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 A Preacher in his Study


JUNE 8, 2004 (TUESDAY)

One preacher said this as he was commenting on Psalm 16:11 ...

     *  There are Pleasures of Sin for the Wicked!  Hebrews 11:25

     *  There are Pleasures of This Life for the Worldly!  Luke 8:14

     *  There are Pleasures For Evermore for the Wise!  Psalm 16:11

Another preacher said that Psalm 16:9 covers all of human life.  "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope."

     *  One's "heart"  is the human SOUL!

     *  One's "glory" is the human SPIRIT!

     *  One's "flesh" is the human BODY!

A third preacher said Psalm 16 was all about "delight!"

     * Delight in the LORD!  (verse 2)

     *  Delight in the Lord's PEOPLE!  (verse 3)

     *  Delight in the Lord's PROVIDENCE!  (verses 5 and 6) and ...

     *  Delight in the Lord's PLEASURES!  (verse 11)

Lastly ... Watch this one: 

Three men in the Psalms say "I shall not be moved!"

Two were wrong ... One was (and still is) right!

Psalm 10:6 --- "He (the wicked) hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity."

Psalm 16:8 --- "I (Jesus) have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved."

Psalm 30:6 --- "And in my prosperity I (a good ... but mistaken man) said, I shall never be moved."

I have surely enjoyed this great Psalm!  It is indeed all about Jesus!

Glory to God!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




JUNE 7, 2004 (MONDAY)

Jesus' last statement in Psalm 16 is lovely!  He says to His Father ...

" ... at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."   Psalm 16:11c

Of course we don't know all that God's Right Hand meant to Jesus.  BUT we do know some things through the Word of God!

At the Father's Right Hand there is stability!  Psalm 139:10 proves that!  "Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me."  And there is pleasure in that stability!

And there is salvation!  Psalm 138:7 --- "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me."  Or Psalm 108:6 --- "That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me."

There is "favor" and strength at God's Right Hand 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."

There is fertility and prosperity at God's Right Hand!  Psalm 80:15 --- "And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself."

Plus support!  (Different from the "stability" noted earlier!)  Psalm 63:8 --- "My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me."  Additionally, see Psalm 18:35 --- "Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great."

And righteousness!  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."

And some day the "Queen" will be there too!  (The "Bride" of the King!  In typology, a picture of the Church!)  Psalm 45:9 --- "Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir."

Instruction (the best of the best) is at God's Right Hand according to Psalm 45:4 --- "And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things."

Also at His Right Hand are glory and power!  Exodus 15:6 --- "Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy."

The noun "pleasures" translates "naiym" which means sweet or sweet things or agreeable things!  Our word is rendered "sweet" in 2 Samuel 23:1 --- "The sweet psalmist of Israel." It is "pleasant" in Psalm 133:1 --- "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"  And in Psalm 135:3 where worship is occurring, things are said to be pleasant!  "Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant."  As in Psalm 147:1 --- "Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely."

And in Proverbs 24:4 true "riches" are pleasant!  "And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches." And in Song of Solomon 1:16 --- "Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green."  Here is pure and holy love!

And the final words "for evermore" translate"netzsach."  It means the "goal!" Literally  ... "something that glitters from afar!"

This is eternal delight and joy and happiness if I've ever heard it!

What a place Heaven must be!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





Jesus lovingly said to His Father: 

"... In Thy Presence is fulness of joy ..."  Psalm 16:11b

I believe that our Saviour, having been on earth for over 33 years, was getting "homesick!"  He longed for Heaven!  He knew that in God the Father's Presence was fullness of joy!

I have been captivated by that phrase --- "in Thy Presence!"  I have found it (in those exact words ... with the words in that exact order ... called a "string" in Scripture ...) 5 times in the Old Testament. 

Genesis 47:15 --- "And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth."  The Egyptians said to Joseph ... IN THY PRESENCE is no hunger!

2 Samuel 16:19 --- "And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence."  These words, spoken by Hushai who was a traitor to King David, illustrate that a false presence will always be available.  He has decided to serve IN THE PRESENCE of Absalom, the rebel son!  Jesus knew that the Real Presence of His Father was the only true place of joy!

