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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 April 8
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180408.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:
Again, Yeshua's foreknowledge of things yet to happen is amazing! One cannot imagine how that can be possible! Still, He knew exactly what Peter was going to do and when he was going to do it; and, we learn, from Luke's version of this incident that, practicing what He was preaching, Yeshua prayed for Peter. He said, to him:
It is interesting that Pilate got right down to business, wanting to know if Yeshua was “the King of the Jews”! And, from Yeshua's answer - “Thou sayest it!” - we surmise that He said He was! As for the accusations of the chief priests, He would not answer, letting their accusations stand, for which reason “Pilate marveled!"
We learn, from Mark, that “the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them”; and they also seemed determined that Pilate “crucify” “the King of the Jews”! And knowing that “the chief priests had delivered Him for envy”, Pilate protested that demand, saying, “Why! What evil hath He done?” But “they cried out the more, exceedingly, Crucify Him!” So, being a politician, Pilate was “willing to content the people” and “released Barabbas, unto them, delivering Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified!”
So there they are – the sordid details of what led to Yeshua's being “scourged” and “crucified”; and the fact that He was scourged and crucified by members of the human race has the heads of some of us bowed, in utter shame, for that supreme violence to justice and human decency! The rest of us are apparently too calloused to care! And that will cost them a time in Hell and, ultimately, an eternity in Yahuah Hayah's “Lake of Fire”! (Revelation 20:15)
Having created us, Yahuah Hayah knew the depths of degradation of which we would be capable! So He also created the perfect punishment for those who would fulfill that capability. But by the same token, He also knew the heights of glory of which we would be capable; and He had waiting, at the same time, Heaven, His place of abode and the perfect reward for those who did rise to that amazing eventuality, fulfilling the beautiful desire that drove His creativity to the glorious extent that it has manifested, creating children capable of such an amazing range of possibilities!
Make no mistake about it; the life Yahuah Hayah gives His children on Earth is only a proving ground to determine which direction His children will go in response to His urgent plea to them: “Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
The atheists argue that, if there is a God, He is grievously unfair in sending His children to drastically differing destinies that last eternally for what those children choose to do during a few fleeting years on Earth! But, apparently, He is sufficiently knowledgeable about His human creations to know that what they choose to do during the years He gives them on Earth becomes a pattern that will persist for the rest of eternity! So He had Heaven, His abode, to receive the grateful among His children and created Hell and the Lake of Fire to receive the ungrateful, their choice of disregard for Him having been grievously unfair to Him, Whose passionate love for them knew no bounds, from the time of their conception to the time of their final placement!
The fairness or not of this arrangement depends, greatly, upon how much Yahuah Hayah's children have known about Him and the alternatives He has set before them to consider! And what settles in my spirit is the knowledge that Yeshua has given us of “these little ones who believe in Me”! (Matthew 18:6) To “believe” in someone requires that one know him; and Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist:
That is the view of life and of its Creator with which we start out, which is born of the knowledge of Himself that He gives us even from our conception! What we do with that knowledge is, then, the determining factor in where we eventually go! All ministry in His service is, simply, an effort such as what I am doing right now in this Bible Study to revive the knowledge of Him that every one of us had during our earliest years, before we were “offended” (Matthew 18:6) or “enticed to sin”! (Strong: Greek: 4624)
“Sin” is “the transgression of the law”! (1st John 3:4) “Transgression” is the translation of a word meaning “violation of law” or “wickedness”! (Strong: Greek: 458) At some point in our life we are “offended” or enticed to violate Yahuah Hayah's revelation of Himself and of what He wants from His children through the commandments He gives, which comprise His law or Torah! And to receive that offense one must believe that Yahuah is a liar, which is unfair to Him, Who created us, gave us the breath of life and has continued to love us through all our ups and down, beliefs and doubts!
In His Torah, Yahuah Hayah's requirement for receiving His “blessings” (Deuteronomy 28:2), which includes “eternal life” (Matthew 19:16 and 17), is to “hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ”! (Deuteronomy 28:1) That “voice” is the one we heard in our “mother's belly”, the one that made us “hope” when we were on our “mothers' breasts”; and it is the one we continually hear in our spirit!
But other voices also come, from every direction imaginable, which are the ones in Satan's service, which “offend” us or entice us to violate the Torah and Him Who gave it to us.
Yahuah Hayah told Adam: “16 Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat! 17 But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16 and 17) To know “evil” one must do evil and experience the consequences of that doing, in the course of which one learns that doing evil is not the better choice! But, if he has got far distant from what he once knew on his “mother's breasts”, chances are that he has forgot that knowledge and needs reminding of it; but, even then, chances are that his heart has been hardened against it, to where he is lost forever from participating in the glory that Yahuah has desired for His beloved children!
