Biblical Tidbits

Some Thoughts on Some Verses

by Dr. Ken Matto


Psa 43 KJV

{1}Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

Judge Me - Judge my motives correctly as mere humans cannot judge them

The believer looks to God as:

The Judge

Advocate - Plead my cause - 1 John 2:1

Deliverer - O deliver me - Gen 32:11 - God didn’t deliver Jacob from seeing Esau, He sweetened the meeting


Discussion - How does the Lord plead the cause of his people?

David kills Goliath

He shuts the mouth of lions

Vengeance on the unbeliever - 2 Thess. 1:7-10


{2} (a) For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? (b) why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

A. 1 Kings 18: 35-40 >1 Kings 19:10 > Heb. 13:5 & Daniel 11:32

B. Habakkuk 1:1-4 > Isaiah 54:17


{3} (a) O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; (b) let them bring me unto thy holy hill, (c) and to thy tabernacles.

A. Isaiah 60:1-3 > Psalm 23:3

B. Isaiah 11:9 > Isaiah 66:20 > Galatians 4:25-26 > Heb 12:22 > Rev. 21:2

C. Heb 8:1-2 > Rev. 21:3



{4} (a) Then will I go unto the altar of God, (b) unto God (c) my exceeding joy: (d) yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

A. Dedication to the Lord is by approach to the altar > Romans 12:1-2

B. Unto God:

James 1:5 for Counsel

Matthew 11:28 for Rest

Psalm 71:20-21 for Comfort

2 Chronicles 14:10-13 for Help

Psalm 18:2 for Strength > Deut. 33:25

C. Psalm 16:11

 D. Psalm 49:4 - As musicians lean close to hear their instrument as in the harp in this Psalm - so we must always be attentive to the things of God. Listening closely indicates the process of listening for bad strings or notes. The believer must do likewise so they will be able to weed out the bad teachings,  as the harp will play a correct sound, the believer will have a correct biblical view. > 1 Cor 14:8


 {5} Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

After the psalmist learns all the beautiful truths, how can his soul be cast (bent down)?

Disquieted = Restless or Uneasy

Health = Salvation

Countenance = The face - It shows the true condition. Words can be artificial but when a person is sick or well, the face shows it.

Jeremiah 5:18

(Jer 5:18 KJV) Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.

Notice the wording here as God tells the Israelites that He will not make a full end of them. Why? 2 reasons: First, the Messiah must come through the nation of Israel; and, secondly, because God still has a remnant of true believers which He must save as He has promised. God will never forsake His elect.


Jeremiah 42:2

(Jer 42:2 KJV) And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)

Notice the seeming despair in Jeremiah's writing as there are but a few of the faithful remnant left of all that were taken to Babylon. Here is a snapshot of the modern church as there are but a few faithful congregations left preaching the true gospel. They are far and few in between and it is a despairing time in the history of the church.


John 18:10-11

(John 18:10-11 KJV) Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. {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?

When Peter cut off the ear of Malchus, it symbolizes the allowing of a works gospel to cut off our spiritual ears. The only way to regain our spiritual ears is if the Lord touches our ear and restores it. Then we can hear the voice of Christ. (John 10:27) Peter was acting in the flesh and the flesh always wars against the spirit

2 Corinthians 3:18

(2 Cor 3:18 KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In this verse we see something about the image going from glory to glory. To gain a clearer understanding of this verse let us look at verses 9-11 of the same chapter:

(2 Cor 3:9-11 KJV) For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. {10} For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. {11} For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

The Law was the condemnation of man yet was glorious. Saved people go from the glory of condemnation to the glory of salvation. Hell then is a part of the glory of God which vindicates His holiness which is His chief attribute.


James 2:14-26

(James 2:14-26 KJV) {14}What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

As we study this verse, 2 parts of this verse must be brought to light:

1.) "say he hath faith" = The verse is not saying he has it but that he says he has it. It is very important to know the difference between the two.

2.) The second part which must be examined is "can faith save him?" In the Greek the word "the" is present which allows this part of the verse to be translated "Can that faith save him?" This is a definite article resulting in asking the question, "Can a faith without substance (not producing works) save a person? In other words, if there is no evidence of your faith, you don't have any, which means you are still unsaved.

{15} If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, {16} And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Let us examine the last phrase, "what doth it profit?" The principle of verse 14 is being reiterated here. If a person comes to you for anything, food and clothing represent the principle, and you refuse them, what does it profit you? It profits nothing because their faith is non-existent. Faith is the foundation we build our works on. Out of a true faith comes true works, this is how faith is demonstrated.


{17} Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Here is the pivotal verse in this section. Faith is dead without works because works is the proof of your faith. (Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. God has already ordained our good works and if there are no good works, then we are unsaved. What is the only good work a Christian can do? It is putting themselves on the line sending forth the gospel which is the primary calling of all true believers.

Notice the verse speaks that faith is dead without works. The word "dead" is the word "nekros" the same word that God uses to describe the pre-salvific Christian. The word carries with it the meaning of "useless, lifeless, and dead." Then God adds the word "alone," which carries the meaning of being alone or isolated." God is then declaring that if your faith has no action, you have no faith, thus you have no salvation. True good works are an evidence of your salvation.


