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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 April 1
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180401.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:
Here Mark records the raw wickedness that was working to destroy Yeshua, Yahuah Hayah's beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) When Yeshua sent Richard Eby to Hell, the devils that inhabited his dark cell said:
Is that not what is happening right now? Here we are, reviewing “this gospel … throughout the whole world”; and we are remembering what this precious woman did in her foreknowledge of what Yeshua was about to suffer! Mark continues:
Bible scholars have long wondered what Judas's thinking was to cause him to betray Yeshua. We wonder, along with them. Mark continues:
Yeshua's ability to know where a servant of this house would be when His disciples were looking for him defies our ability to comprehend such power. John wrote: "The word was God!" (John 1:1) And this way of directing His disciples involving such an amazing foreknowledge strongly confirms John's statement about Yeshua and helps us to believe in Him, as we must to "not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16) Mark continues:
Whatever may have been Judas's motivation or reasoning for betraying Him, Yeshua indicates here that Judas was a seriously disturbed man, who had fallen into obeying "the destroyer"! (Psalm 17:4) Mark continues:
Mark's account leaves out the reason Yeshua gave for His blood's being shed, the benefit of which Matthew gives us in his account: "This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins!" (Matthew 26:28) That final phrase, "for the remission of sins" is critical to understanding Yahuah Hayah's reason for commanding Yeshua to lay down His life! (John 10:17 and 18) For without that reason, Yeshua's suffering and death would have been for nothing! And Yahuah, our magnificent Creator and King does not do things "for nothing"! His creation itself had a reason, which John gives us in his Revelation:
Doing things "for pleasure" is considered to be "hedonism"! My online Merriam-Webster dictionary says that "hedonism" is "the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life", although that is refuted by Yeshua's laying down His life "for the remission of sins"! Being lashed and hung on a cross is no one's idea of "pleasure"! Yet we find, in Isaiah's prophecy of that event, the strange expression:
In Yeshua's sacrificing of Himself "the pleasure of Yahuah" prospered, because He "justified many"! And here we have an example of maturity or the wisdom to know that suffering certain things can result in good! Those who indulge themselves with only an immediate good in mind often miss the greater good that is possible by doing what is painful! Those who work for others set aside their own desires, which is sometimes painful, to please their employers! But the result is their being paid, which enables them to pursue more effectively those things that they desire!
Yeshua said that Satan or "the Devil ... is a liar"! (John 8:44) And John wrote that: "the Devil ... deceiveth the whole world!" (Revelation 12:9) So we have, in Yahuah Hayah's holy scriptures both what Satan does, which is to lie, and why he does it, which is to deceive or cause us, Yahuah's beloved children, to believe wrong things! Satan knows that "pleasure" is a strong motivator; and sought wisely, it is a good thing, which pleases our loving heavenly Father! but sought foolishly, it can injure, kill and damn forever! And that is not His will for us.
The pursuit of pleasure also affects or is involved with what we believe! Yahuah Hayah's prophecy through Isaiah would have us believe that Yeshua's suffering and death was pleasing to Yahuah Hayah because it worked to "justify many"! (Isaiah 53:11) The exact statement is: "By His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many!" So we must be careful to ascertain exactly how we are justified; for believing the wrong thing about that truth can damn one to Hell!
Satan knows this and, being the liar and deceiver that he is, he works to turn Yahuah Hayah's saving truth into a lie that condemns, which is exactly the opposite of why Yahuah commanded Yeshua to lay down His life!
Yahuah Hayah's saving truth is that "sin", which is "the transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4) hurts one's neighbor and it hurts Yahuah, Whose Spirit is in the neighbor, conveying the hurt to Him, who, being our Creator and King, is not worthy to be hurt. Yeshua said: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth!" (John 18:37) And I have given you, only a moment ago, what that "saving truth" is!
Compare this truth to Yahuah Hayah's statement through Isaiah: "By His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many!" (Isaiah 53:11) "His knowledge" is the truth that Yeshua provided by allowing His enemies to torture and kill Him. Their wickedness was sufficiently hurtful and unjust to convince some of Yahuah's beloved children that sin is wrong and that one should "repent" (Matthew 4:17) or "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about breaking the commandments of Yahuah's Torah or law, its "First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38) being to love Him and one's neighbor!
If the people who crucified Yeshua had loved Him, they would not have done what they did to Him. So the "love" of Yahuah Hayah that He expressed through His Torah or law is the key to a better life, world and eternity!
Alright, that's being Yahuah Hayah's "saving truth", what did Satan give as his version of why Yeshua died, so that Yahuah's beloved children would completely miss the truth that Yeshua worked to establish by laying down His life?
