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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2017 December 23
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20171223.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 these amazing words by Yeshua as recorded by Matthew:
In another place Yeshua said: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27) And He also said: "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) So continuing in His word and bearing His cross are equal requirements for being His disciple, which brings with it one's being "free" from all that destroys us without Him; and, when He appeared to His disciples after rising from the dead (John 20:19), He was "in His kingdom", His disciples having as He said "not tasted of death"!
Bearing Yeshua's cross is not necessarily dying! But it does require the sacrifice of one's own interests for the sake of ministering to the needs of others! When He comes "in His glory and all the holy angels with Him" (Matthew 25:31), "then shall the King say, unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" (Verse 34)
To those who will have failed to minister to the practical needs of their neighbors or "the least of these His brethren" Yeshua will say, in that day: "Depart, from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels!" (Matthew 25:41) So no middle ground exists, with Him. One is either a disciple of His or a person subject to "everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels"! So, as He said on one occasion: "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 11:15)
Yeshua 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) The word "offend" is the translation of a word meaning "entice to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624) So being "offended" in that sense is what causes one's ears to not "hear" Yeshua's words, which robs him of the understanding and willingness to serve others that will some day cost him an eternity in "everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels"! For Yeshua called it "everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46) in contrast to "life eternal", which is the inheritance of "the righteous"! (Verse 46)
These are heavy considerations! And I remind people that I did not write Yahuah Hayah's "Holy Bible"; I only teach it; and, again, "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 11:15) Matthew continued:
This is the event known as Yeshua's "transfiguration"; and it assures us that Bible figures such as "Moses" and "Elijah" are very much alive in Yahuah Hayah's "kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)
Yeshua told a story about "a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table! Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores!" (Luke 16:19 to 21)
Yeshua "rose from the dead"; and to this day certain of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children will not believe Him. I did not, for thirty years of my adult life, until a minister of His word healed my painful back in His mighty name; and that got my attention!
This story appears to be a prophecy of a time we have not yet seen, when "13 Death and Hell delivered up the dead who were in them ... 14 and Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire"! (Revelation 20:13 and 14) For people returning from Hell in our day tell of a very dark place.
However that may be, the story encourages us to be mindful of the conditions of people around us. Yahuah Hayah's commandment through Yeshua through Moses is that we love our neighbor (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39) and even "your enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) And the result of ignoring those commandments will be to have Yeshua say to the indifferent: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41), which He called "everlasting punishment"! (Verse 44) If you don't like that arrangement, you'll have to take it up with Him! I only teach what He said! Matthew continued:
This interesting account includes Matthew's version of Yeshua's explaining the use of our dominion, which is so basic to the prayer that undergirds His church! I go often to Mark's version of it, which is so clear and thorough! (Mark 11:22 to 24)
Yeshua was clearly upset with His disciples failure to deal adequately with this son's victimization, His charging that they had not used their dominion with the faith that it requires! But I don't think that was quite fair, if the additional requirement of fasting was a part of the situation, unless that, too, was another thing that He had taught His disciples yet they had failed to apply to this problem! That's being required, Yeshua had apparently anticipated the event and fasted to be ready for it. Matthew continued:
This makes the second time that we have encountered that sad prophecy of Yeshua concerning the terrible thing that He faced; and we, too, I am sure, are "exceedingly sorry"!
But our being sorry was the whole point of Yahuah Hayah's commanding Yeshua to suffer that abuse. Yeshua said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) And "repent" (Matthew 4:17) is the translation of a word meaning to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) And the reason anyone thinks differently is that he becomes sorry about the error of his former thinking. After Yeshua did suffer, Yahuah wrote, through His author:
Our "conscience" is how we think concerning right and wrong! And, if it needed purging, our sense of right and wrong had certainly gone astray, which is why Yeshua was so concerned that "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) not be "offended" or "enticed to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624) For that intrusion would certainly have its upsetting effect on their conscience! Matthew continued:
This incident has always seemed significant, to me, for its comment on Yahuah Hayah's stand on taxation! As children of the King, we, too, should be free of having to pay tribute. In fact, Yeshua said as much:
But the key part of Yeshua's words to Peter were: "Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou, to the sea"! And we know what Peter was supposed to do at "the sea", which teaches us, also, how our civil obedience to pay taxes will be backed up supernaturally by the God Who wants adequate support for His civil servants!
