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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 February 11
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180211.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:
Matthew reported that "two thieves" were "crucified with" Yeshua, "one on the right hand and another on the left" and that they "cast the same" mockery of Him "in His teeth"! But Matthew's account excluded the touching exchange that took place between Yeshua and one of the thieves, according to Luke:
Matthew reported that some said: "Thou who destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save Thyself!" which seems to be a confusion between Yeshua's prophesying to His disciples that the temple would be destroyed (Matthew 24:2) and His telling them how He would “be killed and be raised again the third day”! (Matthew 16:21) His disciples had apparently shared some of these things with others, only to have them hopelessly mixed up by those listening to the wrong spirit.
But no confusion existed about Yeshua's having said that He was "the Son of God"! The "devils" possessing the two "coming out of the tombs" in "the country of the Gergesenes" knew Him as the "Son of God" (Matthew 8:29); and the disciples were convinced that He was "the Son of God" (Matthew 14:33), when they saw Him walking on the water; and Peter proclaimed Him to be "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16), with Yeshua's commending him for having had that "revealed, unto thee" by "My Father Who is in Heaven"! (Verse 17)
Yeshua preferred to call Himself "the Son of man"! (Luke 22:69) But He had no problem declaring that as "the Son of man" He would "sit on the right hand of the power of God"! (Verse 69) or that, as "the Son of man" He would "confess", "before the angels of God”, those who had confessed Him "before men"! (Luke 12:8)
The mockers granted that Yeshua had "saved others" but took delight in His seeming helplessness to save Himself, of course not understanding Yahuah Hayah's purpose in having Yeshua suffer the cross. Yeshua had said, "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) And to show how He did that, Yahuah wrote, through His author:
The "darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour" indicates, to me, Yahuah Hayah's expression of grief over what His children were thrusting upon His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) And Yeshua's having "cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me" requires some scriptural understanding, to keep it in the right perspective!
I do not believe, for one minute, that Yeshua believed His Father had forsaken Him; and I have had it explained, to me, by knowledgeable scholars of the bible that He was calling attention to a psalm that starts out that way but ends on a note of joyous triumph, which speaks of anything other than being forsaken!
Rabbis had a custom of calling attention to a psalm by quoting its first line; and that helps us to understand what Yeshua was doing! He was calling attention to Psalm 22, which begins "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" (Verse 1) because of the astonishment of the psalmist at finding himself experiencing the agony he was led to describe in words!
Yahuah Hayah had experienced the pain of every beloved child of His who had ever been crucified! So He had no problem communicating that pain to the psalmist, in a vision, so that he could write it down, prophesying what would eventually be done to Yeshua!
That is the dark part of the psalm; but its emphasis changes; and it becomes a song of triumph! And I believe that is the primary reason why Yeshua drew attention to it. He knew that what was being done to Him was appalling, to those who loved Him; so He gave them a glimpse of the glory that awaited Him, through the lines of the psalmist who had dutifully written down what Yahuah Hayah had given him to write concerning this infamous event to come!
You and I were not born, when this psalm was written; but, now that we are "born", here we are listening to these priceless words! But we have yet to see Yahuah Hayah and His beloved Son acknowledged as "the governor among the nations"! He most assuredly is that governor; for nothing happens without His Spirit permitting and expediting it, which is why the psalmist of 22 assures us that "all the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto Yahuah"!
Matthew wrote that "50 when He had cried again with a loud voice, Jesus yielded up the ghost! 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom"! (Matthew 27:50 and 51) The only "veil of the temple" was the one that separated "the Holy Place" from "the Most Holy", where the Ark of the Covenant was kept; so, trying to understand that supernatural act by Yahuah Hayah, scholars of the bible and I have speculated that, whereas "the veil" had kept His children separated from the judgments contained in His "covenant", what was done to His beloved Son now ended that separation, the torn veil's symbolizing that, from that time on, they would be given the full force of His judgments, either for blessing or for cursing!
Next in Matthew's account, we are told that "51 the Earth did quake, the rocks rent; 52 the graves were opened; many bodies of the saints who slept arose 53 and came out of their graves, after His resurrection; and, going into the holy city, they appeared unto many!" (Matthew 27)
Not many whom I have heard have ventured an opinion concerning that amazing phenomenon; and I don't believe I will break that silence, except to say that its happening appears to me to be yet one more showing of Yahuah Hayah's reaction to what was done to His beloved Son!
