A cut above...

Jimmy Durante and Buster Keaton; what a pair!!!  I have never seen this pre-World War II pair up before.  Durante the consummate showman comedian and Buster Keaton with his physical type of comedy.  All I have to see is the scissors and I almost start laughing.  Its ridiculous because of its size and its lack of fitness for use.  It will probably stay with me all day, because its silly.  One of the things I like about Jesus is his sense of the absurd coupled with his ability to communicate; at times he is quite funny...

WEB: Matthew Chapter 23

[23] “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. [24] You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!

The Pharisees had a perspective problem.  They could do the small things right, but when it came to the really weighty matters...Nada.  Verse 24 is true, but comical.  Talk about missing the point.  They might just have carried an over sized scissors around with them... just in case they needed to do a bris...

Mar. 1 Exodus 11

Mar. 1
Exodus 11

Exo 11:1 Yahweh said to Moses, "Yet one plague more will I bring on Pharaoh, and on Egypt; afterwards he will let you go. When he lets you go, he will surely thrust you out altogether.
Exo 11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let them ask every man of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold."
Exo 11:3 Yahweh gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.
Exo 11:4 Moses said, "This is what Yahweh says: 'About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt,
Exo 11:5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of livestock.
Exo 11:6 There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been, nor shall be any more.
Exo 11:7 But against any of the children of Israel a dog won't even bark or move its tongue, against man or animal; that you may know that Yahweh makes a distinction between the Egyptians and Israel.
Exo 11:8 All these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves to me, saying, "Get out, with all the people who follow you;" and after that I will go out.' " He went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.
Exo 11:9 Yahweh said to Moses, "Pharaoh won't listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt."
Exo 11:10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and Yahweh hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he didn't let the children of Israel go out of his land.

Mar. 1, 2 Mark 3

Mar. 1, 2
Mark 3

Mar 3:1 He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had his hand withered.
Mar 3:2 They watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him.
Mar 3:3 He said to the man who had his hand withered, "Stand up."
Mar 3:4 He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?" But they were silent.
Mar 3:5 When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other.
Mar 3:6 The Pharisees went out, and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Mar 3:7 Jesus withdrew to the sea with his disciples, and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea,
Mar 3:8 from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan, and those from around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came to him.
Mar 3:9 He spoke to his disciples that a little boat should stay near him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn't press on him.
Mar 3:10 For he had healed many, so that as many as had diseases pressed on him that they might touch him.
Mar 3:11 The unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, "You are the Son of God!"
Mar 3:12 He sternly warned them that they should not make him known.
Mar 3:13 He went up into the mountain, and called to himself those whom he wanted, and they went to him.
Mar 3:14 He appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them out to preach,
Mar 3:15 and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:
Mar 3:16 Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter;
Mar 3:17 James the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James, and he surnamed them Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder;
Mar 3:18 Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot;
Mar 3:19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. He came into a house.
Mar 3:20 The multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mar 3:21 When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, "He is insane."
Mar 3:22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul," and, "By the prince of the demons he casts out the demons."
Mar 3:23 He summoned them, and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
Mar 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mar 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mar 3:26 If Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he can't stand, but has an end.
Mar 3:27 But no one can enter into the house of the strong man to plunder, unless he first binds the strong man; and then he will plunder his house.
Mar 3:28 Most certainly I tell you, all sins of the descendants of man will be forgiven, including their blasphemies with which they may blaspheme;
Mar 3:29 but whoever may blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"
Mar 3:30 -because they said, "He has an unclean spirit."
Mar 3:31 His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent to him, calling him.
Mar 3:32 A multitude was sitting around him, and they told him, "Behold, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside looking for you."
Mar 3:33 He answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
Mar 3:34 Looking around at those who sat around him, he said, "Behold, my mother and my brothers!
Mar 3:35 For whoever does the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."

"THE BOOK OF PSALMS" Psalm 16 - David's Golden Secret by Mark Copeland


                    Psalm 16 - David's Golden Secret


1) To observe the use and possible meaning of the word "Michtam"

2) To consider David's trust in the Lord and his preference for God's

3) To note the Messianic prophecy of the resurrection of Christ


The heading describes this psalm as A Michtam of David.  The meaning of
"Michtam" is uncertain, though rabbinical sources guess it to mean "a
golden poem" (ISBE).  Another suggestion is that it means "a mystery
poem" (Leopold).  The psalm does reveal David's trust in life and hope
in death, and so I have called it "David's Golden Secret".

David's secret was that he placed his trust in the LORD (Jehovah), along
with delighting in His saints on the earth (God's people).  He found the
LORD to be a good inheritance, and sought to bless Him for His counsel.
Having set the LORD always before him and at his right hand, David was
confident he would not be moved (1-8).

David's secret was also that he had great joy and hope for the future,
even for his flesh (body).  The basis for his confidence appears at
first that he (David) would not be left in Sheol (Hades, the realm of
the dead) nor would he see corruption.   Yet we learn from Peter and
Paul that David was prophesying of the resurrection of the Messiah (cf.
Ac 2:25-31; 13:33-37).  Of course, Jesus' resurrection ensures that one
day we (and David!) will also be raised from the dead (cf. 1Co 15:
20-23), which serves as the basis for our hope (1Pe 1:3).  The psalm
ends with a statement of confidence in the Lord's future provision and
the blessings in His presence (9-11).



      1. An introductory plea...
         a. For God to preserve him
         b. For he has placed his trust in God
      2. The LORD is his Lord...
         a. His goodness is nothing apart from Him
         b. He delights in His saints, the excellent ones on the earth
      3. Those who hasten after another god...
         a. Their sorrows will be multiplied
         b. He will not offer their drink offerings of blood
         c. He will not take up their names on his lips

      1. His inheritance and his cup
      2. Who maintains his lot...
         a. The lines have fallen in pleasant places
         b. He has a good inheritance

      1. Whom he will bless for His counsel, and the instruction of his
         heart in the night seasons
      2. Whom he has set before him at his right hand, so he shall not
         be moved


      1. His heart is glad, his glory rejoices
      2. His flesh also rests in hope

      1. God will not leave his soul in Sheol
      2. God will not allow His Holy One to see corruption

      1. God will show him the paths of life
      2. In His presence is fullness of joy
      3. At His right hand are pleasures forevermore


1) What are the main points of this psalm?
   - His refuge in life (1-8)
   - His hope in death (9-11)

2) What are the possible meanings of the word "Michtam"?
   -"golden poem" or "mystery poem"

3) Who is the author of this psalm?
   - David; confirmed by Peter in Ac 2:25-31 and Paul in Ac 13:33-37

4) In whom did David place his trust? (1)
   - The LORD

5) In whom did David find great delight? (3)
   - The saints who are on the earth

6) What is happens to those who hasten after another god? (4)
   - Their sorrows are multiplied

7) What did David consider as the portion of his inheritance? (5)
   - The LORD

8) Why does David bless the Lord? (7)
   - For giving him counsel
   - For giving him a heart that instructs him in the night seasons

9) What had David done?  What was the result? (8)
   - He set the LORD always before him, at his right hand
   - He will not be moved

10) What was David's attitude regarding the future? (9)
   - His heart was glad and his glory rejoices; his flesh also rests in

11) To whom is verse 10 applied to by Peter in Acts 2?
   - To Jesus Christ, as proof of His resurrection

12) What will be found in God's presence and at His right hand? (11)
   - Fullness of joy; pleasures forevermore