Satan took something Yeshua said and turned it to mean something else, which completely undoes what Yahuah Hayah set out to accomplish through Yeshua. I speak of the place where Yeshua said: "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many!" (Matthew 20:28)
Yeshua paid a "ransom for many" in the sense that it is what the "many" required that He do to get a saving truth over to them that would overcome the damning lie under which they had been laboring! The "damning lie" is that "sin", which "is the transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4) is alright, that it causes no harm and can be done without any painful consequence!
If Yahuah Hayah's beloved children had not accepted the lie and behaved accordingly,Yeshua would not have had to bring Yahuah's saving truth to them and present it in a way that would shake them to the roots of their being and cause them to give up the lie.
But Yahuah Hayah's beloved children did accept Satan's lie about "sin" or "the transgression of the law", so Yahuah did have to command Yeshua to lay down His life, by allowing His enemies, who were Satan's servants, to do their worst to Him, to show Yahuah's beloved children exactly how terrible sin really is!
So, in this sense, Yahuah Hayah's beloved children did require that Yeshua pay a "price", which is what a kidnapper does, who demand's a "ransom" for the return of the beloved member of a family that he has taken from them.
But we must not forget that the "ransom" or "price paid" was the enactment of a saving truth that was intended to "overcome" a damning lie and cause Yahuah Hayah's beloved children to give up the lie and return to the truth that He had given through His Torah in the form of commandments, which require that one love Him and one's neighbor! He said, through His psalmist:
So of what did Satan's lie consist concerning the "price" that Yeshua did pay, so that Yahuah Hayah's beloved children would completely miss the point or meaning of His sacrifice?
Satan said it through Paul, who wrote:
The word "propitiation" means "atoning victim" (Strong: Greek: 2436); and Yeshua did indeed make an "atoning victim" of Himself; we have no problem in that; so in what does the problem or "damning lie" reside?
The "damning lie" resides in two parts of Paul's statement: 1 "faith in His blood" and 2 "His righteousness", both of these ideas being "for the remission of sins"!
"Remission of sins" of course is vital to salvation! So, if Satan could confuse or negate what truly causes "remission of sins", he would have succeeding in seriously undermining the "saving truth" that Yeshua came to "bear witness" to. (John 18:37)
"Remission" is the translation of a word meaning "toleration"! (Strong: Greek: 3929) When the sinning Israelite brought his "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27) to the priest to "make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly", Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua through Moses: "it shall be forgiven him"; but another way of looking at that "forgiveness" is that Yahuah would "tolerate" the sin of the sinner, not cutting Him off from His people.
This is in contrast to Yahuah Hayah's treatment of "the soul who doeth ought presumptuously" (Numbers 15 30) or deliberately regardless of the commandments of Yahuah's Torah or law. Because "the same reproacheth Yahuah ... that soul shall be cut off from among his people"! (Verse 31)
We are talking about, here, Yahuah Hayah's damnation! Because a child of His whom He has "cut off from among his people" has only one other place to go; and that is "Hell" (Luke 16:23) or "the Lake of Fire"! (Revelation 20:14)
So "remission" or "toleration" is important in Yahuah Hayah's way of judging His children; and, according to Paul that was to be achieved by 1 "faith in His [Yeshua's] blood" and 2 Yeshua's "righteousness"! (Romans 3:24 and 25)
What is so beneficial about Yeshua's blood that one was, according to Paul, to have "faith" in it?
We have no problem acknowledging that Yeshua's blood was shed and that it was "shed for many for the remission of sins"! (Matthew 26:28) But what is this, that according to Paul we are to have "faith" in it or we are to "believe" in it. Yeshua said:
This verse is quoted often, because it spells out, in no uncertain terms, exactly what causes one to "not perish but have everlasting life"! And what is it that does that?
Is it not to "believe in Him" - Yahuah Hayah's "only begotten Son"?
Is that not Yeshua? And Who is He? John wrote that "all things were made by Him". (John 1:1) Is one likely to go wrong to "believe" or "have faith" in Him Who created all things? Is not creating "all things" a recommendation worthy of one's belief?
But what did Yeshua's blood do other than to escape His body and run down His cross?
Yeshua's blood is part of what He created! It is a created substance that simply did what it was caused to do; so, since when are our sins forgiven because we have "faith" in that created thing?
Do you not see the nasty derailment of the "faith" of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children that Satan worked through Paul to arrange? Instead of believing Yeshua, which Yeshua said is so relevant to having "everlasting life", one is to believe in a created substance!
Alright, let us look at the second subtle lie that Satan worked through Paul to establish: "24 Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past!"
