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 PSALM 16   (Part 2)













MAY 31, 2004 (MONDAY)

Psalm 16 continues ...

" ... and My Glory rejoiceth ... "  Psalm 16:9b

These appear to be the very words Jesus will speak hundreds of years later as He faces the old rugged Cross.

But what could He possible mean by those words?  "My glory rejoiceth!"

The word here for glory (in Hebrew) is "kabod."  It is found 200 times in the Old Testament and is always translated glory (156 times) or glorious or gloriously or honour (32 times) or honourable.  (Literally it means that which is "heavy!" Something heavy in importance!)

It likely speaks of all the combined attributes of Almighty God!  Jesus was (and still is) God!  He is the God of Glory according to David (Psalm 29:3) and Stephen (Acts 7:2). 

Jesus, while on earth seems to have limited the expression and display of His Glory.  He voluntarily laid it aside and appeared as a baby in a feed trough (manger) and as a humble carpenter and a loving friend.  All the while He was the very God of the Ages and the Saviour of the world! 

Yet Jesus knows that this Glory is His and will be again enjoyed some day.  He speaks of it often during His earthly ministry. 

He knew His Father was One of Glory!  Matthew 6:13 --- "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Jesus knew He would be a King some day.  He was aware that Kings have glory associated with them.  Matthew 6:29 --- "And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

And Jesus was well aware of His future Glory (at His Second Coming).  Matthew 16:27 --- "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works."  Plus verses like Matthew 25:31 --- "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory."

Then of course at His Transfiguration He was robed in that Glory!  See Luke 9:32 where we are told:   "But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him."

According to Jesus' prayer in John 17, He longed for that glory.  "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee."  (John 17:1)  Followed by:  "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one."   Plus:  "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."  He was "glory" minded!  And rightfully so!

Paul calls Jesus "the Lord of Glory" in 1 Corinthians 2:8!

Glory is measurable and has weight too!  "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."  2nd Corinthians 4:17

Paul mentions the praise of His glory and the riches of His glory and the power of His glory!  Peter talks about the joy of His glory and the "spirit of glory" and a "crown of glory!"  And John the Apostle adds the light of His glory and the spreading influence His glory can have (even on a city)!

No wonder Jesus ponders His Own Glory!

In fact, Psalm 16:9 says He "rejoices" in it!  The Hebrew word, "giyl," literally means "to spin around" under the influence of a violent emotion!  In everyday usage it carries the idea of deep and pointed exuberance!  And here the verb is one of "incomplete" action!  Jesus is STILL rejoicing in His Glory! 

Our word's first use in the Bible:  1 Chronicles 16:31 --- "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth." Remember, this literally means let the earth "spin around!"  It does!  Every day!

Now I have an idea!

If Jesus so enjoys His Glory ... why don't we tell Him about it and ascribe it to Him more than we do?  That's exactly what they are doing in Heaven right now according to the Book of Revelation! 

John starts it in Revelation 1:6 --- "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Revelation 4:9 --- "And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever."

Revelation 4:11 --- "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

Revelation 5:12-13   "Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

Revelation 7:12 --- "Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."

Revelation 14:7 --- "Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."

Lastly, Revelation 19:1 --- "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God."

Jesus in His hardest hours while one earth ... keep His joy vibrant by thinking of His Glory ... His coming Glory which He still owned but had laid aside to redeem old sinners!  He pondered future victory ... future glory and was made to rejoice!

I'd say that Jesus' battle plan would work for us too!

What do you think?

What a Saviour!

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



MAY 29, 2004 (SATURDAY)

As we continue our study through Psalm 16, I am more and more amazed at the kind of life Jesus lived here on this earth!

He was the Perfect Example for the Christian to follow. And don’t tell me that we are not to follow Him. 1 Peter 2:21 plainly says: "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps."

In every area of life, He (Jesus) set the ultimate standard!

Jesus one day said: "And He that sent me is with Me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." John 8:29 Is not THAT the sterling epitome of Godliness?

