Would you like to know what Yahuah Hayah, your Creator and King, thinks?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 February 4
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180204.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:
In Yeshua's saying, "I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom", He prophesied His death! For He knew that soon He would be in His Father's kingdom, which of course is Heaven!
Yeshua knew what was coming; and He knew what His disciples reaction to it would be, saying, "All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad!" But that was not to be the end of the story! So He assured them that "after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee!"
Yeshua's quotation about the disciples' reaction is from a prophecy: "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man Who is My Fellow, saith Yahuah of hosts! Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn Mine hand upon the little ones." (Zechariah 13:7)
The original prophecy does not stop, until it deals with the aftermath of the betrayal that turned the "sword" against Yahuah's "Shepherd". Yeshua had declared earlier:
Then Yeshua described, to His disciples, how desolate, saying, when
Was that a judgment? Consider that, when
The prophecy that Yeshua quoted spoke of "the sheep" being "scattered abroad"! And that did not set well, with Peter, who
And we read, only a moment ago, how
But we will see how that turned out. Matthew continued:
Being God, Yeshua was aware of and very sensitive to what He knew was virtually upon Him, which explains why He "began to be sorrowful and very heavy"! Yet, being human, He explored the possibility that "this cup pass from Me"; but He did not do that without taking care that He not move from His Father's will, saying, "not as I will but as Thou wilt."
Peter, who had boasted of His fidelity to Yeshua, was "asleep", which prompted Yeshua to ask, "Could ye not watch with Me one hour?" And that tells us more about Yeshua's human reluctance to suffer what He knew was coming! He knew the benefit of spiritual support from others! And in His agony of knowing how terrible His destiny was to be, He wanted that support; but He was left sadly without it, in the calloused indifference of His sleepy disciples!
So strong was Yeshua's abhorrence to suffering His coming crucifixion that He solicited His Father three times concerning any possibility that it could be avoided yet never without holding to His commitment to see His Father's will fulfilled in the matter, if that was to be required!
Having had to resolve this matter alone, without any prayerful support from His disciples, Yeshua then released them, to “sleep on” and “take their rest”! For “the hour” was “at hand”! It was going the way His Father had willed that it go. Matthew continued:
It is so ironic that leading Yeshua to His death was begun by kissing Him. It is possible that Judas did not know what "the chief priests and elders of the people" had in mind for Yeshua; but it could not have escaped Judas that they meant harm.
Some people speculate that, being among the Jewish zealots and with their Messiah being expected to free them from their captors, Judas may have supposed that Yeshua's being taken by the Jewish leaders, who were cooperating with their captors, the Romans, would have forced His hand and obliged Him to fulfill what the Jews believed that their Messiah would do, which would be to free them!
But Judas' taking matters into his own hands would prove to be a terrible disappointment for him; because he had no idea that it would be at least the two thousand years that we have seen before their Messiah would move in that decisive way! When He returns, He will indeed have "a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations! And He shall rule them with a rod of iron" to tread "the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God"! (Revelation 19:15) But that would prove to be no help for Judas, who would only see his beloved Master taken into custody with no release in sight! Matthew continued:
If according to "the scriptures" these things "must be fulfilled" one wonders how it was that Yeshua prayed to His Father that they not "be fulfilled". The only explanation that comes to mind is His humanness to abhor that which was to come and try, vainly, to seek from His Father a way to prevent them from coming.
Matthew stopped short of naming Peter as the one who drew his sword; but John had no such reservation, having written: "Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and smote the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear!" (John 18:10)
But Matthew's description of Yeshua's response seems to be more complete with some wisdom included, for good measure:
Yeshua's statement that "all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword" matches, perfectly, His having taught: "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38)
One cannot help admiring the "twelve legions of angels" in the hands of Yeshua's "Father", who awaited only Yeshua's word to be released into action! But with the Father's will for Him having been made abundantly clear, by then, Yeshua was not about to give that word, having become completely resigned, along with the scriptures, "that thus it must be"! Matthew continued:
Knowing the reasoning about Him among "the chief priests and elders of the people", who were the leaders of "the multitude", Yeshua knew exactly the fears that had restrained them from "laying hold on" Him in the temple; so with their finally having dared to take him in the secluded place where Judas led them, Yeshua chided them for their secretive strategy!
It appears that, with so many references by Yeshua to "the scriptures" and their foretelling what would become of Him, that the hopelessness of it finally overwhelmed the disciples, to where they "fled", thus fulfilling the prophecy to which He had referred: "Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered!" (Zechariah 13:7) Matthew continued:
It is interesting that, "though many false witnesses came, yet found they none"! Their purpose in trying Yeshua was to condemn Him to death; but, apparently, in whatever was falsely said about Him, none of it qualified Him to be put to death; so, in exasperation, the high priest challenged Him to respond to what would so qualify Him, which would be to "speak blasphemy" or something presumably against God!
So the high priest came right out and boldly had Yeshua answer as to His being "the Christ, the Son of God"! And Yeshua readily accommodated Him, knowing, I am sure, that His answer would send Him to the cross that He had promised His Father to endure! But, while He was at it, He gave us a prophesy as to what to expect at His return: "Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of Power and coming in the clouds of Heaven!"