{18} Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

Some may have separated works and faith and made them two distinctives of the Christian Faith. However, the two cannot be separated as works spring out of faith, not faith out of works. Works is never a foundation. Faith is a gift from God while works is our required "reasonable service" (Romans 12:1-2). Your works bring forth the evidence you are saved. Evidence of salvation is not speaking in tongues rather it is the working out (not for) of your own salvation as stated in (Phil 2:12 KJV) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Notice the challenge in this verse to show the faith without works. Is faith visible by itself? The answer of course is no! Is faith visible when it is being exercised by works? The answer is yes! This is why the Scripture declares that we can show our faith by works. Works is faith in action!!!!!


{19} Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Here is an indictment against the trite person who proclaims "Oh Yes, I believe in God." There are many who say they believe in God and the Bible puts that on par with "Big deal the demons believe too." These people have no works, in the realm of Christianity, belief is dead if it is alone. At least the demons have some sense in that they tremble, people shake their fist at God. I guess because the demons who rebelled with Satan already saw God in His majesty and know what's coming. Many people say there is no God, even the devils aren't that stupid!


{20} But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

The word vain here is "Empty or Worthless." Dead is "nekros" remember "lifeless and useless." Do any of these words describe the gospel? The answer is no. Throughout this study we are seeing some common words describe faith without works, "useless. lifeless, empty, worthless."


{21} Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Here is one of those verses that the "work for salvation" crowd uses as their crowning verse. They pull out "justified by works" and leave it there. It is a pity that they ignore the second half of this verse. This entire verse shows us that the faith of Abraham was extremely alive and active. His trust in God was so mighty that he went as far as a willingness to sacrifice his own son on God's orders. This verse does not contradict Romans 3:28 & 4:3, rather it combines the principles of both verses in showing us what a living faith is.


{22} Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

The perfect or mature Christian life is a life of works in conformity to our faith and a life of faith in conformity to works. In other words, they complement each other. If I may make an illustration: It is like one who puts on a glove, the hand is the faith and the glove is the works. The glove is lifeless and limp unless there is a hand in it. On the other hand (no pun intended) the hand is works and the glove is faith. In other words, they are a perfect match. Next time you listen to a missionary, think of these verses and you will have a live demonstration of how works and faith go hand in hand.


{23} And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

This part of Scripture goes back to Genesis 15:5 where God promised Abraham his seed would be as the stars in number and he believed God. Notice how the word friend shows up, remember what the Lord Jesus called all His true believers in John 15:14-15? "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. {15} Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." Not only does the believer inherit the faith of Abraham, they inherit the right to call the Lord Jesus "Friend." Therefore, since we have inherited those things, we have also inherited the ability to do great works for God in concert with our faith.


{24} Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Back in verse 14, James asks the question "can a dead faith save anyone?" The answer is found in this verse because no one is saved by any type of intellectual belief which lacks appropriate actions. Saving faith is more than giving mental assent to a doctrine.


{25} Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

Rahab was justified because she heard about the God of the spies and believed the story. She had faith to hide the spies and then send them off in a different direction. It is necessary to note that both Abraham and Rahab were justified in the same manner. Their works were in concert with their faith. "Likewise" may also be translated 'In like manner."


{26} For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Here is the summary of the whole study - WORKS WITHOUT FAITH OR FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. This is the great balance in the Christian walk. Faith and works must be in concert as one without the other is dead. If you have ever gone to a funeral, when you saw the body in the casket, what you saw was faith without works. That is the essence of James 2:14-26 - WORKS MUST COMPLEMENT OUR FAITH not justification by works.


(Titus 2:11-14 KJV)

{11} For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Hath appeared="Dawned upon, Visible - Numbers 24:17, Isaiah 9:2


{12} Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Teaching=Instructing, encouraging and discipline

Denying=Renounce or refuse

Godly=Pious showing a distinction from the ungodly


{13} Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Looking=Awaiting or Expecting

Blessed Hope=The second coming

Glorious Appearing=The way it will look

Isaiah 49:26


{14} Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Redeem=rescue or set free



Peculiar=Choice treasure or costly possession, chosen

Zealous=A Zealot


(Heb 12:26-29 KJV)

{26} Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. {27} And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Haggai 2:6-9 - Shake=make fear or tremble - Neh . 5:13; Isaiah 2:19-21; Isaiah 13:13; Joel 3:16; Job 15:33

The unbeliever is tied to the physical earth and heaven so when the shaking comes (judgment) His kingdom will not remain.


{28} Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Cannot be moved=Not to be shaken

Acceptably=Well Pleasing - Matthew 17:5


{29} For our God is a consuming fire.

Deut 4:24-26


(Rev 1:17-20 KJV)

{17} And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

As dead=To Those who say they saw visions of Christ


{18} I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Key = Isaiah 22:20-25; Rev. 3:7; Matt 16:19


{19} Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; {20} The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.


(Rev 11:15 KJV)

{15} And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The End of the World and Beginning of Eternity