If we cannot absorb the violence that was done to the innocent and marvelous Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, we have no comprehension of how deeply it affected His Father in Heaven! He knew that it was going to happen; and He inspired His prophets to write many prophecies concerning it; but the fact of its having happened shakes any sensible person to the roots of his being! And, if we are so shaken, how badly was Yahuah Hayah shaken, to watch in action the despicable degradation of which His beloved children were capable of falling?
We are dealing, here, with the culmination of Matthew's gospel! And the hatefulness of what he so faithfully described is beyond what our sensibilities can tolerate! But the truth that emerges from it is glorious and with that "the centurion and they who were with him" agreed! "Watching Jesus, seeing the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:45 to 54) Matthew continues:
I believe the care of these people to minister even to the body of Yeshua was a continuation of the sovereign leadership that Yahuah Hayah has in the affairs of His obedient and loving children! Nothing was left undone to show the Father's love for His violated Son, particularly in view of how soon that body was to be resurrected and Yeshua raised up to continue His ministry in that glorious fashion!
Yeshua's beloved apostle John wrote of a touching personal appearance that Yeshua made to Mary Magdalene:
From Yeshua's precious words to Mary we are assured that Yahuah Hayah is Yeshua's Father and ours, His God and ours! Which pictures His role as our brother, even while being, as John tells us, God Himself! (John 1:1) He said: "He who hath seen Me hath seen the Father!" (John 14:9) and "Believe the works, that ye may know and believe that the Father is in Me and I in Him!" (John 10:38)
Since Yeshua is our "example" (John 13:15), the Father needs to be in us and we in Him, as well! And that indeed becomes real to us, as His Spirit is given full expression in us, while we dwell in Him or live according to His will for us. Matthew continued:
We of course know that this effort on the part of "the chief priests and Pharisees" was to prove fruitless! For , as we shall see, Yeshua did rise from the dead, leaving the stone, even with its seal and watch, rolled away and the tomb empty! Matthew continued:
Needless to say, this was the most joyous event that one can imagine! I am amused by "the angel of the Lord" having said, "Lo, I have told you", as if to say, to them but primarily to His Father: "There, I have done what You told me to do!"
To assure the obedience of the women, Yeshua repeated, what the angel had told them to tell the disciples about where He would meet them – in “Galilee”, which was north of Jerusalem and from where He had originally gathered them, some of them having been fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. Matthew continued:
The extent of wickedness to which the religious leaders of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children were capable seems to have no limit! We are deeply offended by their actions; and, if we are, surely Yahuah was also offended far more than we! Yet we are encouraged to know that “the judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether!” (Psalm 19:9) I would not want to be in the shoes of the people who behaved so reprehensibly while presumably representing Him to His children! Matthew continued:
This last instruction from Yeshua to His disciples is what we call “the Great Commission”! And it has great significance! For it is the fulfillment of Yahuah Hayah's promise to Abraham: “In thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed! because thou hast obeyed My voice!” (Genesis 22:18)
Up till then, the opportunity and blessing of observing “all things whatsoever” Yahuah Hayah had “commanded” had been reserved for “the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 29:1) , being limited to that people, whom He had carefully taught about such things, along with any “stranger” (Exodus 12:48) who happened to be among them.
But now that Yeshua had completed His ministry in person on Earth, Yahuah Hayah embraced His children throughout “all nations” by releasing the knowledge of His Torah to them as well as to the children who had been known as “the children of Israel”!
I am sure that, with Yahuah Hayah's wanting “all the nations of the Earth” to “be blessed”, He would have seen to it that they were blessed; but, because Abraham did obey Yahuah's voice, he was able to participate in that blessing; and so it is with all of us, either taking advantage of the opportunities afforded us by our loving heavenly Father or failing to, for fear, willfulness or the hundred and one other things that get in the way of our receiving His fullest intent for us.
Indeed, Yahuah Hayah could have left us, His beloved children, entirely out of His affairs; but He didn't! And we are wonderfully blessed for the love for us that continually prompts Him to include us in so many fascinating activities!
>We return, now, to the story of the beginning of Yeshua's ministry on Earth, as told us by Mark in his Gospel:
Mark begins his gospel, by quoting from Yahuah Hayah's prophecy through Isaiah: “The voice of him who crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3)
John the Baptist appears to have been the fulfillment of that prophecy, who “preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”, which was certainly an appropriate preparation for Yeshua, Who Himself preached, “Repent: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 4:17) And we will soon encounter, in Mark's gospel, this same word by Yeshua.
