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2017 September 16
The Gospel According to Matthew
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Hi! I'm Pastor Floyd! I wish I had a photograph of you, too, so that I could visualize to whom I am talking! But Yahuah Hayah, the Self-Existent, Eternal I AM, the Creator of all and King over it, knows who you are; and that's all that matters!
Hello, everybody! It's good to be here. But a good question to ask is: Why am I here?
D.J. told me that somebody asked for a "Bible study"; and D.J. knows that I am a Bible student and that I love to share what I have learned! So she invited me to join her with her friends, this morning, to give them a "Bible study"; and I am delighted to do so.
So, if this is to be a "bible study", let's get right down to business!
The next question to ask is: Why would anybody want a Bible study? Or: What is it about "the Bible" that anyone would want to study?
Apparently something is in the Bible that is good; or we wouldn't want it, right?
The Bible is full of words, right? So, obviously it is a good word we are seeking; but why can a “good word” be found in the Bible?
Well, let me allow the Bible to answer that question. For I never say anything "religious" or "spiritual" without a verse in some chapter in some book of the Bible to back it up!
Let's go to the Gospel according to John, the first chapter, the first verse:
Wow! The Bible is not only full of words; but they are the work of God, Who was "in the beginning", which is a long, long time ago, and Who actually is called "the Word"; and why is that?
God is powerful, right? And part of His power lies in His ability to speak powerful words! Verse 2 simply repeats something so, continuing with the 3rd verse, we read:
Let me show you how that works! Going to the 1st chapter of Genesis, the 3rd verse, we read:
The writer does not say how "there was light"; so we need to go back to John and read his 14th verse: "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth!" (John 1:14)
I am sure most of you know Who that verse is talking about: To be "made flesh" the Son of God had to be born into the world, exactly as you and I were, by our mother! And who in the world does not know that the mother of Jesus was Mary?
I took you there to focus in on Jesus or "Yeshua", as His Hebrew name is; because part of what Yeshua did was to teach us about this powerful thing we call "the word of God"! And Yeshua said, concerning His words:
To get that saying, I went to the 6th chapter of John, the 63rd verse! But what does it mean? Why did Yeshua say that His words are "spirit"!
You and I are familiar with words; we hear them in our minds continually! But we can't see them, right? We can only see what they represent, which is where our imagination comes in.
But even what we imagine is not something we can touch or do anything with! It only sits there, in our spirit! And, if we are imagining a good thing, we feel good; but, if we have been tempted to imagine a bad thing, we feel bad. So our feelings follow our words, which suggest things to imagine, which affect our feelings.
What I have been describing is activity in the spirit part of us; so we can understand why Yeshua spoke of His words as being "spirit"!
But what about His likening His words to "life'? How does that work?
Remember my pointing out that good words and the good things we imagine or put images to make us feel good? Well, pushing that to the extreme, words that are good enough can make us ecstatic or full of joy! But the other side of that coin is that words representing bad things make us imagine and feel bad things; and, if they become bad enough, they can actually kill us, especially if they stay with us for very long!
Dr. Leonard Caldwell teaches his patients how stress shuts down the immune system, leaving us open to all kinds of disease; and we know that enough disease is fatal! And what is stress? It is the awareness that something in our life is wrong, which makes us feel bad all the time, which brings disease and, if not reversed, will make us die!
But Yeshua's words don't do that; He said “They are life!” In fact, His name speaks of that: it is a shortened version of "Yehoshua" (Strong: Hebrew: 3091), which means "Jehovah-saved"! And "Jehovah" is the English translation of the Hebrew "Yehovaw" which is a name that God gave Moses for Himself, in Exodus 6:3; and Hebrew scholars tell us that "Yahuah" is the preferred pronunciation of that name, which is the name for God that we use in our fellowship!
We read that John wrote of Yeshua, "the Word", as being "in the beginning"! And Yeshua said, of Himself: "Before Abraham was, I AM!" And that brings us to the second part of God's name: He said, to Moses: "Say, unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." That is in Exodus, the 3rd chapter, the 14th verse.
In calling Himself "I AM" and leaving out what He is, God is saying "I AM all that is!" In other words, not only did He create all that is; but "all that is" is an expression of Himself, which continues so long as the "all" continues to exist!
Yeshua told the woman in Samaria: "God is a Spirit: and they who worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth!" (John 4:24)
Remember what I said about words being an activity of our spirit, having no physical expression while we are only imagining them?
