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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 January 6
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180106.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:
Here is another "hard saying" (John 6:60) of Yeshua's. Limiting the acceptable ground for divorce to "fornication" cuts off all other excuses and commits partners in marriage to a life either of being gracious and loving toward one another or of putting up with a living hell!
"Fornication" is the translation of a word meaning "adultery" (Strong: Greek: 4202) ; and "adultery" is the translation of a word meaning the same (3429); so Strong Concordance is not much help to us, in this regard. So, going to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, we find "adultery" defined as "voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than that person's current spouse or partner"! And that is more helpful in understanding what the problem was that Yeshua was addressing!
According to Yeshua, one's divorcing a partner for any reason other than "fornication", which means "adultery" (Strong: Greek: 4202), causes one's further efforts in marriage to be tainted by the kind of sin that is Yahuah Hayah's only ground for divorce! In other words, remarrying after improperly divorcing a partner in marriage simply invalidates one's next effort to marry.
One can ask, "What difference does that make?" And we are, immediately, back to considering the difference between being blessed by Yahuah Hayah or cursed by Him, His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) including "eternal life"! (Matthew 19:16 and 17)
So the spirit under which a marriage is conducted makes a big difference in how it is conducted and either enjoyed or suffered, if obedience to Yeshua's condition for marriage is observed! And, of course, He merely taught what Yahuah Hayah's will is for His children, right up to and including their experience for the rest of eternity, when marriage will have ceased to be an issue! But what we did about it while it was an issue will make a big difference in what we experience throughout eternity!
This limitation for divorce has also caused a lot of grief among couples in churches that have barred people from membership or from meaningful positions of service in the church if they have divorced for other than "fornication" or "adultery" by the divorced partner, some churches having penalized people having been divorced for any reason, since the question of why a divorce took place is so difficult to ascertain!
Interestingly, the entire problem disappears, when one obeys Yeshua's commandment to "love your enemies"! (Matthew 5:44) For a partner in marriage who has proved to be difficult can well be considered an "enemy"; and, if one has determined to love that "enemy" in obedience to Yahuah Hayah, one cannot "love" and divorce another at the same time!
So "loving", "blessing", "doing good to" and "praying for" the difficult partner, which qualifies one to be a child "of your Father Who is in Heaven" (Verse 45), brings Yahuah's "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) and "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16) into the picture, which is a saving factor that makes all the difference in the world in how that marriage is conducted, notwithstanding the difficulties of the troublesome partner, the chance well being that it can save him and bring him around to no longer being difficult.
I have tried this approach in my own marriage and in my treatment of various other troublesome members of the family; and I can attest that it does wonders to smooth the waters and make joyful rather than bitter the interactions between myself and these members, except when I forget myself and get angry or spiteful, in which case the whole situation immediately deteriorates into the "living hell" to which I made reference earlier; and, believe me, when I say that I waste no time in getting back into Yahuah Hayah's loving way of salvation for all persons concerned!
One has to be married to be divorced; so the question arises: What is marriage? Yeshua said it: "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder!" Then we want to know of what that "joining" consists; and Yahuah Hayah provided the answer, through Yeshua through Moses:
Please notice that, by Yahuah Hayah's commandment, the only action leading to a woman's being a man's "wife" is his lying with her. The obligations incurred by that lying are that "he shall surely endow her to be his wife" and that he "shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver"!
The word "endow" is a translation of a word meaning "to bargain (for a wife), i.e. to wed" (Strong: Hebrew: 4117); and that gets back to the idea of compensating the woman's father for his losing her; and from that we derive the entire idea of "wedding" or marrying! It has nothing to do with all the activities that have become traditional for "weddings"!
Yahuah Hayah attached,, one other obligation incurred from lying with a woman: He said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "Because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days!" (Deuteronomy 22:29) And, when we consider Yeshua's one allowed ground for divorce, which is "fornication" or "adultery", it takes her lying with a man other than her husband to end the marriage!
So far as Yahuah Hayah is concerned, lying with a woman is the bottom line of marriage and the wrong man's lying with her is the bottom line of breaking a marriage. All other considerations are, simply, tradition and have no bearing on the matter of marriage or divorce in Yahuah's sight.
Yeshua's disciples discerned the gravity of those conditions, saying: "If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry, which implied a man's choosing to remain single, which in this biblical context implied his choosing to live as a "eunuch", which involves in some cases a man's ability even to have sexual intercourse, which seems to be what Yeshua addressed in His remarks concerning the "eunuch" - one's being born that way or being made that way "of men", the primary motive being to remove a man's masculinity to make him more docile or amenable to serving as a slave!