But, anticipating that eventuality, Yahuah Hayah even had a remedy for that, having written through His prophet: “I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and will give them an heart of flesh!” (Ezekiel 11:19) But He also gave His beloved children a will of their own! And, if they choose to resist receiving His “heart of flesh”, they can do so and suffer the everlasting consequences of that decision! But do not speak, to me, of Yahuah's presumed unfairness! To reject Him or act as though He does not exist is infinitely more unfair than Yahuah ever thought of being.
Yeshua's having been scourged and crucified was bad enough! But I would not want to be in the shoes of those “soldiers” who hatefully “mocked Him”! To wake up someday realizing that one had behaved so atrociously toward the Person of the Godhead Who had made him would be, in my view, an excruciatingly embarrassing moment! Yet that gross behavior, too, lay within the range of human action of which we are capable!
On the other end of things, “Simon”, who was “compelled … to bear Yeshua's cross”, when he someday realized Whom he served in that humble way would have been astonished and gratified, to have been so favored! And each one of us who has heard and taken to heart the story or “gospel” of what was done to Yeshua that infamous day share, with Simon, the burden of that cross upon our hearts, responding in the only way we know how, praising, worshiping, loving and adoring Him Who “humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”! (Philippians 2:8)
Yeshua would not take the intoxicating drink of “wine mingled with myrrh” intended, of course, to dull the pain of the nails in His hands and feet. If He was to suffer in this way, He wanted nothing to detract from its horrendous injustice! For He knew that was the point of His Father's asking Him to do that. John wrote that Yeshua was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8), which would have been when He had agreed to lay down His life that their beloved children be called “to repentance” (Matthew 9:13) and thereby be saved!
The casting of lots for Yeshua's garments was a fulfillment of the prophecy Yahuah Hayah gave through His psalmist: “They part My garments among them and cast lots upon my vesture” (Psalm 22:18), which is one more amazing example of Yahuah's and Yeshua's amazing ability to know what will happen before it happens.
Mark wrote that “the superscription of His accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS”! But John gives us the benefit of some sparks that flew over that writing:
Knowing “that the chief priests had delivered Him for envy” (Mark 15:10), Pilate now used one of their many accusations against Yeshua to declare ironically to all who observed that the “crime” for which He was being crucified was that of being “THE KING OF THE JEWS”, which thing is, of course, true, as John wrote, of Yeshua's return, that He was not only the King of the Jews but that He is “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”! (Revelation 19:16) Mark continued:
The parade of pitifully deceived watchers of Yeshua's death continued; and we are sickened by their cruel jests at the Creator of all, Who had given up His physical body to torture and death at the hands of His enemies! So it is no wonder that Yahuah Hayah's prophecy concerning Yeshua's return includes the traumatic reaction that will take place at His children's witnessing that return:
As for those “who were crucified with Him” to “revile Him”, Luke's version tells it differently:
For the malefactor with faith in Yeshua to have treated Him with such reverence, one has to know about Him; and, although he may have been receiving “the due reward of” his “deeds”, his knowledge of Yeshua, however it had come to him, saved him; and that is why I feel so good about what we are doing here today, spreading the “knowledge of God” (Hosea 6:6) all over the world! Mark continued:
Some people speculate that Yeshua's crying out “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me” was because Yahuah Hayah had forsaken Him, there on the cross, because presumably, as some believe, “He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him”! (Isaiah 53:5), this being in the sense that Yeshua said, of the wine that He gave His disciples: “This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins!” (Matthew 26:28)
For Yeshua's blood to have been “shed … for the remission of sins”, some believe that Yeshua literally took on Himself “the sins of the whole world”, dying in mankind's place and even going to Hell in their place. As John wrote: “He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world!” (1st John 2:2) And we find that “propitiation” is the translation of a word meaning “atonement”! (Strong, Greek: 2434)
But this interpretation of the language we have concerning Yeshua's blood is contrary to Yahuah Hayah's Torah, in which He commanded: “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” (Deuteronomy 24:16)
So, if “the substitutionary theory of atonement” is not correct, we must look elsewhere for an understanding of the purpose of Yeshua's laying down His life in obedience to His Father's commandment! (John 10:17 and 18)
Yeshua said it, Himself! He said: “I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!” (Matthew 9:13) “Sin” is “the transgression of the law” (1st John 3:4); and “repent” (Matthew 4:17) means to “think differently” (Strong: Greek: 3340); so Yeshua came to call “sinners” to “think differently” about their “transgression of the law”!
Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author: “How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) And that idea mirrors what He said concerning the sacrifices He commanded in His Torah, which “could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience”! (Hebrews 9:9)
One's “conscience” is the part of his spirit in which he believes what is right and wrong! And where can what is “right and wrong” in Yahuah Hayah's sight be found other than in His Torah or law?
