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Bible Study of
2018 April 15

Yeshua's Ministry

(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180415.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:

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 last week, here is where we left off:

15 He said, unto them, Go ye, into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved! But he who believeth not shall be damned! 17 These signs shall follow them who believe; In My name shall they cast out devils! They shall speak with new tongues! 18 They shall take up serpents; and, if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover! 19 So, then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received, up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God! 20 And they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs following! Amen. (Mark 16:15 to 20)

Last week, I read that scripture by Mark but gave no comment and left the glorious implications of it ring in your ears during the coming week, which is now over; and I am  going to provide the missing commentary; for the passage contains some problems that, left unaddressed, can lead its reader far from what Yahuah Hayah has had in mind for us, His beloved children! The problems are not so much what it says but what it leaves unsaid! For Mark was notoriously brief in his treatment of Yahuah's “gospel” or truth; and things said without adequate qualifiers can be taken in several ways, only one of which is where Yahuah wants us to go!

He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved! (Mark 16:16)

Over recent weeks we have learned of two baptisms, the one in water, which is John's baptism, and the one by ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit, which is Yeshua's baptism: John said:

I indeed baptize you with water, unto repentance: but He Who cometh after me is mightier than I, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear! He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost!

And Yeshua said:

John baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence! (Acts 1:5)

So, when according to Mark Yeshua said: “He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved!” (Mark 16:16), whose baptism do you suppose He was talking about, John's baptism or His own?

We cannot argue with the fact that Yeshua Himself submitted to John's baptism and that He said to John, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness”! (Matthew 3:15) But, in the gospel according to John, he quoted John the Baptist as saying, “I knew Him not! But He Who sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon Whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, the same is He Who baptizeth with the Holy Ghost!  34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God!” (John 1:33)

So, again, when according to Mark Yeshua said: “He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved!” (Mark 16:16), whose baptism do you suppose He was talking about, John's baptism or His own?

Yeshua overrode John's objection to baptizing Him by saying, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness”! (Matthew 3:15) And that is used, by some Christians, to justify their continued use of water baptism. But let us consider the place in His Holy Bible where Yahuah Hayah defined His righteousness and offered it to  us, His beloved children:

It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

“Observe” means to “guard” (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on; so putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah's Torah amounts, in His sight, to “righteousness”! It is obedience to Him to the best of one's ability! So, when Yeshua said, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), He could not have been referring only to those commandments; for one can search through all of them and not find any address to water baptism, which leaves obedience in general to Yahuah to be the “righteousness” Yeshua was talking about.

Obviously Yahuah had commanded Yeshua to submit to John's baptism in water; for His doing so was the occasion on which Yahuah chose to anoint Yeshua with a special manifestation of ha Kodesh Ruach, Who is everywhere, doing virtually every thing, to keep us and Yahuah's entire creation functioning!

But, when it came to understanding the conditions under which any of us can enjoy that special manifestation of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yeshua made no mention of submitting to John's baptism in water, as did Peter on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38); rather, He talked about keeping the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, saying:

15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments! 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth! (John 14:15 to 17)

So now we have both “righteousness” and the special manifestation of ha Kodesh Ruach, which work hand-in-hand, obtainable by the one main concern of “our Father Who art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9), which is that His children give their best effort to do all the commandments of His Torah!

Christians point out that Yeshua said, in the above statement, specifically: “Keep My commandments” and then try to say that Yeshua's commandments were those of “the New Covenant”, which they claim are different from Yahuah's commandments through Moses! But Yahuah said, through His prophet, of His “New Covenant with the house of Israel” (Jeremiah 31:31):

This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, saith Yahuah, I will put My law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts! I will be their God, and they shall be My people! (Jeremiah 31:33)

So how many “laws” has Yahuah Hayah given His children?

Yahuah said, “I will put My law”, which is singular! He only has one law; so His “New Covenant” was, simply, a new opportunity to come into agreement with His one and only law or Torah, the difference being that in this “New Covenant” He would make His Torah a matter of His children's “hearts”! And Yeshua explained this, when He said, to His disciples, of the wine He had given them to drink:

This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins! (Matthew 26:28)

Here we run into another biblical invitation to get confused; for in stating the purpose of His blood's being shed, Yeshua said that it was “for the remission of sins”! In other words, His blood would be shed to obtain “remission of sins”.

