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 18
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180218.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 Mark, this is where we left off:
I have to believe that this is an account that leaves out a lot that Yeshua may have done to establish a relationship with these men. For walking off and leaving the only thing one has known by which to make a living is a very serious step for anyone to take; and I believe considerable effort had to be made by Yeshua to give these men reasons to take that step.
We are working, right now, in this bible study, to help people take that marvelous step in their lives; and only Yahuah Hayah knows how many of these studies it will take to convince people who are walking in darkness to step into His light! He wrote, through His faithful apostle John, of Yeshua, Who
How does Yeshua give us "power to become the sons of God"? He said:
"The sons of God" are "free"! So we would ask, "Free of what?" Yeshua said:
Mountains that one prays "be removed" obviously represent things that we have not wanted in our lives. And, when the mountain is removed, we are then "free" of it, are we not?
Some power removes one's mountains, when he speaks to it, saying "Be thou removed" without doubting "in his heart"! And we have to assume that the "power" is that of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, the same Spirit Who flung the galaxies into their places and is keeping them there.
So, "if you continue" in Yeshua's "word", you learn to speak to your mountains and believe that they will indeed be removed by the power of God! And you will then be "free" of all the problems that the mountains represented! And that, dear friends, is "power to become the sons of God", which is power to command the Spirit of God as though one is God; and "God is a Spirit!" (John 4:24) Mark continued:
Anyone enjoys watching a workman who knows what he is doing! And Yeshua, Who created all things, certainly knew what He was doing, as He ministered to Yahuah Hayah's beloved children in Israel! He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
So we wonder little at the astonishment of Yeshua's audience, as He taught them Yahuah Hayah's doctrine! Mark continued:
Interestingly, people live in our own day who know the authority by Whom to cast out devils; they have done that, by their righteousness and by Yahuah Hayah's Spirit moving in their lives! And they elicit similar astonishment, as they follow Yeshua's example! He said:
To believe Yeshua is to believe what He said! And He said that those who believe Him will do the things that He did; and casting out devils was one of the things that He did; so our seeing people doing that should not amaze us; it is completely scriptural! He said:
To be with someone who could perform such wonders for so many people must have been very comforting for Yeshua's disciples; for, until He came to them, no one had been seen doing such amazing things! But He came not simply to do them but to show His disciples how they could do the same things; and we praise Him for including us, Yahuah Hayah's beloved children, in the doing of such amazing things! He said:
Mark's observation that Yeshua "suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him" is further confirmation of His being Yahuah Hayah's "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) The devils were servants of Satan; and, as Yahuah's adversary; he certainly knew the One to Whom Yahuah had given such power and authority! Yeshua said, to His disciples:
The fact that Yeshua rose up "a great while before day" and "prayed" tells us how much He valued time with Yahuah Hayah, His heavenly Father! He said, to His disciples: "I have given you an example!" (John 13:15) And Peter wrote: "Hereunto were ye called: because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps!" (1st Peter 2:21)
Yeshua did not stay in one place simply because "all men" sought Him. When He had shared His Father's word for them, He moved "to the next towns", to find others to share it with; and what they did about it was there problem. Mark wrote that "He preached, in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils!" I would have to assume that He also healed many; for they, too, would have sought His marvelous ministry! Mark continued:
Obviously, Yeshua was not seeking publicity! He had all of that He could handle! But He got it anyway, for the amazing power He showed to heal and deliver Yahuah Hayah's beloved children and for the "compassion" He showed in doing that for them! Howard Storm wrote that God loves His children "passionately"!
Please notice that, by Yeshua's word, obeying Yahuah Hayah's commandments through Yeshua through Moses concerning rituals was "for a testimony"! Mark continued:
Please notice that by Yeshua's word to heal someone requires that he be forgiven! For He explained His healing of the paralyzed man by saying: "That ye may know that the Son of man hath power on Earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed and go thy way into thine house!"
This is instructive and supports Yahuah Hayah's Torah where He said: "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)
The word "observe" is the translation of a word meaning "to guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104), which means to put a value on, which in relation to commandments means to give obeying them one's best effort! To disregard them means exactly the opposite and in relation to Yahuah's commandments is the reason why we get sick or experience any number of other curses that He has in store for those who do not love Him enough to do what He has said! He asked Job: "Where wast thou ,when I laid the foundations of the Earth?" (Job 38:4) Truly, the grateful heart takes one a long way toward being fulfilled the way Yahuah has wanted His children to be. Mark continued:
How would you like to be taught by the One Who created all things? John wrote: “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3) And, since we have the faithful record of what He taught, we are being so taught right now! Alleluia! Mark continued:
Matthew wrote of the same occurrence but called "Levi" "Matthew" (Matthew 9:9), which of course was himself, with whose name we are much more familiar and therefore use it, assuming that he also is the author of the first gospel!
