say I am less than the least of all the saints and only the Lord Jesus should be exalted.
Take time to read the following blessed scriptures and learn how Paul denied himself so only the Lord Jesus could be exalted. Paul said at Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Notice that Paul chose to say I am less than the least of all the saints so that only the Lord Jesus could be exalted. Right now along with Paul and Brother Bob say I am less than the least of all the saints as you exalt and only praise the Lord Jesus.
Paul also said at 1 Timothy 1:15 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. Like Paul let's all realize that we also are the chief of all sinners saved by grace and that only the Lord Jesus should be exalted. The bible says that when we are in our best states, it is altogether vanity. Psalm 39:5 tells us Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee; verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Only Jesus was perfect and had no sin. Hebrews 2:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.
Pictured above we see that when the prophet Isaiah was in the presence of a thrice Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, Isaiah realized his wickedness and helplessness as one of the few less than the least of all the saints. This caused Isaiah pictured above to open and point to his mouth, telling a seraphim right here, please place a live coal on my unclean lips to purify my sinfulness. My inspiration for this writing today came from my friend Jay the waiter at the Cracker Barrel restaurant who upon hearing this story about Isaiah opened and pointed to his mouth saying right here Lord Jesus; purify my unclean lips and sinfulness.
Friends reading this anywhere, like Jay, let's all open and point to our mouths saying right here Lord Jesus; purify my unclean lips and sinfulness. The story about the above picture is at Isaiah 6:1 and says In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood seraphims, each one had six wings, with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another and said Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of Him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me, for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips for mine eyes have sen the King, the Lord of Hosts.
Isaiah 6:6 goes on to say Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Wow, what a blessing it was for Isaiah to open his mouth and allow a seraphim to touch his lips with a live coal to remove his sin.
Like Isaiah, let's all realize our wickedness and helplessness as we exalt the thrice holy presence of our Lord Jesus. Let's become the few less than the least of all the saints as we exalt our thrice Holy Lord Jesus like the four beasts at Revelation 4:8. Make sure you tell a Jehovah witness that if the Father is Holy, and the Son Jesus is Holy, and the Spirit is Holy as the Holy Ghost, which one is not Holy? Tell him that since the Father, the Son Jesus, and the Spirit are all Holy and one, Jesus is the Holy God.
Notice the following three scriptures in the bible that say the Father is Holy, the Son Jesus is Holy, and the Spirit is Holy as the Holy Ghost. Jesus said at John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, for these are in the world, and I come to thee Holy Father. Acts 4:30 says that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy Holy child Jesus. Finally Luke 12:12 says For the Holy Ghost (Spirit) shall teach you the same hour what you ought to say. Truly our Lord Jesus is a thrice Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty which was, and is, and is to come. What a blessed sight it will soon be to see the four beasts in the kingdom forevermore saying day and night without rest Lord Jesus you are the Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty which was, and is, and is to come, as we all as the few less than the least of all the saints lay our crowns down before the Lord Jesus.
To close out my bible study today, Brother Bob says to my few friends who are the less than the least of all the saints, are you willing to be one of the few labourers to win lost souls to our Lord Jesus in God's great harvest. Notice that Jesus said at Luke 10:2 The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest. Jesus told Brother Bob to post the help wanted picture above and tell saints everywhere that Jesus pays good wages of peace and joy to all those that are willing to win lost souls to our Lord Jesus in this great harvest. Proverbs 19:17 promises He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again. Notice when you pity and not pay the poor, you are on God's timeclock and God pays you for your good labour.
Remember, to be an effective witness to win souls to our Lord Jesus, ask people you care about and also your enemies everywhere How do you get to heaven? Most people will say pray, get baptized, go to church, and be a good person. Tell them this won't get you to heaven. Then tell them the only way to get to heaven is to confess Jesus as God and believe in your heart the gospel (that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again). It takes Jesus and not our good works to get us to heaven. John 17:3 says And this is life eternal (how to be saved with everlasting life), that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Notice John 17:3 says to be saved you must know (not just know about) a person named Jesus Christ who is the only true God.