2 Chronicles 20:9 --- "If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help."  King Jehoshaphat here is praying to the God of Heaven ... and he says IN THY PRESENCE is help and deliverance!  (The word for "help" is "yasha," the Hebrew word for salvation!)

Psalm 16:11 --- "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."  Here is today's verse again!  IN THY PRESENCE, LORD, IS FULNESS OF JOY!

Psalm 140:13 --- "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence."   Here David says to the Lord:  IN THY PRESENCE is a dwelling place ... a dwelling place for the upright!  (It's called Heaven!)

Remember what Moses said to the Lord in Exodus 33:15 --- "And he said unto Him, If Thy Presence go not with me, carry us not up hence."  Moses wanted the Lord ... more than he wanted anything else!

I think God's Presence can take care of our very enemies too.  Psalm 9:3 --- "When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence."

Talk about being "hungry" for God!  Listen to Psalm 51:11 --- "Cast me not away from Thy Presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me."

The noun for "joy" is in Hebrew "samach" and means "to brighten up" or "to shine!" It is expressive of glee, gladness or mirth!  It's the same word used in Psalm 100:2 for "Serve the Lord with GLADNESS."

Jesus in Matthew 25:21 and 23 spoke of those children of God who were invited to "enter into the joy of thy Lord."  Heaven is a place of joy!

Jesus treasured the joy that was found in His Father's Presence!  In John 15:11 He said --- "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

And Jesus, treasuring that joy, prayed 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."

Jesus' ("half") brother Jude had heard of the joy at the Father's right hand too!  Jude 1:24 --- "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy."

But in the Presence of God there is not just joy ... normal joy ... average joy ... but fullness of joy!

Fulness is "soga" in Hebrew.  It means to the level of satisfaction, sufficed, abundance!  The root verb means "to sate."  (To fill to satisfaction!)

In Genesis 25:8 is found a "fulness of years!"

In Genesis 35:29 is "fulness of days!"

In Ruth 2:14 there is eating until "sufficed!"

In Job 9:18 one is "filled with bitterness!"

In Job 10:15 there is "fulness of confusion!"

In Job 14:1 man is "full of trouble!"

In Psalm 17:15 one is "satisfied/filled with the Likeness of God!"

In Psalm 81:16 one is "filled with honey out of the rock!"

In Psalm 90:14 there is "fulness with God's Mercy!"

In Psalm 104:16 there are some trees which are "full of sap!"

In Psalm 104:28 God's Hand is "filled with Good!"

In Psalm 123:3 are some who are "filled with contempt!"

In Psalm 123:4 some are "filled with scorning!"

Watch Psalm 147:14 --- "He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat."

In Proverbs 27:20 are two things which are never full --- hell and destruction!

In Habakkuk 2:15 are some who are "filled with shame!"

I agree with Jesus ... let me be filled with JOY!

Peter said it was joy ... "unspeakable and full of glory!"   (1 Peter 1:8)

The joy Jesus longed for ... He now enjoys eternally!

And ... oh ... how He deserves it!

How can we help but love Him!

                                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




JUNE 4, 2004 (FRIDAY)

Jesus prayed to His Father ...

 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life ...."    Psalm 16:11

We know He had His Own Resurrection in mind!  We are distinctly told this by Simon Peter in Acts 2:28 and 31!  "Thou hast make known to Me the ways of life ... He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ!"

Jesus trusted His Father to raise Him from the dead!

In reality the Bible shows all the Trinity involved in the Resurrection of Christ! Jesus claims it for Himself in John 10:17 and 18.  "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."  And the Holy Spirit is said to be involved!  Romans 8:11 --- "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."  And the Father certainly did so too! Romans 10:9 --- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

The verb "shew" is in Hebrew "yada," which is their main word for "knowing!"  (To know in all its implications!)  Jesus says that His Father will cause Him to know the path of life! 

What are some things Jesus knew?

One of John's favorite words is just that ... to know!

In John 5:42 Jesus knows sinners!  "But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you."

In John 7:29 (and a lot of other places too) Jesus knows His Father!  "But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me."

John 8:14 --- "Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go."  Jesus may be basing this statement partly on our text here!

And then in John 8:54 and 55 read:  "Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying."

