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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 March 18
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180318.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's Gospel last week, here is where we left off:
Mark reported only Peter's observation that he and the other disciples had "left all and followed Thee"; but Matthew's account is more complete! And he adds, to Peter's observation a key question, which makes more understandable the answer that Yeshua gave! Peter's question was: "What shall we have therefore?" (Matthew 19:27)
The answer that Yeshua gave as reported by Matthew is also more complete, having begun with the promise: "In the Regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of His glory, ye who have followed Me, also, shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel!" (Matthew 19:28)
Then Yeshua added the promise that Mark gives: "29 There is no man who hath left house, brethren, sisters, father, mother, wife, children or lands for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 but he shall receive an hundredfold, now, in this time, houses, brethren, sisters, mothers, children and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life!" (Mark 10:29 and 30)
That is an impressive promise! "An hundredfold" is one hundred times what Yahuah Hayah's child originally "left" for Yeshua's "sake and the gospel's"; and it also relates to "now, in this time!" So, if that can be believed - and "God is not a man, that he should lie" (Numbers 23:19) - those who have given up anything for Yeshua's "sake and the gospel's" will have to figure out quickly what poor to give this amazing return it to; because He warned one rich young man: "sell that thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matthew 19:21), explaining to His disciples afterward that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God"! (Verse 24) And whether any one of us does "enter into" that kingdom is a heavy duty eternal consideration!
Having astounded His disciples with that wisdom, Yeshua concluded that session, saying, "But many who are first shall be last and the last first!" (Mark 10:31) which returns us to the truth He expounded on several occasions that all is not what it appears to be; and God ought to know; for He "knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8)
So, regardless of what kind of front Yahuah Hayah's children may be into putting on, they will be judged according to what is in their "heart" or spirit; because His "judgments are true and righteous altogether"! Mark continued:
Yeshua's foreknowledge of the details of all that He was facing while resolutely heading directly into it is against all the reason that we humans would normally use by which to decide anything! Yet He made certain that He told His disciples about it, so that, when it came to pass, they would be prepared for it, if that be possible, which it was not! At the very least they knew about it; but who could absorb the reality of such an abomination committed openly in front of an untold number of witnesses, which had included those who had known Him and loved Him while He was among them during His short life on Earth?
Yahuah Hayah knew what He was doing! Because the trauma produced by this "shock and awe" strategy against Satan, His avowed enemy, shook His children to the foundations of their beings! And, when one reads in the Holy Bible the dismal accounts of the repeated misbehavior of His "chosen people" Israel, let alone the contempt heaped upon Him by the Gentiles the world over, he could not agree more wholeheartedly that they deserved to be shaken till they rattled in their boots!
That is what Yahuah Hayah hoped to achieve by commanding Yeshua to submit to this insane abuse by Yahuah Hayah's beloved children; He did achieve it, in some observers of it; and the rest are lost, having been hardened against His truth so badly they cannot be shaken by anything!
We might ask, How about those who die having never heard of Yeshua's suffering and death at the hands of His own religious leaders?
Observe, please, whom Yeshua referred to as "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) How does one "believe" in anyone whom he does not know? So how did "these little ones" come to know Yeshua? Yahuah Hayah's words through His psalmist give us the answer:
The intimacy with the One Who created us that is described here as existing "from my mother's belly" speaks of the "knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) that we gain before we are even born! So, with that in view, who wants to argue that he never knew "this gospel of the kingdom of God"? (Matthew 24:14)
If knowing that gospel is so critical to one's entering that kingdom and if Yahuah Hayah introduces Himself to us while still in our mother, do you not suppose that His critically precious gospel would be about the first thing He would instill into the spirit of His new child?
Indeed, each member of humanity is without excuse! And Yahuah Hayah's workers in "this gospel of the kingdom" pray and preach merely to turn around the "little ones" whom Satan has "offended" (Matthew 18:6) or "enticed to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624), sometimes with success, sometimes not!
Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) He knew we have the choice! And He holds us responsible for the one we make, from being one of "these little ones who believe in Me" all the way up to being one of the reprobates in charge of the German Holocaust!