But did Yeshua say, that His blood would provide that “remission”? He prayed: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!” (Luke 23:34) He had taught His disciples to pray: “Our Father Who art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9), “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!” (Verse 12) In both His prayer from His cross and in His sample prayer, Who was it that Yeshua expected would do the forgiving or the giving of “remission”? His Father in Heaven! Right?

But look at Paul's version of this matter: He taught his followers that they were to have “faith in His blood”! (Romans 3:25) The word “faith” in that verse is the translation of a word meaning “persuasion” “of religious truth or the truthfulness of God” (Strong: Greek: 4102) Did Yeshua's shed blood have “religious truth or the truthfulness of God”?

Yeshua prayed, to Yahuah: “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17) And He said, to Pilate: “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 what was that truth?

Yeshua demonstrated the truth that He came to bear witness of by submitting to the wicked cruel hands of His enemies, who mocked Him, scourged Him and crucified Him, when He had only gone “about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil”! (Acts 10:38) It was the truth of the horrible degradation of which His children are capable of committing and the insanity of it when they turn it against God Himself, Who has only loved them passionately, from their first day of conception!

Yeshua said: “I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!” (Matthew 9:13) And Yahuah wrote, through His author, of the sacrifices of animals that He had commanded in His Torah, that they were:

a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience! (Hebrews 9:9)

Yahuah wrote, through His author of Yeshua's sacrifice of Himself:

How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)

“Repent” (Matthew 4:17) means to “think differently”! (Strong: Greek: 3340); and “sin is the transgression of the law”! (1st John 3:4) So the “truth” that Yeshua came to demonstrate by giving Himself up to horrible violence and death was intended to make “sinners” “think differently” about their “transgression of the law”!

But what was the object of Yeshua's shedding His blood according to Paul? It was to provide “remission of sins” (Romans 3:25) so there would then be a “righteousness of God without the law” (Verse 21); indeed, Paul wrote, in ten places that I know of, that “ye are not under the law”  (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18) ((Acts 13:39; Romans 3:21; Romans 3:28; Romans 6:14; Romans 7:4; Romans 7:6; Galatians 5:2 to 4 [8] and 18; Philippians 3:6 to 8 and Colossians 2:13 and 14)

Paul's doctrine removes from the thinking of us, Yahuah Hayah's beloved children, any sense of obligation to “keep My commandments” (Deuteronomy 6:25), which Yeshua said is His requirement to “16 pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth”! (John 14:16 and 17)  And without that “Comforter”, we cannot even breath, let alone keep any commandments!

So whose doctrine do you choose to live by?

“As for me and my house, we will serve Yahuah!” (Joshua 24:15)

All of the above was, I believe, necessary to sort out what Yeshua probably meant when He said “He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved!” But we have only sorted out, hopefully, the matter of baptism! The other requirement for salvation that Yeshua specified in that statement is “he who believeth”, leaving the question, “Believe what?”

Yeshua said it, declaring: “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 this study, I have concentrated, heavily, upon the dark side of Yeshua's ministry of the cross; but a light side, also, exists, which is Yahuah's raising Him up from death, a gloriously resurrected man! And, when both the dark and light sides of that ministry are considered, one finds it virtually impossible not to believe in the “repentance” to which He called His sinning children (Matthew 9:13) by the truth He revealed in His ministry, which relates specifically to keeping, observing, guarding or putting a value on the commandments of His one and only Torah! Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:

8 He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word that He commanded to a thousand generations,  9 which covenant He made with Abraham and His oath unto Isaac  10 and confirmed the same, unto Jacob, for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant! (Psalm 105:8 to 10)

Interestingly, “Israel” means “He will rule as God!” (Strong: Hebrew: 3478) So, when Yahuah spoke of confirming His “law …  to Israel for an everlasting covenant”, He was confirming it to “the children of Israel” (Deuteronomy 29:1) or the children of Him Who “will rule as God”; and Yeshua is the only one in creation Who could possibly do any such thing! Yahuah wrote of that relationship, through His psalmist:

