1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5: Sinners in the Church

                Paul speaks to the Corinthians and addresses accusations of sexual immorality among them. Paul explains that those who commit sexual sin are handed over to Satan; “…for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 5:5) Paul invites everyone to not associate with those who are fornicators or extortioners; “…them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (1 Corinthians 5:13)

Isaiah 65-66

Isaiah 65-66

Chapter 65: The Millennium

“I am sought of them that asked not for me…” (Isaiah 65:1) These people are contrasted with God’s rebellious people; “… a rebellious people which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;” (Isaiah 65:2) Blessings are promised for the true servants of the Lord, and a chastisement for false or shallow servants. God will create a new heaven, and a new earth, and there shall be no more weeping. People will live so long that if someone dies being one hundred years old, people will consider that one accursed. They shall provide for themselves. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together.

Doctrine and Covenants (an LDS book of scripture) goes on to explain more about the Millennium; “…in that day the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts… shall cease from before my face… in that day whatsoever any man shall ask, it shall be given unto him… in that day Satan shall not have power to tempt any man… there shall be no sorrow because there is no death… in that day an infant shall not die until he is old… his life shall be as the age of a tree [roughly 100 years]… And when he dies he shall not sleep, that is to say in the earth, but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious… in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things.” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:25-32)

Chapter 66: All wicked shall be destroyed

Heaven is the Lord’s throne, and the earth His footstool. The Lord will look on one who is poor and of a contrite spirit. Empty religious rituals are rejected. The Lord repays his enemies. After labor pains, Zion experiences the joy of birth. The Lord will come in judgment, to judge all flesh. Gentiles will come to know of the Lord, and some of them will even become priests and Levites. All flesh shall worship before the Lord. For those who transgress, their corpses will be looked upon – their worm shall not die, nor their fire quenched.

Isaiah 57-58

Isaiah 57-58

Chapter 57: No peace for the wicked

The righteous are persecuted. God’s people have committed spiritual adultery. He who puts his trust in the Lord shall possess the land and inherit His holy mountain – in contrast to those who trust in idols. The stumbling block shall be removed. The Lord will restore, but there is no rest for the wicked.

Chapter 58: The Law of the Fast

God’s people ask why their prayers go unanswered. In fact, their ritual observance was shallow and did not proceed from the heart. God is more pleased to see people help the oppressed and poor.

“Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thous seest not? Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.“ (Isaiah 58:3) When we fast, we need to fast for a cause. While we fast we donate money/food that we would have consumed during the fast… this will then go to help the needy and in turn give blessings to both parties. The light of the true worshipper shall break forth like the morning; he shall be as a watered garden. Those who keep the Sabbath will ride on the high hills of the earth.

Psalms 109-110

Psalms 109-110

Chapter 109: Cursing’s of the wicked

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David

                David speaks of the wicked people who curse him with “…a lying tongue.” (Psalms 109:2) David prays that his adversaries will be confounded.

We also learn from David a little about how the church of Jesus Christ is set up and run and how priesthood authority and keys are transferred. “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” (Psalms 109:8). Here it is talking about the office of leadership. We read more about this in Acts… “…Let his habitation be desolate and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.” (Acts 1:20)

Chapter 110: Melchizedek

A Psalm of David

                Here we learn about Melchizedek, who was a great prophet. Jesus Christ shall sit on the Lord’s right hand and shall be forever “…a priest after the order of Melchizedek” (Psalms 110:4)

Unfortunately not a lot is written in the Bible about Melchizedek. We do learn a little more from Hebrews Chapter 7. Melchizedek or “Melchisedec” in the Bible was “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3) Melchizedek was compared to Jesus Christ, and after Melcizedek does the priesthood go to Jesus Christ.

Melchizedek was a great prophet and high priest that according to modern scripture in the Book of Mormon “…none were greater…” (Alma 13:19). Melchizedek was so highly esteemed by God, that it is after his name that we identify the highest priesthood “…the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:3-4)

                *as a side note: Verse 1 reads: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (Psalms 110:1) This one verse of scripture is believed to be (by most historians) to be the most confusing and/or most talked about verse of the Bible. It is confusing for many reasons:

  1. Many people believe that Jehovah is speaking to God (or in other words “Jehovah” being Jesus Christ is actually speaking to God the Father or “Elohim”. This however doesn’t make sense, because “Jehovah” was the “God of the Old Testament”
  2. In the Hebrew text it reads: “Jehovah said unto Adonai” which ‘Adonai’ is a title or term of respect. Some believe that the other “Lord” was used as a substitution for “Adonai” and was actually speaking about David himself.
  3. However, David has used this to say he sits on the right side of God like he is Jehovah. (See Psalms 16:8 and 16:11)

Psalms 57-58

Psalms 57-58

Chapter 57: David Pleads for Mercy

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Mitcham of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

                As David is now fleeing from Saul and hiding in a cave he writes this Psalm. He pleads with the Lord to have mercy on him and gives glory unto Him!

