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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 March 11
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180311.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:
Mark gives no hint as to who "Elijah" was in his incarnated person! But Matthew recorded Yeshua as saying in conclusion to giving John the Baptist a glowing tribute: "And, if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, who was to come!" (Matthew 11:14) Mark continued:
One thing of particular interest to me about this story is Yeshua's reaction to learning of His disciples' failure to deal effectively with the possessed boy's evil spirit! He was clearly disappointed with His disciples, remarking: "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?" Here He was, Yahuah Hayah's "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), the One to have made "all things" (John 1:3), having a problem with the failure of that "generation" to have received from Him the "faith" by which to deal with such things!
Yeshua may have been the Person of the Godhead to have spoken that "generation" into existence, watching ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's powerful Spirit bring them into being! But He clearly was not entirely aware of what these created beings would be like! Indeed, they were made "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27), having God-like attributes! But they apparently had a long way to go to become God-like in their conduct! And that apparently bothered Yeshua; for, being "One" with His heavenly Father, He knew what God wanted in His children; but what it would take to fulfill that want was unknown even to Yeshua! Mark continued:
I am sure Yeshua's disciples had no problem visualizing His being "killed"; but, anyone's rising after dying was something they had never seen; so that idea left them wondering! Mark continued:
Yeshua addressed two separate ideas, in this session: 1 who is "the greatest" and 2 the value to Him of innocent believing children!
Anyone's desiring "to be first" Yeshua had dealt with elsewhere by saying, "Many who are first shall be last; and the last shall be first!" (Matthew 19:30) In that saying, I believe He was dealing with the reversal of values in the spirits of people in the world in contrast to the values of those who are listening to Yahuah Hayah's voice in their spirit! For the things that people in the world value are, in so many cases, remarkably different from the things that His servants value.
The clearest example of this disparity can be seen in how a worldly person views his enemy in contrast to how Yahuah Hayah's servant views him. Whereas the worldly person plots to destroy his enemy, Yahuah's servant sees, in him, an opportunity to be loving toward him and therefore "be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For He maketh his sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust!" (Matthew 5:45)
As I have indicated, how Yeshua looks upon the innocent young among Yahuah Hayah's children is quite another matter; but it is instructive for those who can see Yahuah's truth in what Yeshua says about them. For to say "Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me! And whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me but Him Who sent Me" compares, favorably, or is another way of saying what Matthew recorded:
Here Yeshua helped John to understand how great a community of believers and servants of Yahuah Hayah we have when we measure them against the right yardstick! For Yeshua recognized in him "who is not against us" a fellow servant of Yahuah's who is worthy to be encouraged! And He showed that one's giving that encouragement, even giving "a cup of water" to him who "belongs to Christ", has its sure "reward"!
Also sure is Yahuah Hayah's judgment of punishment on "whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me", the word "offend" being a translation of one meaning "entice to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624) For "sin" or "transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4) breaks the beautiful relationship that exists between Yahuah Hayah and His innocent believing children; and that, of course, is where His salvation for them comes into play, where letting them do their worst against a servant of Yahuah brings them to "repentance" (Matthew 9:13) or to "think differently" (Strong: Greek 3340) about breaking the commandments of Yahuah's Torah or law. Yeshua continued:
I believe we get the point that Yeshua was trying to make, in this passage. I know of no one who has taken His advice literally or who has members of his body with independent wills uncontrollable by their owner. One would think that simply keeping one's members from participating in actions that are sinful or contrary to a commandment in Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law would be sufficient to keep its owner from condemnation to Hell, which is here described by Yeshua in terms obviously intended to warn Yahuah's children concerning the undesirable nature of Hell. Mark continued:
Yeshua's statement that "every one shall be salted with fire" is difficult to understand, unless we see in it the process of suffering because we have somehow violated a neighbor and Yahuah Hayah, Who is the Father of the neighbor. That interpretation then follows though with "every sacrifice shall be salted with salt", which takes advantage of the flavor of salt that is desired by most everyone, except those of us who know that salt is not good for our health!
I am convinced that the sacrifices commanded by Yahuah Hayah in His Torah are intended to represent the victims of sin, including Himself, who are innocent and therefore not worthy of the abuse they suffer when they are sacrificed or made to be another victim of sin. Yeshua's laying down His life was the ultimate sacrifice; and He was certainly not worthy of the suffering that was thrust upon Him by those condemning Him and then those scourging and crucifying Him; and Yahuah wrote, through His author:
If the effect of witnessing abuse to the innocent is to defend the innocent and thus be sorry for causing the abuse, Yahuah Hayah's object of "purging" or being called "to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) has been achieved along with the salvation that He has hoped for those who have not repented of their sin and are therefore headed for Hell!
That is the positive result of a negative or hurtful action, which one can see as the "salt" on the "sacrifice"!