Of Jesus Paul clearly said: "For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15 He never sinned!

And He was indwelt by the Spirit to the fullest extent! John 3:34 says: "For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him."

Today’s verse tells us even more!

"Therefore my heart is glad ..." Psalm 16:9

That’s Jesus talking (via the miracle of Bible prophecy)!

He just told us that His heart is glad!

Now of course this truth must remain "balanced" as it is throughout all of Scripture.

He was the "Man of Sorrows." (Isaiah 53:3) But that term specifically has the Cross of Calvary in mind.

It’s also true that "Jesus wept." (John 11:35) But ... again ... that was at the grave of Lazarus.

But ... overall ... Jesus was a Man of gladness!

Do you not think that Jesus was fully aware of such verses as Nehemiah 8:10? "For the joy of the LORD is your strength." Was anyone ever any stronger than Jesus?

OR Psalm 5:11 --- "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee." Did anyone ever trust the Father more than Jesus?

Psalm 32:11 --- "Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." Jesus was Righteousness personified! Did He not have joy?

And could we possibly think that Habakkuk had more joy than Jesus? No! Yet that Minor Prophet said: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

But let’s quickly go to the records we have of His 33 year earthly life. (That’s 33 years of earthly life ... so far!)

Here is just one day’s occurrence of Jesus’ joy! "Luke 10:21 --- "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight."

Even with the Cross in view, we are told: "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2  See that word "joy!"

Listen to Jesus speak of His Own Joy in John 15:11 --- "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

In fact, His joy is so full that He offers it to us. Hear Him praying in John 17:13 --- "And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves."

And I’ve already mentioned the fullness of the Spirit Jesus possessed. What does that "fruit" involve? Among other great things ... JOY! "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Lastly (which might should have studied much earlier in our meditation) let us notice the Hebrew word for "glad."

Don’t forget our "focus" verse where in Psalm 16:8 Jesus said: "Therefore my heart is glad."

The "therefore" (in Hebrew = "ken") means "thus" or "so" and hinges upon what has been said previously. That demands that we glance at the last verse once again: "I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." THEREFORE ....  (Consequently ....)

The "heart" to the Jew is the inner man, the mind, the will, the soul, the spirit!

"Is glad" translates a "key" verb that means "to brighten up!" Vine’s Bible (word) dictionary says it is: "extreme happiness and spontaneous emotion which is usually expressed in some visible or external manner."

The verb is in the "Qal" stem, meaning that it’s in the simple "active" voice. The "time" sense which the verb carries is one of "completed" action. Jesus is specifically talking about His earthly ministry when He came to die for you and me! Of course, from this Psalm alone, we know our Lord is joyful right now! He says in the last verse: "In Thy (God the Father’s) presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16:11)

The first use of this verb in Scripture is in Exodus 4:14 where two family members meet after a long absence! Perhaps Jesus’ greatest joy is in the bringing together of God’s family too! (Isaiah 8:18 --- "Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts." And Hebrews 2:13 --- "And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.")

It second use (Deuteronomy 23:40) is in a worship context. It centers of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles:  Leviticus 23:40 --- "And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days."

Its third use is in reference to joy (for the child of God) even in his everyday activities! Deuteronomy 12:7 --- "And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee."

I trust enough Scripture has been presented to reveal Jesus, the Son of God, as a Man of Gladness (as well as a Man of sorrow).

When little Benjamin was born to Rachel and Jacob, the (dying) Mother named him Benoni, which means "son of my sorrow."  BUT His Daddy said "No!" His name will be "Benjamin," son of my right hand! (And remember ... at the right hand of the Father there is joy). So little Benjamin went from being a person of sorrow to being a person of joy! (Genesis 35:18 --- "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.")

So with Jesus!  He, the Man of sorrows, is now the Man of gladness!

Praise His Name!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

P. S. --- I got a little "long" today in our study. I’m glad it was on such a good Subject!




MAY 28, 2004 (FRIDAY)

 Watch the last part of today’s verse.  (In fact, we have been in this verse for three lessons now!)

