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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2017 November 11
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20171111.htm)
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!
Welcome to our friends all over the world! Whoever you are, whatever time of day it is for you, the amazing and wonderful thing is that we are together for this hour, fulfilling Yahuah's prophecy through Yeshua:
Let us pray:
Last week we were moving through Matthew's Gospel; and here is where we left off:
It is interesting that in this passage Yeshua refers to fasting as an expression of mourning, not "morning" as in the time of day but “mourning” as in being very sorrowful over something that has happened! And one of the causes for His disciples to mourn would be His not being with them here on Earth, which would find its expression in their "fasting"!
In another place that I have mentioned, Yeshua speaks of "fasting" as a way together with prayer to cast out a demon, saying "this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting"! (Matthew 17:21)
Another thing of which to take note is that, when He bade His disciples goodbye to return to Yahuah the Father, He said, "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world!" (Matthew 28:20) But in the passage at which we presently are looking, He talks about the days that "will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them". (Matthew 9:15) So His being with us "always, even unto the end of the world" would obviously be His presence with us through ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, which, although He empowers us in every way imaginable still leaves the personal relationship of Yeshua's physical presence a thing still to be desired! And people who have been taken to Heaven and given the marvelous opportunity to visit with Him attest to the wonder and joy of that that actual closeness to Him that they will never forget! Brother Howard Storm wrote, glowingly, of his experience with Jesus:
I am looking forward to my personal encounter with Yeshua, aren't you?
Having spoken of His disciples fasting in His absence, Yeshua then abruptly changed to another subject:
Without success, I have searched the other three gospels for a version of this that might include some explanation for it; so your guess is as good as mine as to what Yeshua is talking about by "new cloth" or "new wine". My guess, presumably with the help of Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, is that the new things are His "new truth", which He chose to share with His disciples, who were new to ministry, while His sharing of that truth with the religious leaders already in place caused them to “break” for the strain of its newness and His “new wine” was not retained by them. If you have a better idea, let me know! Matthew's account continues:
You probably noticed that two miracles are wrapped up in this same account, the healing of the woman "with an issue of blood" and the raising from the dead of the ruler's daughter! The woman with the blood problem used her dominion, saying: "If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole!" And, when she did touch "the hem of His garment" she apparently was healed; because Yeshua's word to her was in the past tense: "Thy faith hath made thee whole!"
Our amazing dominion was at work with the ruler, also; for He said, to Yeshua: “Come and lay Thy hand upon her, and she shall live!” And that was exactly the way in which it worked out!
These wonderful accounts serve to confirm the effectiveness of our dominion, which works wonders for anyone who has come to believe "that those things that he saith shall come to pass"! (Mark 11:23) Matthew's account continues:
Knowing how the human dominion works, Yeshua asked the two blind men to speak their belief, asking them: "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" And, receiving the right answer, He "touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you." And, according to our faith, your needs and mine will be met, as we make our way through the amazing life that Yahuah Hayah has given each of us who believes in Him. Matthew's account continues:
This consistent contempt for Yeshua on the part of the religious leaders of His day simply demonstrates how deeply Satan had got into their spirits, to where his hate for Yeshua was consistently expressed by the Israelites who had become Satan's servants! And I continually see this around me today, the differences in conduct between neighbors being remarkably consistent and either one way or the other in their attitude toward anybody who is serving Yahuah Hayah! Matthew continued:
Yeshua pleads, here, for more use of our dominion, that Yahuah Hayah "will send forth laborers into His harvest", which serves to show how in giving us our "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28), He was very serious, waiting on virtually every need we have, until we have voiced our need for Him to fulfill us as His will is that we be fulfilled. Matthew continued:
When I use my dominion, I never see instant response to what I have spoken! But in time, I see the desired results; and I praise Yahuah Hayah for them. But Yeshua did get instant results in His use of His dominion; and in this account He passed on, to His "twelve disciples" "power" to get the results that He had gotten, by which to impress Yahuah Hayah's suffering children! He said:
And before He suffered and died, Yeshua prayed:
And before He went back to be with Yahuah the Father, Yeshua said:
Indeed, Yeshua said:
If you want to, you can argue that you never see such things, especially among church-going people. Our youngest son attends what they call an "apostolic church" or one that follows the teachings of the apostles! And he reports some of these miracles occurring among his brethren. The apostles taught and practiced those miracles; and they are seen today among those who believe what the apostles taught!
As for me, the results of my prayers are "in due time"; I don't see the instant response that "miracles" suggest! But, if I did not believe in something, I would see no remedy at all for my problems or those in the neighbors for which I pray! So I am content with the results for prayer that Yahuah Hayah chooses to give me! But His joy and peace are in my spirit! And I am exceedingly grateful for those results of my walk with Him!
Why Yahuah Hayah holds off on the more dramatic results of prayer that I would love to see in response to my prayers, I would love to know! And, if that problem was fixable, you can believe that I would give due diligence to fixing it. But short of that drama, I walk humbly before Him, praising Him each day for the miracle of creation and of the life of which He has made me a part! I have absolutely nothing to complain about.
