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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2017 December 16
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20171216.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 were moving through Matthew's Gospel, here is where we left off, with another fascinating incident as recorded by Matthew:
I am sure that this now famous incident of Yeshua's walking on the water was intended by Yahuah Hayah to get our attention; and it certainly does! And, of course, Peter's effort to be included in Yeshua's miracle has long been instructive to all who have heard of it. Yeshua admonished him for being "of little faith", asking "wherefore didst thou doubt"?
This is instructive to us, who are faced with problems nearly as challenging as walking on water; and Yeshua is saying, to us, through Peter's experience: No matter what the challenge is, "have faith in God' (Mark 11:22) and believe I can overcome it. He said:
That is not simply a nice-sounding statement! It is an assurance from the almighty Creator of all that "tribulation" need not touch us, that we can "be of good cheer'; for, having created the world, He is, certainly, powerful enough to deal with anything that "the world" may present to us in the way of "tribulation"! And that word is the translation of a word meaning "pressure"! (Strong: Greek: 2347)
Whatever "presses" upon us, to give us discomfort or difficulty of any kind, being our Creator and King, Yahuah Hayah is abundantly adequate to deal with it through Yeshua by the power of ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit; so "be of good cheer"! There is absolutely no reason that our "peace" should be disturbed, any more than Peter should have been afraid having seen "the wind boisterous"!
But keep in mind that this "overcoming" of all things only comes to them who ask or, better yet, command, such as speaking to a "mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea", not doubting "in his heart" but believing "that those things that he saith shall come to pass", in which case "he shall have whatsoever he saith"! (Mark 11:23)
Peter requested of Yeshua: "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water!", to which request, Yeshua responded: "Come!" Paul wrote: "All the promises of God in Him are Yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us!" (2nd Corinthians 1:20) If we are not "in Him", none of this benefit relates to us! We are "in Him" when our trust is "in Him"; which faith is "unto the glory of God by us"!
We activate the faith by which God's Spirit is enabled to accommodate us gloriously, which glory is "of Him by us"! And without that faith we are completely lost, floundering around in a world demanding things of us that we are not able to give while having no idea that He Who created us is both willing and able to give in our behalf far more than what the world demands of us! And "this gospel of the kingdom" is being "preached unto all the world; and then shall the end come" of all that has plagued us, when we have availed ourselves of "this gospel"!
What other "end" can Yeshua have been talking about?
As children created "in the image" (Genesis 1:27) of an eternal Creator, we are eternal! So what "end" of anything applies to us other than the end of some condition we have suffered, for which we finally have perceived the answer, unless we have worn out Yahuah Hayah's patience with us and the end that comes upon us is the end of our stay in the permissive environment that the world is, where He allows us to enjoy some of His benefits even while denying Him the acknowledgment, gratitude or love that He is due for having created us.
These are heavy considerations! And we have no choice but to deal with them eventually, the longer we delay simply being the longer we must flounder without the glorious fulfillment of Yahuah Hayah's marvelous will for us, His beloved children!
With Yeshua's having blown their minds by walking on the water and then returning their drenched Peter to them, the "wind ceased" the minute He stepped onto the ship with them; so it is no wonder that His disciples "came and worshiped Him, saying, Of a truth Thou art the Son of God!" (Matthew 14:22 to 33) Matthew then wrote:
A story that Matthew recounts earlier explains why the men of Gennesaret besought Yeshua, in regard to "all who were diseased that they might only touch the hem of His garment"!
Here is a clear case of a woman's using her "dominion" (Genesis 1:28), having "said, within herself, If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole"! Having said that, she did "not doubt in her heart but believed that those things that she said shall come to pass", so she had "whatsoever she said"! (Mark 11:23)
We can easily assume that the men of Gennesaret had heard of the woman whom Yeshua had healed, with her having used her dominion in that way! So their request for Yeshua's healing of "all who were diseased" included their touching the hem of His garment to obtain their healing as well! And - Glory be to God! - "as many as touched, were made perfectly whole"! Matthew then wrote of trouble:
People led of the wrong spirit invariably miss the point with Yahuah Hayah's commandments! And the "scribes and Pharisees, who were of Jerusalem" obviously were led of that spirit, which Yeshua identified as "the Devil" , who "was a murderer, from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own! For he is a liar and the father of it." (John 8:44)
So here they come, complaining that Yeshua's "disciples wash not their hands when they eat bread"! But Yeshua countered that complaint with one of His own, asking, "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" He then explained:
The "gift" that the Israelite with parents was to declare of what he should have given to support or "honor" his parents was his giving it to the temple instead of giving it to his parents, thus making "the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition"! And Yeshua had some critical words to say of those who taught that grievous practice:
Then Yeshua turned to "the multitude" and at least taught them what they should understand about what goes into their mouths versus what comes out:
But Yeshua's disciples noted "the Pharisees'" reaction to His counter statement, saying, "unto Him, Knowest Thou that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?" (Verse 12) But, I dare say that the Creator and King of all was hardly concerned about what a few of His contrary children had to say! And He pointed out that "13 Every plant that My heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up! 14 Let them alone! They be blind leaders of the blind! And, if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch!" (Matthew 15:13 and 14)
To Peter's request that Yeshua "Declare unto us this parable", Yeshua was exasperated, exclaiming: "16 Are ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things that proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart! And they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts - murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies! 20 These are the things that defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." (Matthew 15:16 to 20)
Nice to know, right? That was Yeshua's mission, to "bear witness unto the truth"! (John 18:37) In fact, He said, "I am ... the truth." (John 14:6) And He assured: "31 If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32)
Being "free" sounds good to me! How about you? And I dare say that the freedom spoken of is one's avoiding the death into which Satan's falsehood leads Yahuah Hayah's beloved children, when they are foolish enough to open up to it. And the "truth" being advanced by Yeshua in this passage is to appreciate the problem of harboring "evil thoughts" in one's "heart" to where they "proceed out of the mouth" and "defile" him, having set loose, by his words, that which will fulfill itself in evil actions!