Our worship of God must then be a part of that activity in our spirit. The other requirement is that we worship Him "in truth"! So what we say in our spirit to worship God must be what we truly believe! For anyone simply saying words that he believes will please God without truly meaning them is in for big disappointment! He said, through His faithful apostle John:
This same faithful apostle wrote: "God is love!" And you find that in 1st John, the 4th chapter, the 8th verse! In fact Howard Storm tells us that God loves His children "passionately"! That is a strong emotion! But equally strong is God's abhorrence of insincerity! He wrote, through John:
So, when we are trying to relate with God or with Yahuah Hayah, as His Hebrew name goes, we had best mean exactly what we say! For He is the One "Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts, the 15th chapter, the 8th verse) In fact, He wrote, through His psalmist:
Thus far we have only considered words that we speak in our spirit, which have no physical expression! But words don't stay there: Remember? "God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1:3)
"Light" isn't exactly "physical"; but it is energy in the creation that is physical; and you may recall that the writer of Genesis did not get into how the word "light" became actual light; but, again, we find that Yahuah Hayah's “Holy Bible” excellently explains itself, at least in some matters!
Yeshua said, of God's Holy Spirit: "14 He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine and shall show it unto you." (John 16:14 and 15)
If Yeshua said, "Let there be light", the part of that belonging to His Father in Heaven is the image of light. Remember? We think things without having any physical expression of them, right? So “light” would have been what the Father was thinking, which Yeshua said "is Mine"; and, having thought of what the Father was thinking, Yeshua, as "the Word" spoke it, which then became the actual light! But how?
Yeshua said, of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah's Holy Spirit: "He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you!" (That was in John 14, Verse 16) So ha Kodesh Ruach took the image of light that Yeshua spoke and showed it to all who were alive and watching that amazing process, which was the beginning of creation! And, since light continues to be a part of our experience in creation, we find that creativity to be an ongoing process!
It is wonderful to know a little about how Yahuah Hayah has done what He has done; but, when we realize that He has included us, His beloved children, in that creativity, the fun really begins; for His recorder wrote:
When Yahuah Hayah sent Yeshua ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Earth, to become His "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) He had Yeshua explain, to His disciples, how this "dominion" works! He said:
I think you would agree that moving a mountain is, certainly, a physical activity! But it comes of speaking to it, which is a Spirit activity; and, since we do not go around moving mountains, Yeshua had to be describing the part that ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit, plays in doing the moving, which is an amazing thing! But that is the way our dominion works! And it works for the person who "shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass" (Mark 11:23)
To help us understand how a Spirit can move a physical mountain, scientists have discovered that the most solid acting rock is comprised of no more than molecules comprised of atoms comprised of electrons, which are no more than whirlpools in the sea of energy that comprises space! So the rock is, indeed, movable by a Spirit that has control over the energy that comprises its electrons, atoms and molecules!
So, far from science's being contrary to the spiritual truth of Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible, we find that it works hand-in-hand with it, to help us understand the spiritual truth that He has expressed in it, to encourage and empower us, His beloved children, with the knowledge by which to take advantage of the amazing ability He has put into our hands!
So far so good! But we have a ways to go before understanding that with knowledge and power comes responsibility! In other words, what we do with them brings a reaction from the One Who gave them to us; and it varies greatly according to whether we have pleased Him with our use of them or displeased Him; and here is where the term "salvation" comes in.
"Salvation" relates to our being "saved"; but the question arises: Saved from what? And Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible gives a lot of attention to that question, such as to the consequences of being "saved" or "not saved".
By showing you the Bible's truth about our dominion I have shown you how to cause amazing things to happen! For moving a mountain is no small example of a capability! But Yeshua issued a warning about using the power that moves mountains in the wrong way! He said:
Prophesying, casting out devils and doing "many wonderful works" are examples of the use of one's dominion or the activating of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) by speaking to something and believing that what one has said will come to pass! And we find that doing any of that without its being "the will" of Yeshua's "Father in Heaven" creates a problem that bars one from "the kingdom of Heaven"! And that is what we must be "saved" from! For it is, virtually, impossible to do all things in accord with "the will" of Yeshua's "Father in Heaven"!
Yahuah Hayah has given through Yeshua through Moses a list of things that He wants or does not want from us, His beloved children; but he has offered the blessings He associates with that list in very careful language! He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
Notice, please that to receive His blessings it is "the voice of Yahuah, thy God" that one is "to observe to do all His commandments". Where is that voice? I submit that it is in the spirit of each one of us. And many people, who are called "good", listen well to that voice and become helpful citizens of their communities!