 “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”   Psalm 16:8

The Lord Jesus has told us that He always had the Father before His Face!  He was constantly thinking of and looking at His Heavenly Father!

He further explains that He (Jesus) kept the Father AT HIS RIGHT HAND!  We studied that clause yesterday.

Now, today, as a result of such action … Jesus truthfully proclaims that HE WAS NEVER MOVED!

But … what does that word “moved” mean?

In Hebrew it is spelled “mot” and has the idea of never shaking or slipping or tottering or falling or dropping in any way!

Here are the ways the word is translated in the King James Bible.  (The numbers beside the words indicate the number of times it is so translated.)  Moved (20 times), removed (5 times), slip (3), carried (1), cast (1), decay (1 time in Leviticus 25:35, the first mention of the word in Scripture), falling down (1), fall (1), shaketh (1) and slide (1).  Jesus, due to His leaning on His Father’s Strength … just never wavered in any way at all!

Jesus was firm in His resolve!  I mean in everything He did.

Even in His childhood development we are told:  “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” Luke 2:52  Solid steady growth in every area of life!

At age 12 you can see His “fixed” spirit too!  He said to Mary (and Joseph) How is it that ye sought Me? wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business.” 

Isaiah of course had already told us how very determined Jesus would be in His life purpose.  “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”  Isaiah 50:7  (Mark it!  Jesus was NEVER confounded!  Never "confused!")

Listen to Jesus talk about the Cross (His Hour) in Luke 12:50.  “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!”  He longed for that Hour to come!  What unswerving devotion!

And here’s even more Bible proof that Jesus did not once get “shaken” in His earthly life and ministry.  He was NEVER moved!  “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.”  Isaiah 42:4

Truly this Psalm is causing me to love Him more and more!

What determination Jesus had!  Determination to do what?  To die for you and me on that old rugged cross!

He was (make that IS) faithful!

Solomon proclaims in Proverbs 20:6 --- “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”  Well, I have found Him!  THE Faithful One, Jesus my Lord and Saviour!

Yet I still believe that Jesus is teaching us something in Psalm 16:8! “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”  If Jesus set the Lord always before Himself and placed Him at His Own right hand … and was then NEVER MOVED ... will doing that same thing that not help you and me to be more “stable” also!  YES, it will!

Then perhaps we can come a little closer to living Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 15:58 --- “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

By the way, Psalm 15 gives you a list of things to do … after which you are also promised great stability!   (Here are the exact closing words of Psalm 15:5 --- “He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”)  For a quick commentary on Psalm 15, click HERE (The Psalm 15 Page)!

May God help us to truly follow Jesus … our dear Saviour and here our God-given Example!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



 MAY 27, 2004 (THURSDAY)

I believe today's verse contains a real spiritual "secret!"  A little "nugget" of pure gold! It literally tells us how we can live our lives for the Lord and NOT BE MOVED by the trials and heartaches and circumstances of this world!

Listen as Jesus speaks again to His Father:

"... because He (the Father) is at My right hand (Jesus), I shall not be moved."

Notice where Jesus tells us He keeps the Lord ... at His right hand!

Now this is going to be hard to believe.  But ... I counted them myself.  There are 167 times that the term "right hand" is used in the Bible!  (Twice right here in little Psalm 16!)

The term "right hand" in Hebrew is "yamiyn," and means the right hand or the right side of something or someone.  In giving directions, it means south (to the Old Testament Jew) because he is always thinking in terms of the east ... since that was the way God placed the Tabernacle of old ... facing east!

The word for "right hand" in Greek (New Testament) of course is different.  It is "dexios."  (39 of 53 times it is rendered "right hand.")  It comes from the word "dechomai" which means "to receive!"

Now we all know where Jesus is today.  At the RIGHT HAND of the Father in Heaven!  When He ascended after His resurrection, the Father said to Him:  "The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool."  (Psalm 110:1) 

Here ae some great truths about God's right hand:

Exodus 15:6 --- "Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy."

