Welcome to Empowered Bible Study Ministries

Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

Please click on the link to the left under 'Empowered Bible Studies' for the Bible Study you would like to view.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Store up Heavenly Treasures

Esther 1:3-4 "that in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his officials and servants--the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him-- 4 when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all." (NKJV) ~

In the ancient times, rulers used lavish banquets to secure the loyalty of their leadership, to lay plans and strategies for ruling the nation, and for launching military campaigns. This lavish banquet went on for 180 days - wow, can you imagine having a party for six months! It is said that he was planning a military move during these six months and now as we look at verse five the plans are made Xerxes is ready to celebrate their plans and the great power of the empire. This celebration went for seven days. But it was not just for the leaders, it was for all in Susa - the great and the small.

Notice in verses six through eight how the king in his pride displayed his vast wealth and dazzling luxury. Linen, silver, marble and other costly stones are known to have been used in Persia, Blue and white were the royal colors as we see in Esther 8:15. The guests were allowed to drink as much or as little of the royal wine as they desired. So while the men were enjoying their banquet we see in verse nine Queen Vashti - King Xerxes wife had a separate banquet for the wives. King Xerxes was a man of enormous wealth whose life was one of extravagance, pleasure and luxury. Being prideful as he was, he boasted in showing off his wealth and in demonstrating his authority and power over others. My friend, Scripture tells us in: Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”

What we do with the treasures God gives us is what is important. Instead of boasting about what we have and flaunting it in front of others, we should use our treasures to Glorify God. There are a lot of people who are hurting, whether it is due to health issues or financial problems due to this economy. If we can help financially or by just giving an ear to listen to someone who needs encouragement, we need to seek what God wants us to do.
Remember, Pride does not get us anywhere. Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Study of Esther

Today we are starting our study on the book of Esther. The first chapter is basically setting the scene; it is the background as to how Esther came to be in a prominent position to deliver the Jewish people from annihilation.

Let us open our Bible to Esther 1:1-2 "Now it took place in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces, in those days as King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne which was at the citadel in Susa".

King Ahasuerus, who is better known to us in history as Xerxes which is the Greek form of the name. He ruled the Persian Empire for 21 years from 485 to 465 B.C. He inherited the great empire of Persia from his father, Darius I (520-486 B.C.) and his grandfather, Cyrus the Great (550-530 B.C.). Persia was the largest empire ever formed through military conquest. It says in scripture he reigned over 127 provinces, from India to Ethiopia. “India” corresponds to present-day West Pakistan; “Cush” was a term for the upper Nile region which included present-day southern Egypt, all of Sudan, and northern Ethiopia.
As we see here, King Ahasuerus/Xerxes is ruling from the fortress city of Susa, which was the winter palace of the kingdom. Susa was located in territory held by modern Iran, just across the border from modern Iraq. When you look at a map, you can see how vast this empire is. Enough about the history - but this is important to show the power and lifestyle of King Ahasuerus/Xerxes and to show the vastness of his empire and his wealth so that you get an idea of who he is and the power that he has. We will continue our study in our next post ~ thank you for joining me in this wonderful study of Esther. God bless

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Faithful Commitment

It is so wonderful when you study God's word and see how He has worked in the lives of the people in scripture to fulfill His purpose. It shows us how God works in every facet of our lives to accomplish His will.

We saw as we studied the book of Ruth that God worked in the life of Naomi, even when she was discouraged and down God was still working to redeem her. We saw how Ruth and Boaz were brought together by the providence of God and became the parents of Obed who was the grandfather of King David.

Next we are starting the book of Esther and will see how God worked in the life of a young Jewish girl Hadassah who was placed in a position to prevent the annihilation of her entire nation. Hadassah is better known by her Persian name: Esther. We are going from the quiet Jewish village to a bustling Gentile city. One thing that we can be encouraged of is that God is always at work on behalf of His people whether they live in a small town or in a big city it doesn't matter He is there with you. Ruth and Esther lived in different worlds, but the same God was present and at work in their lives just as he works in our life.

I pray you enjoyed our study of Ruth and join me as we start the wonderful book of Esther.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lord, Lead my Life

The book of Ruth may be a small book with only four chapters, but it is a powerful book. It reveals the providence of God and how He works in our lives every day even when we don't know it. And It is a wonderful picture of Jesus Christ our kinsman-redeemer.

Chapter 1: Ruth follows Naomi to Bethlehem against the wishes of Naomi. Naomi is feeling empty and feels as if the Lord has dealt bitterly with her. Here we see the consequences of not following the will of God. But God even uses our bad choices to glorify his name. God was working in the life of Naomi and Ruth from the very beginning - working behind the scene to fulfill his plan.

Chapter 2; Ruth goes to glean in the fields to bring in food and the Lord leads her to the field of Boaz. Ruth does not know who Boaz is. Boaz discovers Ruth gleaning in his field and invites her to glean only at his field and provides protection for her. She learns that Boaz is a kinsman.
God has been working behind the scene the whole time bringing Ruth to the field of Boaz and Boaz coming to his field at the time Ruth was gleaning.

