The Missing Rib – How To Study Using A Concordance

Hi Guys. Not much of a response to the first study. Kind of makes me think. Are we already in the prophetic phase where love in this world disappeared. Let me tell you something I learned. There are far more than a million false, deceptive loves in this world. But there is only one love that comes from Heaven, It is pure, untainted, nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. Why do you think Jesus used a woman to teach that lesson about living water. That love your looking for comes only from Jesus. Have you read the Gospels? Did you pick up on that point? Is it making sense now?

Maybe men think they already have the answer. I’ve studied with hundreds of men and women. It’s not uncommon to run across a few people whose main concern it to impress people with the little they know. But after a time, everyone sees through them. It isn’t long before people see, those know it all’s may know maybe five of six answers. They show their real faith and knowledge when they use those same six answers for every subject. They think that is God’s Spirit working in them. But I got news for you. God’s Spirit is Infinite. He never runs out of new things to teach you. I know that for sure. He has been teaching me for over thirty years. Not one day has He every failed to wow and humble me with a new message. That is knowing the Infinite God.

Maybe men don’t need women anymore. Is that why there was no response to the first lesson? Has society today grown to the point — well I don’t want to dwell on that point. But didn’t Jesus tell us to watch out for a time when the world will be just like some evil ancient city that no longer exists? Ummm ….. that would explain a lot of things I’ve been seeing today. A lot of things happening in the world today.

But I don’t see any value in thinking about, much less studying or discussing those subjects. Those are nothing more than distractions designed to waste our time. And guys, we ain’t got time to waste. We got things to build. How is your project from lesson 1 going?

That’s one thing I want to make clear. I found my missing rib. I found my godly woman. And she is far, far more than I ever expected. Can we be honest here for a moment? I got divorced a few years ago. I know how the world slams you around and how this world is going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. It happened to me. I was married to the queen of deception. Oh — that not only hurt… I mean that divorce not only caused more emotional, and physical pain, it cost me a boat load of money, including my house. That’s what that deceptive love will always do. Imagine building up far more than $100,000 in equity in a house and walking away with $3000. You do the math.

I don’t want to dwell on the negative but make a point so I can point out one aspects of that missing rib. When you find her, she will turn that pain into joy. She will help you see and understand lessons you need to learn from your past mistakes. You guys, you have to look for a woman that will understand your past mistakes and learn from them. In this world, your more than likely to find a godly woman who made a few mistakes herself. Now we can look at a warning sign. How does she explain those mistakes? It is a huge flashing red flag when a woman blames those mistakes on someone else, like an ex husband or boy friend. That is a major indication she is looking for someone to feel sorry for her. Because that will never, ever fulfill her needs, she will go out to find someone else to give more of that false love. It is like a meal made up of empty calories. That meal may make you feel okay for a while, but you will have to keep coming back for more.

Look at as your climb up God’s mountain. How is that image of that spiritual mountain shaped in your mind? Is it wide at the bottom and very narrow at the top? Well let me tell you, the higher up you are, the fewer people your gonna see up there. If your looking for your missing rib, that godly woman your praying for, the higher up you are, the fewer choices your gonna have. You know if you go to the base of that mountain there is going to be plenty of choices. But you don’t want that anymore. Isaiah explained it like this.

In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest of all– the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the LORD’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-3 NLTse).

You can read the rest of that chapter yourself. If the Lord doesn’t teach you a half dozen new things out of that story, your not paying attention. Let me tell you a few things about the house I’ve been building. Yes, we can tell people things about the house God has us building. You see, we’ve been there. God taught us a ton of lessons while building that house where Jesus is the corner stone and foundation. But each house is a little different. All those houses being built are in different stages. That’s the way God intended it to be. You can tell people about your house, but not about their house. That would be what we refer to as trespassing. You need an invitation to see what’s inside another person’s home. Otherwise you only see the outside. Are you beginning to understand?

In my house, I’m learning a ton about why God referred to a godly woman as rubies and a treasure. And why God referred to His laws and knowledge as a woman. Don’t forget who wrote about that. David and Solomon may have had more women than we could imagine, but Solomon made it clear, there was only one capable of teaching him what a real woman was. With all the knowledge Solomon had, he didn’t catch on to that lesson until he was old. Maybe too old to do anything with all that knowledge. How can God give one man more wisdom than anyone in the world, and that guy missed one of the most important lessons? Let’s not make the same mistake.

Let’s look at two important aspects of a godly woman. To me the most important are prayer and studying scripture. I’m not talking about knowing half a dozen verses, or watching a few videos on the Internet. I am certainly not talking about sitting in a pew and letting someone study for her, then give a quick overview. No woman in this world will never develop a personal relationship with God through the eyes and thoughts of another person. I’m talking about a spiritual woman who knows God and can’t help but express her love for God. She expresses that love in her actions, moods, and the way she reaches out to nurture and help people. The world calls is motherly instincts. The godly woman knows her love has nothing to do with this world, but comes from Heaven.

