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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2017 November 25
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20171125.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:
Yeshua's critical reference to "the wise and prudent" appears to be those who are regarded as such by the people of the world in accord with their warped standards! For I would like to be "wise and prudent" but only in Yahuah Hayah's sight, in accord with His precious values, wouldn't you?
On the other hand Yeshua had no problem with "babes"! And I believe that is because "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), as He said, have not been "offended"! For He said:
Such is the passion of Yahuah Hayah for His precious children, especially in their young state before they have been "offended", the word "offend" being the translation of a word meaning "entice to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624) So one needs to be very careful about his or her effect on Yahuah's precious "little ones", especially in his or her conduct around such ones. For you know as well as I how quick "little ones" are to pick up on the conduct of those around them.
On the other hand, when we work diligently to teach "these little ones" Yahuah Hayah's words through Yeshua, they are the ones whom Yeshua knew to be open and receptive to His Father's revelations to them; and we have the inestimably blessed privilege of sharing these things with them when they are young and receptive to Him. Then Yeshua said, "unto the multitudes" (Matthew 11:7):
You and I know little things about "the Father" and "the Son"; and those "little things" were revealed to us by Yeshua! But Those two mighty Persons of the Godhead know all things about each other, which obviously is what Yeshua said that we do not know. And all I have to say is, Praise Yahuah Hayah for "the little things" we do know about Him; and thank You, Yeshua, for revealing them to us. The apostle John wrote of what has been given us:
And Yahuah Hayah saw that certain other things were written that we might know Him; He wrote, through Yeshua, through Moses:
And Yeshua said directly:
I have often quoted that familiar invitation by Yeshua, which says so many wonderful things about Him. You and I "labor" merely to stay alive! And without Yahuah Hayah in our life, to share the “burden”, it is "heavy" indeed! And Yeshua's promise to "give you rest" is welcome, indeed.
Yeshua commands us to "take His yoke, upon us, and learn of Him"! I would put it the other way around! Because without learning of Him, no one will take "Yeshua's yoke" upon him. In parts of this study I have spoken of Yeshua's "yoke" or the sacrifices and crosses He shows us must be born by His disciples to be His disciples; and, as I have said, they are not for "the faint of heart"! But what we do "learn of Him" is so full of blessing, salvation, joy and peace that to pass it up virtually is suicide!
Yeshua referred to Himself as "meek and lowly in heart"! Knowing the Father as He does, He could well be proud and highly in heart without any need to apologize! But His meekness and lowliness in heart speaks of the marvelous regard for Yahuah Hayah's children that bids Him be gentle with them and utterly respectful, because of their being made in the Father's "image" (Genesis 1:27) and loved by Him passionately or beyond our comprehension!
For those of us who have struggled with the demands of life without the special help that our heavenly Father is so willing to provide, we can relate well to Yeshua's promise of finding "rest unto your souls"! For the soul oppressed by Yahuah Hayah's judgments on the rebellious is anything other than restful!
Yeshua promised that His "yoke is easy" and His "burden is light"! He does not say that He comes with no "yoke' to be born by His disciples; and, as I have shown, the "burden" that comes with that "yoke" is frightening without the assurance that He shares it with us.
But Yeshua spoke from a broader perspective, comparing His "yoke" and "burden" with the ones that are born by the unbelieving or the rebellious, which make His requirements look like a handful of feathers! Matthew then continued with an interesting incident given rise by the hunger of His disciples! Matthew wrote:
The "Son of man", as Yeshua often referred to Himself, was and is Lord of all! But He was addressing the issue raised by "the Pharisees" of His disciples' plucking "the ears of corn to eat ... upon the Sabbath day", which they chose to regard as "working" on the Sabbath. But in Yahuah Hayah's commandments concerning the Sabbath, He did not require that one fast on that day; so some handling of food was necessary for one to eat!