He explains his situation like this; “My soul is among lions: and I lie… among them… the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue is a sharp sword.” (Psalms 57:4)

                David asks the Lord to prepare a net for his steps, for his protection.

Chapter 58: The Wicked Speak Lies

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Mitcham of David..

                David asks the Lord to not only save him from his enemies, but also for the Lord to destroy his enemies. He tells the Lord to “Break their teeth… break out the great teeth of the young lions…” (Psalms 58:6)

He tells us that by having the Lord kill these wicked men that intend to harm David that the people can see that the righteous are rewarded and the Lord will judge the earth.

 

Psalms 51-52

Psalms 51-52

Chapter 51: David Pleads for Forgiveness

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.

                David opens this Psalm by asking God to have mercy on him for his sins. David is speaking of something that happened earlier in the Book of 2 Samuel 11:2-5 “…David arose from his bed, and walked upon the room of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon… David sent and enquired after the woman [Bath-Sheba]… David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her… the woman conceived…” (2 Samuel 11:2-5)

                The story then goes on to explain that Nathan the prophet tells David that he despised the commandment of the Lord to commit adultery after he had been given so much. The son that was conceived in Solomon.

We learn that everyone sins, and David definitely sinned here. But it says that if we want to be forgiven of our sins, we need to come to the Lord and offer a sacrifice of “…a broken spirit: and a contrite heart…” (Psalms 51:17)

Chapter 52: Wicked Tongues

To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

                David tells us that the wicked and evil man will boast himself in mischief, because he “…lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness.” (Psalms 52:3). These are the same men who trust more in their riches and worldly possessions than they do in God.

 

Psalms 41-42

Psalms 41-42

Chapter 41: Treachery of Judas Foretold

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

                David starts off by telling the reader that the man who considers the poor will be delivered in times of trouble by the Lord, because a man who takes care of the poor will be a blessed man. David also asks the Lord to “…heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.” (Psalms 41:4). This is a great reminder of how sin works; once we have committed the sin we must understand that to be completely forgiven we must go through a process. I have no doubt in my mind that David was already forgiven of the sin that he had committed, but his soul was still in the healing process.

We also learn about a future event;

“…mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalms 41:9). This particular verse is a scripture that would be fulfilled much later in 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” Jesus was talking to his disciples and one of them Judas Iscariot he was specifically talking to, because he would betray Jesus!

Chapter 42: The Righteous Thirst for God; The wicked say… “Where is thy God?”

To the chief Musician, Maschill, for the sons of Korah.

                This is a relatively short Psalm and the most important thing we can understand and learn from this Psalm is that we need to be constantly seeking the Lord as we do for water and sustenance.

David clearly opens this Psalm; “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…” (Psalms 42:2)

 

Psalms 9-10

Psalms 9-10

Chapter 9: The Righteous in Zion; the Wicked in Hell.

To the chief Musician upon Muth-labben, A Psalm of David.

                “Muth-labben – What this phrase means is somewhat disputed, but it likely indicates either what the motivation for writing the Psalm was (in which case it probably means “the death of Labben” or “the death of the son” or “the death of the fool”) OR how the psalm was to be sung (in which case it probably denotes a specific musical instrument to be used for accompaniment, or an existing song whose tune was to be used.

Some (as in the New King James Version) associate the title with the phrase ‘The Death of the Son’, and apply that title as the ancient Chaldee version does: ‘Concerning the death of the Champion who went out between the camps,’ referring to Goliath. Perhaps David wrote this Psalm remembering the victory over Goliath from the advantage of many years since that triumph.”

David tells about the judgment of the Lord and how he shall judge the world in righteousness…

“…the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.” (Psalms 9:7)

David also mentions that those who trust in the Lord will have his help…

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalms 9:9)

David goes on to say that “…they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” (Psalms 9:10)

Those who put their trust in God will not be forsaken, or in other words will not be abandoned. If you put your trust in the Lord he will be a refuge for you in times of trouble. So that we can later “…rejoice in…salvation” (Psalms 9:14). However, those who forsake the Lord and put their trust in the Devil, who by the way WILL FORSAKE YOU, will be “…turned into hell…” (Psalms 9:17)

                David, in closing, asks the Lord to put the wicked people and nations “…in fear… that the nations may know themselves to be but men.” (Psalms 9:20). We can learn a lot from this, as the world falls apart around us, we can know that we are just men (human) we must obey our master, Lord and Savior.