God never gave anyone a single gift without giving them the ability to explain where that gift came from, how they received it, and how other people can ask for that gift. God gives the gift of teaching with every spiritual gift. They come as a package deal. Especially with women. A godly woman not only has the ability to share her spiritual gifts, she can’t help but teach other people about those gifts. It is a natural ability attached with every spiritual gift.

Men, the first two gifts you want to look for are prayer and understanding scripture. You’ll find her prayers are not going up to God’s throne, but she is there in front of God’s throne when she prays. She is at God’s throne when she praises Him. A spiritual woman knows how to praise God. She knows how to teach others how to praise God. A spiritual woman is at God’s feet when she pleads for her family. She knows exactly how God gives her the love, compassion, and comfort those around her need. Come on now men, pay attention to those gifts in action in front of your eyes. Study them. Think about them. Learn to appreciate them. They are part of your missing rib. Only a woman from God can show you the feminine side of God He took out of you. If you think a guy can teach you that …. well the answer should be obvious.

How well does a woman of God know scripture? She sees things in scripture most men miss. She sees God’s love and compassion like only a woman can understand. I’ve had my missing rib show be God’s compassion on Jude’s book. I’m man enough to admit, I missed it until she showed it to me and explained what it meant to her. How God can touch her heart in the middle of turmoil. She also explains her trials in life as if they were lessons she had to endure just so God could prepare the perfect woman for me. Yes, in this world a woman of God has to suffer many trials. In this world a godly woman has to learn from those trials, just like Jesus had to learn from the trials He faced. A woman can understand them much better than any man. Why does a woman have to suffer?

God is preparing the perfect woman for you. And after you meet her and fall in love, the enemy is gonna launch attacks you never imagined. Did you ever consider those future trials as a sacrifice? You’d better. God has no choice but to put your woman through unimaginable trials before she meets you, just so she knows exactly what your going through and how to comfort you. I got news for you guys. A woman of God already put in her time and sacrifice. All you can do is dedicate your life and love to her to make up for all the pain she suffered so she could stand at your side and hold you up when you feel like giving up.

Now for the lesson you need to learn. Did you look up that word rib and follow it through the Hebrew dictionary like I told you to? You’ll never understand until you finish that first step. Want to hear what a godly woman taught me? Ever hear of what a lot of people refer to the parable of the sower? You know the one where the farmer is scattering seeds and it falls in all kinds of places? One of those places was on a road, or a path. Want to know what that path represents? Come on now. That farmer was a guy right. And we gotta stick together right. We gotta support each other. That farmer wasn’t stupid. He wasn’t wasting seed on some major highway along side of his field. He was a man and real men take pride in their work. You know that. He is trying to spread that seed in even rows so when it grows up the neighbors will admire his work. That’s what we like to do men. We like to do our work the right way and maybe show off a little bit. That’s part of what we call human nature.

So the farmer goes back and forth in nice even rows. He has a vision of what it will look like when it grows up. That’s what we do whenever we work on any project. That’s what makes us men, our vision. Well everyone seems to have this problem. People cutting through the yard. Some people are senseless and disrespectful. The nicer the yard, the better kept it is, the more inviting it is for people to cut across. That was the path the farmer sowed that seed on in the parable Jesus taught. That path was a short cut people made across his nice field. The man was trying to cover up that path so people stopped using it. So don’t take short cuts. You can look at that parable to find out what happened to that seed.

I know guys love to ignore instructions. They think that’s what real men do. But in this case, that short cut ain’t gonna work. So here are the step by step instructions to look up and study that word rib in Genesis chapter 2.

You’ll notice the word rib is repeated. I explained why in lesson 1. The word ribs has two Strong’s numbers attached to it. Look up both those Hebrew words and follow through the entire sequence. Every time you see a Hebrew word was created from another word, look up that number and read the definition. Do this until you run out of numbers. Then look at that list. Look at the sequence. See what that rib really represents.

Your not done yet. That was only the first step. You’d never put that car together using the screws and leaving off the nuts. Would you? The next thing you want to do is look up a few verses that Hebrew word for ribs is used. You can see a quick list of scripture if your using a paper Concordance. If your using a computer, it takes a few extra steps. I use e-Sword. It is the world’s most popular Bible Study program and best of all, it’s free.

You’ll have to download the KJV+ Bible version. That has the Strong’s numbers in the scripture. You’ll also have to download the Strong’s Concordance. I’ll teach you a little trick I learned. If you ever have trouble on a computer, as an 8 year old for help. Got the computer all fired up and ready to go?