Yeshua makes no apology for describing the horrors of Hell! It is there and very real for those who are in it. He worked to make it real before Yahuah Hayah's beloved children made the mistake of being committed to it. I have simply being helping Him along with that critical work. Mark continued:
In Mark's rendition of this incident "The sons of Zebedee" had the "unmitigated gall" to suppose they were worthy to sit in the places of honor by Yeshua "on Thy right hand and the other on Thy left hand in Thy glory", while the other disciples were not! But don't be too quick to judge them; for assuming airs for which we are not worthy is a common fault among human kind. In fact, service to the spirit of anger requires the assumption that the person or persons against whom one becomes angry should not have mistreated him, had no right to mistreat him or that he is not worthy of mistreatment, all of this based upon one's elevated regard for himself that sees himself "above all that", which may or may not be true!
Yeshua saw a crisis developing among His high-spirited disciples, over the issue raised by "the sons of Zebedee"; and He quickly defused it, by jerking the rug of a worldly notion out from under them. To get their attention, He pointed out how "they who rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority, upon them." And who among any of us would not like to be one of those "who rule over" others or "exercise authority upon them"?
As I said, Yeshua jerked that "rug" out from under the disciples, by declaring: "So shall it not be, among you! Whosoever will be great, among you, shall be your minister! And whosoever of you will be the chiefest shall be servant of all! For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many!"
When Yeshua appeared to the disciples after rising from the dead, He said, to them: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) In order for that to happen, they would have to realize that they, too, "came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give their lives a ransom for many"! Peter wrote:
Please notice that Yeshua asked "blind Bartimaeus" "What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?", thus obligating him to use his dominion by saying what he wanted! To say that required that he believe Yeshua could do what he wanted. Therein lay his "faith", which, when Bartimaeus spoke it, Yeshua then declared "hath made thee whole"! This incident along with so many other examples in the bible serves to make us realize and appreciate the power of our dominion to fulfill Yahuah Hayah's will for us; so we learn never to speak the problem but always to speak the answer to it. Mark continued:
Matthew's version of Yeshua's grand last entrance to Jerusalem was more complete, including the fact that it fulfilled that "4 which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon a colt, the foal of an ass." (Matthew 21:4 and 5) The prophecy itself reads:
Matthew's version also told how Yeshua "12 went into the temple of God and cast out all them who sold and bought in the temple and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of them who sold doves, 13 saying unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer! But ye have made it a den of thieves!" (Matthew 21:12 and 13) And Matthew also told how "the blind and the lame came, to Him, in the temple; and He healed them." (Verse 14) Mark continued:
Yeshua “was God”! (John 1:1) So He had created the tree to do exactly what it was doing, which was to grow through the seasons and to bear fruit at the time Yahuah Hayah had set for it to bear, which makes of Yeshua's reaction to "the time of figs" not being "yet" childishly impatient and destructive! Only by Yeshua's instruction of the next morning do we learn His purpose in ending that tree's life!
There is Yeshua's detailed description of how the “dominion” works that Yahuah Hayah gave to Adam and Eve “over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth”! (Genesis 1:28) And I dare say it is one of the most important parts of holy scripture! For, obviously, we do not go around moving mountains, that's being rather something that Yahuah's Holy Spirit might do, Who flung the galaxies into their places and is keeping them there.
So we learn, from that amazing passage, how we, as Yahuah Hayah's beloved children, have been given a measure of authority even over His Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit to accomplish the "impossible" that Yeshua said is "with men"! (Matthew 19:26)
Leonard Caldwell teaches that stress impairs the immune system of our bodies, leaving them open to all kinds of disease! But, when we know that we have the authority by which to obtain the supernatural help of ha Kodesh Ruach to accomplish anything we want to accomplish, what room is left for "stress"?