According to Paul and according to the spirit he was listening to at this particular point, all that Yeshua did, making Himself "a propitiation" or "atoning victim", was "to declare His righteousness"; and that declaration was "for the remission of sins"! His "righteousness" was to be the cause of all Yahuah Hayah's beloved children to be forgiven their sins!
Alright, let us compare that to what Yeshua said about "righteousness":
From that statement we see that "righteousness" is the key to entering "into the kingdom of Heaven"! But whose "righteousness"? "Your righteousness", right? - the "righteousness" of each one of us who want to be saved! Yahuah Hayah said through Yeshua through Moses:
Whose "righteousness"? "Our righteousness", right? which is that all important key to entering "into the kingdom of Heaven"! So what has this to do with Yeshua's "righteousness"?
Of course we know that Yeshua was righteous: Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author: "We have not an high priest Who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was, in all points, tempted like as we are yet without sin!" (Hebrews 4:15) But what does His being "without sin" got to do with our being so, in order that Yahuah Hayah will "tolerate" us in His kingdom?
The key to our being thus tolerated or looked upon as having "righteousness" is stated, in Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law! "if we observe to do all these commandments"! (Deuteronomy 6:25) If He had said, "if we do all these commandments", we would have been lost forever! And He knows that; because none of His beloved children can do that. So He said, "if we observe to do all these commandments"; and "observe" means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104; Greek: 5083) or "put a value on", which can be done by anyone who believes that, being our Creator and King, Yahuah is worthy of being given our best effort in doing His commandments.
So in Paul's version of Yeshua's sacrifice of Himself, we have the two nasty alterations of fact that completely change its outcome! If Yeshua's blood is what we are to believe instead of Him Who created His blood and everything else, we have been robbed of our "everlasting life"! And, if we are satisfied that Yeshua's righteousness is the "truth" being declared by His laying down His life, who cares about "our righteousness" or our guarding or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law? Yeshua said:
So that no doubt remains that getting Yahuah Hayah's children away from keeping, observing or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law was the object of Paul's version of salvation, consider what else he wrote:
Yeshua's being God and knowing all things gave Him foreknowledge of what His suffering and death would amount to; and, being also human, He wanted no part of what He sensed was coming! But His godly wisdom always attached the proviso that His Father's answering His prayer be “what Thou wilt”! And I attach the same to my prayers, knowing that the wrong thing asked will curse rather than bless!
We of course know that Yahuah Hayah's will for His Son was that He suffer and die at the hands of His enemies, that His beloved children never again suppose that they are above doing the unthinkable! Yahuah wrote, through Solomon: "Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall!" (Proverbs 16:18) And the pride of at least some of Yahuah's beloved children was virtually destroyed, by what certain of them did to the innocent Son of God, "Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil"! (Acts 10:38)
Yeshua was also wise enough to know the power of agreement! (Matthew 18:19) And He had hoped for that support from His favorite disciples! But they let Him down, until the time to "watch and pray" was over! Yeshua's betrayer was "at hand"! So it did not matter what the disciples did, from that time on! The Father's will for Yeshua was clear! Mark continued:
Confusion is evident in Judas's instruction to the "multitude" he had brought with him "with swords and staves"! For he requested that they "lead Him away safely"! Did he suppose that they had come to show Yeshua any kind of respect?
Mark withheld the fact that Peter drew the sword and wounded the high priest's servant, while John told it the way it was, writing: "Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear." (John 18:10) John even gave the servant's name! John also included Yeshua's response to that incident: "Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" (Verse 11)
But Matthew's account was even more complete; He wrote: "52 Then said Jesus, unto him, Put up thy sword into its place! For all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be?" (Matthew 26:52 to 54)
Yeshua chided the "multitude" for having "come out as against a thief" and for not taking Him in the temple! For I am sure He knew the craftiness of "the chief priests, the scribes and the elders" in not rousing up the people in the temple! Yet, ironically, it was "the people" (Mark 15:11) who cried out "Crucify Him!" (Verse 13)
Yeshua's earlier reference to the prophecy "I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered!" (Mark 14:27) was fulfilled, when His disciples "all forsook Him and fled", regardless of the fact that they had all joined with Peter in saying: "I will not deny Thee." (Verse 31) Mark continued:
Of course this was only the beginning of Yeshua's terrible experience at the hands of "the chief priests, the elders and the scribes". That they, being the religious leaders of Yahuah Hayah's beloved "chosen people" (Deuteronomy 7:6), behaved so atrociously against Him is ironic beyond imagining and a commentary on how far away from Yahuah's will for them they had wandered! Regardless of all the amazing things that Yeshua did to minister to Yahuah's beloved children, all they could think of was to destroy Him; and that, dear friends, is service to Satan, the enemy of us all!
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