"Work" related to corn would involve picking the ears for others to eat; and, indeed, with respect to Yahuah Hayah's Sabbath, "ye shall do no work therein"! (Leviticus 23:3) But the disciples were doing only what was satisfying their own hunger, which is permitted on the Sabbath; but, being led of Satan, "the Pharisees" chose not to see it that way.
So Yeshua defended His disciples, by giving examples where David even ate "the showbread" (Exodus 25:30) in "the house of God" to satisfy the hunger of himself and of his men, that apparently being excusable in Yahuah Hayah's sight; and, if that were not enough, Yeshua also reminded "the Pharisees" of the tasks performed by the priests each Sabbath, which were certainly "work" for them but which were excusable; because Yahuah had commanded those tasks be performed on the Sabbath in behalf of the people to whom they ministered!
Had they been able to comprehend it, Yeshua would have had the Pharisees know that in Him was "One greater than the temple", which would have shut their mouths! But, of course, in their ignorance, they were blundering through that situation, making fools of themselves.
To top the whole situation off, Yeshua said: "If ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless!" He may as well have said, "If ye had the mind of God, ye would not have condemned the guiltless", for Yeshua knew that Yahuah Hayah's "mercy" was what all the "sacrifices" were about, not to mention one's observing of Yahuah's Sabbath! In fact, “mercy” is a prime virtue that characterizes Yahuah throughout all He does in relation to His children. Alleluia! He is worthy to be worshiped and praised at all times! Matthew wrote, of Yeshua:
Interestingly, Yeshua "went into their synagogue"! (Matthew 12:9) That was completely appropriate; because the synagogues of Yahuah Hayah's children were dedicated to worshiping and learning about Him, according to His "Word" (John 1:1); and that "Word" was Yeshua!
In this passage, when Yeshua did go "into their synagogue", He encountered "a man who had his hand withered"; and, being the servants of Satan that they had become, the Pharisees immediately recognized an opportunity to "accuse Him"; so "they asked Him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?" They knew, that likely Yeshua would heal the afflicted man; so they thought they would stir up a controversy about it even before He did so.
But Yeshua's handling of that challenge was instructional, in view of the human decency He brought to bear on the Pharisee's insistence that healing on the Sabbath was “work” and therefore unlawful in view of the commandments in Yahuah Hayah's Torah! So "He said, unto them, What man shall there be among you, who shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold, on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days."
That truth having been established, Yeshua then healed the "man who had his hand withered ... and it was restored whole, like as the other"! But, being the servants of Satan that they were, "the Pharisees went out, and held a council, against Him, how they might destroy Him".
But Yeshua "knew it" and "withdrew Himself, from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all", charging them "that they should not make Him known"!
Matthew then applied, to that marvelous and amazing ministry, that "which was spoken by Isaiah, the prophet", which gives us the benefit of one of the most beautiful of the many prophecies that do foretell Yeshua's coming:
This word is in anticipation of Yeshua's saying:
When Yeshua first sent forth His disciples, He told them: "5 Go not into the way of the Gentiles ... 6 But go, rather, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel!" (Matthew 10:5 and 6) And that was strange in view of what He had told Abraham:
But, when Yeshua was ready to rejoin Yahuah the Father in Heaven, He commanded:
Yahuah Hayah had not forgotten His promise to Abraham; it was simply a matter of His superb timing! And we need to remember that, when we are waiting for His answers to our prayers! His "superb timing" is still the determining factor in when He delivers those answers; and sometimes years are involved in those determinations!
The final verses of Isaiah's Messianic prophecy are beautiful!
Yeshua had no cause to "strive" or "cry"; and neither do we! He knew that Yahuah Hayah was sovereignly in control of all things!
And Yeshua would be so gentle that He would not "break" so little as "a bruised reed"; and so, also, should we, having the utmost respect for all parts of Yahuah Hayah's marvelous creation!
Neither would Yeshua be so overbearing or blustery that He would "quench" so little as "smoking flax"! And we would do well to emulate that gentle and controlled example!