Yeshua's final statement brings all this home: "Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another!" In other words, be the good flavor that salt imparts to the worst of foods, which when converted to human relationships is the love for the enemy that Yahuah Hayah commands of His children (Matthew 5:44), even permitting the enemy to crucify one's self, which, because it brings a good result, has a good flavor, even "peace one with another"!
The alternative to loving one's enemy is to fight him with a view to destroying him, which is the opposite of "peace"; so Yahuah Hayah's commandment through Yeshua, "have peace one with another", can only be achieved by loving one's enemy! Mark continued:
This truth about Yahuah Hayah's marriage is another of Yeshua's "hard sayings"! (John 6:60) And churches have abused it, by applying it where it should not have been applied, making things difficult on people who have suffered divorces for one reason or another, denying them meaningful positions in the church or even denying them membership in the church.
Yeshua's basic teaching is that “God hath joined together” for marriage His beloved children! Yahuah Hayah has also commanded, both through Moses (Leviticus 19:18) and through Yeshua (Matthew 22:39), that we love our neighbor! And our partner in marriage is certainly a “neighbor”, possibly the dearest one whom we will ever have!
Furthermore, Yahuah Hayah has also commanded, both through Moses (Leviticus 19:18) and through Yeshua (Matthew 5:44), that we love even our "enemy"! And a partner in marriage who has become difficult can even be considered an "enemy" of sorts, bearing out the saying: "Intimacy breeds contempt!"
One cannot "love" and "divorce" a neighbor at the same time! So children of Yahuah Hayah's who have truly lived by His commandments will not have divorced but will have continue what He began with them, to make them "one flesh"!
For those who have failed to live by the commandments of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law, Yeshua said He came to "call … sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13), which means to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about their "transgression of the law". (1st John 3:4) And to continue making life miserable for the sinners who have repented or thought differently about transgressing Yahuah's Torah is, hardly, what calling them to repentance is about! So for churches to continue persecuting people in their midst who have broken Yahuah's Torah but have repented of it is both sad and counterproductive, not to mention out of His will for them. Mark continued:
Poor disciples! They were continually getting into trouble with their Master, Who saw things so differently from the way in which they were taught before He called them. Because they are not well taught and able to perform according to traditional values children are often pushed aside as being of little worth! But Yeshua said, of them, "Of such is the kingdom of God"!
What about a young innocent child is so appealing to Yahuah Hayah?
He or she has not been "offended" (Matthew 18:6) or "enticed to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4642) And his or her "knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) is what He has told them about Himself even before they were born! He wrote, through His psalmist:
Furthermore, Yeshua said, of "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6): "In Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father Who is in Heaven." (Matthew 18:10) And why do you suppose that is?
What "angels do always behold the face of" Yeshua's "Father Who is in Heaven"?
Would they not be Yahuah Hayah's angels?
So what angels would never be found "beholding the face of" Yeshua's "Father Who is in Heaven"?
Would they not be Satan's angels?
So the children of Yahuah Hayah's who have been "offended" or "enticed to sin" have lost Yahuah's angels, who have been replaced by Satan's angels, who serve him who is "the Devourer" (Malachi 3:10), whom Yahuah "rebukes" for the sake of those children of His who are lovingly obeying Him. Mark continued:
The reason why "they who have riches" "hardly" "enter the kingdom of God" is simple to understand! The commandment of Yahuah Hayah that is "the second ... like unto" (Matthew 22:39) "the First and Great Commandment" (Verse 38) is "love thy neighbor as thyself"! (Verse 39) With untold thousands of people in the world starving and existing in poverty one cannot say he has loved them with thousands of dollars in his bank account! So, for one who has divorced himself from the world's way of thinking, Yeshua's recommendation to His inquirer that he "sell whatsoever thou hast and give to the poor" makes perfect sense!
Considering that what one gives is always returned to him (Luke 6:38), giving to "the poor" immediately obligates Yahuah Hayah to get that blessing back to the giver! And that is the "treasure in Heaven" that Yeshua mentioned, as well as the inestimably precious "blessing" (Deuteronomy 28:1) of "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16 and 17) that becomes the inheritance of those children of Yahuah who obey Him. Whether one knows it or agrees with it or not, so long as a single "neighbor" is living in poverty anywhere in the world, the person with more than he needs is in jeopardy of going to Hell!
So Yahuah Hayah's "economy" is based on the idea of His children's not sitting on the blessings He gives them but keeping them moving throughout the whole of Yahuah's body of children on Earth, His guarantee being that the child of His who cooperates with that blessed "economy" will never be in want!
But that is hard for one to do! It requires that we do the opposite of what our natural tendency is to do, which is to keep that which we somehow earn, produce, find or win against the day when things may get difficult, when we fear that our resources will run out! But that "natural tendency" does not take into account the amazing certainty of our Creator's way of reversing all of that, to where the one giving never runs out and the one hoarding his blessings is guaranteed to run out, as Yeshua illustrated by this parable:
We will again review this marvelous passage, when we get into studying Luke's account of Yahuah Hayah's "gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 4:23) ; but it does such a marvelous job of describing Yahuah”s "economy" that I had to bring it in now, to do justice to that topic as it was introduced by Mark! And, necessarily, I will have to deal with it one segment at a time!
