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:
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come! (Matthew 24:14)
Let us pray:
Our heavenly Father, I want to thank you for moving the hearts of your children to watch and listen to this broadcast in such amazing numbers and then to respond personally as they have, to D.J., in regard to what they have learned! Of primary interest, Father, has been those who have come wanting prayer for their individual needs! I speak to those needs, Father, of whatever they may consist, and command that they be met completely and adequately! And I thank you, Father, for the answer to those needs that you have now put into ha Kodesh Ruach, Your Holy Spirit, to bless all those who have shown their faith in You by asking for this prayer! We know, Father, by Your word through Yeshua, that for men these things are impossible but with you, our Creator and King, all things are possible; and we give you the praise and the glory that all things are now done to fulfill gloriously the desires of those who have come to us with faith in their hearts to believe that you have the answers for which they have been looking!
Thank you for being with us, now; and, as I speak your word, make it alive in the hearts of all who are hearing me.
We thank you for all of this, Father; and we pray it in the mighty name of Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, Whom we love with all our hearts! Amen!
When we were moving through Mark's Gospel, here is where we left off:
30 The apostles gathered themselves together, unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught! 31 And He said, unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into, a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat! 32 And they departed, into a desert place, by ship, privately! 33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran afoot thither, out of all cities, and outwent them and came together, unto Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw many people and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd! And He began to teach them many things! 35 And, when the day was now far spent, His disciples came, unto Him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed! 36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about and into the villages and buy themselves bread! For they have nothing to eat! 37 He answered them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, unto Him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread and give them to eat? 38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? Go and see! And, when they knew, they said, Five and two fishes! 39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 And they sat down, in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties! 41 And, when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up, to Heaven, and blessed and brake the loaves and gave them, to His disciples, to set before them; and the two fishes divided He among them all! 42 And they did all eat and were filled! 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments and of the fishes! 44 And they who did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men! (Mark 6:30 to 44)
How thoughtful and caring Yeshua was, toward His disciples, when they had returned from their ministering for Him, to have them seek rest in a quiet place!
But "the people" had something else in mind and "outwent" them; and Yeshua "was moved with compassion toward them". And, when He had taught "them many things" and evening was upon them, we have the marvelous story of His feeding the "five thousand", which gives us the assurance that He will not let us go hungry either! Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist:
Trust, in Yahuah, and do good! So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed! (Psalm 37:3)
But we know that people of this world do go hungry; so why is that? The people that Yeshua fed had come seeking Him! Are the people going hungry all around us seeking Yeshua? We do not know their hearts; so we are not competent to judge them; but my guess is that they have no comprehension of Yahuah Hayah's graciousness toward them through Yeshua; He said:
Behold the fowls of the air! For they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns! Yet your heavenly Father feedeth them! Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26)
Yahuah Hayah said, through His prophet: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge! Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me. Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children!" (Hosea 4:6)
There it is - the reason why Yahuah Hayah "forgets" His children! It is because they "have forgotten the law of thy God" And all the commandments of that Torah or law "hang" (Matthew 22:37 to 40) on loving Yahuah and one's neighbor!
Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist: "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." (Psalm 37:25) Mark continued:
45 Straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the ship and to go to the other side, unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people! 46 And, when He had sent them away, He departed, into a mountain, to pray! 47 When even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea and He alone, on the land! 48 And He saw them toiling in rowing! For the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night He came, to them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But, when they saw Him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit and cried out! 50 For they all saw Him and were troubled! Immediately He talked, with them, and said, unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I! Be not afraid. 51 And He went up, unto them, into the ship; the wind ceased; and they were sore amazed, beyond measure, and wondered! 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened! (Mark 6:45 to 52)
Let not your heart be hardened toward the One Who created you. Such hardness is very troubling for anyone! Our heart or our spirit becomes hardened by listening to the wrong spirit! So I pray that the right Spirit is behind these bible studies, that they effectively remove, from your heart, any hardness toward the mighty and loving One Who created you, so that you will consider all things necessary to love and to appreciate fully Who and What Yahuah Hayah is along with Yeshua, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16)
Appreciating Who and What Yahuah Hayah and His Son are is what His Holy Bible is about! It is comprised of the words that Yeshua said, "make you free"! (John 8:32) And I believe He was talking about freedom from the hardness of heart that keeps one blind to the amazing and wonderful truth of which Yahuah is comprised!
What I mean by that is what Yeshua said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" (John 14:6) Yahuah Hayah is Himself "the truth". What He actually does is "the truth". What people suppose, argue, imagine or lie about is not "the truth".
