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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2017 December 9
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20171209.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:
When we last were moving through Matthew's Gospel, here is where we left off, with a fascinating incident as recorded by Matthew:
In another place, Yeshua said:
Doing the will of Yeshua's "Father Who is in Heaven" is a high priority in anyone's life; so where do we learn of that will? Yahuah said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
The fact that Yahuah Hayah's requirement to obtain His blessings is to "hearken" to His "voice ... to observe to do all His commandments" has always been significant to me, which establishes that He has put His voice where we can hear it, which is in our spirit, and that through His voice He will always "guide you into all truth" (John 16:13); His "law is truth" (Psalm 119:142); and He "is truth" (John 14:6), which makes His Torah or law the expression of what He is, let alone what His "will" is, all of which is "the knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) or of Himself that He has put into the spirit of each child of His.
For this reason Paul wrote: "That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shown it unto them" (Romans 1:19), which is why Yeshua referred to "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist:
The only reason we become "sinners" (Matthew 9:13) is because the thoughts of devils or the words of people come along to "offend" (Matthew 18:6) us or "entice" us "to sin'! (Strong: Greek: 4624) And we are soon obliged to learn the difference between such thoughts or words and those of Yahuah Hayah through Yeshua, His "Word" (John 1:1), Who together are our Creator and King! Matthew wrote:
So "understanding" Yahuah Hayah's word is vital to its bearing the fruit that He would have it bear in the lives of His beloved children! And that is why I love to teach as I do, explaining His words as best I can in the hope that His children can understand them and get the benefit of them that He has always intended!
But a terrible resistance to understanding Yahuah Hayah's word is in the world, which has been put there by Satan, whom Yeshua said is "a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44); and John wrote of "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9)
I am sure you have heard of the "disinformation" that is spread about by an enemy to confuse and defeat those who are trying to defend themselves; and this is specially true of Yahuah Hayah's enemy, Satan, who knows that Yahuah's word is the source of creation and the way in which He continues to manage it by the power of His words to direct ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit, to do what He and we want Him to do.
Paul wrote: "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed, by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God!" (Romans 12:2)
To be "conformed to this world" is to think like people in the world think, who have been terribly deceived and confused by Satan, while being "transformed, by the renewing of your mind" is the cleaning of our thoughts from all that is contrary to Yahuah Hayah's "ways" by our hearing of His words! He wrote, through Yeshua, through Moses:
"The children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) were well favored, in that from childhood they were taught the commandments of Yahuah Hayah's Torah! (Deuteronomy 32:46) Whether they kept or put a value on them was another matter! And the results were not always encouraging! Yeshua addressed that problem, in the chapter of Matthew at which we are looking, when
This is an extremely rich and important passage; and we should pay careful attention to it; so, as I usually do, I am going to take it line-by-line!
When Yeshua's disciples asked Him: "Why speakest Thou, unto them, in parables?" He replied: "Because it is given, unto you, to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven! But to them it is not given." That immediately gives rise to the question of why that was so; but Yeshua's next words, although true, speak a riddle that is not easily perceived:
What is it that one is supposed to have, so that "more abundance" shall be his? Yahuah Hayah is reminding me of the pureness and simplicity of heart of "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) , Yeshua said; and I believe that such children are indeed so favored! In fact, Yeshua said as much, when He "2 called a little child, unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, Verily I say, unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven! 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven! 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me!" (Verses 2 to 5)
Then we have the other side of the picture painted by Yeshua, when He said: "Whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath!"
When brought into the world, each of us is usually blessed with the basic skills of living - eyes that see, ears that hear and spirits that interpret what we see or hear, so that we can make our way in the world! And should the occasion arise, those innocent eyes, ears and spirits can also make their way into the kingdom of Yahuah Hayah, our Creator, which would be the "more abundance" of which Yeshua spoke, for those who "have" to whom "more shall be given"!
But, if and when the innocent child is "offended" (Matthew 18:6) or "enticed to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624), the child so affected has lost his innocence and therefore "hath not"; and again should the occasion arise - and it will sooner or later - that the child dies, what he had left of his skills of living while sinning will be removed from him; and his experience in Hell will be a horror of helplessness devoid of any of the pleasures he knew in the world even while sinning!
With this basic matter of a child's innocence and openness to Yahuah Hayah's truth or the offended child and his twisted notions that resist Yahuah's truth having been alluded to in Yeshua's statement about "having" or "having not", He then focuses on the plight of those who have lost their innocence:
Yeshua speaks, here, of the terrible preference for blindness and deafness to Yahuah Hayah's truth that in time can become that of an entire people, "lest at any time they should see, with their eyes, and hear, with their ears, and should understand with their heart and should be converted, and I should heal them". This saying reveals how the childlike innocence to which Yahuah's kingdom is freely accessible and the mentality of sinners that cannot enter His kingdom are inner conditions of a person's spirit that are controlled by his will or preference! "Their eyes they have closed!" And that is something that "they" do or each of us does while making our way in the world.
But what can be closed can also be opened! And Yeshua then speaks of those who for whatever reason have either kept their eyes open or have opened them later:
This generation of seeing and hearing persons were particularly "blessed"; because, obviously, they were enjoying the personal attention of Yeshua, the One Who had spoken them into existence, and Who now was guiding them into a better understanding of the things that "many prophets and righteous men have desired to see … and have not seen them".