Psalm 18:35 --- "Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up ...."

Psalm 20:6 --- "Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand."

Psalm 45:9 --- "Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir."  Not only is the Lord Jesus at the Father's right hand ... some day the Queen (the church) will be there too!

Psalm 48:10 --- "According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness."

Psalm 63:8 --- "My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me."

Psalm 77:10 --- "And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High."  Eternity rests at God's right hand!

Psalm 78:54 --- "And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased."  God's right hand is His purchasing Agent too!

Psalm 80:17 --- "Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself."  God's hand on the Man of His right hand!

Psalm 89:13 --- "Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand."  It looks here like God lifts His right hand at times!

Psalm 98:1 --- "O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory."  Hand and arm are linked here.

Psalm 118:15 --- "The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly."

Song of Solomon 2:6 --- "His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me."  Here is His right hand as an agent of love!

Isaiah 48:13 --- "Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together." God created with His right hand ... and saved with it too!

Isaiah 62:8 --- "The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured."  God swares with an uplifted right hand!  He is Truth!

Habakkuk 2:16 --- "Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory."  Here is a cup of wrath in God's right hand!

Again, Jesus is at the Father's right hand.



How can both be true?  Is Jesus at the Father's right hand?  Or is the Father at Jesus' right hand?


It is called a "reciprocal" relationship.  Theya re the same thing to each Other! 

Here's an example.  We are IN Christ (as believers)!  2 Corinthians 5:17 --- "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

But it is also true that Christ Jesus is IN us!  Colossians 1:27 --- "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Again, this is reciprocal indwelling!

So ... Jesus keeps the Father at His RIGHT HAND too!

What does it mean to put someone at your "right hand?"

According to Judges 5:26 the right hand is the hand with which one works!  "She (Jael, the wife of Heber) put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples."  Jesus intended to drive some nails with His right hand!  And that could only happen with His Father's help!

And in 2 Chronicles 3:17 the pillar (in Solomon's Temple) on the right hand was named Jachin, which means "established."  Jesus wanted His work established ... so He turned to His Father!  "And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz."

Psalm 17:7 --- "Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them." Jesus trusted His Father for the completion of the divine plan of salvation. That's WHY He came to earth! 

Psalm 109:6 --- "Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand."   Then ...  Ezekiel 16:46 --- "And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters."  Both verses show the wrong kinds of people to be on one's right hand!  Jesus has wisely placed His Father there!

And Psalm 121:5 proves that there is refreshment at the Father's right hand!  "The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand."  What Shade He is!

Psalm 137:5 --- "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning."  Here the right hand typifies one's skill at work!  Jesus wanted His Father's expertise in all He did!

Psalm 144:11 --- "Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood."  Jesus instead placed TRUTH (His Father) at His right hand!

Proverbs 3:16 --- "Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour."  Jesus wanted to live the exact number of days His father willed.  He did exactly that too!  Listen to Paul here:  Romans 5:6 --- "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."

Ecclesiastes 10:2 --- "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left."  The Father was the Essence of Jesus' heart!  Therefore He must be at Christ's right hand!

Isaiah 41:10 --- "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."  Here, by placing the Lord at His right hand, Jesus gains encouragement (be not dismayed) and strength help and support!  (Wow!)

Isaiah 41:13 --- "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."  And with God the Father at His right hand ... all fear was gone too!

What an amazing list of benefits!  It just reminds me of Psalm 68:19 --- "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."

Christian, I long ago I was out of space for today ... but we too MUST place the Lord at our right hands!  Otherwise we shall miss these great blessings!

Think on these things today!

(I am sorry.  We did not quite get to all the little spiritual "secret" I mentioned in the opening paragraph!  It will come tomorrow, Lord willing.  We got half of it though!)

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



MAY 26, 2004 (WEDNESDAY)

In Psalm 16:8 Jesus makes an astounding statement!  He says (concerning His Father in Heaven) ...