Satan is noted for being "a liar" (John 8:44); so, obviously, he is not Yahuah Hayah! And, when I see in my mind some disturbing thing happening, I reject that thought immediately, declaring: "No scenarios! I live by Yahuah Hayah's truth!" In the truth of what He actually does is all that any child of His could ever want or imagine! Mark continued:
53 When they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret and drew to the shore! 54 And, when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew Him 55 and ran through that whole region round about and began to carry about in beds those who were sick, where they heard He was! 56 And whithersoever He entered, into villages, cities or country, they laid the sick, in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch, if it were, but the border of His garment! And as many as touched Him were made whole! (Mark 6:53 to 56)
Truly, Yeshua was "the Son of God"! (Mark 1:1) And His works continually showed it; but He continually insisted that it was not He but His Father in Heaven "Who doeth the works". (John 14:10) Mark continued:
1 Then came together, unto Him, the Pharisees and certain of the scribes who came from Jerusalem! 2 And. when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed, hands, they found fault! 3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders! 4 And, when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not! And many other things there be, that they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, pots, brasen vessels and tables! 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders but eat bread with unwashen hands? 6 He answered them, Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth Me with their lips! But their heart is far from Me. 7 In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men! 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups! And many other such things ye do. 9 And He said, unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition! 10 For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother! and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death! 11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift [to the temple], by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me, he shall be free! 12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered! And many like things do ye. 14 And, when He had called all the people unto Him, He said, unto them, Hearken, unto Me, every one of you, and understand! 15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things that come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear! 17 And, when he was entered into the house away from the people, His disciples asked Him, concerning the parable. 18 And He said, unto them, Are ye also without understanding? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without that entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 because it entereth not into his heart but into the belly and goeth out into the draught? 20 And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride and foolishness! 23 All these evil things come from within and defile the man. (Mark 7:1 to 23)
While the scribes and Pharisees were concerned about physical cleanliness, Yeshua was concerned about the spiritual purity of Yahuah Hayah's children and worked to help them understand its importance, warning them that "evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride and foolishness", all of which "cometh out of the man" "defile" him; but He assumes that His audience understand what that means in terms of consequences and undesirable results! Mark continued:
24 From thence He arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon and entered into an house and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid! 25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet! 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought Him that He would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said, unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it unto the dogs. 28 But she said, unto Him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs! 29 And he said, unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And, when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out and her daughter laid upon the bed! (Mark 7:24 to 30)
Mark's version of this incident fails to point out how moved Yeshua was at this precious mother's faith, regardless of her being a Gentile; for Matthew wrote: "Jesus said, unto her, O woman, great is thy faith! Be it unto thee, even as thou wilt!" (Matthew 15:28) Mark continued:
31 Departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, He came unto the sea of Galilee 32 And they brought, unto Him, one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech! And they besought Him to put His hand upon him. 33 And He took him aside, from the multitude, and He touched His tongue and put His fingers into his ears! 34 And, looking up to Heaven, He sighed and said, unto him, Ephatha, that is, Be opened! 35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plainly! 36 He charged them that they should tell no man: but the more He charged them, so much the more they published it 37 and were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well! He maketh both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak! (Mark 7:31 to 37)
That story spoke plainly; so let us continue:
1 In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples, unto Him, and saith unto them, 2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days and have nothing to eat! 3 And, if I send them away fasting to their houses, they will faint by the way! For divers of them came from far! 4 And His disciples answered Him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? 5 And He asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven! 6 And He commanded the people to sit down, on the ground: and He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks and brake and gave to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the people! 7 They also had a few small fishes! So He blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they ate and were filled! And they took up, of the broken meat that was left, seven baskets! 9 And they who had eaten were about four thousand! And He sent them away. (Mark 8:1 to 9)
I have never been able to figure out why the disciples acted so helplessly, when Yeshua confronted them with the need they were facing with another multitude, when "five thousand men, beside women and children" (Matthew 14:21) were fed miraculously by His amazing hand on a previous occasion! Oh, well! Mark continued:
10 Straightway He entered into a ship, with His disciples, and came into parts of Dalmanutha! 11 And the Pharisees came forth and began to question, with Him, seeking of Him a sign from Heaven, tempting Him. 12 But He sighed, deeply, in His spirit, and said, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say, unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. 13 And He left them, (Mark 8:10 to 13)
I like Matthew's account of this incident, for its relative completeness:
38 Certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from Thee. 39 But He said, unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and no sign shall be given to it but the sign of the prophet Jonas! 40 For, as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth! 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment, with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up, in the Judgment, with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the Earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none! 44 Then he saith, I will return, into my house from whence I came out; and, when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished! 45 So goeth he and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation! (Matthew 12:38 to 45)
The amazing miracles of Yeshua, to cast out devils and heal Yahuah Hayah's beloved children of every disease, should have been a sufficient "sign" that Yahuah had indeed visited them through His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) And the multitudes thronged Him, for their inexpressible appreciation of what He was doing!