The end result of all that godly ministry would be that Yeshua would "send forth judgment unto victory"! And, by the descriptions of His return that we read in John's Book of the Revelation, that "judgment" will not be so gentle, certainly not with Yeshua's having returned to "smite the nations"! (Revelation 19:15)
But before that stern judgment, Yeshua will have won the Gentiles, who are you and me, dear friends, in Who's "name shall the Gentiles trust"! Matthew continued his fascinating narrative:
When Yeshua healed "one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb", "the people were amazed", not only by the extraordinary healing but by the fact that they once knew Yeshua as merely "the son of David"! And that indeed is one of the amazing things about Yahuah Hayah's sending Him to Earth, which was in the form of a "son" - a fragile baby coming from a certain line of human ancestors, Who then grew to be the awesome "Son of God" (John 3:18), Whom He also was, doing the miraculous things He did!
But "the Pharisees" were blind to all that wonder, seeing in Yeshua only a competitor for their positions as religious leaders, one to be struck down; and they could do no better than to accuse Him of casting "out devils ... by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils"; but, rather than to act defensively, as we would, Yeshua remained the Master of the situation, pointing out the illogic of the Pharisees, saying:
To "enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:20) is a drastic step occasioned by a believer's death! But short of death, we are able to enjoy manifestations of "the Spirit of God" Who presides over Yahuah Hayah's kingdom; for He is everywhere, maintaining the creation that He made in the first place; and we are part of that creation and have the dominion by which to order ha Kodesh Ruach's help in any situation we want!
The power of ha Kodesh Ruach is the means by which one can "bind the strong man" to "spoil his house”, as Yeshua said, to show what must be done to retake children who have succumbed to demonic possession!
Yeshua then showed the "all-or-nothing" nature of Yahuah Hayah, by saying: "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad!" (Matthew 12:30) To create Yahuah had to "gather" things together and make them work! But, when He destroys, He "scatters" things, which is a lot easier to do! Likewise, those children of His who gather with Him are His creators, while those who "scatter abroad" are the destroyers or the servants of the Destroyer, who in his hatefulness tears down all that he can of Yahuah's wonderful creation! Yeshua then tells of a frightful truth:
The fact that Yahuah Hayah will excuse or forgive "blasphemy" against His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) but not such speaking, "in this world" or "in the world to come" against ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit, shows the high regard in which He holds this Silent Partner of His, Who powerfully works in the background, drawing no attention to Himself but powerfully performing the amazing acts of creation by which we have all that we have and ourselves in it, including the breath of life we enjoy each moment of our lives, not to mention the truth of Yahuah that we hear in our spirits; for ha Kodesh Ruach also is Yahuah's "Spirit of Truth"! (John 16:13)
Yeshua said that "God is a Spirit"! (John 4:24) So Yahuah the Father and ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit, appear to be the same; yet there is a vast difference! While ha Kodesh Ruach shall "receive" what is Yeshua's and "show it unto you" (John 16:14) upon Yeshua's speaking it, the Father is the Person of the Godhead Who is the Initiator, Who has the images that Yeshua then speaks and that ha Kodesh Ruach then makes real or clothed with the material by which to know of it, enjoy it or fear it. Yeshua said:
Having addressed the matter of "blasphemy" or "vilification ... against God" (Strong: Greek: 988), Yeshua then likened the speaker to one who makes a tree either "good" or "corrupt" with "fruit" that reflects what the tree has been made by the choice of the speaker to give such fruit! "For the tree is known by its fruit." (Matthew 12:33) This potential for misconduct seems to have vexed even Yeshua, Who then exclaimed:
But a bright side remains! For we "being evil" can be made "good" by using our dominion to that affect and proving magnificently that "with men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26), so that "a good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things”! And that is important! For Yeshua declared
One's "words" and his "works" are closely involved! For one does what he believes; and what one believes is the "treasure of the heart" out of which Yeshua said, one "bringeth forth ... things" either "good" or "evil"! "Things" can be either words or deeds! And that, too, is important; for Yahuah Hayah wrote, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle John, of "the Day of Judgment":
