Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Evil—bad, calamity, adversity, affliction, etc. Shadow of death—any great danger or cause of terror. Comfort—console, pity, compassion. Rod and staff—guiding and defending.
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
Redeem—ransom, release from first death or second.
Inward thought—maybe never expressed, but certainly dwelt upon internally, the thought behind much of their action.
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Way is folly—they lived stupidly, yet people honor them and follow their example rather than the wisdom of God. Sheep—although led to food are also led to the slaughter house! Death is their shepherd. God can redeem—He can do what man, even rich powerful influential men cannot. Power of grave—the hand, control, the thing we are redeemed, set free from.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
--God’s wisdom comes into play again.
Dwell safely—live in confidence. Quiet—at ease in real prosperity. Fear of evil—any evil tidings.
And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Sat in darkness—dwelled in the shadow of death, the land of the spiritually dead, under the government of death. Spiritual ignorance. Time of ignorance God winked at. True dark ages.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Flesh and blood—the only way he could die was to have physical life.
Power of death—the power that death has Satan wields. Christ took death away from Satan, owned it, thus redeems us, removing Satan’s power to kill us.
--Jesus was not afraid of death—slept while boat rocked, laid down His life of own accord. Death was not a thing to fear, but a step to take to rejoin the Father.
Subject to bondage—held, captive to, fearing death puts you in a slavish, uncomfortable state.
Succour—aid, relieve, help, He’s been thru it, He knows what helps.