Open the search window in e-Sword. The little icon at the top that looks like a pair of binoculars. In the search window, first one on the left, enter the Strong’s number. H6763. You have to click on the pull down for Bible versions and select the KJV+. Then click the binocular icon in the search window. What do you see?

You’ll see a long list of scripture with of course the Strong’s numbers. It’s a little hard to read. So go to the Bible window, select your favorite Bible version from the tabs at the top. Now go and click on a few of the green verse links in the search window. They will display those verses in the Bible window. Pretty cool hey. Now read a number of those verses and a few of the verses in front of and following them to get a good feeling for the context.

Now I know I could copy and paste my list from the Hebrew dictionary. And I could choose a few verses to show you what I saw. But that’s not the right way to study. That’s not right at all. I would be robbing you of precious time with God’s Spirit. And I’ll never do that.

We are all individuals. We serve an Infinite God who wants nothing more than a personal relationship with you. I refuse to rob you of time alone with God. I could never teach you 1% of what He wants to teach you. We all have our own interests and ministries. We know how God worked with us where we were when we found Him waiting for us. He is doing the same thing here. What you see will help explain your personal ministry. What you read will related directly to the level you’re at with God. I have no way of knowing that. I doubt if you want me to know. So this is something you need to do by yourself. Your not afraid to set out on a road trip on your own. Are you? No! I know you look forward to the adventure. They same is true here. Hey take a look at it. I guarantee you will be walking on clouds for days. See you there.

 

Okay guys, we are going to look at a subject I know is on your mind. I know what God’s Spirit has been telling you to search for since the day you reached the level of maturity where you are able to understand this subject, message, and lesson. What is that missing rib? How do you find that missing rib? What does that missing rib represent?

Think of this as God giving you a 1000 piece jig saw puzzle. Your job is to put that puzzle together to clearly see the whole picture. So this is not going to be a short easy task by no means. Those answers are only going to come by completely dedicating yourself to learning God’s mysteries.

To put this another way men can understand. You just walked into a garage. Inside is a complete car. Every single part of that car is dismantled and spread out over the floor. You have no idea what kind of car it is. But you know it will be a fully functional car after you assemble it. God also supplied every tool you need. God’s Spirit has already given you every tool you need. All you need to do is open draws in that tool box, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Are you ready? Don’t worry about time. God can always make more.

For those of you with skills to build things, here is another example. God gave you the perfect house. It has every item you ever imagined. Plus some surprises you never imagined. This house is beyond your imagination because it comes complete with secret rooms and places to explore even after you built it. The only problem is, all the pieces are delivered to the site and you have to put it together. Because you have the experience to build a home, the first thing you notice is, there are no plans. Where are the blueprints to follow? Well this is where it takes a really close personal relationship with God. He is going to give you step by step instructions on every dimension and detail as you go along. God is not going to get ahead of you. So you can work at your own pace. God will show you how to piece together every corner for added strength. Assemble every piece of roofing, siding, and flashing to protect against the elements. God is going to teach you every detail to put that house together the right way. In addition to providing all the exact dimensions, and the proper process to put it together the right way the first time. There are never any engineering changes with God. You have to love that about Him. God never gave Moses a set of blueprints to build His own house, the Tabernacle. Why would God be any different with your house? God stood with Moses as He explained every detail and process. Here is your chance to have that personal experience.

Now look at that house. You know there are a lot of areas your going to need a hand. You’ll need someone to carry the other side of heavy boards. It helps to have someone to hand you the right tools you need when you need them. Someone to hold boards in place so they are straight and secure when they are nailed. You need another set of hands. Those hands come in the form of a godly woman. Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (Genesis 2:18 NLTse).

Back to the puzzle. The best place to begin in at the corners. They are easier to find and you know where they go. To find that missing rib, the first corner you want to find is a good understanding of God’s Word. You have to possess a general knowledge of God’s laws of context. Based on experience I know, you are already using a few of those laws of context when you study scripture on your own. God already has that foundation built for you. God supplied that car frame in one piece for you. So you know where to begin. TOTAL RELIANCE ON GOD”S WORD. You’ll also have to know God’s Spirit. He is the One who supplied that puzzle, car, or house for you. God’s Spirit provided all the tools you’ll need. Your relationship with HIM is what provides the plans – step by step procedures to finish the project. One thing I know about men is, when they begin a project, they will finish it. Real men are not afraid of a little hard work. We thrive on hard work and love to take a step back to examine our progress. This ain’t gonna be hard. But this will take a lot of dedication and time.

One of the first steps is to find a godly woman. Look at scripture the way God had it recorded. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. (Genesis 2:21 NLTse). Now get rid of every detail the world taught you about this verse. Your not gonna let some simple Joe step into your project as your building that house and let him tell you all kinds of opinions about building that house are you? No! Your gonna listen to God and get it right the first time. Every other man in this world is going to do nothing more than waste your time and delay construction. Accomplish your life dream. Build something right on the first attempt. Learn to follow those step by step instructions God is going to give you.