Plus John 10:14 where our Lord said:  "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine."  How very encouraging this ought to be to each of us!

John 11:22 tells us Jesus knew about answers to prayer!  "But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee."  He was well aware of the power of prayer!

John 12:49 and 50 too!   "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."  Jesus knew eternal life!

John 13:18 --- "I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me."  He knows His disciples!  He also knew the Old Testament!

Listen to what His followers said in John 16:30 --- "Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God."

And among the most thrilling of all things (at least to us) Jesus knows --- "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs." (John 21:15)  He knows we love Him!

BUT add to that list ... He knew the path of life!  He knew of His coming Resurrection!  He knew He would not remain in that grave!  This "knowing" is one of absolute positive assurance too!  It is one born of personal experience!

The noun "path" is "orach" and means way or road.  It implies a well-trodden road! (From the verb "to travel!")  Jesus was the First to walk that path ... out of death to never die again ... to life from the dead!  (Colossians 1:18 --- "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.")  But Jesus will make a highway out of that path before time has ended!  He is the Leader ... we as believers shall all follow!

Then the noun "life."  In Hebrew it's "chay."  It means fresh, strong, living!  Vines' Expository Dictionary says the word often occurs (in Scripture) in the "oath formula" where a Superior Being (GOD) promises life to one of His subjects (here to Jesus as the Servant of God)!!!  It was a promise of God!  It was a vow the Father made to the Son!  It MUST occur!  Jesus will be raised from the dead! 

And Jesus' Resurrection makes a grand bold statement:  "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead."  Romans 1:4

Our verse today "the path of life" might have in view the Ascension of Jesus also!  In Acts 1:10 where that event is described Jesus is said to be "taken up" from them. That verb is "poreuomai" and means to travel!  To go on the way!  This may be a further extension of His great "path of life!"  Resurrection ... then Ascension to His blessed Father!

Jesus had positive assurance that it was coming!

And yet today He lives!  He lives!  He lives!

Praise the Lord!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





Jesus was confidant that even though His body would lay in a tomb ... He would not be left there long!  (Not even half a week!)  He said to His Father:

" ... neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Psalm 16:10b

The verb "suffer" (in Hebrew = "nathan") means "to give!"  The Father WILL NOT give to the Son any amount of "corruption!"  It also is translated in such ways as "cause, appoint or show!"  I began to look into Scripture to see what kinds of things the Father had perhaps given the Son! 

John 3:35 --- "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."

John 5:26 --- "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself."

John 5:36 and 37  --- "But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

John 6:65 --- "And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father."

John 13:3 and 4  --- "Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God.  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself."

John 17:11 --- "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."

John 17:24 --- "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."

John 18:11 --- "Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"

Then watch what Jesus calls Himself ... "Thine Holy One!"

He IS the Holy One!

What a Name, The Holy One!

Jesus is again identifying Himself as God!

This is one of God's precious (particularly Old Testament) Names!

2 Kings 19:22 --- "Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel."

Psalm 71:22 --- "I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel."

Psalm 78:41 --- "Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel."

Psalm 89:18 --- "For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king."

Isaiah 1:4 --- "Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward."

I find this Name for God exactly 30 times in Isaiah alone!

Ezekiel 39:7 --- "So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel."

Hosea 11:9 --- "I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city."

Habakkuk 1:12 --- "Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction."

And even in the annunciation to Mary Jesus is called the Holy One! Luke 1:35 --- "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."

Even the demons called Jesus the Holy One of God in Mark 1:24 --- "Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God."

Peter also used this Name for Jesus in Acts 3:14 --- "But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you."

And so does the Apostle John in 1 John 2:20 --- "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."

"To see" is "raah" in Hebrew and means to behold or to consider or even to discern! It is a Qal infinitive ... indicating on-going, habitual action!  Jesus will NEVER see corruption!  In fact, for Jesus to "corrupt" is absolutely impossible!  His Blood was "incorruptible" Blood according to Simon Peter!  1 Peter 1:18 and 19 --- "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."  See it! Gold corrupts!  Jesus Blood cannot corrupt!