Yeshua said: "Let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1:3) And, when one of His children says, "Let there be" some evil thing, some evil thing will be made to happen! That is the way our dominion works! And the reason we say evil things is because we have them in our spirit or "heart", which is the result of listening to the wrong voices instead of Yahuah Hayah's voice.
We must "repent" (Matthew 4:17) or "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about the voice to which we listen, which purges our "conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"! (Hebrews 9:14) For Yahuah Hayah's voice always guides "you into all truth" (John 16:13), which is the "commandments" of His Torah or "law"! (Psalm 119:142 and 151)
If you have a problem in purging your conscience, think about what sin did to Yeshua, the innocent Son of God, in His being flogged and crucified! Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14) Some of us did that to Him, reducing us to being horrible sinners, which is a good reason to repent. Matthew's account continues:
This incident is hard to understand, in view of Yeshua's reluctance to accommodate the "woman of Canaan"! She was from a people whom the Jews knew to be "heathen" or worshipers of false gods! So, in frustrating her, Yeshua was acting typically Jewish! But, being "God, Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8), He had, I believe, a purpose in His testing her; and she passed the test with flying colors, refusing to let any discouragement whatsoever, even His, get in the way of her taking advantage of His presence! She knew, by her hearing of His voice in her heart, that He was not only a "Son of David" but a man with extraordinary powers to heal! And her daughter needed that healing by her being delivered of "a devil"!
In Yeshua's view that unquenchable persistence was a demonstration of "great faith"; and I believe He wanted all those present to see it and have their faith improved by it! Only two times in the gospel writers' accounts is Yeshua shown to regard a person's "faith" as "great" (Matthew 8:10 and 15:28); and both of those times involved a Gentile, who was the one with what He viewed as "great faith"! How humbling for the Jew! Matthew continued:
In the previous chapter Yeshua fed "five thousand men, beside women and children" (Matthew 14:15 to 21), which makes the disciples' question to Him in this chapter sound rather strange! "Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?" Why did they not recall how adequately He dealt with the five thousand before, unless this is, simply, a repeat account of the same incident, only giving "four thousand" as the number of "men, beside women and children"? (Matthew 15:38)
Later, Yeshua makes reference to both of those feedings; so both did, indeed, take place; and we need have little fear of the gospels' leading us astray!
Whether it was one or two incidents, the point is, of course, that Yahuah Hayah is adequate through Yeshua, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) to care for the needs of His beloved children, whatever they be and in whatever amount! And we praise and worship Him for that adequacy and the assurance it gives us that we are never alone nor without His loving assistance! Matthew continued:
That brief record ends the chapter, the next one beginning:
Then Matthew added, to that account:
It is interesting to note that Yeshua interpreted His disciples' confusion as their being "of little faith"! that, although He had fed thousands before their eyes, they thought He was chiding them for forgetting to bring bread in His warning them about "the leaven of the Pharisees and ... the Sadducees"!
"The doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees" would affect all who received it, who would then affect others, as well, which is the way that leaven affects the entire lump of bread dough into which it is mixed! And that, of course, was what Yeshua was trying to get over to His disciples! It is not only the person you tell a falsehood who is harmed by it but all those down the line who next hear of it, as well! Matthew continued:
This is a fascinating account containing several instructive elements! Yeshua started out by asking His disciples "Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?" For all of us, who are the sons or daughters "of man", pointing out that we are the sons or daughters "of man" would have no significance! But Yeshua knew that He was one of the Persons of the Godhead! So He had this interesting way of referring to Himself as "the Son of man"! For God to come to Earth and clothe Himself in the flesh of a child of His was a notable phenomenon! So He kept pointing out that unusual fact about Himself.
In this situation, Yeshua was was inviting His disciples to deal with Who He was; and He came down to it by asking, "But whom say ye that I am?" That was the important thing for them to consider; and it is the important thing for us to consider; and Peter provided the answer, saying: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!" And Yeshua immediately commended Peter for having heard Yahuah Hayah's voice, so that "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee but My Father Who is in Heaven"!