"I have set the LORD always before Me."  Psalm 16:8a

What a statement!

The verb "have set" is a translation of the Hebrew word "shavah" which is only used 21 times in the Old Testament!  (That alone is an unusually low number of appearances!)  The meaning of the verb is amazing!  It has this definition: to level or to equalize!  (One dictionary adds this meaning:  to be like!  to resemble!)  The verb is in the "Piel" stem ... showing intensive vigorous action!  The Lord Jesus was DETERMINED to diligently do this!  And it was something He did while on earth ... the "perfect" sense of the verb here tells us that.

The first two occurrences of our word "shavah" are in Genesis 14.  There it is the name of a place.  Shavah here means "a level place" or a plain and it where (exactly where) Melchizedek appeared!  (The King-Priest who is a type of Christ!  Or some say he is even a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ!)

Here's our verb translated as "maketh" in 2 Samuel 22:34 ---"He maketh my feet like hinds' feet."  (Psalm 18:33 is identical also.) If Jesus had God's very feet (speaking in an anthromorphism) He could not have possible ever "slipped!"

It means "to profit" (Esther 3:8 and Job 33:27) and "to avail" (Esther 5:13).

In Psalm Psalm 21:5 God the Father reciprocates to His Son Jesus:  "His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him."

We are to set ("shavah") the Word of God before us in like manner!  In Psalm 119:30 David says: "I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me."

And our verb is rendered "behaved" in Psalm 131:2 --- "Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child."

It is "compared" in Proverbs 3:15 --- "She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her."  Also see Proverbs 8:11.

And it's "be like" in Proverbs 26:4 --- "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him."  (It's also "alike" in Proverbs 27:15 --- "A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike."

It is translated "reckoned" in Isaiah 38:13 --- "I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me."

And in Isaiah 40:25 it is "shall be equal!"  Look: "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." (Also in Isaiah 46:5 and Lamentations 3:2)

What a word history!

Jesus literally is like (equal to) His Father!

He looked to His Father for His very Identity and Being!

The Father was His Source of profit and progress!

And His standard of behaviour!

He constantly compared Himself to His Father and reckoned Himself by His Father!

What adoration!

And the adverb "always" (in Hebrew = "tamiyd") means perpetually or with continuity.  (Unending!)  Root verb:  to stretch (constantly)!  Our word is translated "continual employment" in Ezekiel 39:14!

And "before me" is spelled (in Hebrew) with the words that mean towards the front of Me!  It is especially used of a counterpart or a mate!  Jesus is just inseparable from His Father it seems!  Glory to God!

If Jesus had that kind of devotion to His Father while on earth (and He did) ... that kind of concentration on God ... litle wonder we are commanded to try to do the same thing.

What do I mean?

Hebrews 12:2 --- "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."  The verbal "looking" is a present participle ... it demands constant action!

Colossians 3:1 --- "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."  Again, constantly be seeking!  This verb is an imperative present!

Acts 17:28 --- "For in Him (the Lord Jesus) we live, and move, and have our being."

Colossians 3:4 --- "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."

Philippians 1:21 --- "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  Paul lived with the Lord set before him (at all times I believe)!

Let's listen to Jesus again here.  John 8:29 --- "And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him."  (Wow!  "Always before Him!)

Psalm 10:4 seems to suggest that God's very "goal" is to be in ALL our thoughts! "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts."

How could we try to do any less ... with Jesus as our Lord and Saviour?

What a lesson today!

What a Saviour always!

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell






The great 7th verse of Psalm 16 continues with these words:

"My reins also instruct Me in the night seasons."   Psalm 16:7b

I believe these are the word of the Messiah (Jesus).

He is giving us a glimpse into His "devotional" life!

He is revealing to us what He does at night!

Of most men it is said:  "Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."   John 3:19

Of Christ Jesus let it be recorded that He loved darkness for spiritual reasons --- that He might conduct such things as sweet communion with His Father and meditation on the Word of Truth (Scripture)!