20  I have found David, My servant! With My holy oil have I anointed Him, 21 with Whom My hand shall be established! Mine arm also shall strengthen Him. 22 The enemy shall not exact upon Him nor the son of wickedness afflict Him. 23 And I will beat down His foes, before His face and plague them who hate Him. 24 But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with Him: and in My name shall His horn be exalted! 25 I will set His hand in the sea and His right hand in the rivers! 26 He shall cry, unto Me, Thou art My Father, My God and the rock of My salvation! 27 Also, I will make Him My firstborn, higher than the kings of the Earth!  28 My mercy will I keep, for Him, for evermore! And My covenant shall stand fast, with Him.  29 His seed, also, will I make to endure for ever and His throne as the days of Heaven! 30 If His children forsake My law and walk not in My judgments; 31 if they break My statutes and keep not My commandments, 32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes! 33 Nevertheless My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from Him nor suffer My faithfulness to fail! 34 My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips!  35 Once have I sworn, by My holiness, that I will not lie unto David: 36 His seed shall endure for ever and His throne as the sun before Me.  37 It shall be established for ever, as the moon, and as a faithful witness in Heaven! Selah.  (Psalm 89:20 to 37)

Yeshua spoke of “signs” that “ shall follow them who believe”! (Mark 16:17) And the first sign He gave was: “In My name shall they cast out devils!” (Verse 17) Certain churches practice that “sign” and, to their credit, do quite well at it. We have the dominion, while Satan and his servants do not! And these churches effectively use their dominion to rid people who want to be rid of the spirits that have been making their lives Hell!

The next “sign” of which Yeshua spoke was: “They shall speak with new tongues!” I have heard those who practice that “sign”; and, to me, what I hear is complete gibberish, sounding something like “lalalala” over and over! And that is not what Luke reported happened on “the Day of Pentecost” (Acts 2:1), where they “began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”! (Verse 4)

By “other tongues” Luke was not referring to gibberish but to actual recognizable languages that Yeshua's disciples began to speak! Luke wrote: “6 When this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language!  7 They were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these who speak Galilæans?  8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue wherein we were born?” (Luke 2:6 to 8)

Parthians, Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judæa, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia,  10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,  11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God! (Luke 2 :9 and 10)

How can it be said that gibberish is the “tongues” of the New Testament, when the testimony was that “every man heard them speak in his own language” and that “we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God”?

Yet the apostle Paul planted, by whatever spirit, the idea that “tongues” was an unrecognizable utterance; he wrote:

14 If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful!  15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also! I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also!  16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he who occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?  17 For thou verily givest thanks well! But the other is not edified!  18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all!  19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue!  20 Brethren, be not children in understanding! In malice be ye children, but in understanding be men!  21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.  22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them who believe but to them that believe not! Prophesying serveth not for them who believe not but for them who believe!  23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place and all speak with tongues and there come in those who are unlearned or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?  24 But, if all prophesy, and there come in one who believeth not or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all.  25 Thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is in you, of a truth!  26 How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying!  27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret!  28 But, if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God! (1st Corinthians 14:14 to 28)

If “my understanding is unfruitful” when “I pray in an unknown tongue”, what is the point of the exercise?

Paul wrote, “My spirit prayeth.” But we only have Paul's assurance that any such thing that means anything is going on! Still, he insists: “I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also!” This makes, of Yahuah Hayah's “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17; 16:13) a mysterious being Who prays in a way that make no sense! And for what reason?

Paul asked: “When thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he who occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? Thou verily givest thanks well! But the other is not edified!

Here we have Paul's giving to one's making of unintelligible sounds the distinction of both “blessing” and not only “giving of thanks” but of doing so “well”! And we are grateful that he admits “the other is not edified” while that kind of thing is going on!

Paul declared: “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all!” But why he was thankful for that practice escapes me; and I do believe that he was deluded by a lying spirit into believing that it held in it the virtues or blessings that he attributed to it.