But in the United States we have a situation where the king's edict concerning tax is not being obeyed but grievously misapplied to levying tax where the king has not directed that it be levied; because, in the United States, the people are the king; and the constitution is their edict, which very carefully limits from whom its government is to take its taxes.
So what are we who want to obey Yahuah Hayah supposed to do in that situation?
It is hard to get around Yeshua's qualification, "lest we should offend them, go thou, to the sea"! But we also have Yahuah Hayah's commandment through Yeshua through Moses, which I have not been able to find, where, if one knows that another is transgressing the law and does not report him, he will be considered a party to the transgression and punished according to what was due the transgressor! And it is encouraging to know that stern and effective resistance is rising up in the United States to prosecute government officials who have been participating in the taking of taxes for which they have had no lawful authority!
So my take on that activity is, simply, that, although Yeshua would not have us offending others, if the others are breaking the law, bringing them to justice should take precedence over any concern for their being offended! For the perpetrators of fraudulent taxation have been offending others and have seen to it that people interfering with their unlawful activity have been killed! So the valiant patriots who are determined to fight them had better have Yahuah Hayah's "shield and exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1) in place, lest their good intentions be thwarted by a superior enemy! Matthew continued:
Here we have another passage loaded with marvelous instruction straight from the mouth of our beloved Creator and King! His high regard for the innocent child is precious and a fact to be well noted and taken seriously! For, as He worked to get over to His disciples, anyone who has lost the humility of a child before his superiors in the Godhead is in trouble with them and "shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven"!
The innocent child has not learned the arrogance by which we stand before our Maker presuming to argue with Him; and one's return to that required innocence demands that we abandon all notion that we have any knowledge whatsoever by which to argue with Him.
Job thought that he had a basis on which to contend with the Almighty, feeling that the suffering to which he had been subjected was unfair! And Yahuah Hayah's way of dealing with Job was instructive! He asked Job: "Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the Earth?" (Job 38:4)
The point of that profound question is expressed by asking: "When have you ever had the wisdom and the power by which to lay the foundations of the Earth?"
I humble myself, by considering that I have not the wisdom or the power by which to create a single cell of the living things around me, which give me such amazement, which heavily suggests that the One Who has had such wisdom and power certainly knows what He is doing and does not need my help in accomplishing any of the astounding things He does routinely all around me.
Yet, the amazing thing is that Yahuah Hayah invites us, His beloved children, to participate in that creativity, by using the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that He has given us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Verse 28); and the only way that authority to direct things works is by Yahuah's amazing Holy Spirit moving according to what we say that He is to accomplish for us.
So we are to remain as humble before our Creator as the innocent child while daring to direct His spirit to do the "impossible" (Matthew 19:26) for us; and that takes some doing! But the one who achieves it "is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:4)
Innocent children's being the special thing to Yahuah Hayah that they are, to receive "one such little child in My name receiveth Me", Yeshua said; so how we treat little children is important! "But 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)
"Woe unto the world because of offenses!" Yeshua lamented, His children's being "enticed to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624) being the cause of that woe, which is "an expression of grief"! (Strong: Greek: 3759) And, strangely, Yeshua was resigned to that grief; "for it must needs be that offenses come"! And the study of why Yeshua was so resigned is enlightening!
It is the result of Yahuah Hayah's giving "free will" to His children, and He does that so that His children can receive the glory of choosing to love Him and become a part of the amazing creativity into which He invites them throughout the eternity that He has waiting for them. He wanted glorious children sharing with Him some of the glory that is so remarkable about Him! Yeshua prayed:
But the glory of His being our Creator Yahuah Hayah shares with no one; it is beyond comprehension let alone acquiring! And in contemplating Him we are helpless to do other but worship and praise Him, which is why that worthy activity is mentioned so often among His adoring children!
So - Yes! - "it must needs be that offenses come! But woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." (Matthew 18:7) If sinning or "transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4) of so awesome a Creator is the disruption of our relationship with Him that Yeshua continually described, the one "enticing" others to do that is, indeed, in deep trouble with Him, and He calls that trouble "Hell"!