Yeshua had given a similar view of Himself, when introducing His "Judgment of the Sheep and Goats": "31 When the Son of man shall come in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory; 32 and before Him shall be gathered all nations!" (Matthew 25:31 and 32)
So Yeshua was not shy about telling His children the glorious circumstances that will prevail at His return; and that boldness to tell the truth about Himself was used, by the high priest, to condemn Him to death! Is it any wonder that through His prophet, Yahuah Hayah said that at Yeshua's return "they shall look upon Him Whom they have pierced! And they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness, for Him, as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn!" (Zechariah 12:10)
To realize what they did while He was with them, to the One Who has returned in such amazing glory, God Himself having been born among them as one of them, will cause the thoughtful among His children to "mourn" indeed, beyond comprehension! For what imaginable circumstances could match what they had done to Yeshua, when He had come as Yahuah Hayah's "express image" (Hebrews 1:3), to teach and bless the children of Israel, who had rewarded Him with such contempt and violence, spitting "in His face" and mocking His claim to having been "the Christ, the Son of God"! Matthew continued:
Poor Peter! So many of us can relate to him, meaning to do so well, for Yeshua, yet falling short, when the tests of allegiance come. Peer approval is a strong influence, in our lives; we want to be considered well, by our neighbors; and, when the neighbors have no use for our beloved Creator, it is difficult to stand up and be counted for Yahuah Hayah! But we suffer, if we don't! And Peter felt the sting of disapproval from the One on Whom his life depended! Poor Peter! And poor us, when we get caught in the same boat! Matthew continued:
This sad reaction of Judas to what "the chief priests and elders of the people" did to Yeshua gives strength to the theory that Judas thought Yeshua would fight for His life and for that of Israel; and, with one's looking only at relative strengths, He well could have and have easily won! The entire Roman empire would have been no match for "twelve legions of angels"! (Matthew 26:53) But Judas erred, in supposing that was Yeshua's purpose in having come the first time!
We know, from John's prophecy, that Yeshua will eventually come with "a sharp sword" in His mouth, "that with it He should smite the nations," ruling "them with a rod of iron and" treading "the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God"! (Revelation 19:15) But that has not yet happened; and this is nearly two thousand years from when Yeshua ministered on Earth!
So Judas's timing was off, to say the least! And he paid for it with his life! And, interestingly, when we miss what Yeshua came the first time to accomplish, for the same reason, which was to listen to the wrong spirit, we pay with our lives. Let me explain!
Yeshua said that He came "to call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) And the way He did that was to obey His Father's "commandment" (John 10:18) to "lay down" His "life" (Verse 17) by submitting to the wicked hands of His enemies, to where the violence done to Him would "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14)
No more could a human being proudly hold up his head and suppose that he is doing God a favor by getting up in the morning! For, with some of us having done what we did to Yeshua, we have nothing left to boast of but the stupendous shame of what we did to the innocent, kind and loving Son of God! What we do have left is the strongest urge to "repent" (Matthew 4:17), which means to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340), for what we did to Yeshua; and, since what we did to Yeshua violated both God and man, both of whom we are to love according to Yahuah's commandments (Matthew 22:37 to 39), we are to "think differently" about having broken His commandments, even His "First and Great Commandment"! (Verse 38)
That repentance brings us back to observing or putting a value on "to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), which brings again Yahuah's "blessings" (Verse 2), even "eternal life"! (Matthew 19:16 and 17) And that saves us from "everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46), which is why Yahuah sent Yeshua to earth to lay down His life!
So, far from bringing earthly salvation to Israel by a victory over the Romans, the victory Yeshua came to bring was victory over death; and you have to die, before you can have victory over it, which complex truth completely escaped Judas, who had been listening to Satan, rather than to Yeshua; and, again, that cost him his life! Yeshua said: "Woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man, if he had not been born!" (Matthew 26:24)
There is a well known verse in a psalm that fits here: "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little! Blessed are all they who put their trust in Him!" (Psalm 2:12) Again, with great irony, Judas betrayed "the Son" with a kiss. (Matthew 26:48) But its meaning was hateful rather than loving, which made it exactly the reverse of what this psalmist was trying to say! Matthew continued:
There is a principle in law, which says: "Words left unrebutted stand as truth!" Although Yeshua was able to answer Pilate in the affirmative, at his asking, "Art Thou the King of the Jews", His letting the accusations "of the chief priests and elders" go without comment allowed them to stand against Him without His participation in their lies, which accomplished the condemnation to death to which His obedience to Yahuah had committed Him. Matthew continued:
The Holocaust waged against the Jews by Germany in World War II was a two-edged sword! I believe it finalized Yahuah Hayah's judgment on the Children of Israel, who stood before Pilate crying for Yeshua's blood to be shed, the cause of it to be "on us and on our children"; at the same time, the Holocaust's horror so shook the United Nations that they took the Jews' native land away from the Palestinians and gave it back to the Jews, who are descendants of "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), the ones to whom Yahuah gave that land, when He took them out of their bondage in Egypt! (Exodus 3:8)
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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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