For, as with the individual, the growth of a people is a slow progression, from knowing little to knowing much! And, although Yahuah Hayah's Torah has been the same from His first presenting it to any of His children, its being the expression of Himself, Who is eternal (Psalm 105:8 to 10), their understanding of it has been that "slow progression", which explains why "prophets and righteous men" yearned for the right understanding but were denied it for a while, until Yeshua came to "fulfill" "the law and the prophets" (Matthew 5:17) and thus bring home what they really have meant! And we are getting the benefit of that revelation right now, as we listen carefully to what He did say. Matthew continued:
In this parable Yeshua has changed His speaking of "seed" from being His word to being people! Some are represented as the wheat, which bears a desirable grain, while some He spoke of as "tares", which is the translation of a word meaning "false grain" (Strong: Greek: 2215), which we assume are worthless in the making of the bread that wheat makes so well. And, of course, there, again, is the contrast between the righteous and the wicked, this parable being devoted to what happens to the righteous or the wicked.
"The tares" were bound "in bundles to burn them"; and the end time prophecy of Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible speaks of His "Lake of Fire" for "whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life"! (Revelation 20:15) So how is one's name put into Yahuah Hayah's "Book of Life"?
Yahuah Hayah told Moses: "Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book." (Exodus 32:33) So what is "sin"? Yahuah wrote, through Yeshua's faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) So is it any wonder that Yahuah wrote, through Yeshua, through Moses, of His Torah or law: "It is your life!" (Deuteronomy 32:47) And then, when Yahuah sent Yeshua into the world, Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) And He was answering the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Verse 16)
"Eternal life" relates to our salvation or where we will live for the rest of eternity! So is it any surprise that the children of Yahuah Hayah who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) have "all these blessings ... come on thee and overtake thee"? (Verse 2) Yahuah pled, through Yeshua, through Moses: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)
So one wonders, whatever got into the apostle Paul to write: "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:39)
So what happened to the wheat in Yeshua's parable?
The "householder" told his "servants": "Gather the wheat into my barn!" (Matthew 13:30) The wheat was regarded as valuable! And that was a reference to Yahuah Hayah's gathering His beloved children who love Him into His "kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20) Obviously, those who love Him try to please Him by observing "to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God" (Deuteronomy 6:25), which is His requirement for the "righteousness" that one must have to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven". (Matthew 5:20)
But let's not settle for my interpretation of this parable; Yeshua Himself explained it, where Matthew wrote:
Do you see how beautifully God's word fits together, especially in this passage, where Yeshua told so many parables? Here is another:
I gather, from this parable, that "the kingdom of Heaven", although seemingly "small" to us who are locked into this small physical environment, is not to be taken for granted, its having the potential of sheltering "the birds of the air", which we become, when we lose our physical bodies and must go somewhere in Yahuah Hayah's spiritual realm!
The alternative is to land in Hell, about which Yeshua warned: "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!" (Matthew 5:29)
Howard Storm was "cast into Hell" and found it to be a terrible place, where Yahuah Hayah's light and love were absent, the inhabitants of it being full of hate, to where they mercilessly attacked Brother Howard. The good news is that He had the presence of mind to call out for Yeshua to save him; and He did, gloriously! You can read about that in Brother Howard's book: My Descent into Death, a Second Chance at Life! (Published by Doubleday)
Here is yet another parable that Yeshua told: "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened!" (Matthew 13:33)
This parable relates to the wide spreading effect that Yahuah Hayah's kingdom has even upon us who yet are on Earth! And Yeshua spoke of that effect, when He said: "If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." (Luke 11:20)
In another place Yeshua said: "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21) And from that statement we see the pervasive effect of Yahuah Hayah's Spirit, Whom He gives to those who keep His commandments! Yeshua said:
Matthew gives an interesting commentary about Yeshua's telling of parables:
And here we are, getting the benefit of such secret things; isn't this wonderful?
When Yeshua had "sent the multitude away and went into the house" (Matthew 13:36), He spoke two short parables concerning His father's kingdom, which together make up a fascinating commentary upon that kingdom:
These parables both show the value of Yahuah Hayah's kingdom; in each instance it was worth all that the finder of it had! And then Yeshua told another parable relating to Yahuah Hayah's fearful judgment!
We have not yet seen this judgment; for testimonies such as the one that Howard Storm has given us indicate that Hell is yet a place of darkness! But John's writing of the vision he saw tells of the day when "13 Death and Hell delivered up the dead who were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works! 14 And Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death"! (Revelation 20:13 and 14)
So we are encouraged by John's writing: "Blessed and holy is he who hath part in the First Resurrection: on such the Second Death hath no power! But they shall be priests, of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years!" (Revelation 20:6)
Richard Eby said, of "the Lake of Fire" that it was "the most heart-rending sight ever to be seen by unsaved rebellious creatures!" (Page 96 - Didn’t You Read My Book? Companion Press) Matthew continued:
"The kingdom of Heaven" has been in place so long as Yahuah Hayah's creation has been in place, the knowledge of which indeed would be "treasure" involving "old things"; but His children's knowledge of it has had to grow along with them, which indeed has involved "treasure" involving "new things" that they have learned about it. Matthew continued:
Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His prophet:
Yet Yeshua is, to this day, the Person of the Godhead Who spoke Yahuah's creation into existence! Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author, of Him: "1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds, 3 Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high!" (Hebrews 1:1 to 3)
Matthew then records a terribly sad story:
Such is the grievous conduct of Yahuah Hayah's children in the world, who have been "offended" (Matthew 18:6) or "enticed to sin' (Strong: Greek: 4624) and therefore lost track of their goodness in Him! Matthew then recorded one of Yeshua's major miracles:
No explanation is needed here; we are simply amazed! But what is feeding five thousand against having created all things! John wrote: "Without Him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:3)
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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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