Make sure you witness Jesus to all people because when someone dies, we will feel guilty if we didn't tell that person how to be saved and go to heaven. Be a watchman and warn people that they need to be saved so the blood is not on your hands. Take time to read Ezekial 3:20-21 that says Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live; because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
Also, notice in the second picture above that to receive white raiment (garments) in heaven where our names are not blotted out of the book of life we must be like the few less than the least of all the saints at the church of Sardis who proclaimed Jesus as the worthy Lamb of God. Revelation 3:4 says Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy (they were worthy because they denied themselves and proclaimed Jesus as God). He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life; but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Finally, notice that God always chooses to bless the fewest groups of people like the nation of Israel in the old testament. Deuteronomy 7:7 tells us The Lord did not set His love upon you (the nation of Israel), nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people, for ye were the fewest of all people. And now today the church represents Israel as the few less than the least of all the saints who Jesus has chosen to bless. Remember Mark 10:31 says But many that are first shall be last, and the last (not many but few) first. In Jesus name, let us all be the few less than the least of all the saints blessed to enter the strait gate of heaven as God's blessed children forevermore.
As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies that I pray in Jesus name give great peace and strength to all those who read them forevermore. 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. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS
Everyone reading this anywhere, let's all be like the man pictured above and have importunity by constantly asking our friend Jesus to bless us daily. Jesus will see our importunity and persistent requests as faith and give us our requests. Remember, Jesus considers importunity or constant persistent requests as faith that He blesses. The more we ask Jesus for any Godly thing, the more our faith will increase as we praise Jesus. Hebrews 11:6 tells us But without faith it is impossible to please Him (Jesus); for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (notice that Jesus rewards people that diligently and persistently seek Him over and over again).
Now some people say if you pray something more than once you have no faith. This is wrong and does not agree with the bible because Jesus Himself prayed the same words of a prayer three times over and over again in the garden of Gethsemane. Matthew 26:44 says And He (Jesus) left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Now, if the Lord Jesus prayed the same words of a prayer three times, don't stop praying for your blessings, and Jesus will bless your faith and grant your requests. Right now be like Jacob and say Genesis 32:26 Jesus I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.Keep saying daily Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ and all my troubles, fears, and worries have been crucified and destroyed by Jesus at the cross and the blood of Jesus that covers me devil has overcome you.
Pictured above we see a woman with an issue of blood and a man named Zacchaeus who were both determined to reach Jesus by going through and around a crowd. The woman with an issue of blood went through a crowd to touch Jesus' garment and was healed by faith. Zacchaeus went around instead of through a crowd by climbing a sycomore tree to see Jesus by faith, and was blessed to have Jesus visit his home. Friends, let's be like this woman and Zacchaeus and go through and around any troubles in this world to reach Jesus and receive our blessings by faith. Luke 1:53 says He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away. Matthew 5:6 promises Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Mark 5:25 tells us about the woman with the issue of blood and says And a certain woman which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. When she heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched His garment. for she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Notice that this woman was focused on Jesus as the object of her faith and not any church building, preacher, or doctor. She knew that only Jesus could heal her infirmity. She was determined to get to Jesus through any crowd no matter how tired she was. This woman would not quit. Remember, God blesses people who do not quit like this woman. As a result, this woman was healed of her twelve year sickness. Let's all be like this woman who got healed as she believed Jesus' promise 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.
Now as you look at the train above, notice that before someone feels a blessing, they must first have faith to believe a fact that Jesus is the blessing. First the woman with the issue of blood believed by faith the fact at 1 Peter 2:24 that by Jesus' stripes she would be healed. Next, as she touched Jesus' garment by faith, then she felt in her body that she was healed. Faith in Jesus occurred first before feeling. I pray in Jesus name, Lord Jesus let all my friends everywhere like this woman first have faith to touch the hem of Jesus' garment and then they will feel that they are healed and blessed.