This is an awesome power put into the hands of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children, which means that we can and do misuse it, occasionally, which puts us in serious jeopardy even for our eternal lives, as Yeshua warned:
Anything that is not in accord with "the will of" Yeshua's "Father" is "sin"! And "sin is the transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) For Yahuah Hayah has made His will known through the commandments of His Torah or law, which is why His "blessings come on thee and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:2) when you "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1) But for those who "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". (Verse 15)
Yahuah Hayah sometimes tells us in our spirits to do things that one cannot find in His Torah or law, except for His commandment to "love Yahuah, thy God, with all thine heart, with all thy soul and with all thy might"! (Deuteronomy 6:5) For, if one is doing that, the specific thing that He tells us in our spirit to do is a personal commandment, which the child of His who loves Him will certainly do! Mark continued:
This is Mark's version of the warning Yeshua gave that Matthew attached to Yeshua's giving His sample prayer! The prayer contains the line, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12); and then Matthew reported Yeshua's also saying: "14 If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you! 15 But, if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14 and 15)
This shows, in relation to prayer, the perfect justice of Yahuah Hayah that Yeshua expressed by saying: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom! For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again!" (Luke 6:38) Mark continued:
You and I have a sense of humor; and we of course got it in Yahuah Hayah's making us "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27), which means that He has a sense of humor also! And I believe Yeshua's cleverness in putting "the chief priests, the scribes and the elders" in an impossible position included an element of humor, as well! Yahuah wrote, through Solomon: "I will laugh at your calamity!" (Proverbs 1:26) In his next chapter Mark continued, in the same manner, speaking still to “the chief priests, the scribes and the elders”:
This parable is, virtually, a synopsis of Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible! It is the story of His having given His earthly kingdom into the hands of "husbandmen"! He said, of them:
Yet the record of the behavior of that "holy people" is the reprehensible list of abominations that Yeshua capsuled and told above as a "parable"!
One part of Yeshua's parable interests me especially, which is the reasoning He gave to "the husbandmen" when the owner of the vineyard finally sent his son! "This is the heir," they said, "Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours!"
In the live situation that the parable was intended to represent, "the chief priests, the scribes and the elders", in whom we recognize "the husbandmen", consistently showed that they had no clue as to Who Yeshua really was; and about all I have ever been able to glean from the scriptural account of "the live situation" is that their motive for killing Him was, as Pilate keenly sensed, "that for envy they had delivered Him". (Matthew 27:18)
Yeshua was upstaging "the chief priests, the scribes and the elders", who up to Yeshua's appearance had enjoyed the deference and financial support of the people as their leaders in all matters pertaining to their religion! But, when Yeshua did appear among them, He was performing miracles and speaking wisdom beyond anyone's understanding; so everyone's attention was on Him! And that was a hard pill for the Jewish leaders to swallow! So they set out to "destroy Him". (Matthew 12:14)
But Yahuah Hayah, the self-existent, eternal I AM, is not to be trifled with; He said, through Yeshua through Moses after the words He spoke above:
In relation to that warning, we are mindful of the Roman siege against Jerusalem in 70 A.D., during which "not … one stone" was left "upon another, that" was "not ... thrown down" (Matthew 24:2) in the temple, not to mention the people who were killed. Mark continued:
Are not you and I marveling, as well? Yet, is it any surprise that He by Whom "all things were made" (John 1:3) should astound His children with such wisdom? John wrote, of Him that "in Him was life! And the life was the light of men!" (Verse 4) Do you not feel that "life", as we bask in the light of it through these words? I feel so wonderfully privileged to be able to bring such words to you; and I praise Yahuah Hayah that He graciously gave me these words to share with you! Mark continued:
How comforting it is, to have the words of Him who made us and Who knows all things straighten such notions out for us! I hear the observations and conclusions of people around me, who believe they have the last word on most everything, doing exactly as did these Sadducees, using their logic to bring them to conclusions that simply reveal their ignorance of how things really are! I revel in "how things really are", don't you? Yeshua said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" (John 14:6) How blessed we are to be hearing from the Embodiment of Truth! Mark continued:
How would you like to have the Creator of all tell you that you "are not far from the kingdom of God"? We gain that assurance, the more we expose ourselves to the words of Yahuah Hayah, through Yeshua, His "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), Who said that having "righteousness" is the key to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20) And how does one "have righteousness"?
Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments!" (Deuteronomy 6:25) "Keep" and "observe" are translations of a word meaning "guard"! (Strong: Hebrew: 8104; Greek: 5083) And we "guard" what we put a value on; so, in each place where Yahuah or Yeshua asks that we "keep" or "observe" His commandments, we can substitute the words "put a value on"; and that is something one can do in a heartbeat! It is how we regard Yahuah's commandments, which elicits His mercy and our place in His kingdom, not how we do them, which is covered by His "judgments" and what He gives us to experience, in or out of His kingdom!
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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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