Our apostolic son believes I am greatly in error in some of the things I teach; but, when I try to give him the chapter and verse behind each thing I say, he doesn't want to hear it; so he and I do not get very far in that regard! But I love him, as I do all the members of my family and as I do each of you listening to me now, regardless of where you are in your belief. I simply pray that, whatever it is, it works well for you; and I believe that what we are doing now cannot help but make it work better, in spite of the limitations that Yahuah Hayah keeps upon my walk with Him; because it is not my opinion that I am teaching, here, it is His word, for whatever way in which it speaks to your heart! Matthew continued:
This long passage starts out with Yeshua's commanding His disciples about their conduct as they go forth to minister in His behalf "to the lost sheep of the house of Israel"! But it gets into matters that appear to go far beyond the time of the disciples; for I do not believe that I nor anyone else have seen a time so bad that "the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child! And children shall rise up, against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." (Matthew 10:21)
But the passage is so comprehensive and touches on so many important things that I believe a line-by-line study of it would be helpful! So here we go:
That was the limitation that Yeshua placed on His disciples when He first sent them forth to minister in His behalf! But the time would come, just prior to His returning to His Father, when He would command them:
"All" means all! "All nations' means all people on Earth! And "all things whatsoever I have commanded you" means, essentially, Yahuah Hayah's Torah! For the commandments that Yeshua gave in person were all supportive of His commandments through Moses! He said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47)
If Yeshua had come along and given commandments that were contrary to those He gave through Moses - He said, of Moses: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) – believing Him would have nothing to do with having believed Moses; but that is not the case! The Torah is comprised of the commandments of Yahuah Hayah that Yeshua spoke to Moses, who then spoke them and then wrote them down for "the children of Israel"! (Deuteronomy 29:1) And, when Yeshua walked among those children, He simply gave a better understanding of Yahuah's commandments, to correct faulty notions about them that had popped up among His children over the centuries!
In His sending forth His disciples, Yeshua said: "As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 10:7) And why was that? Yeshua said:
With Yeshua's disciples doing that, "the kingdom of Heaven" indeed would be "at hand" or within reach of one's hand, as he used his hands to minister in behalf of Yahuah Hayah or Yahuah the Father, Whose kingdom the one in Heaven is!
In His sending forth His disciples, Yeshua said: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils! Freely ye have received, freely give!" (Matthew 10:7)
Yeshua said: "17 These signs shall follow them who believe: In My name shall they cast out devils! They shall speak with new tongues! 18 They shall take up serpents! And, if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover!" (Mark 16:17 and 18) So it is obvious that He had confidence in the faith of His disciples! He also said:
So in His sending forth His disciples,Yeshua also had confidence that they knew His truth and that they indeed were free, going forth to make others free.
Yeshua said, to His disciples: "9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor brass in your purses 10 nor scrip for your journey neither two coats neither shoes nor yet staves! For the workman is worthy of his meat!" (Matthew 10:9 and 10)
This interesting commandment appears to be teaching Yeshua's disciples utter reliance on Yahuah Hayah to provide for them on their way to minister "to the lost sheep of the house of Israel"! (Matthew 10:6) He seemed to want them unencumbered by money or extra provisions of their own! That is the only sense I have been able to make of it. Yeshua said:
Surely, a lot depended upon ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit)'s guidance of the disciples, in finding a "worthy" house or a city that even had a "worthy" house in it, the penalty for being unworthy, whether house or entire city, being severe! And Yahuah Hayah's "judgments are true and righteous, altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)
We are coming up to two more references Yeshua made to Yahuah Hayah's "Day of Judgment":
Indeed, Yeshua said that even “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment”! (Matthew 12:36) So, apparently, there will be a time of reckoning when Yahuah Hayah's patience with His children will have come to an end! And this, undoubtedly relates to when Yeshua will return to Earth to "smite the nations and ... rule them with a rod of iron"! (Revelation 19:15)
Yeshua has also promised, through His faithful apostle John, that those children of Yahuah Hayah's who "overcome' will have a part in this judgment, saying: "26 He who overcometh and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations! 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron! As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers, even as I received of My Father!" (Revelation 2:26 and 27)
This raises the question of what "overcoming" consists, in Yahuah Hayah's mind; and we get the hint of an answer in another of these end-time promises: "To him who overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne." (Revelation 3:21)
That gives rise to the next question: Of what did Yeshua's overcoming consist? For Yeshua said, to His disciples: "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you!" (John 13:15) We find the account of Yeshua's overcoming, where He was "led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil!" (Matthew 4:1)
So, when we learn to say, "It is written" in answer to the voices in our spirit or in ill-advised neighbors that ask us to do things "off the wall" that obviously violate Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law, we will have "overcome", as Yeshua did, and be qualified to have "power over the nations"! (Revelation 2:26) along with Him or in His behalf! In sending forth His disciples, Yeshua said:
This is where Yeshua's commanding His disciples begins to sound like a prophecy farther into the future than their immediate work in His behalf would entail! He said, to them:
The following is where Yeshua mentioned things that we have not yet seen even today:
"The Son of man" has not come yet, two thousand years later!
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Let us pray: Our heavenly Father, I thank you for this enlightening time you have given all of us together. I pray that it has been helpful to all who have watched this wonderful live video; and I pray that you bless all of them richly throughout the coming week, for the hunger in their hearts that prompted them to hear Your words this morning! I know that each and every one of these children of Yours is precious to you and that you love him or her passionately! So it has been a great privilege to help you reach out to them and give them Your spirit and life through the words that we have spoken! Thank you for that fulfillment; all the praise and the glory for it be to you; blessed by your precious and holy name! Amen!
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