Now also notice that Jesus knew that this one woman among a multitude touched the hem of His garment by faith. Jesus' disciples said at Mark 5:31 Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? There were a lot of elbows touching Jesus in the crowd thronging Him, but Jesus knew that this one blessed little woman touched Him by faith. Like this woman, Jesus will know when we touch Him by faith and let us feel blessed and healed.
Many people have it backwards and say they need to feel and see their blessings and healings before they believe Jesus by faith to get saved. But like the woman with the issue of blood, we all must first touch Jesus by faith, and then Jesus will bless us to know and feel that we are saved and healed. Ephesians 2:8 says For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
For my final two examples today of people who prayed until something happened, we see pictured above Elisha who received a double portion of Elijah's spirit, and Elijah's servant who saw a little cloud the size of a man's hand. In the first picture, Elisha received Elijah's mantle and a double portion of Elijah's spirit because he kept following Elijah to Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho, and Jordan. Elisha would not quit and was determined to follow Elijah and receive a double portion blessing.
Every time Elijah told Elisha to tarry or remain in a city, Elisha said at 2 Kings 2:6 As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. As a result, Elisha saw Elijah get caught up to heaven in a chariot of fire and received a double portion blessing to do twice as many miracles as Elijah did. Let's all be like Elisha and keep following Jesus daily to be blessed with peace that passeth understanding. Jesus promised at John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you; Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Finally, Elijah kept praying seven times until something happened and God created a little cloud the size of a man's hand to bring rain after a drought of three and a half years. Elijah kept praying for rain even when his servant said for six times there is no rain. And even when Elijah's servant said there is only a little cloud like a man's hand, Elijah kept believing that this little cloud could bring rain. God honored Elijah's faith and caused the heaven to be black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.
As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies that I pray in Jesus name will bless my friends everywhere with great peace. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at email@example.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.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Today, as we look at the picture above, Brother Bob asks all my friends everywhere are you building your house upon the Rock who is the Lord Jesus? The monks in the monastery pictured above literally built their house on a Rock with access only by an aerial tramway. Friend reading this anywhere, Jesus is the only foundation Rock that standeth sure that will not fall. If you've tried everything else in life, why not try Jesus today? I guarantee you that Jesus will deliver your life from all the troubles of this world. Right now get saved and confess everywhere that Jesus is God and believe that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again. Take time to study the following bible scriptures below that prove that Jesus is the Rock and only foundation that won't fall and bless your lives with everlasting peace.
1 Corinthains 10:4 proclaims And that Rock was Christ. If we trust daily for Jesus to be our Rock and foundation, we will not fall and the gates of hell will not prevail against us. Jesus promised this at Matthew 7:24 that says Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a Rock (Jesus); And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell not for it was founded upon a Rock (Jesus). Also Jesus said at Matthew 16:18 And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this Rock (Jesus) I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
King David asked a question at Psalm 3:11 saying If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Be encouraged friends no one will ever destroy the foundation for all saints who is our Lord Jesus. This is proven by the following scriptures. 1 Corinthians 3:11 tells us Jesus is the foundation and says For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:20 also states that Jesus Christ is the chief corner or foundation stone. Finally, 2 Timothy 2:19 says Nevertheless the foundation of God (Jesus) standeth sure (defined as immovable that no one can destroy) having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are His. And let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Note also that the prophet Isaiah proclaimed our Lord Jesus to be an everlasting Rock or the Rock of Ages. Brother Bob always wanted to know where in the bible it says that Jesus was the everlasting Rock of Ages to all generations because I've always loved the hymn Rock of Ages. Jesus showed Brother Bob that Rock of Ages appears in the bible at Isaiah 26:4 that says Trust in the Lord forever; For in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength (note that the word strength in hebrew is defined as Rock). Our English bibles say the Lord Jesus is everlasting strength. But the correct hebrew wording for Isaiah 26:4 is the Lord JEHOVAH (Jesus) is an everlasting Rock or Rock of Ages. Jesus truly is our Rock of Ages.