But "the scribes and Pharisees" were so full of themselves that they were receiving only the lies of devils in their spirits concerning all of this and so were still seeking, as an "evil and adulterous generation after a sign"! So, with their wanting that, Yeshua cleverly gave them the "sign" that would come at the conclusion of His ministry, when they would torture and kill Him, after which He would "be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth", which would not really be a "sign"; for they would not see into "the heart of the Earth" to know that He was there or what He would do there.
And, after the three days, when Yeshua returned from "the Earth", He only appeared to His disciples and to those who loved Him and appreciated him. So "the scribes and Pharisees" would experience only the judgments that Yeshua described for those who had failed to appreciate that "a greater" One had been there, in their midst - "greater" even than "Jonah" and "Solomon"!
Yeshua then described how, when a devil is cast out of a victim, if it returns and finds him "empty, swept, and garnished", it then brings "seven other spirits more wicked than himself"! I believe that "empty" condition of the victim refers to one who even with his deliverance still does nothing to give to Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit the permission of his dominion to deal appropriately with the wrong spirits, thus inviting even a "worse state" in himself.
Then with that sad description before them Yeshua then gives His "punch line": "Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation!" In other words, having dared to hear and accommodate the wrong spirits in their lives, they will be helpless to prevent them from completely overrunning them. Mark continued:
13 Entering into the ship [He] departed to the other side. 14 But the disciples had forgotten to take bread! Neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf! 15 He charged them, saying, Take heed! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod! 16 And they reasoned, among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread! 17 When Jesus knew it, He said, unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not? And do ye not remember? 19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They said, unto Him, Twelve! 20 And, when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. 21 And He said, unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? (Mark 8:13 to 21)
Mark leaves this situation hanging, with no resolution in sight, while Matthew gives the resolution:
11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees! (Matthew 16:11 and 12)
22 He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man, unto Him, and besought Him to touch him. 23 And He took the blind man, by the hand, and led him out of the town! And, when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that He put His hands again upon his eyes and made him look up: and he was restored and saw every man clearly! 26 And He sent him away, to his house, saying, Neither go into the town nor tell it to any in the town. (Mark 8:22 to 26)
This is an unusual account of Yeshua's healing being incomplete and needing further effort! Only He knows how many other times this was the case yet not reported as faithfully! Also of interest is Yeshua's very specific instruction to the healed man not to “tell it to any in the town”! Mark continued:
27 Jesus went out and His disciples, into the towns of Cæsarea Philippi! By the way He asked His disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elijah; and others, One of the prophets! 29 And He said, unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter said, unto Him, Thou art the Christ! 30 And He charged them that they should tell no man of Him. 31 And He began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected, of the elders and of the chief priests and scribes, and be killed and after three days rise again! 32 He spake that saying openly; but Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him. 33 But He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God but the things that be of men! (Mark 8:27 to 33)
That Yeshua's disciples knew Who He was and what would be done to Him became important! For it would be hard on them, when it did come; but Peter had not yet learned that God is God and that what God does or permits to be done is His will, which is the only thing that has a blessing in it for His children! So Peter tried to impose his idea of Yeshua's future on Him, only to be resoundingly corrected by Yeshua. Mark continued:
34 When He had called the people unto Him with his disciples also, He said, unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me! 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels! (Mark 8:34 to 38)
Having prepared His disciples to understand why, Yeshua then spoke, to the people, of their taking up a cross to follow Him! And, of course, that would not become clear, until they had seen the cross that He was to bear!
But, when that horrendous event had taken place, He wanted them to remember that it would be an example for them to follow! And He prepared them for that following by pointing out some truth that is hard to bear!
To save one's life in a wicked world is to enter into that wickedness to avoid being persecuted by the wicked; and, of course, entering into such wickedness costs one "his own soul"! To remain righteous in a wicked world costs one his life in that world, which is to "lose his life for Yeshua's sake and the gospel's"! But that loss is quickly turned to gain, when, spiritually speaking, "the same shall save it"!