And "corruption" (in Hebrew = "shachath") is a word only used 23 times in the whole Bible!  Of those 23, it is only translated "corruption" 4 times.  It is "pit" 14 times and "destruction" 2 times and "ditch" 2 more times!  And "grave" once!  It means (in its root) a pit ... especially a pit as a trap!  (What the devil might have meant as a trap for Jesus ... became satan's own death trap!)  The verb behind this noun means "to sink!"  I'd say Jesus DID NOT sink in the grave.  Rather ... He was RAISED from the grave!  Glory to God!

Here's our word translated "corruption" in Job 17:14 --- "I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister."

And listen to Jonah use the word!  Jonah 2:6 --- "I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God."

Now look at the word when it is rendered "pit!" 

Job 33:24 --- "Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom."

Isaiah 38:17 --- "Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back."

This "pit" is exactly where the devil is headed too!  Ezekiel 28:8 addresses satan himself --- "They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas."

It's "ditch" in Job 9:31.

Here is is as "destruction:"  Psalm 103:4 --- "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies."

What victory Jesus had ... even as the Cross was looming in sight!  Truly truly there is Victory in our Saviour!

Peter went this far in describing it all:  "Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it." Acts 2:24

Glory to God!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





Jesus said to His Father: 

"For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell." Psalm 16:10a

The noun "hell" is (in Hebrew) "sheol."  It is only used 65 times in the whole Bible. The first time the term is used in the Bible God uses it and speaks of "the lowest hell!"  (Deuteronomy 32:22)  In the King James Bible the word "sheol" is translated "hell" 31 times and "grave" 31 times and "pit" 3 times.  Here's an occasion in Job (26:6) where the word is rendered "hell."  Listen.  "Hell is naked before Him (God), and destruction hath no covering." Job 26:6

For those who wrongly teach that there is no such thing as a literal hell with fire and brimstone and where sinners will be eternally imprisoned with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth ... I say this: The Bible gives us enough information to demand a belief in hell even without the use of the word "sheol."  Although (do NOT misunderstand me) at times I believe "sheol" means the never ending place of pain and torment reserved for unrepentant sinners!  For example Isaiah 14:9 is speaking of Satan and says:  "Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth."

Our best teacher concerning hell-fire is Jesus Himself!  He mentions it 9 times in Matthew's Gospel alone!  In Mark ... 3 more times!  And in Luke ... yet 3 times again!  Let's solve the issue of hell here and now.  This is Jesus talking in the Gospel of Mark (9:43) --- "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched."

But ...let's get back to Psalm 16:10.

Jesus knew that His Father would not leave Jesus' soul in hell.  Is that the fires of the pit of torment?  No!  No!  No!

I do not believe Jesus was thrown into the flames of Hell after His death.  I do not believe He stayed there in agony for three days and nights.  I do not believe He still had to suffer untold agony after the Cross.  Friend, when Jesus proclaimed "IT IS FINISHED" from Calvary ... it WAS finished!  The Price had been paid!  The sin debt had been erased!  (John 19:30)

BUT Jesus did know that He would not be in the GRAVE indefinitely!  He knew of His Own coming Resurrection!  Listen to Him in John 18:17-18.  "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."  Or read Matthew 16:21 --- "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."  Again and again throughout the Gospel Jesus speaks of His coming Resurrection from the dead!

"Leave," the verb of our clause in verse 10, translates the Hebrew word "azab" which means to forsake or to depart or to loose!  The first "leave" ("azab") in Scripture is in Genesis 2:24 --- "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."  This is a leaving in preparation for procuring a wife, a bride!  So is it with Jesus!  He will not be left in the grave!  He will arise and be presented a Bride too!

This is another case of Jesus' strong faith speaking in a difficult time of His earthly life!  He is indeed the sterling prototype of Faith!  As Jesus said of the Centurion whose servant He healed:  "When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."  (Matthew 8:10)  Well I say the same thing of Jesus:  I HAVE SEEN NO GREATER FAITH IN ALL CREATION!  ... IN ALL THE UNIVERSE!

Let me also mention that our verse here is oft quoted in the New Testament!  (By Peter and by Paul)  "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses."  Acts 2:29-32

Then again in Acts 13:34-37.   "And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption." 