Take time to left click the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y66kqE7nDw8 to watch a blessed video of children from Australia singing Rock of Ages. I pray in Jesus name that as anyone watches this video that peace, strength, and joy will fill every area of their lives. Take time to read the blessed words below of the hymn Rock of Ages about our Lord Jesus.
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee, Let the water and the blood from thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure; Not the labor of my hands can fulfill thy laws demands, Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone, Thou must save and thou alone;
Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to the cross I cling, Naked, come to thee for dress, Helpless look to thee for grace, Foul, I to the fountain fly, Wash me, Saviour,or I die, While I draw this fleeting breath, When mine eyes shall close in death, When I soar to worlds unknown, See thee on thy judgment throne; Rock of Ages, Cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee.
For our next anointed revelation, pictured above we see that only the Lord Jesus changes not and is the same yesterday, to day, and for ever. Stay with the Lord Jesus who changes not and meddle not with them given to change. Malachi 3:6 says For I am the Lord, I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Finally Psalm 119:89 says For ever O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven.
The bible tells us to ask for the old paths and Ancient of Day Jesus that does not change and tells us not to meddle with them that are given to change. 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 says My son fear thou the Lord and the King, and meddle not with them that are given to change. Finally, Jeremiah 2:36 says Why gaddest (defined as roamed) thou about so much to change thy way?
Brother Bob says if it's new it's not true and if it's true it's not new. I encourage all my friends to read KJV bibles and not new translated NIV (new idiot versions that deny the diety or Lordship of Jesus Christ). Truly the best version of a bible to read is the actual hebrew translation of the old testament and the actual greek translation of the new testament. You can find hebrew and greek translations of every word of the bible at the website blueletterbible where you can type in any word in the bible and click a Strong's number by the word to see the hebrew or greek translation of that word.
For our final anointed revelation pictured above let's all say the words of Jesus at Revelation 1:18 I am He that liveth, and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Some people say that sinners send themselves to hell. This is incorrect because if a sinner could find hell, that sinner couldn't get into hell because Jesus has the keys to hell. Jesus as the Judge decides where we go when we leave this earth. Matthew 10:28 warns us And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him (Jesus) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Now friend reading this, remember that repentance is important to avoid going to hell. Repentance is defined as not doing the sins of your past life before you knew the Lord Jesus. For most people this is to stop doing drugs, alcohol, and sexual immorality. Jesus warned us at Luke 13:3 Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Also, The rich man Dives in hell told Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brothers so they could repent and avoid hell. We must repent to avoid hell. The rich man Dives in hell said at Luke 16:30 Nay, Father Abraham but if one went unto them (his five brothers) from the dead, they will repent. Dives said repentance will keep anyone out of hell.
Now don't feel guilty if you sin friend because the blood of Jesus will cleanse you daily from all sin. But, don't continue in sin. Try daily to stop sinning for the wages of sin is death according to Romans 6:23. Romans 6:1 says Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound. God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein. Crucify your sinful nature daily by saying Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ and say daily devil I am covered by the blood of the Lamb Jesus that overcame you and as in the days of Egypt all evil must pass over me.
As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies that I pray in Jesus name bless multitudes of people everywhere with great peace. 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. Until we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
For today's bible study we will see how God kept Jesus' grandparents alive so Jesus could be born and die on the cross to free all saints from their sins. All of Jesus' grandparents are listed at Matthew 1:1-16. The devil from the beginning of time tried many times to kill Jesus' grandparents before they had children to prevent Jesus from being born. God would not allow any grandparent to be killed by the devil with no children because Jesus had to be born, die on the cross and free all saints from their sins. Take time to read below several close calls where the devil almost stopped Jesus from being born by killing Jesus' grandparents before they had children. But, every time the devil failed to stop one of Jesus' grandparents from being born.