Chapter 3; Is the turning point, where Naomi instructs Ruth on how to present herself as a bride to her kinsman redeemer. Boaz accepts the marriage proposal and assures Ruth she will be redeemed whether it be the nearer kinsman or he himself.

Chapter 4: God's plan revealed. The nearer kinsman refuses to redeem Naomi and Ruth. Boaz takes on the responsibility of being the kinsman redeemer. We see a son born who becomes the kinsman redeemer for Naomi and Ruth and to their descendants after they are dead. An example of God giving His son Jesus Christ as our kinsman redeemer. We see the genealogy of David for which we see the genealogy of Christ.

My friend, This is the final chapter of Ruth, and God writes the final chapter of our life also. Will he find us faithful as he did Ruth? Too many of God's people are content to live in chapter 2, picking up the leftovers and doing the best they can in their difficult situation. Even though they can see that they are receiving more than they deserve they end up concentrating on the gifts rather than the Giver of the Gifts. If we don't wake up and stop focusing on the gifts and get our minds and hearts on the Giver of the gifts we will miss opportunities in our lives. Naomi missed an opportunity in her life to bring her daughter-in-law Orpah to Christ and she almost missed this glorious redemption by asking Ruth to return to her family in Moab. Praise the Lord that He is working behind the scene and that Ruth through her commitment chose to follow. Will you follow Christ and live a life committed to Him?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Restorer of Life

We see the women of Bethlehem who had witnessed Naomi's emptiness when she returned to Bethlehem back in Ruth chapter one are now praising God that Naomi has received a kinsman-redeemer.

Ruth 4:14-17 shows how this God-given child, Obed was a blessing. Notice the words the women said: "Blessed be the Lord". Their praise was not to Boaz and Ruth, but to the Lord Himself because they knew it was the Lord who had given the child as a kinsman-redeemer to Naomi and the future descendants of the family.

Look at verse 15 it says, the child was to be a "restorer of life" to Naomi; he was to renew and sustain her in her old age. Naomi came back to Bethlehem feeling empty and now the Lord has redeemed her and blessed her with a grandson who would help meet her needs and would one day inherit the family land and keep her family’s name going.

We have seen the providence of God working in the lives of this family throughout the book of Ruth. Now we see the most wonderful thing that happened to Boaz and Ruth and their son, Obed: they were appointed by God to be a part of the chosen line of King David. This meant that they were the ancestors of the Promised Seed and Savior, the Messiah and Redeemer of the world.

My friend, God continually works behind the scenes in our lives also. Just as God gave Obed to be a restorer of life, God has given his only son, Jesus Christ to be the restorer of our life, to redeem us.

Ruth 4:14-17 "Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him." 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, "There is a son born to Naomi." And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David." (NKJV)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

From Despair to Hope

When Boaz redeemed Ruth, the people broke out in prayer for him, Ruth, and their future family. Ruth 4:11-12.

My friend, it is because of Christ's redemption that we are stirred to pray, giving thanks to Him for redeeming us. Boaz fulfilled his promise: As we see in verse 13 Boaz becomes the Kinsman- Redeemer, marries Ruth and they conceive a child. ~ Ruth 4:13

Notice the answer to prayer - (Ruth 4:11 The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel) Ruth was barren she had not conceived a child with her late husband Mahlon. God opened her womb and she conceived a child with Boaz just as God opened the wombs of Leah and Rachel. God gave her a son; a son was very important at this time period as it was through the son that a house is built, it was very important to carry on the family name.

What wonderful changes came into Ruth's life: She went from:
- loneliness to fulfilled
- toil to rest
- poverty to wealth
- worry to assurance
- despair to hope
She was no longer - Ruth the Moabitess - the past was gone
She was now - Ruth the wife of Boaz - a new beginning
She was the mother of Obed - God's gift and source of blessing - redeemer

When we become a Christian, our past is wiped clean and we have a new life - new beginnings. It doesn't mean that we don't suffer the consequences of our past, but God gave His son, Jesus Christ as our gift our redeemer. Through Him we are seen as clean. We take off the grave-clothes of our old life and put on the grace-clothes of our new life. The Robe of Righteousness, the robe of Salvation.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sealed the Deal

Boaz and his relative sealed the deal by taking off his sandal and giving it to Boaz as we see in Ruth 4: 7-10.

In ancient history, the law for transferring or redeeming property was finalized when the owner removed his sandal and gave it to the other party. Because the other relative had rightful ownership as the closest kinsman-redeemer he had to give up his rights by taking off his sandal and giving it to Boaz - which gave Boaz the right of ownership. Then immediately to complete the transaction Boaz called upon the witnesses to confirm the transaction of redemption (4:9-10). He turned to the ten elders and to the people standing around witnessing the scene, calling upon them to be witnesses to the legal transaction. He then itemized exactly what he was redeeming.

1. Bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, from the hand of Naomi.
2. Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, acquired as his wife in order to keep alive the family name and family property

Once Boaz had finished calling upon the elders to be a witness, they joyfully responded "We are witnesses". Then they gave a beautiful prayer and blessing upon Ruth and Boaz, for which we will examine further in our next post.