Mark's statement that “there went out, unto him, all the land of Judæa” was not entirely true; for Yeshua asked “the chief priests and the elders of the people” (Matthew 21:23): “The baptism of John, whence was it? from Heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From Heaven; He will say, unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?” (Verse 25)
At any rate, Mark faithfully reported John's “7 saying, There cometh One mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose! 8 I have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost!” Of course John was speaking of Yeshua, Who, interestingly, quoted John and repeated virtually the same truth, saying:
Arguments have been raised as to whether or not Yeshua was “the Son of God”! And to this day, the Jews have refused to acknowledge that He was; but, when Yahuah Hayah, Himself, with His own voice, declared Yeshua to have been “My beloved Son”, either He was; or Mark's gospel is in question, along with that of Matthew (Matthew 3:17) Luke (Luke 3:22) and John (John 3:35), all of whom testified of the Father's pleasure in His Son at Yeshua's baptism! Mark continued:
Mark's gospel tends to be brief, in his description of various events; and his reference to Yeshua's temptation “in the wilderness” is notable for that brevity, his leaving out the considerable detail that we found in Matthew's gospel. Our knowing that Yeshua “was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15) is sufficient to assure us of Yeshua's remarkable righteousness and qualification to be our “high priest”! (Verse 15)
Yeshua promised His beloved disciple John that “to him who overcometh” (Revelation Chapter 2: Verses 7, 11, 17 and 26; Chapter 3: Verses 5, 12 and 21) He would give some unusual blessing; and, in giving the final one of those promises, He gives an interesting hint as to what He meant by “overcoming”:
We have in Yeshua's temptation in the wilderness the most obvious example of Yeshua's “overcoming”! So I frequently make reference to Yeshua's temptation to help us to understand what He meant when He made reference to His having “overcome”, the point being that for those of us who wonder what “overcoming” He was talking about, His overcoming Satan in the wilderness by saying “It is written” (Matthew Chapter 4: Verses 4, 6, 7 and 10) is a fine example for us! Mark continued:
Although brief, this short report is loaded with serious and important ramifications! Primarily because of men having made the apostle Paul's doctrinal confusion a part of Yahuah Hayah's “Holy Bible”, a debate has continued for centuries about what Yahuah Hayah's salvation for His beloved children consists of or what qualifies a person to be saved! because Yeshua's teaching mirrored that of Yahuah Hayah's Torah through Yeshua and Moses, while Paul wrote in ten places that the Torah or law had nothing to do with and was actually detrimental to one's being saved. (Acts 13:39; Romans 3:21; Romans 3:28; Romans 6:14; Romans 7:4; Romans 7:6; Galatians 5:2 to 4 and 18; Philippians 3:6 to 8 and Colossians 2:13 and 14)
Yeshua said: “46 Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me! For he wrote of Me! 47 But, if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?” (John 5:46 and 47)
According to Yeshua, to “not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) requires that one be among “whosoever believeth in Him”! (Verse 16) And we read, only a moment ago, some of Yeshua's most important words:
Yeshua also said:
“Repent” (Matthew 4:17) means to “think differently”! (Strong: Greek: 3340) and “sin is the transgression of the law”! (1st John 3:4) So Yeshua “came to call sinners” to “think differently” about transgressing the law! So that is “the gospel” (Mark 1:15) that one is to believe to “enter into the kingdom of Heaven”! (Matthew 5:20)
The reason why that salvation depends on not “transgressing the law” is that to “enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:20) requires that one have “righteousness” (Verse 20); and the only place in His Holy Bible where Yahuah Hayah offers “our righteousness” (Deuteronomy 6:25) is in His Torah, where He says, through Yeshua, through Moses:
And are we surprised, considering that Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
In the reverse of this, Yahuah Hayah made it clear that, “if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:15)
Later, Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
Here we see Yahuah Hayah comparing His “blessing” with His “life” and His “cursing” with His “death”! And, when He sent Yeshua to Earth, Yeshua made it clear that to “keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17) brings one “eternal life”! (Verse 16)
So there you are, friends: Yahuah Hayah's plan of salvation in its perfect completeness, laid out before you in this bible study; and I assure you that you can read the entire bible and not find one thing written that makes that plan any clearer; but in Paul's writing, you can find his absolutely refuting that plan through the references that I gave you a moment ago!
Take your pick! My confidence lies in Yahuah Hayah, in Yeshua, His Son, and in Moses, whom I believe very much knew what they were doing, as Yahuah knew it in creating all that He did and us in it, while Paul's writing is a sea of confusion and contradictions, his being merely a late-coming and very mixed up party to the witnessing that revealed Yahuah's Plan of Salvation!
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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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