Here we have dogmatic Bible proof that the Resurrection of Jesus was discussed prophetically a thousand years before His Virgin Birth in Bethlehem!  It (the Resurrection) is a vital part of the Gospel itself!

Thank God!  He lives!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



JUNE 1, 2004 (TUESDAY)

It seems like we're traveling very slowly through Psalm 16.  I don't even know for sure how many of you are still with me.  BUT I can't quit now.  I'm seeing too many precious truths about our Lord.

Today we are in the last part of the 9th verse:

"My flesh also shall rest in hope."

That's the voice of Jesus (prophetically) speaking!

Of course no "liberal" is ever going to believe that ... but then again, I'm not writing to "liberals" either!

In this verse alone we have seen Jesus with a glad heart!  And with a rejoicing glory!  Now with His very flesh resting in hope!

We are here at the point in Psalm 16 where Peter quotes and applies it specifically to Jesus.  The Apostle does this in His Pentecost sermon!

Acts 2:22 --- "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth ... "  These words constitute the preface to Peter's quoting our Psalm 16 text!

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance."   Acts 2:25-28

Then Peter applies these words to Jesus directly!  Acts 2:31 --- "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption." 

Now back to our "segment" for today.

Jesus said:  "My flesh also shall rest in hope!"

I thought to myself, "Just how often did Jesus speak of His Own flesh?"

In Psalm 40 He did (again, prophetically)!  "Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."  (Psalm 40:6-8) Paul quotes this in Hebrews 10.  "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." (Hebrews 10:5-7)

Jesus preached a whole sermon on His Flesh in John 6!  Jesus is the fulfillment of the Manna that came down from Heaven!  In John 6:51 --- "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."  Then in John 6:55 --- "For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed."  Again ... John 6:56 --- "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him."

At the "Lord's Supper" Jesus spoke of His body yet again.  The Synoptic writers put it this way:  Matthew 26:26 --- "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body." Or Mark 14:22 --- "And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body." And Luke 22:19 --- "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me."  Paul also was given this information in 1 Corinthians 11:24 --- "And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me."

Jesus well knew that His body would be crucified and placed in a grave!  Yet He also was keenly aware that His Body would NOT be left in the grave!  He knows He will NEVER see corruption!  That's right here in Psalm 16:10 --- "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."  Peter even went this far in Acts 2:24 --- "Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it."

I believe that our Psalm 16 verse here may be telling us some of what Jesus thought in the three days between His burial and resurrection!

The word for "flesh" is in Hebrew "basar."  The first two Bible uses of the word occur when Adam realizes that His Bride is bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh!  This is bridal language!  Wedding talk!

I am convinced that Jesus is here saying that while He was in the Grave ... His flesh (His Body) rested in hope!  And He pondered His coming Bride, the New Testament Church!  Glory to God!

The verb "to rest" is (in Hebrew) "shakan" and means "to settle down, abide, dwell or reside!"  Its "root" verb just means to lie down!  The first use of the word in the Bible (Genesis 3:24) is rendered "to place."  Here it is:  "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."  It's first occurrence was where man was being KEPT OUT of the Garden of Eden.  Our use here in Psalm 16 is where the Lord is bringing man back IN the Garden!

Also, doing no damage to the word at all ... you could say that Jesus LIVED/DWELT in hope!  Thank God we have hope!  Even "blessed" hope! 

The noun "hope" translates "betach," meaning safety or safely or safe or securely (30 times of only 42 times)!  It literally means "a place of refuge."  That is ... "to hide for refuge" ... but is not as dramatic as "chasah" which means "to RUN for refuge!"  Only once (here) in the whole King James Bible is it translated hope!  Here we distinctly have illustrated for us the fact that with Jesus ... HOPE was based on absolute FACT!  (That's the Christian idea of hope anyway!)  It is NOT wishful thinking ... but leaning on the very sure promises of Almighty God!

One more quick thing here.  In yesterday's clause "My glory rejoiceth" the New Testament words it "and my tongue was glad!"  The Scriptures here equate one's glory with one's tongue!  Amazing!  No wonder Jesus spake like no man ever before Him!  See here.  John 7:46 --- "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man."

I must close.

Lord willing, more tomorrow.

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



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