This is the second time in our study that Yeshua launched into such urgent warnings against landing in Hell! Only this time He called it "everlasting fire"! In another place He called it "everlasting punishment"! (Matthew 25:46)
The spectacle of those who smile and say "I don't believe in Hell" is pathetic! If Yeshua is a liar or the writers of what He ostensibly said are liars, those who choose not to believe such warnings will be vindicated! But, if these saying are the critical considerations that they purport to be, those who chose not to believe them will be in everlasting trouble! And my spirit tells me that avoiding such an end is the wiser choice!
The impressions or "word of God" that we receive in our spirits is the last resort, the final determiner of what we decide to do! So what we listen to in our spirit has in it the power to take us to Heaven and Yahuah Hayah's eternal fulfillment of His will for us; or it has, if we are listening to the wrong voice in our spirit, the power to take us to Hell and all that Yeshua has worked so hard to convey to us about it. So what an awesome thing our spirit is!
Yeshua's final statement concerning His little children refers to a glorious thing about them:
"These little ones" have "angels"; and with their beholding the face of Yeshua's "Father Who is in Heaven", they are quick to know His will for anyone who either encourages or offends Yeshua's little ones, which is one more reason why His warning about anyone's offending them is so stern! But the other side of that coin is that Yahuah Hayah's blessing awaits those who do encourage His "little ones" in the highest sense of teaching them about Yahuah and the blessings that await those who love Him and keep His commandments! So I work hard in such encouragement, having the highest regard for the blessings that have been mine for the last forty-two years! Do you blame me?
However depraved a man or woman may have become, however evil or twisted in his or her spirit, he or she was once one of the precious "little ones" to whom Yeshua continually referred and is one more reason for Him to have "come to save that which was lost"! And I believe that is behind His commandment to "love your enemies! Bless them who curse you; do good to them who hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)
Every one of our "enemies" was once one of Yeshua's precious "little ones", for whom He had such a high regard! And, when we love an enemy, we bring upon us the blessing of our Father in Heaven, Who also loves that enemy and wants so very much that he stop being the enemy and become one more of His children saved from all into which His enemies are heading! And, having given such attention to His word, we know into what the enemy is heading; so why are we not interested in saving him from it? Indeed, "it is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish"! (Matthew 18:14) Yeshua continued:
And what are we to do with "an heathen man" or "a publican"? Are they not the "enemy"? And what are we to do with our "enemies' other than to love them?
But, if we mind what Yeshua has advised we do with the brother who has "trespassed" against us, we might "gain a brother" before he proves to be "the enemy"; and, of course, that would be the better outcome.
Before leaving that discourse, Yeshua made a statement that serves to sum up the matter of our relations with others: "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven! And whatsoever ye shall loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven!" (Matthew 18:15 to 18) Considering that, in this context, whoever is "bound" is a person having lost his privileges in Yahuah Hayah, the "loosed" person being one who has been restored to those privileges, the power to bind or loose attaches, to the binder or looser, a terrible responsibility, for which you and I will indeed be judged!
The point that I believe Yeshua is making here is the awesome responsibility that we bear for the unavoidable effect that we have on the people around us; so it is to our advantage to be sensitive to that effect and aware of its consequences for us as well as for the neighbor, so that such a sensitivity and awareness can keep us striving to make the best effect possible! Yeshua continued:
The power of agreement adds even more certainty to the use of our "dominion"! (Genesis 1:28) And I believe that provision is Yahuah Hayah's way to encourage His children to work together for the accomplishment of His will for them. Our dominion works; but, with our working alone, it perhaps does not have the swiftness or effectiveness that using it with another has for the answers we seek!
The statement "where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them" is often quoted to encourage people where meetings are poorly attended with little more than two or three persons present, the point being that, so long as we are working diligently to fulfill Yahuah Hayah's will for us, only He knows the limit of our effect upon the world in His behalf! It is interesting to note that through His prophet He spoke of looking for only one person to save Israel, saying:
This story serves to illustrate with more detail and force what Yeshua said in giving His disciples His sample prayer! The prayer contained the command: "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!" (Matthew 6:12) And then after the prayer, Yeshua added:
The same idea is expressed by Yeshua's having said:
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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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