Paul admitted that speaking “with tongues” was utterly useless in a church gathering and when practiced in such gatherings gave “those who are unlearned or unbelievers” cause to suppose “that ye are mad”! And I share the sentiment! When I find myself in a room full of people doing their “la la la la” thing all at once, I can only shake my head at their belief that they are pleasing Yahuah Hayah, Who gave me clear understandable language to enjoy; and I cannot help believe that those who practice this “temporary insanity” are giving Satan's servants a picnic, watching God's people making fools of themselves while supposing that they are serving Him in this inexplicable way!

So, when I hear the strange utterances of people in churches claiming to “speak with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:46), which was said of the household of Cornelius, when “on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Verse 45), I have to believe that something is wrong!

For what I am hearing is not intelligible language of any kind, much less that which would would “magnify God”, and therefore must be a counterfeit manifestation of some kind, which leads me to believe that such people are receiving from a spirit in the service of one other than ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit! For He is Yahuah's “Spirit of Truth”! (John 14:17; 16:13), the Spirit of Him Who “is Truth”. (John 14:6) And, in my view, a “Spirit of Truth” does not cause people do behave in ways that cannot be recognized as “truth”.

This being the “truth” of “the Day of Pentecost”, I, personally, have never heard people speak with the “tongues” that actually were spoken on that day; and I simply await the day when I can be shown by Yahuah Hayah what that particular “sign” actually consists of, if any such thing still exists or is still in practice!

The next “sign” mentioned by Yeshua in Mark's gospel is: “They shall take up serpents!” Personally, I cannot think of any situation where I would do any such thing! But I do have the testimony of a servant of Yahuah Hayah who was commanded by Him to reclaim a certain island that was infested with highly venomous snakes! And, when he got back from climbing the mountain he was told to climb to accomplish the reclaiming, his legs showed numerous pairs of punctures, indicating that he had been bitten several times while on the island; but, being there in the service of Yahuah, the bites he received did not harm him and soon healed up! The happy ending of that story is that, when this evangelist revisited the island, a beautiful bridge had been built out to it; and farms were flourishing on it. Praise Yahuah's precious and holy name!

The next “sign” that Yeshua mentioned was: “if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them”. I praise Yahuah Hayah for it and can see a benefit in it; for our present world is seriously contaminated by industrial wastes and poisonous chemicals purposely dumped into our water systems, which are a challenge for people to survive all that pollution! And being assured by His word that Yahuah makes His believing and obedient children impervious to such violence to their bodies is welcome, indeed, and one more cause to thank Him and praise Him for His everlasting goodness to those who respond appropriately to His efforts to reach out to them.

The final “sign” that Yeshua mentioned in Mark's last chapter was: “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover!” That method involves an intimacy that is not always convenient! But what I have found to be very convenient is my confidence in the “dominion” that Yahuah Hayah has given all of us, His beloved children, by which one is free at any time to “speak” (Mark 11:23) to the healing of a neighbor and “believe you receive” (Verse 24) it done, in which case the user of his dominion can throw a party and celebrate that the healing has already been accomplished in ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah's Holy Spirit!

I have never experienced immediate results in using that method; but my family, for whom I exercise that privilege, enjoys wonderful health; and I praise Yahuah Hayah for that inestimably valuable blessing!

Mark tells us that Yeshua “was received, up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God”, where He belongs and where He has more right to be than any other of us, for His amazing obedience to “God” to do what is the hardest thing for anyone to do, which is to lay down one's life to an enemy! But, He said, to His disciples: “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21), His having said earlier:

If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me! (Luke 9:23)

Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple! (Luke 14:27)

Mark finished this passage by writing that “20 they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs following!” And we can only say to that, with Him: “Amen!” (Mark 16:15 to 20)

We have now concluded our study of “the Gospel According to Mark”; and that “According to Luke” is next!