Mark's record leaves out what could possibly have made "Levi" or "Matthew" respond so quickly and easily to Yeshua's invitation to follow Him. Whatever made that possible, Yahuah Hayah is worthy of our thanksgiving and praise for it; for the participation of each child of His in the activities He has planned for us is what constitutes His "will" for us; and doing His will brings us into His kingdom! Yeshua said:
Matthew's occupation as a collector of "custom" or what we call "taxes" is of interest in the diversity of Yeshua's choices for men to function as His disciples! Up to now we have read only of His choosing fishermen! Mark continued:
This situation and Yeshua's answer to "the scribes and Pharisees" helps us to understand and appreciate His commandment that we love our enemies! He said:
To eat with someone is a loving act! And Yeshua was showing that love to "publicans and sinners", giving the explanation that "they who are whole have no need of the physician but they who are sick"! And, of course, He was speaking of spiritual sickness, developing that idea by saying, "I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance!"
So our "sickness" in the spiritual sense is our not being "righteous", which is remedied by "repentance"! To "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 breaking Yahuah Hayah's commandments, which are the heart of His Torah or law!
To "observe", "keep" or put a value on obeying Yahuah Hayah's commandments, which are "for our good always" (Deuteronomy 6:24), then qualifies us to be "righteous"; for He said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments!" (Verse 25) That "righteousness" brings with it "all these blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2), which Yahuah likened to His "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19), which Yeshua made clear includes Yahuah's "eternal life". (Matthew 19:16 and 17)
So all of these things tie together and boil down to one basic requirement, which is that we "observe", "keep", "guard" or put a value on Yahuah Hayah's commandments, which means that we simply do our best to obey what our Creator has said in His Torah that He wants from His children, in which case He blesses us eternally with all that He has in store for each one of us; and the longer we live and learn about how all this works and do our best to respond appropriately to it, the more we realize the absolutely mind-blowing extent of it; for we come into a right or good relationship to the One Who has created us; and that brings, to us, all of which He is capable, which is beyond imagining! Mark continued:
Fasting brings benefit; but here Yeshua spoke of fasting as a form of mourning or not wanting to eat for the sadness of a loved one's absence! Obviously, He is "the bridegroom"; and He asked: "Can the children of the bride chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?" But Yeshua knew that He would "be taken away from them" and expected "then shall they fast".
When Yeshua's disciples could not cast out a certain devil, He explained: "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting!" (Matthew 7:21) So dealing with a difficult devil appears to be one benefit of fasting.
Luke wrote of the woman who came to speak of the Christ child "to all them who looked for redemption in Jerusalem" (Luke 2:38); and he recommended her as one who "served God with fastings and prayers night and day"! (Verse 37) So in this regard fasting appears to be a part of serving God!
The psalmist wrote: "When they were sick, ... I humbled my soul with fasting!" (Psalm 35:13) So fasting appears, here, to be a part of ministry for healing!
Obesity is a plague among people of our day; and, although some of it is attributed to conditions in one's body, living a "fasted life" would eliminate much of the indulgence that seems to account for the rest of it, being careful, of course, to choose the foods that we do eat with the nutrients greatly needed by our bodies! Mark continued with his account of Yeshua's words:
Mark reports this saying of Yeshua without explanation; Matthew does the same and Luke likewise, while John does not include it at all; so we are obliged to seek its meaning from Yahuah Hayah's voice in our spirit; and from my meditation on this parable I have the impression that Yeshua was speaking, here, of "the truth" to which He came to "bear witness" (John 18:37), which, although it was and is as old as the Creator Himself, it was "new" to "the children of Israel", whose religious leaders had wandered off it from centuries before into preoccupations that had little to do with it, thus becoming the "old bottles", which were bursting or nearly so every time they got around Yeshua and His new truth! If someone has a better idea, I would like to hear it. Mark continued:
Yeshua chose not to give the easy explanation to His critics, which is that Yahuah Hayah never forbade His children to eat on the Sabbath, His problem being with their working on that day, which would be the gathering of food for others, as in harvesting! Instead, Yeshua confounded them by pointing out how, under the duress of real hunger, David actually broke Yahuah's Torah, eating "the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests", Yeshua's summation being that "the Sabbath was made for man" or to bless him, not to give him a hard time!