Matthew continued his fascinating narrative:
A friend of mine insists that what Yeshua was referring to as "a sign" was His body's being "three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth", only as in a grave! And, admittedly, a grave would be see-able and therefore qualify as a "sign"; but a grave is, hardly, "in the heart of the Earth"; and notwithstanding my friend's argument, Yeshua's apostle Peter gives us an account of what Yeshua did "in the heart of the Earth" that is both fascinating and instructive and hardly limited to a grave; Peter wrote:
Peter's explanation that "the spirits in prison" included those "who sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah" helps us to realize that "the spirits in prison" were dead people; and, considering that Yeshua Himself said that He would be "in the heart of the Earth" while He was dead, we can see that obviously He went there to minister to those "spirits", to show them the prints in His hands and feet and the gash in His side "to call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13), which Yeshua said He came to do and which His laying down His life or submitting to the violent hands of wicked men was calculated to do; for, after Yeshua suffered that horrible lashing and crucifixion, Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author:
The consciences of "the spirits in prison", also, needed to be purged; so, when Yeshua was "put to death, in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit", He went "to the heart of the Earth" to show them what men had done to Him and thereby call them "to repentance"!
We are indebted to a story told by Yeshua of a "beggar named Lazarus" (Luke 16:20) and "a certain rich man" (Verse 19) to know what things were like where "the spirits in prison" were! Luke wrote:
From that brief description, we learn one important thing: that both "Abraham's Bosom" for the righteous and "Hell" for the wicked were, in that locality – obviously, "in the heart of the Earth" - within speaking distance of one another, so that Yeshua's ministry to "the spirits in prison" could, in that locality, effectively reach all the dead, who at that time were still "in the heart of the Earth", so that He could bring those who responded appropriately to His ministry to Heaven! And the result of that ministry was prophesied by Yahuah Hayah's psalmist:
For, when we go to Yahuah Hayah's writing through Yeshua through His faithful apostle John, we read, of the "hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1) that they "were redeemed from the Earth" (Verse 3) and "from among men"! (Verse 4) And Yahuah wrote, through His author, of Yeshua:
So Yahuah Hayah's precious word all ties together by "rightly dividing the word of truth"! (1st Timothy 2:15) Yeshua continued:
Will you and I be judged as failing to recognize the words of Yeshua, Who is the "greater" One?
I tremble to think what would have happened to me had a dear elderly couple not prayed for me every day for thirty years, until I bowed my knee and made things right with Yahuah Hayah, my Creator and King, and His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) That precious couple lived to see me visit them and tell of my conversion and joyfully fulfill their prayer s for me, who had known my maternal grandmother and by Yahuah's action in my behalf had received His burden for me and obediently used their dominion in my behalf, until they saw the wonderful fruit of that loving spiritual labor!
Are you praying for anybody? I pray for everybody I see who appears to have a special problem of one kind or another; and every morning I pray, to the Father, for every child His throughout His creation, that he or she be "alive, loved, blessed, righteous, holy, perfect and in Your kingdom"! And I also pray that Yahuah Hayah's covenant be established "with all Your children everywhere"! Yeshua continued:
The key question in that interesting account is: Why did the returning spirit find its "house ... empty, swept and garnished" so that it begged to be filled "with himself" and "seven other spirits more wicked than himself"?
I believe the spirit's former "house" was that empty and inviting because the person who had previously been delivered of the spirit did not have ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit well established in his own spirit, Whom Yeshua said is given to those who "love Me" and "keep My commandments"! (John 14:15)
Certain Christians argue that those commandments are only those given by Yeshua as He was teaching Yahuah Hayah's beloved children – that they have nothing to do with Yahuah's Torah through Moses! But in making such a claim, they obviously are missing Yeshua's saying:
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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! 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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