Chapter 10: The Lord is King Forever and Ever

Because this Psalm has no title (in the middle of several Psalms that do), and because it shares some similar themes with Psalm 9, some have thought that it was originally the second half of Psalm 9. But many arguments of Bible Scholars have led to this being really unknown.

David starts off by questioning the Lord;

“Why standest thou afar off, Lord? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” (Psalms 10:1)

The answer is pretty simple, usually we don’t understand the workings of the Lord, but as we are reminded in the last chapter, the Lord is a refuge for those who trust him and he will not forsake them. See Psalms 9:9-10. Sometimes we just don’t fully understand things that happen in our short life, most people live to an average age of 75? 80? In the scheme of Eternity, that is nothing!

David goes on to mention that the evil/wicked ones are “…full of cursing…deceit and fraud…” (Psalms 10:7)

                David asks the Lord in closing of this chapter to “…forget not the humble.” (Psalms 10:12) and to “Break… the arm of the wicked and evil man…” (Psalms 10:15). One thing we can know for sure is that the wicked will never prevail, those who trust in the Lord will be lifted up in the last day and given refuge.

 

Psalms 7-8

Psalms 7-8

Chapter 7: God is Angry with the Wicked

Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.

“Shiggaion – From the verb shagah, “to reel about through drink.”  The plural form, shigionoth, is found in Habakkuk 3:1. The word denotes a lyrical poem composed under strong mental emotion; a song of impassioned imagination accompanied with suitable music; aka a dithyrambicode.”

The New King James version translates the Hebrew word “Shiggaion” as meditation.  The specific occasion is not easily connected with an event recorded in the historical books of the Old Testament; it may be a reference to either Shimei’s accusations against David in 2 Samuel 16:5 or to Saul’s slanders against David. More likely this Cush, a Benjaminite was simply another partisan of Saul against David.

“O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me” (Psalms 7:1)

When David was under attack from Cush the Benjamite, the only one he could trust was God. No one else was around (whom he could trust). But with the trust in God, was all he needed. David knew that he was not perfect, but he was asking deliverance from what he believed to be worse… his enemies.

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalms 7:11)

                David knew that God was a JUST GOD. He would judge accordingly. Those who do wickedness in the eyes of the Lord have the wrath and anger of God upon them.

Chapter 8: What is Man? Nothing!

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.

“Gittith – A Stringed Instrument of music”

“O Lord our God, how excellent is thy name in all the earth…” (Psalms 8:1)

David understand how excellent the Lord really is, and how He is known throughout the entire world. David then tells God that when he considers the creations of the world and the stars, and moon… he asks…

“What is man…” (Psalms 8:4). David is trying to put man in contrast with the Lord, it amazes David that we were given such great responsibility to have dominion over His creations. He sort of asks, what is man? When compared to God? The answer is that, YES we were created in His image, but we are still beneath him and his Excellency.

Job 36-37

Job 36-37

Chapter 36: The Wicked Die without Knowledge

“Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf” (Job 36:2) Apparently Elihu saw that his listeners were becoming uncomfortable with his condemnation. He begs for them to keep listening, and insists that he is speaking on God’s behalf.

God is mighty and with wisdom, Elihu again promoted the ideas of God’s power and perfect justice. In His perfect justice, God punishes the wicked and works for the oppressed. Since Job often said and felt that God was ignoring him, Elihu is clearly counting Job among the wicked. In Elihu’s mind, the freedom God has for the righteous does not belong to Job because Job is not among the righteous.

Elihu continues to berate Job and considered Job a hypocrite for continuing to deny his guilt. He felt Job was putting himself under a greater and greater outpouring of God’s wrath.

“Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out” (Job 36:26). Elihu continues to expound on how great and power God is, insulting Job’s own knowledge and wisdom.

Chapter 37: God Controls Nature and Science

Elihu felt that Job needed a good dose of the greatness of God. So he continues to impress upon him the great power and wonders of God. Elihu explains that man hears the thunder and through that hears the voice of God. Again, insulting Job’s knowledge of the Lord, it was good advice wrongly applied to Job’s situation. This chapter to me, explains that God in his greatness controls nature and science, because he invented it!

“By the breath of God frost is given…” (Job 37:10), we can’t take this verse literally… but I like how this shows that nature is controlled by the Lord.