But one must pay attention to the fact that loving God is one of His commandments; He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
But people are around who pride themselves in doing the good that they find their spirits encouraging them to do but who have divorced all of this activity from the One Who is giving them the breath of life each moment of their day, let alone the directions He gives in their spirit by which to do so well among their neighbors!
To do this divorcing of themselves from the Source of their beings and wisdom, obviously some of the direction they are following in their spirits are from voices other that that of Yahuah Hayah. Paul wrote: "God is not the author of confusion but of peace!" (1st Corinthians 14:33)
Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible addresses the source of these other voices and why they are so contrary to His! Yeshua said, of "the Devil" that he is "a liar"! (John 8:44) Through John He spoke, of "that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9)
Back in John Yeshua explained, to the "Jews" (John 8:30), why His children either hear His words or not! He said:
The question in my mind is which came first: being "of God" or hearing "God's words" and therefore being "of" Him or in agreement with Him. If one has opened up to voices giving other words that do not agree with "God's words" and accepted them, he obviously is "not of God" and therefore "hear them not", which opens one up to using his dominion apart from or contrary to God's will, which will result in Yeshua's saying "Depart from Me."
So what we are in need of is a return to being "one of these little ones who believe in" Yeshua, which is the way we start out! Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist:
But these little ones who believe in Yeshua are "offended"! He said: "Whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!" (Matthew 18:6) And, when we look up the word "offend", we find that it is the translation of a word meaning "entice to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624), which is what Satan, his demons and all his servants among humans do.
So being "offended" or enticed to sin, what then? What is to become of such "little ones" and the big ones, as well, who continue hearkening to the wrong voices?
Well, obviously, they have got to change their mind, finding that doing their own thing without regard to Yahuah Hayah's will for them does not work well. And that is where the "atonement" of Yahuah's Torah or law comes in. Each time an Israelite sinned, if he would bring a "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27) to the priest and watch the priest cut its throat and make it bleed to death, Yahuah said, through Moses: "It shall be forgiven him." (Verse 28)
To bring the "sin offering" the Israelite had to admit that he had sinned and want the forgiveness that watching the lamb killed would bring! And watching that violence to an innocent creature, which the Israelite's sin had caused, associated the Israelite's sin with violence to an innocent being, which was a type of the violence done to Yahuah Hayah each time a child of His sinned or did violence to Him or to a neighbor, in whom His Spirit is, conveying the pain of that violence to Him, Who is innocent and therefore not worthy to suffer in that way!
That practice of Yahuah Hayah's atonement through the sacrifice of animals worked up to a point! But it fell short of the effectiveness that He knew must bring His children "to repentance" or to "thinking differently" about breaking the commandments of His Torah, without which He could not bring them into His kingdom! So He sent Yeshua, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) to be His "lamb"; John the Baptist said, of Him: "Behold the Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) Yeshua said:
Yeshua knew exactly what the purpose of His going to the cross would be! He told Pilate, the Roman governor who would order His crucifixion: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth!" (John 18:37) And that truth would be how terrible sin is in the way that it affects God, who is not worthy of the violence that it throws onto God. When Yeshua had suffered and died, Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author:
So purging one's "conscience" is what Yahuah Hayah's salvation through Yeshua is about! The "conscience" is that voice of God that His Torah said must be heard, "to observe to do all His commandments"!
That word "observe" means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on, which is all Yahuah Hayah requires of us. He will reward us or punish us about what we actually do about His commandments; but so long as we are sincerely giving Him our best effort, He will always forgive us: through Yeshua He taught His disciples to pray:
And, when we go to looking in Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible for what gives us that "righteousness", we find it in His Torah! He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
There it is again – that word "observe" which means to "guard" or to "put a value on". That gives us the righteousness by which to enter Yahuah Hayah's awesome kingdom when we die; and we begin receiving its blessings long before we die; for Yeshua said:
So, interestingly, the use of one's dominion to do unusual things is "the kingdom of God ... come upon you" (Luke 11:20); and the ability to use it is "the kingdom of God ... within you" (Luke 17:21), which is why Yeshua said:
But, lest our joy overwhelm us, there are some sobering things to consider, about Yahuah Hayah's "ways"! He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
Let me ask you: What kind of person is it that you would want to "avenge or bear any grudge against"? Would it not be someone who has hurt you without any indication that he was sorry for it? And is that not the kind of person you would consider to be an "enemy"?