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things that are most surely believed among us, 2 even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3 it seemed good, to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed! (Luke 1:1 to 4)

So we are indebted to “Theophilus”, for “the Gospel According to Luke”, the edification of that friend of Luke's having been, according to Luke, Luke's motivation for writing his gospel; and I rather suspect that Yahuah Hayah had much to do with Luke's writing of it, having far more of His children in mind than “Theophilus”, although I am sure that He loved him dearly, in that situation! Luke continued:

5 There was, in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth!  6 They, both, were righteous, before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless!  7 But they had no child, because Elisabeth was barren, and they, both, were now well stricken in years! 8 Zacharias executed the priest’s office, before God, in the order of his course,  9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into Yahuah's temple!  10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without, at the time of incense!  11 And there appeared, unto him, an angel of Yahuah, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  12 When Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  13 But the angel said, unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife, Elisabeth, shall bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name John!  14 Thou shalt have joy and gladness! And many shall rejoice at his birth!  15 For he shall be great, in the sight of Yahuah, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink! He shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb!  16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to Yahuah, their God!  17 He shall go, before Him, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for Yahuah. (Luke 1:5 to 17)

This is Luke's introduction to John the baptist, who was the “John” of whom Yahuah's angel spoke, to let Zacharias know that he was to be John's father! But, before Luke got to the angel's annunciation to Zacharias, he wrote, in his introduction to this passage, some important details about what Zacharias was doing at the time of the annunciation.

Luke wrote that Zacharias was a “priest … of the course of Abijah”, which, interestingly, has enabled scholars to calculate the approximate time of year when Yeshua was born. Important, also, in that calculation, is the fact that at the time of the angel's annunciation, “Zacharias  executed the priest’s office, before God, in the order of his course”, which was that “of Abijah”!

I emphasize the “course” in which Zacharias served as a priest; because it helps scholars place the time of the angel's annunciation concerning the birth of John the Baptist; and that time then establishes the time of Yeshua's birth; because Yahuah Hayah saw fit to tie the two births together!

Years before, David had established an order in which the priests were to serve in the temple, there being twenty-four grandsons of Aaron, “sixteen chief men” of them being “the sons of Eleazar … and eight” being “among the sons of Ithamar”! (1st Chronicles 24:4)

Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors of the sanctuary, and governors of the house of God, were of the sons of Eleazar and of the sons of Ithamar! (1st Chronicles 24:5)

7 Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah,  8 The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,  9 The fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin,  10 The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah! (1st Chronicles 24:7 to 10)

We stop there, in that passage, because Zacharias was a “priest … of the course of Abijah”, which means that, with each of the courses serving in the temple for one week over a period of twenty-four weeks and then again in the next twenty-four weeks, four weeks being taken up by Yahuah Hayah's seven feasts, all fifty-two weeks of the year are accounted for.

The “eighth” week during which a priest was to serve becomes meaningful, when we take into account that Yahuah Hayah told Moses “This month shall be, unto you, the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2) The Jewish calendar moves, forward and back, because of its 28-day lunar calendar, which causes them to complete each year sooner than our calendar does and forces them to add a month, occasionally, to keep from wandering too far away from the seasons during which harvests important to His feasts are brought in. So our fellowship has picked March to be Yahuah Hayah's “1st month”; and that would put the week of Zacharias's service to be the last week in April!

That placement is important; because, when he was announcing Yeshua's birth through Mary, “the angel Gabriel” (Luke 1:26) told her: “Behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she, also, hath conceived a son, in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her.” (Verse 36)

So adding six months to the time of Zacharias's service in the temple puts Yeshua's conception in Mary around the last week of October; and then adding the nine months of  Mary's pregnancy to that puts the time of Yeshua's birth at around the last week in August, which makes far more sense than December 25, because at the time of Yeshua's birth “there were, in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night”! (Luke 2:8) And they would not have been doing that in the middle of winter!

According to Luke, Gabriel told Zacharias, of John, “He shall go, before Yahuah, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for Him.” (Luke 1:17) Later, when Yeshua was speaking highly of John the Baptist, He said: “If ye will receive it, this is Elijah, who was to come!” (Matthew 11:14) But our study is, presently, in Luke; and he continues:

18 Zacharias said, unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years! 19 And the angel said, unto him, I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and am sent to speak unto thee and to show thee these glad tidings! 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season! 21 The people waited, for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And, when he came out, he could not speak, unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned, unto them, and remained speechless! 23 And, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house! (Luke 1:18 to 23)

Zacharias paid for his doubting Gabriel, as do all of us, for doubting anything pertaining to Yahuah Hayah, our Creator and King!

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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!

Amen! Alleluia!

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