The noun "reins" translates a Hebrew noun that means one's "kidneys!"  The word is "kilyah" and is used 31 times in the Bible.  (It is rendered "kidneys" 18 times and "reins" 13 times.)  It speaks of an organ of the body.  It figuratively means one's "inner" self.  One's very heart and mind and emotions!  One's soul!  The first time the word is used in Scripture (Exodus 29:13) the "kidneys" of a little animal are dedicated to the Lord in sacrifice!  He wanted them!  (He still wants them!  Your kidneys!  Your mind!  Your heart!  Your soul!)

The verb for "instruct" is a little unusual here.  The Bible uses some interesting words for "instruct."  Let me show you.  I'll take them in Biblical order.  The first word is "sakal" and means to impart wisdom!  Here it is in Nehemiah 9:20 --- "Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst."

The next word means to teach (actually to prod with a goad) until facts are acquired!  "Lamed" has the idea of repetition as needed.  Teaching is largely a matter of repetition, isn't it!  A philosopher once said:  "Repetition is the mother of all learning."  Bible example:  Song of Solomon 8:2 --- "I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate."

The comes "biyn" which means "to give understanding."  (Literally to discern levels of meaning in situations!)  Daniel 11:33 uses this verb:  "And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days."

Then in the New Testament, "sumbibazo" means "to drive or to force together!"  (sun = together and bibazo = to force, to unite)  It is translated "knit together" several times in Scripture!  Example of this verb "instruct:"  1 Corinthians 2:16 --- "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."


Our word is "yasar" and means "to chasten, discipline, instruct or admonish!"  One source says:  "To chastise, literally with blows!"  It is a strong word!   Its first Bible use is in Leviticus 26:18 where it is translated "punish" --- "And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins."  Punishment for sins!

Well, Jesus had no sin or sins!  AND He had a very holy hatred for sin!  You can be sure that He would have violently reacted to any sin approaching His spotless life!  I believe in the impeccability of our dear Lord.  I don't think He could have sinned. He is very God of very God!  But our verse at least shows Him teaching us what OUR ATTITUDE toward sin should be!  We should fear sin!  We should be repulsed by it!  (Read Psalm 101!)

Now if you don't believe that Jesus would do something in His Own life to teach us (or to benefit us) read John 17:19 --- "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."

Of course the question may remain in your mind, "Why would Jesus need to be instructed about anything?"

Indeed!  He was (is) God and God knows all (omniscience)!

And I believe that as God on earth Jesus too knew everything.

BUT as man on earth Jesus willingly limited Himself in that omnipotence!   He deliberately laid it aside ... to become (as a man) one who "increased in wisdom" as the days passed!  Luke 2:52 --- "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."  Or further illustrated in Hebrews 5:8 --- "Though He (Jesus) were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered."  What amazing condescension! 

Notice lastly the precise "time" Jesus mentions here.

"The night seasons!"

Remember Mark 1:35?

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."  That was one of His "night seasons!"

I believe He also allowed His own heart to instruct Him the night of His betrayal! And the night His arrest!  And His Gethsemane prayer! 

And the night the Pharisees accused Him of being illegitimately born!  John 8:41--- "Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication."

And the night Nicodemus came!  (John 3:1-2)

And the night after His Transfiguration!

And the night after His first sermon where the people tried to push him over a cliff (the brow of a hill)!  Luke 4

And ALL His earthly nights!

No ballgames for Jesus!

No late night entertainment of any kind!

He had meat to eat we know not of!  John 4:32 --- "But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of."

He spent His nights ... in communion with His Father (Psalm 16:7a) and with His own wise thoughts --- inspired by His Father and the Word of God!  (Psalm 16:7b)


What a life He lived!

Don't you just love Him today?

I've just got to close this lesson, but read Isaiah 50:4 where Jesus tells us that after those nights of being "instructed" by His Own soul ... His Father woke Him the next morning ... with more instruction!    "The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned." What a life!

Oh!  To be like Him!

                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



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