The grower who had a good crop and then said, to himself: "I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry!" was obviously oblivious of Yahuah Hayah's "economy"! And God's harsh response to the blessed grower's mistaken self indulgence serves to show us how His "economy" remains undeterred by those who defy it; and Yeshua's summation of the matter is an excellent way by which to keep it in mind! "He who layeth up treasure for himself ... is not rich toward God!" Indeed, having "treasure in Heaven" or being "rich toward God" is achieved only by doing exactly the opposite of what one would think makes anyone "rich".
This being the truth of Yahuah Hayah's "economy", we are well advised to heed His word through Yeshua, that you "take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on"! For "the life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment"! Yahuah is our source of "life"; and He is, indeed, "more than meat"! For He is also the source of that "meat"! He is the Creator of our "body"; and He is more than the "raiment" we need by which to clothe it. For He also is the Source of that "raiment"! So any approach to obtaining these things that does not begin and end with Him is an exercise in futility!
To appreciate this truth, Yeshua recommended that we "consider the ravens! For they neither sow nor reap, neither have storehouse nor barn! Yet God feedeth them: So how much more are ye better than the fowls?"
Yeshua then asked: "Which of you by taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?" Then He asks us to consider the logical consequence of that limitation: "If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?"
The cubits that comprise our stature are Yahuah Hayah's gift to us, which Yeshua described as being "that thing which is least"! It is basic to all else of which our lives consist! So with our even being here and alive to be viewed as Yahuah's gift to us, how do we view anything else of which our lives are comprised as anything other than additional gifts or "fringe benefits"?
So the notion that what we acquire the answers to our needs by our labor and the work of our hands apart from the Creator, Who has given us the bodies by which to labor and the hands by which to arrange anything, elicited the response Yeshua described for the foolish grower: "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be that thou hast provided?"
To drive home this most basic understanding of Yahuah Hayah's economy, Yeshua advised that we "consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field and to morrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
In Yeshua's view, to lack appreciation for Yahuah Hayah's "economy" is to be "of little faith"! For the understanding of these things comes not of what the world and the appetites of our bodies tell us but, rather, of what He tells us in our spirits, which requires that we believe His words, of which Yeshua said: "They are spirit, and they are life"! (John 6:63)
So with all of that to keep in mind, Yeshua would have us "seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind! For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: but your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. Rather, seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Yeshua said that for one to "enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20) requires "righteousness" (Verse 20); and the only place in Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible where He offers that key is in His Torah or law, where He said through Yeshua through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments!" (Deuteronomy 6:25) So to "seek ye the kingdom of God" so that "all these things shall be added unto you" is, simply, to "keep", "observe" "guard" or put a value on Yahuah's commandments!
While we are thus seeking "the kingdom of God", Yeshua encouraged His audience, by saying: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom." And that figures; because Yahuah Hayah is, obviously, pleased by our putting a value on His commandments, which He knows are "for our good always"! (Deuteronomy 6:24) And His response in giving us His "kingdom" provides "all these things", for us, which are "added unto you" when you do seek His kingdom.
With all of that clearly understood, we are now ready to get down to business with Yahuah Hayah's economy and make it work! So Yeshua commanded, directly: "Sell that ye have, and give alms"; and in doing that you will "provide yourselves bags that wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth!"
This obedience brings with it the fact, Yeshua pointed out, that "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also"! Our "heart" is our "spirit"! And, since it is the depository of both our knowledge and feelings, it is is where we live! And, if it is wrapped up in earthly treasure, our experience will be earthly and troublesome, while the spirit that is wrapped up in heavenly treasure or in one's joyous participation in Yahuah Hayah's "economy" is the source of a heavenly experience throughout one's life, which figures, since Yeshua said: "The kingdom of God is within you". (Luke 17:21)
If you have followed Yeshua thus far, He advises that you adopt an attitude of watchful waiting concerning the rewards that await the wise pursuer of these kingdom blessings:
This pictures the loving, appreciative and humble response of Yeshua that will characterize His return for those who have been faithful to Yahuah Hayah and to the amazing and highly effective economy of which His commandments are comprised! But at His return He also will be dealing with those who have been careless or indifferent concerning Yahuah's commandments and the economy of which they are comprised; so Yeshua's recommending that one carefully watch for the results of their faithfulness also comes in the form of a warning!
The houses of those who have failed to heed these recommendations or warnings will indeed be "broken through" and what they may have amassed in the way of worldly goods in "barns" of whatever size, will avail them nothing, when "the thief" or the righteous "Judge" of His children comes to bring His punishments to those who have ignored Him, which relates quite effectively to the "sword" that Yeshua will have in His mouth at His return, with which He will "smite the nations"! (Revelation 19:15)
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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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