As for choosing to be a eunuch "for the kingdom of Heaven's sake", I must assume that is, simply, a man's choosing not to marry to devote himself to serving Yahuah Hayah, which was the apostle Paul's choice, of which Yeshua seems to approve, saying "He who is able to receive it, let him receive it." (Matthew 19:12)
I personally have a problem with the rationale that Paul attached to his celibacy, his having written:
Paul said that the married man or woman "careth for the things of the world, how he may please his" partner, as opposed to caring "for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord", which is, I believe, a false understanding of Yahuah Hayah's concerns for His beloved children! Yahuah's commandment is: "Love thy neighbor"! (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22: 39) Loving one's neighbor is caring "for the things that are of" the neighbor, "how he may please" the neighbor, is it not? And how can that possibly be "the things of the world" as opposed to "the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord"?
Is not pleasing the neighbor part of loving him? So how is that not "the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord", when Yahuah Hayah or "the Lord" has commanded His children to do that?
Is not one's partner in marriage one of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children? So how is pleasing that partner caring "for the things that are of the world", when our understanding of "the world" is that it is the body of people who have been ignoring Yahuah and His commandments and committing all of the abominations involved in that disobedience?
Paul's notion that loving one's neighbor, which includes one's partner in marriage, is caring "for the things that are of the world" is, in my view, woefully wrong! And it colors all that he says concerning one's choice to marry or not to marry or to give one's daughter in marriage or not to give her; and that is part of the error I have found in Paul's writings, which makes them questionable as to where he got their contents, while in other things he seems to have been well inspired by Yahuah Hayah!
We learn the problems of spiritual instability from Yeshua's dealings with Peter, where one minute Yeshua is commending him for hearing from His "Father Who is in Heaven" (Matthew 16:17) and the next minute rebuking him, saying, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God but those that be of men!" (Verse 23) And Paul is another "basket case" in that regard! Some of the things he wrote appear to come from Yahuah Hayah! But other things he wrote fly in the face of Yahuah's commandments and are utterly unacceptable and terribly confusing for those insisting that Paul's writings are "the Word of God"! Matthew continued:
The key part of Yeshua's statement is that "little children" reflect the virtues of "the kingdom of Heaven"! And that hearkens back to when He was talking about "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6), saying "Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven!" (Verse 3) and "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven." (Verse 4)
Yeshua had the highest regard for those who, being young, had spirits that had not been "offended" (Matthew 18:6) or "enticed to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624) They were the spirits that, being pure, innocent and above all "humble", were not in need of being "purged" (Hebrews 9:14), as were those who, having been "enticed to sin", needed the purging that Yeshua's being scourged and crucified provided, to "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13)
The reason Yeshua put such a premium on humility is that those among Yahuah Hayah's children who recognize and grant His almighty supremacy in all things do not question His right to command them, requiring of them the behavior He called "righteous", having said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
In pointing out that "there is none good but one, that is, God", Yeshua did not deny that He was God; but we know that He "was God" (John 1:1) and therefore was, indeed, "God" and therefore "good"!
Of great value to us is Yeshua's statement: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" And, from the question that was asked of Him, we know that He was talking about "eternal life". So every reference in Yahuah Hayah's Torah to His "life" we know to be His "eternal life"; because the Torah was His listing of all His commandments; and, if to "enter into" "eternal life" rests upon one's keeping "the commandments", obviously the "life" to which Yahuah Hayah referred in His Torah was His eternal life, although He did not choose to speak of it in that light, until He sent Yeshua to teach His beloved children!
The spiritual problem of "the young man" involved more than the commandments that Yeshua recited to him, except the one about loving one's neighbor! For having "had great possessions", he obviously had not addressed the problems of the neighbors he was supposed to love! For, if he had addressed those problems, he would not have "had great possessions"; he would have used whatever possessions he had to help the neighbors overcome their poverty and hunger!
This helps to explain why Yeshua said: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God!" (Matthew 19:24) For "a rich man" obviously has not ministered to the needs of his neighbors, in obedience to Yahuah Hayah's commandment that he love them, or he would not be "rich" and therefore in jeopardy of going to Hell!