For us to believe that Yeshua was Who He said He was is important! because, if we believe that truth, we will "continue" in His "word" (John 8:31); and it will make us "free" (Verse 32) from all that threatens us and set us on the path to perfect fulfillment in Yahuah Hayah! And that is, exactly, what you and I are doing right now! So let us continue!
Peter's name in the Greek is "Petros", which means "a piece of rock" (Strong: Greek: 4074)! And Yeshua pointed that out; because He was going to contrast it with "Petra", which means "a mass of rock" (4073) , which is the word Yeshua used in saying, "upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it".
Then Yeshua explained of what rock-like procedure that Hell-defying "church" would consist, saying: "I will give, unto thee, the keys of the kingdom of Heaven! And whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
Fascinatingly, that is, simply, a specific and special use of our dominion! For any use of our dominion involves speaking to our "mountain" and believing "that those things that" we "say shall come to pass", in which case we "shall have whatsoever" we "say" (Mark 11:23); because Yahuah Hayah will have put our words into His "Kodesh Ruach" or Holy Spirit to be carried out by that marvelous Spirit.
So Yeshua's "church" will function on His children's use of their dominion to "bind" the forces of evil and "loose" Yahuah Hayah's beloved children to enjoy the amazing fulfillment that He has always intended for them. And since using our dominion is the essential part of prayer, Yeshua's church virtually exists upon prayer; and without prayer no church is there to help anyone! So prayer and all its amazing uses are "the keys of the kingdom of Heaven", the use of which Yeshua's church is about!
Interestingly, after bringing Who He was to the attention of His disciples, which "knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) is so important to our welfare, Yeshua closed this dynamic session by asking His disciples "that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ"! It was not time for that fact to be made known! For it was used, by the High Priest, as the reason to crucify Yeshua; and that terrible treatment of Him would be the fulfillment of the reason why Yahuah Hayah sent Him to Earth!
So Yahuah Hayah's timing of things is important! And, when things are not moving as quickly as we would like, we need to remember that Yahuah Hayah, Who is our Creator and King and the Provider of our moment-by-moment breath of life, knows exactly what He is doing! And when He chooses to do things is exactly when they should be done, not a moment before or a moment after! All other notions are the work of Satan!
Next in Matthew's account comes a sobering development, that we need to remember:
Here, in these three short verses, are lessons we need never to forget! Having been commended by Yeshua only moments before as having heard from His "Father Who is in Heaven" (Matthew 16:17), Peter turns around, opens up to the wrong spirit and spouts out its idea, which was drastically contrary to that of Yahuah Hayah, the Devils' idea being that Yeshua's entire purpose for coming to Earth be abandoned, for the sake of avoiding the terrible things He had just prophesied!
To avoid such things is natural for us; but what Yahuah Hayah wanted Yeshua to do on Earth was not "natural"! It defied all our normal preferences, to accomplish the amazing thing of waking up Yahuah's beloved children to the terrors into which sin leads us, to where "sinners" would hear His "call ... to repentance" (Matthew 9:13); because "how much more" did "the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"? (Hebrews 9:14)
That amazing sacrifice of Himself is the essence of Yeshua's mission to Earth, to bring us into the realization that hearkening "diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) not only is the way to assure that "all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee" (Verse 2) but the way by which we enter into the covenant by which we become citizens of His kingdom in Heaven long before we get there, His having said, through Yeshua: "The kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
But, before you get too excited about that glorious prospect, consider this: Yeshua said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill!" (Matthew 5:17) And "Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Verse 18) Well, as you look around you and note the tragic condition of the world, is it possible for anyone to say that "all" has been "fulfilled"?
I am afraid we have a long way to go for “all” to be “fulfilled” as Yahuah Hayah would have us, His beloved children “fulfilled”; so, although Yeshua said He came to “fulfill” (Matthew 5:17) “the law and the prophets” (Verse 17), things were not all the way fulfilled by what He did, which leaves some fulfilling yet to be done, which is why He said, to His disciples, when He had returned from the dead:
Are you ready for that?
Yahuah Hayah sent His "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) via the cross! And, if His sending us is via the same terrifying experience, we have cause to lean heavily upon His assurance through Yeshua that "with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible". (Matthew 19:26) Indeed, Yeshua said: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27) And, if being His "disciples" (John 8:31) is the only way we can be "free" (Verse 32), we need to realize that being "free" comes with the same kind of price that He paid in going to His cross.
We may not reach the point of complete crucifixion, in our walk with Yeshua; but we must be ready for that eventuality, having noted carefully that "21 Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: 23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not but committed Himself to Him Who judgeth righteously"! (1st Peter 2:21 to 23)
So, as I have said many times, being a disciple of Yeshua's is not for the "faint of heart"! But, trusting Him to see us through all that Yahuah Hayah may send our way, we can and will make it wonderfully through the difficult times, to be, as Yeshua was, gloriously resurrected and fulfilled, as Yahuah has always intended that we be.
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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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