Yahuah Hayah's “atonement” always violates an innocent animal! It is the demonstration of what sin does to Him, Who is innocent; and Yeshua's death was exactly that same demonstration, except on an horrendous level involving not only violence to a man but to God Himself, which John said that Yeshua was (John 1:1), as “the express image” (Hebrews 1:3) of God!
So we find Yahuah Hayah's word continually associating His atonement, including that of Yeshua, with violence to innocence, His hope being that, with all that clear demonstration of what sin does, His children would one day wake up and realize that “sin” or “transgression of the law” is unacceptable, repent of it and thereby be saved!
For observing to do “all these commandments” (Deuteronomy 6:25) is “our righteousness” (Verse 25); and Yeshua said that “righteousness” is the key to one's entering “the kingdom of Heaven”!
The forgiveness that is so desperately sought for one's salvation is not about whether one is put to death or not! Rather, it is a matter of where one goes, if he is put to death or dies from natural causes: it is all the same, if one has believed in Yeshua, even as the dying thief who had been crucified with Yeshua was promised to be with Yeshua in Paradise! He said:
Believing in Yeshua is believing what He has said, which, as we are finding out, is quite a study! But He assured “the scribes and Pharisees” (John 8:3): “I am the light of the world! He who followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life!” (Verse 12)
A “free” person is not on his way to Hell! I have to believe that Yeshua's “freedom” is being free of all that bothers a person; and, when one learns the power of the dominion that Yeshua described, “with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26); for if one has “faith in God” (Mark 11:22), he can “say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea” (Verse 23); and if he “shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith!” (Verse 23)
Having “whatsoever” one “says” covers a lot of territory, including where one goes when he dies! And, “when ye pray”, if you “believe that ye receive” what you have prayed”, “ye shall have” what you have prayed (Mark 11:24), which leaves the person who believes Yeshua in these matters without a care in the world or in Heaven!
But Yeshua gave us a word of caution about the use of one's dominion: He said: “ Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven!”
So, although Yahuah Hayah has given His “dominion” (Genesis 1:28) to each and every one of us, His beloved children, it is critical that we “do the will of” Yeshua's “Father Who is in Heaven” in our use of the dominion; and from where do we learn what is “the Father's will” other than from His Torah or law and from all the commandments that He has made a part of His Torah?
So, when we follow the chain of considerations that we continually encounter in Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible, we end up back to observing, keeping, guarding or putting a value on the commandments of His Torah!
The rending of “the veil of the temple” when Yeshua died, is significant! Up until Yahuah Hayah's beloved children had done the terrible thing they did to Yeshua, they had been spared the full force of Yahuah's judgments! But now no such mercy remained, which is ironic; because most people believe, especially under Paul's teaching, that Yeshua died to exercise extraordinary mercy in obtaining forgiveness “for the sins of the whole world”! (1st John 2:2) with no reference, as Yeshua gave it, to His calling “sinners to repentance”! (Matthew 9:13)
But, if Yeshua did die to “call … sinners to repentance”, whether they do or not is all the more important! For Yeshua's laying down His life to obtain that repentance from Yahuah Hayah's sinning children puts a tremendous responsibility upon them to exercise it; and failing to do so has been met with severe judgment from the time of Yeshua's death onward!
Mark wrote that “the centurion who stood over against Him ... said, Truly, this man was the Son of God! And I do believe that centurion expresses the reaction of many people who have been exposed to the horrible yet enlightening truth of what Yeshua endured for the salvation of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children! Mark continued:
Mark gives honorable mention to the women who followed Yeshua all the way from His home in Galilee to His death! And, as always, the women are due appropriate recognition for their vital role in caring for their loved ones. Mark continued:
This description by Mark completes the terrible side of the picture that we have had to view in our study of these difficult but important matters. From here on things get better! And I praise Yahuah Hayah for that improvement! Yeshua did not remain long in that tomb so lovingly provided by Joseph of Arimathaea; and the hearts of His loved ones leaped at His appearing to them. Mark continued:
Imagine the joy, unbelief, amazement and fear, all mixed together, that those dear women felt, as the angel told them the good news! We serve a great God! And He has answers for the worst of our problems, when we trust Him for it; but, as the women showed, one can scarcely absorb what He does for us, at times. Mark continued:
Yeshua had told them several times He would rise again; so why they were not expecting Him is a wonder! Those poor, dear disciples! But He had chosen them to start His church! We can well take note that at this point in time they had not been empowered with Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, as they soon would be, when I am sure their reactions to things was considerably improved! Mark then gives us the benefit of Yeshua's “Great Commission”!
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