I glory in the fact that we were created by and serve a most reasonable God, which is abundantly shown by His requiring from His children not perfect obedience, which obviously is impossible, but a perfect attitude toward being obedient, His requirement being that they “observe to do all His commandments” (Deuteronomy 28:1), which means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on that doing, which anyone can do, in a moment of time, once they have entered into the love for and gratitude toward Yahuah Hayah that His creating all things demands of them. Mark continued:
In this episode God's patience wore thin, as Yeshua's "anger" at "the hardness of their hearts" expressed itself, as He moved to heal the afflicted man! Their defending the Sabbath at the expense of a suffering brother was not a part of the Father's will for him; and Yeshua boldly moved to correct them, knowing perfectly well that it would simply fuel the fire of enmity toward God and Himself that their service to Satan continually engendered! Mark continued:
In this passage Mark shows the escalating attention that Yeshua's miracles were drawing to Him, to the point of being so unmanageable that His standing in a ship offshore while continuing to minister Yahuah Hayah's word became the only solution! Mark's attention then went to the behavior in Yeshua's presence of "unclean spirits", who insisted upon declaring Him to be "the Son of God"! Yeshua's eventually declaring Himself to be "the Son of God" "sitting on the right hand of Power" (Matthew 26:64) would eventually be the basis on which the high priest would condemn Him to death, which would fulfill the promise He had made to His Father in Heaven that He would "lay down" His "life"! (John 10:17) But revealing Who Yeshua actually was any time before that climax to His ministry was premature! And, prior to its becoming necessary, He continually resisted the truth's being known about His awesome true identity! Mark continued:
We've had some exposure to Yeshua's calling His disciples; and now Mark has given attention to His ordaining them "to preach, to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils"! Of course, that is what He had been doing; and, when He returned from the dead, He said, to them: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21)
That sending was fine so long as the eleven lived; but what then? Yeshua gave His requirement for anyone to be a disciple at any time; He 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) That is what we are doing right now! We are continuing in His word, are we not? So we, too, are His disciples; and we, too, are called "to preach, to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils"! The only problem is that too few of us hear that call and respond appropriately to it. Mark continued:
I don't understand that situation; what kind of “friends” are so ignorant of their friend's mission in life to assume so little of it, for His having pursued it? Obviously, these “friends” missed it a mile in relation to Yeshua! But are they alone? How many of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children miss completely what His Son's mission in life really was and how well He fulfilled it despite (or because of) the worst treatment that anyone could receive? Mark continued:
The infinite patience exercised by Yeshua with these servants of “Beelzebub”, whoever that is – I assume it is another name for Satan – is virtually astonishing! And it speaks of Yahuah Hayah's passionate love for all His children, regardless of how misguided they may have become! Yeshua argued that divided kingdoms, houses and even devils don't last long, if they are too busy fighting within themselves! The “goods” in our neighbor's house that Yahuah would like to claim are His child's love and willingness to accommodate! But, if his house is in the possession of a “strong man” or a devil, the nature of which is to resist loving actions or accommodations, that devil must be cast out before the love and care Yahuah seeks in His children can be released to bear their wonderful fruit!
If you like my kind of study, may I recommend our website, "enterhiscovenant.com", which, first of all, contains an invitation to phone or email requests for prayer, to which I or someone will respond, as we are able! Our website is full of stored sermons offering guidance through Yahuah Hayah's word on every topic imaginable! And the visitor is not obliged to sit and listen to my choice of topic; rather, through our topical index, "Convocations by Topics", he can go to any sermon that interests him and see what Yahuah has to say about the topic of the visitor's choice!
When people recite things to me, a lot of it goes by me without my being able to hear it or process it; so I like the written report, which sits before me so long as I need it before going on to the next idea, especially when I would like to take notes from it; and our website does exactly that, for your careful consideration!
You might wonder how this ministry manages to function in a world where a price is demanded for virtually everything that one needs! Faith Harvest Israel is a faith-based ministry, which relies entirely on the tithes and offerings of people like you, who appreciate what we are doing and make themselves a part of the ministry through their tithes and offerings! If you are one of those people whom Yahuah Hayah has led to be a part of this ministry, address your check or money order to "enterhiscovenant.com" and send it to 18627 Brookhurst St. 557, Fountain Valley, California 92708; and Yahuah will bless you for it.
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!
Have a question or a comment?
Copyrighted by common law 1999 to 2017 enterhiscovenant.com.
All rights reserved!