This issue bears directly upon what will be Yeshua's concern in His "Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats"! He said:
For those who with the apostle Paul try to say that Yahuah Hayah's salvation is "not of works" (Ephesians 2:9) need to study the above passage very carefully! For it is about "works"; and the ministry given or not given to "the least of these My brethren" - that is, Yeshua's brethren - is the sole basis on which He will assign Yahuah's children either to "life eternal" or to "everlasting punishment"! (Matthew 25:46)
This helps to explain why, in Yeshua's description of Yahuah's resurrections, one's participation in them, also, will be determined by his works - "They who have done good, unto the Resurrection of Life; and they who have done evil, unto the Resurrection of Damnation"! (John 5:29) Matthew continued:
This unusual passage shows Yeshua's appreciation for the faithfulness of the twelve apostles who had followed Him. He does not speak of the one who betrayed Him, of course, since this exchange was ahead of the event that revealed that betrayal. But, then, He goes on to speak of the rest of us "who hath forsaken houses, brethren, sisters, father, mother, wife, children or lands for My name's sake", who "shall receive an hundredfold and shall inherit everlasting life"; and, for those of us who are sick of seeing the wicked fare so well, He assured: "Many who are first shall be last! And the last shall be first", which reminds us of Yahuah Hayah's words through His psalmist:
In Matthew's account Yeshua continued:
I believe this parable was intended to minister to those who have been faithful to Yahuah Hayah throughout their lives, while some are saved and go to Heaven only on their deathbeds! But Yeshua finished this passage with remarks that seem to depart from that purpose and deal with other factors that will affect one's experience when he goes to Heaven, which is clearly addressed by this word from Yeshua:
The one who "shall break one of these least commandments" may have been wealthy; but he will barely make it in to "the kingdom of Heaven" (Verse 30), whereas the one who "shall do and teach them" may have barely subsisted on Earth because of his generosity to the poor! But "the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven", reversing the roles, as Yeshua suggests by His familiar saying: "The last shall be first and the first last"!
But Yeshua (or perhaps Matthew) couples that saying with another, which addresses a different matter - "many be called but few chosen" - which is more clearly addressed by these words of Yeshua:
Yeshua advises that we "enter ... in at the strait gate"; but His statement laments the few who do so, believing ourselves to be so wise in our foolishness, as we choose the broad "way that leadeth to destruction"! He of course speaks from the vantage point of God, "Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8), so many of which are sad and should quicken us to try the best we can to save them.
Prayer is the best tool we have, in that urgency; for years of disappointments with our unbelieving neighbors teach us how helpless we really are in our own strength to make much of a difference with people caught up in the enticements of the evil spirits who want them dead and in Hell! With the permission we give Him by the use of our dominion in His service, Yahuah Hayah can bring circumstances to bear upon the belligerent, which is the only hope they have, as it was with me, who walked contrary to my Creator and King for thirty years of my adult life, while two prayer warriors fought for my life in the spirit! Needless to say, I will be grateful to them forever, for their faithfulness to pray for me so diligently throughout that trying period! Matthew continued:
This is yet one more of the several records we have of Yeshua's working to prepare His disciples for the terrible experience He knew was coming, which would destroy at least His body! But He would "rise again"; and all would be well at least for those who had remained faithful to Him.
Then "the mother of Zebedee"s children" astonished the other disciples, with her brazen request that Yeshua let her sons sit on His right and left "in Thy kingdom"! But He quenched that zeal, with a reminder that those who remained faithful would pay a dear price for their faithfulness; and early church history tells of the terrible ordeal that His disciples did suffer, after He had returned to be with Yahuah the Father!
Then Yeshua ministered to the "indignation" of the other disciples, advising them that "whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister! And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant! even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many"!
Yeshua's statement that He would be giving "His life a ransom for many" seems to reenforce the apostle Paul's writing of "24 Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past"! (Romans 3:24 and 25)
Yeshua, also, spoke of His blood, which He said "is shed for many for the remission of sins"! (Matthew 26:28) But some notable differences exist in regard to the two explanations of Yahuah Hayah's purpose in giving His "commandment" (John 10:18) for Yeshua to "lay down" His "life"! (Verse 17)
Paul spoke of his followers having "faith in" Yeshua's "blood ... for the remission of sins", in other words, believing that one's sins have "remission" or forgiveness because Yeshua's blood was shed!
But Yeshua said that He came to "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) And, if the shedding of His blood was going to forgive the sinners' "sin" (1st John 3:4), what need would there have been for them to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about their "transgression of the law"? (1st John 3:4)
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) In other words, the shedding of Yeshua's blood was not to forgive the "sinners" of their "sin" but, rather, to cause them to keep the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, for which He said, "It shall be forgiven him." (Numbers 15:28)
To be "forgiven" is to be regarded as "just" or "righteous"! (Strong: Hebrew: 6662) And Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments!" (Deuteronomy 6:25) And Yeshua said that "righteousness" is required to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)
So, although Yeshua's teaching and Paul's are similar, they give entirely different ideas about what Yahuah Hayah hoped to accomplish by having Yeshua lay down His life, Yeshua's sacrifice being to save sinners through their repentance, Paul's idea of that sacrifice being that its shed blood would forgive everyone so that they did not have to repent and determine to keep Yahuah's commandments, which would have short circuited all that Yeshua suffered that Yahuah's beloved children would "serve the living God"!
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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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