First, pictured above we see one of Jesus' grandmothers named Tamar who survived being burnt to death by Judah before having one of Jesus' grandfathers named Pharez. Take time to read Genesis 38 to learn about Tamar and the following story. Judah had three sons named Er, Onan, and Shelah by the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shuah. Judah took Tamar to be the wife of Er. After Er died, Judah told Onan to go to Tamar and have children. After Onan refused and died, Judah promised Tamar that he would send the third son Shelah to her to have children.
But when Judah failed to send Shelah and jilted or rejected Tamar, Tamar dressed as a harlot and had Judah come to her to have children. Tamar said she would allow Judah into her home if Judah gave her a kid from the flock of his sheep. As a pledge that Judah promised to give Tamar a kid, Judah gave Tamar his signet ring, bracelets, and staff.
Now Judah did not realize that Tamar became pregnant with his children Pharez and Zarah. When Judah learned that Tamar was pregnant with children, he requested that the prostitute Tamar be burned to death. Pictured above we see that Tamar showed Judah his signet ring on a string, bracelets, and staff, proving that Judah was the father of her soon to be born sons named Pharez and Zarah. As a result, Judah did not burn Tamar to death before Pharez (Jesus' grandfather) was born so Jesus could be born years later.
The bible speaks about the above story at Genesis 38:24 and says And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child in whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child; and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet (ring), and bracelets, and staff. And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more (allowing Tamar to live and give birth to Pharez who was Jesus' grandfather).
Second, pictured above we see another grandparent of Jesus named Rahab the harlot who God kept alive along with her husband Salmon, as all the people of Jericho were killed by Joshua and his soldiers. The reason God kept Rahab the harlot and her husband Salmon alive was so that they could have a son named Boaz who would marry a Moabite woman named Ruth and become the grandparents of our Lord Jesus.
Take time to read Joshua 2 and Joshua 6 to learn about Rahab and the following story. Before Joshua went to destroy all the people of Jericho, he sent spies to view Jericho. Rahab the prostitute feared God and protected these spies by hiding them on her roof. Eventually, the spies left Rahab's home by climbing down a scarlet thread from her window pictured above. These spies told Rahab to leave the scarlet thread in her window so Joshua and his soldiers would know to not harm any person in Rahab's home when Jericho was conquered. When Joshua took over Jericho, every person of Jericho was killed except Rahab, Salmon, and everyone else in Rahab's home.
Now note that Rahab's home was attached to the wall of the city of Jericho. When Joshua and his soldiers circled the wall of Jericho seven times, the wall of the city did not crumble but fell straight down into the ground. Hebrews 11:30 says By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down (defined as sunk into the ground below and did not crumble) after they were compassed about seven days. Every part of the wall of Jericho sunk into the ground except the portion of the wall that was attached to Rahab's house.
Note that in the 1950's, an archeologist named Kathleen Kenyon discovered the walls of Jericho that had sunk into the ground. What was so incredible is that Kathleen Kenyon also discovered Rahab's home attached to a wall above the ground that had not sunk into the ground. This is proof that God kept Rahab and Salmon alive so that Boaz could be born as Jesus' grandparent and Jesus could be born years later.
Note also that it was the faith of this blessed prostitute named Rahab that kept her husband Salmon alive because she feared God by hiding Joshua's spies. Also, note that everywhere in the bible where Rahab is mentioned, the bible calls Rahab a harlot except in one place. The only place where Rahab is not called a harlot is in the listing of Jesus' grandparents at Matthew 1:5 because when any person is mentioned with Jesus, the blood of Jesus removes all the sins of that person. Rahab is just called Rahab with Jesus and is no longer remembered as a prostitute harlot. Revelation 1:5 promises Unto Him (Jesus), that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
You might say Brother Bob why are there sinners and four crooked branches in the family tree of Jesus in Matthew 1 who are Tamar, a jilted jew, Rahab, a pagan harlot, Bathsheba, a mistress jew, and Ruth a widowed Moabite? The answer to this question can be found where Jesus said at Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Thank you Lord Jesus for keeping only a pagan harlot named Rahab and her family alive at Jericho to have a son named Boaz who had a son named Obed who had a son named Jesse whose son was King David who were all the grandparents of our Lord Jesus.
