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Many little phrases and sayings we yet use today had their origins in the precious Word of God! 

From time to time in some of the Bible Studies on these Pages I mention one of them.  A few of these are collected in the articles appearing below.

May these expand your knowledge of the terminology of the Bible!

--- Dr. Mike Bagwell




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Have you ever asked someone "Where did you hear that?"

And then they quipped "A little bird told me!"

(They just do not want to divulge their source of information, do they?)

Well, that "bird" business is in the Bible!

"Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter."  Ecclesiastes 10:20

In other words, be careful what you say! 

Even at home ... in your very bedroom!

No telling who's listening.

Our words do get repeated ... even if by a "little bird!"

Sounds to me like the Bible is warning us to guard our lips!

Let's pray with the Psalmist:  "Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips."  Psalm 141:3

Even Jesus agrees!  "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."  Matthew 12:36-37


                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Have you ever heard the term "fire in his eyes?"

Well, that comes from the Bible!

I was preaching on that very text last night.

Revelation 1:12-18 gives us the fullest Bible description of Jesus that we have.

Among the lovely phrases about our Lord are found these words:  "AND HIS EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE!"  (Revelation 1:14)

Fire in His eyes!

This is the Resurrected Glorified Jesus Who is coming again some day to right wrongs and judge sins and restore world order!  And it may be sooner than we think!

Now this is the Same Lord Jesus of Whom we're told in Matthew 9:36 --- "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."  Here are His eyes of compassion!

(Of course Mark 3:5 does complete this Holy Picture by adding:  "And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.")  Here are His eyes of fire!

Yes, He Who came as the sacrificial LAMB of God will one day return as the roaring LION of the Tribe of Judah!

He Who was battered and bruised and crucified (and raised again the third day) will return as the Judge of all the universe!

And when He does ... there will be "fire in His eyes!"

Don't ever use that term again (or even hear anyone using it) without thinking about that coming day, a terrible day for the rebellious sinners of the world!

Are you saved?

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Sometimes when one person is mocking another we say, "He is making light of him."

Or ... "She made light of her friend yesterday."

Here's what a dictionary says about the term: "To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:  to decry, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, discount or disparage.  To downgrade or mimimize.  To run down or belittle!"

This "making light" of something or someone sounds like a pretty heavy thing!

My point today is that each time we use the expression "making light," we are quoting Scripture!  (Probably without knowing it!)

"But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise."  Matthew 22:5

The statement occurs in one of Jesus' Parables.  (The Marriage of the King's Son) 

Guests had been invited and summoned (twice) ... but they "made light" of the invitation!

The Lord has invited sinners to another Wedding also!

The great Plan of Salvation is open to the lost.  But multitudes have "made light" of it all!

As I was preaching last night, I again came across this idea.  One of the sins, Peter says, that will destroy our "hunger" and "desire" and eagerness" for the Word is God is "evil speaking."  That Greek word ("katalalia") just means to "talk down" about someone!  To belittle them!  To "make light" of them!  (See 1st Peter 2:1-3.)

Folks, we had better be careful in this area of our lives!

(It is so strange that the world every day "quotes" the Bible without ever knowing it!  That precious old Book, inspired of God, has made an impact even on our language.  Thank God for it!)

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Pray for us today.  Our hearts are sad.  I will conduct a little graveside service at 2:00 this afternoon for our little grandson named Michael.  I never got to know him ... but I loved him dearly.

The Holy Spirit has moved my heart this morning and I know what Scripture I'm going to read and what words I'm going to share at the grave.

I am so thankful for the dear Holy Spirit!  Where did that clause originate?  "The Spirit moved me!"

I think it came from Judges 13:25.  "And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him (Samson) at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol."

Anyway, it is "thrilling" when He does so!

And ... thank you folks who pray for us and stand with us both in prayer and in words of encouragement month after month.  We love you dearly in the Lord.

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




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