To assure that His audience fully appreciated the hard things He was saying, Yeshua asked: "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Yeshua then addressed the reason why people patronize the world: it is because Yeshua's words are looked on with contempt by the world; and to cater to it one is sorely tempted to "be ashamed" of Yeshua and of His "words"! But if one yields to that temptation, it will be turned around, when Yeshua "cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels"; and He will be ashamed of the one who dared to be ashamed of Him! Mark continued:
He said, unto them, Verily I say, unto you, that there be some of them who stand here, who shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power! (Mark 9:1)
Some people have an hard time with that saying, supposing that people hearing Yeshua in that day would by Yeshua's word see His returning to establish Yahuah Hayah's kingdom on Earth, when we hearing these words today, two thousand years later, have not seen that return.
But Yeshua said: "If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." (Luke 11:20) So we gather, from that interesting statement, that where "the finger of God" or His power is evident, one is witnessing the kind of thing that is unique to His kingdom!
Yeshua said: "Repent: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 4:17) So why was Yahuah Hayah's kingdom "at hand"? Was it not because Yeshua was going around showing in His many miracles the power of Yahuah's Spirit, which is "the kingdom of God ... come upon you".
Well, how about a man's being resurrected from the dead? That is, of course, what Yahuah Hayah did for Yeshua, His beloved Son, when wicked men had tormented and killed Him.
There were some who were hearing Yeshua speak who would "not taste of death, till they” had seen Him return as a man gloriously resurrected from the dead! So would they indeed not have seen "the kingdom of God come with power" in seeing Yeshua resurrected? Mark continued:
2 After six days Jesus took, with Him, Peter, James and John, and led them up into an high mountain apart by themselves! And He was transfigured before them. 3 His raiment became shining, exceedingly white as snow, so as no fuller on Earth could whiten them. 4 And there appeared, unto them, Elijah and Moses, who talked with Jesus. 5 Peter said, to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, one for Moses and one for Elijah! 6 Actually, he knew not what to say; for they were sore afraid! 7 But a cloud overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son! Hear Him. 8 And suddenly, when they had looked round, they saw no man save Jesus with themselves. 9 As they came down from the mountain, He charged them that they should tell no man what they had seen, till the Son of man was risen from the dead! 10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what rising from the dead should mean! (Mark 9:2 to 10)
Bible scholars call this event Yeshua's "transfiguration"! And it was, indeed, a remarkable one. I take particular note of Yahuah Hayah's commanding the disciples to "hear" His "beloved Son", which hearkens back to when He said, to Moses:
18 I will raise them up a Prophet, from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak, unto them, all that I shall command Him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words, which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. (Deuteronomy 18:18 and 19)
So for a person to fail to hearken to Yahuah Hayah's words through Yeshua will cost him; and we learn what it will cost him from Yeshua's words:
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (John 3:16)
In the best sense, to "hearken" to one's words is to believe them; for to "hearken" yet not believe hardly accomplishes anything; and according to this saying of Yahuah Hayah through Yeshua, to believe in His "only begotten Son" is to "not perish but have everlasting life"! So, when He said that He would "require" of someone who failed to hear the "Prophet" that He would "raise up", He was talking about "life and death" (Deuteronomy 30:19) in terms of "everlasting life" or the "perishing" or eternity in Hell that would befall him who loses that life for having failed to believe Yeshua!
Yeshua said: "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63) So to fail to believe them is "death"! And Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing! Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live! (Deuteronomy 30:19)
46 Set your hearts unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 It is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life! (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)
Are we to believe Yeshua to obtain “everlasting life”? Then pay attention to this: He 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)
Do you, as some are doing, want to go around saying “The law is dead” or “The law was only the Lord's commandments to the children of Israel, who were ignorant of spiritual values”?
The children of Israel may have been so ignorant; but the "spiritual values" involved with Yahuah Hayah's Torah to them are eternal! And they are lost, by those who ignore the commandments of which it is comprised!
"But we cannot keep those commandments", people argue; "God Himself permitted the Romans to destroy the temple in which His children were to perform His sacrifices!"
But such people have failed to take notice that Yahuah Hayah's key commandment is to "observe to do all His commandments". (Deuteronomy 28:1) and that "keep" or "observe", whether in the Old Testament or the New, are translations of a word meaning to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8103; Greek: 5083). which means to put a value on. One can put a value on something or understand its purpose, even though the means to do it is no longer available! And that is all Yahuah has ever asked of His beloved children, that they put a value on His commandments or perform them as well as they can! His "judgments", which "are true and righteous" (Psalm 19:9) take care of the performance itself, as to whether it has satisfied Him.
It is time to wake up to Yahuah Hayah's reality or "truth"! Yeshua 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)
From our "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2nd Timothy 2:15), we can be assured that Yeshua was talking about being "free" of perishing or losing one's "everlasting life"!
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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!