Adam was asleep. He didn’t see or know a single detail of what was going on until God woke him up. Are you ready to wake up? Then pay attention to what this scripture says. God took something out of Adam. Something is missing in men. Our Infinite God and Creator took something out of Adam, you, and ALL MEN!!!!. Period! End of sentence. Now how can any man explain a single detail about a subject he has been missing his entire life? You can have 1000 men walk in your garage, look at that pile of parts on the floor, and not half of them are gonna know it is a car. But ignorance will never stop a man from doing what they love to do — guess — and share their personal opinions. That’s what real men refer to as human nature. That’s one of the tools God gave you to work with. The mind and intelligence to know if something is from Heaven or this world. Do you know how to use that tool? If not, have a long talk with God and He will teach you amazing things.

This is not going to be a short process. This is not going to be an easy process for any man. 99% of men will give up and go back to the world to look for an easier explanation. Any guy can go into debt and buy a new car or new house. Think about that. In God’s system, you remain debt free. If you choose to take what appears to be the easy route — you may think you are saving time – but you are will get yourself into debt deeper than you can imagine. You’ll always be in debt to the world if you try taking what appears to be the easy route.

For one thing. You know that rib is missing. We know only God can explain why. That curtails a long, long list of lessons. Common sense will tell you who your helper is. Scripture told you that. God gave Adam a woman to help. Could that lesson be any easier to understand? You need a godly woman to help you understand. Without one, you’ll never understand the full story. But now we can go over a few of those skills you’ll need.

It is impossible for men to explain this and well, I’m a guy. So I can only get you started. A woman can explain and confirm what your learning. That’s a small part of her roll. We’ll cover some basics of finding a godly woman, your missing rib later. For now, we have to work on understanding some of the tools God gave you to use. Understanding God’s Word is one of them.

Look back and read Genesis 1 and 2. Pay attention to the order and steps God used to create this world and pay attention. Pray and make sure you have a direct line of communication with God’s Spirit to understand those details. When you look at the steps God followed, you’ll learn a lesson. You’ll see those are not the same steps most people would follow. You can learn lesson 1 in Genesis 1. You’ll also learn one of the laws of context. A very important one telling us to always look back for the answer. Whenever God’s Spirit fills you with a question, a smart guy will know, God already gave the answer. Look back in scripture until you find that answer. It works all the time.

Here is what you have to do on your own to build a better relationship with God so it is easier to listen and understand. God speaks to you through His Word and Spirit. You should know that process well enough to be able to explain it to anyone. Look at how these verse are arranged.

Genesis 2:21-22 NLTse So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. (22) Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

I am going to show you how God provided top quality air tools to make your job much easier. This is so cool. When you understand this law of context, you’ll understand what Jesus was teaching here. The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8 NLTse).

Look at Genesis 2:21-22. See the words God repeated? He repeated the word rib. Men who rely on the world think they know what that means. They think they have the answer. They convince themselves it is a simple answer. They get together and brag about how easy it was to understand those two verses. You don’t want guys like like anywhere near your projects. Those are the kind of guys who are gonna use a hammer to help you put that car together and use a half in socket wrench as a hammer to help you work on the house. They have no concept of air tools. You don’t want those guys around.

This is how God’s Spirit works. He taps you on the shoulder to get you to notice that word rib was repeated. It is called the law of repetition where inspired writers repeat key spiritual words to get your attention. We know there are a lot of different Bible translations available and God saw that coming. So when He had His Bible recorded, God had all His inspired authors follow the law of repetition. It’s in all the books from Genesis to Revelation. Check it out for yourself. Don’t take my word. I’m just a simple guy with at least one missing part – just like you.

Those key spiritual words can be the same, similar, and related words. This covers the use of all the different kinds of Bible translations. As long as the translation was true to the original Hebrew and Greek, this law works great. This law goes way past translations and includes every language in the world. You know how God, the Master Designer plans ahead. I wish we could be like that. But this is what these lessons will teach you. A side of God you never knew before.

Here is the first simple assignment. The first step in the learning process. Get together with God’s Spirit and look up one word. You can do that can’t you? You can look up one word to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Look up the word RIB. This is going to take you to a whole new level of understanding. You’ll see, when God wants to WOW you, He doesn’t fool around.

You can use a Bible program or a Concordance. Now just don’t rely on this one verse to show you what a rib means. Look at some of the other verses that Hebrew word is used. And be prepared to learn the unexpected. Then let me know if any of you knew this before. I have to be honest. I had no idea until a God sent me a woman to show me.

If your working on a Bible program on a computer, you’ll need to search the Strong’s word number in the Bible version with Strong’s numbers. Look at those other verses that Hebrew word is used in and let me know what God’s Spirit showed you.