God uses backdoors to work in a person’s life that loves Him. There’s a hear-say saying that it goes like this “When God closes the doors, He opens the windows.” In this article, when God closed the doors, He opens the backdoor. God uses backdoors to promote, forgive, heal, bless, save, and touch a person’s life with greater changes a mere human can do, but only God can do, yeah He works in mysterious ways. His ways are not man’s ways.
1. Sick with 4 friends that made a hole on the roof.
The sick received the healing. There are numerous people there that needs healing filled up the house but only one got healed because of the backdoor that’s the roof of someone’s else house. We don’t know if the owner of the house got angry and demanded payment for his roof, it was not mentioned neither anything about him, but the one that got healed (even has no faith of his own but used his 4 friend’s faith) was mentioned.
Mark 2:4 NIV
“Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.”
Read the whole chapter of Mark Chapter 2 to understand the context. Check also Luke 5:19 NIV as parallel passage.
2. Great faith of the centurion.
The Lord never needs to get to the home of the centurion but got the centurion’s servant to be healed. We know from here that the centurion’s servant is a good one since he got his master’s attention when he got sick. Something owners of houses should do with their helpers nowadays.
Matthew 8 NIV
“The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
3. Gideon Before Gideon 300.
Judges 6:11 NIV
“The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.”
Before promotion of Gideon to Gideon and His 300 bravest warriors an angel from God talked with him under the oak tree, talk about underground promotion, the oak tree is the backdoor of God used to promote Gideon.
4. Abigail wife of Nabal.
1 Samuel 25:3 NIV
“His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings.”
1 Samuel 25:40 NIV
“His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.””
Abigail was promoted to being wed to a surly and mean man, to a Queen of King David. Indirectly, God used Nabal as backdoor to accomplish this.
5. David’s promotion to Saul’s Warrior
1 Samuel 17:23 NIV
“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.”
God used Goliath as backdoor to promote David from a shepherd boy to Saul’s top warrior, King’s soldier’s leader/commander. And from time to time the descendants of Goliath are used as well as backdoors by God to promote David’s descendants.
2 Samuel 21:19 NIV
“In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim [ Or son of Jair the weaver ] the Bethlehemite killed Goliath [ Hebrew and Septuagint; 1 Chron. 20:5 son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath ] the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.”
1 Chronicles 20:5 NIV
“In another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.”
6. Rahab, the prostitute was spared.
Rahab was saved from being killed by the Jews when she approved of using a backdoor to conquer her own city.
Joshua 6:17 NIV
“The city and all that is in it are to be devoted [ The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 18 and 21. ] to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute [ Or possibly innkeeper ; also in verses 22 and 25 ] and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent.”
7. Bathsheba promoted to Queen.
2 Samuel 11:1 NIV
“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”
Because David stayed in Jerusalem and saw from his roof top the body of naked body of Bathsheba, that’s why and read 2 Samuel 11, you’ll know afterwards that one sin of David led to another one, the murder of Bathsheba’s husband.
8. Esther promoted to Queen.
Read entire chapter of Esther Chapter 2 to understand the context. King Xerxes requested politely her former queen Vashti, but she did not give in to the small request, the backdoor is queen Vashti. The King got angry of course and to make the long story short, Queen Esther was promoted to queenship.
Esther 2:17 NIV
“Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.”
Ruth was promoted ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ who was a former Moabite. The backdoor is her mother-in-law.
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Ruth accepted God as her own God and the people of God as her own God. God noticed it and used the backdoor to promote her.
Matthew 1:5 NIV
“Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,” and continue to read it.
Saul, the number one persecutor of the way (Christians) in his time was promoted to Apostle Paul. God used Damascus as the backdoor for his promotion.
Acts 8:1 NIV
“And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. [ The Church Persecuted and Scattered ] On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.”
Acts 8:3 NIV
“But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
Acts 13:9 NIV
“Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said,”
11. Lame man in Bethesda
“2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a]and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.[b]5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7″Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, ”
The backdoor here is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself there’s so many sick people there but only one got healed at that point in time.
Luke 19:2-3 NIV
“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. ”
Luke 19:8 NIV
“But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.””
Zacchaeus is a short tax collector and he was given forgiveness because the backdoor God used is the tree itself. God noticed what He did and forgiven His sins.