Pictured above we see another example where God through Isaiah's prophecy allowed Hezekiah to recover from a sickness and live an extra 15 years so that Manasseh could be born as a grandparent to our Lord Jesus. If Hezekiah did not live these extra 15 years, Manasseh would not have been born as the grandparent of Jesus. This is because 2 Kings 21:1 says that Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign after Hezekiah's death. This proves that Manasseh was born during the 15 extra years that Hezekiah lived on this earth.
2 Kings 20:1 talks about the above picture and says In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he (Hezekiah) turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. As a result, Isaiah told Hezekiah at 2 Kings 20:6 that he would live an extra 15 years.
These extra 15 years allowed Manasseh to be born so Jesus could be born years later. Now the bible says at 2 Chronicles 33:6 that Manasseh caused his own children to pass through the fire (killing his own children) as he used enchantments, witchcraft, dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards as he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke Him to anger.
But later during Manasseh's life after the King of Assyria bound him with fetters and carried him to Babylon, Manasseh repented, as God forgave and blessed him. The other day a person asked Brother Bob if a child molester (which Brother Bob says is sin and will be punished without repentance) can be forgiven by Jesus. My answer was if Manessah was forgiven after burning his own children to death, any child molester will be forgiven if they repent and make Jesus Lord of their life, believing Jesus died for them on the cross, was buried, and rose again.
Friend reading this anywhere, if God can forgive Manasseh for his sins of witchcraft, killing his own children, and using enchantments, Jesus can forgive you right now if you repent and stop sinning. Anyone like Manasseh who repents and gets saved by confessing Jesus as God and believing the gospel will become a new creature and be blessed on this earth as Jesus forgets their sins. 2 Corinthians 5:17 promises Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation). Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
Take time to read below how Manasseh was forgiven of his sins and lived to be one of Jesus' blessed grandparents. 2 Chronicles 33:11 says Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captain of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And prayed unto Him, and he was intreated of Him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord He was God.
OK, for our last example of one of Jesus' grandparents that survived we see six year old Joash pictured above proclaimed by the priest Jehoiada to be king before the wicked queen Athaliah. 2 Kings 11 tells us that the daughter of the witch Jezebel named Athaliah became queen after she thought she killed all the male babies who could become king. But, a woman named Jehosheba hid baby Joash for six years from Athaliah.
After six years, Jehosheba's husband named Jehoiada the priest proclaimed Joash to be king in front of Athaliah. Then Jehoiada had Athaliah killed in the horse gate. The old hag or nag named Athaliah was killed at the horse gate. Wow, it's a blessing that baby Joash survived to be pronounced a king at 6 years of age so he could become Jesus' grandfather and Jesus could be born years later.
Friend reading this anywhere, if God protected every grandparent related to our Lord Jesus, Jesus will protect every person that becomes a saved adopted child of God by confessing Jesus as God and believing in their hearts that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again. I claim in Jesus name that when every saint reading this says John 15:11 they will receive joy and strength that remains and is full and overflowing. Jesus said at John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
You see since the joy of the Lord is your strength according to Nehemiah 8:10, John 15:11 really says The joy and strength of Jesus will remain in you that your joy and strength will be full. Friends memorize John 15:11 and say it daily to receive strength to be blessed every day of your lives. Believe and say daily thank you Lord Jesus that your joy and strength remain in me that my joy and strength may be full and overflowing.
As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies. Feel free to contact Brother Bob anytime at email@example.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.