So clear back in Yahuah Hayah's Torah, which we see as part of His "Old Testament", we find an element of the kind of love that He made clear was His requirement in the New Covenant He established through Yeshua! He said, of the wine He gave His disciples to drink:
But, when Yeshua had suffered and died and returned as a gloriously resurrected man to visit His disciples, He said, to them:
Well, Yahuah Hayah had sent Yeshua via the cross! And Yeshua sent His disciples via the same thing?
To prepare His disciples for that staggering truth, Yeshua had said earlier:
Yeshua spoke of the same challenging commitment but with a bit more hope attached to it:
These demands were spoken by Yeshua, Who was and is, to this day, Yahuah Hayah's "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), Who made clear that to "not perish but have everlasting life" (Verse 16) required that one "believe in Him"! (Verse 16)
Paul well pointed out that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"! (Romans 3:23) And Yeshua said, concerning that sin, that we simply pray, to "our Father Who art in Heaven": (Matthew 6:9) "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!" (Verse 12)
But to pray such a prayer, one must admit that he has sinned, with the understanding that "sin is the transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) And getting His children to admit any such thing was Yahuah Hayah's greatest challenge – in fact so great that He sent Yeshua to submit to the hands of wicked men, to show us, His beloved children, exactly how sinful we are capable of being!
For centuries the child of Israel who had sinned was required, by Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law to bring a lamb for a "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27) and watch it bleed to death by the hand of a priest, as an "atonement", that the sinning Israelite be "forgiven"! (Verse 28) Then Yahuah made Yeshua His "Lamb" and commanded that He submit to the hands of wicked men to be flogged and then bled to death on the cross, to "fulfill" "the law or the prophets" (Matthew 5:17), to be the ultimate sacrifice in the hope that the punishment imposed on Him without cause would "call … sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13)
But Yeshua had said: "Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled!" (Matthew 5:18) And then He said, to His disciples, after returning to them: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21)
So, even with what Yeshua did in submitting to His enemies, Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law apparently was not fulfilled; more sacrifices by disciples submitting to their enemies' hands remained to be done, as the best way that Yahuah apparently knows of calling "sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13)
Early in His ministry, Yeshua had said: "Repent: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 4:17) The word "repent" means to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340); and, since "sin is the transgression of the law", His call to sinners was for them to "think differently" about doing that, their need being to "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) for them to receive "all these blessings" (Verse 2), which Yeshua made clear includes "eternal life"! He said:
And He was answering the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Verse 16)
As God "the Word" (John 1:1) Yeshua had already said, through Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing! Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And He said, through Moses:
And, when Yeshua came as Yahuah Hayah's "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), He said, of Moses: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) "But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (Verse 47) And believing Him is Yahuah's requirement to "not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16)
What I have laid out before you, this morning, is Yeshua's "gospel of the kingdom of God"! (Matthew 24:14) He said: "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come!" (Verse 14)
We are taking advantage now of an amazing technology that is making this preaching possible! For some of you listening to me now are on the other side of the world; and, while I am in the light of a beautiful morning, some of you are in the darkness of night!
But a darkened room only makes a candle burn all the more brightly! Yeshua said: "I am the light of the world! He who followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life!" (John 8:12) Then He turned it around and said:
This morning I am giving you "the word of God"! (Mark 7:13) That is a "good work"; and it glorifies our Father in Heaven!
For years "D.J." has sent food and clothing over to the poor in the Philippines, which are her native land; and she has been helped to distribute them by a wonderful woman of faith who is still there! Such works are important! For,
Yeshua said: "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell! 30 And, if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell!" (Matthew 5:29) But Yahuah Hayah also wrote through His psalmist:
From Howard Storm's wonderful testimony I have learned that Yahuah Hayah's mercy "endureth" even with some of His children who have been sent to Hell! For, when Brother Howard repented of His hard heart toward God and cried out for “Jesus” to save him, Yeshua came down, embraced him and carried him up into the glorious light and love of Heaven! He wrote of that amazing experience:
Before I turn things back to D.J., I think it might be nice to let you know that our fellowship has a website called enterhiscovenant.com! It is our official website, which I have called "Faith Harvest Israel"!
That name Israel is not to be confused with the Jews, who largely deny that Yeshua is the Son of God! Rather, I have used the name "Israel" because it means "He will rule as God"! And that is what Yeshua is doing; and if we, along with so many others in the Bible are "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), we are actually the children of Yeshua! One of Yahuah Hayah's psalms speaks of this:
God bless you; and have a wonderful week! D.J., the program is all yours!
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