Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 Jan 26

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 January 26

Paul's Blasphemy

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20130126.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 the universe and King over it, knows who you are; and that's all that matters!

At this point in your participation in the service, I recommend that you go to Sabbath Ritual and participate in the prayer in which we like to engage each week, as I do each morning, to avail ourselves of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "Power of Agreement" (Matthew 18:19) for the basic things that all of us must have each day of our lives! Although repetitious and time-consuming, doing that will bless you, the fellowship and all of His children in the universe! It is what I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, sometimes, in learning what a thing is not, one is helped to appreciate what it is! Scientists have found that, in the physical realm, to every action there is a reaction! And, when the apostle Paul pushed against Yahuah's Torah, law and covenant, those who have kept, guarded or put value on His Torah have pushed back, pitting its virtue against Paul's false substitute, which refreshes those virtues to us and causes us to appreciate them all the more!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "31All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men ... 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him. (Matthew 12:31 and 32)

"31But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men ... 32Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come!" (Matthew 12:31 and 32)

So what is "blasphemy"?

Notice how Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) define that word: In the 31st verse He speaks, through Yeshua, of "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost" or against ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit! Then, in the 32nd verse, He rephrases His statement, to say: "Whosoever speaketh against" ha Kodesh Ruach. So has He not defined "blasphemy" simply as "speaking against"?

When we go to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, we find him giving a similar definition for the word that was translated "blasphemy": it means "vilification (especially against God)" (Strong: Greek: 988)

My title for this sermon accuses Paul of committing "blasphemy"! So how have I presumed to say any such thing, especially knowing that some people believe that every word in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible is "the word of God"?

So I had better get busy quickly and answer that question well; or I will lose a lot of friends!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments!" (Deuteronomy 6:25) When we look up Strong's definition for "righteousness", we find that the word underlying that translation means "rightness" (Strong: Hebrew: 6666), which does not help us much: for that definition is, virtually, the same as the word "righteousness", which is the word we are trying to define!

So, let's go at it another way. I know what "righteousness" is supposed to mean; so let me pick a verse that has "justified" in it; Paul said, to the Jews: "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses!" (Acts 13:39)

Brother Strong then gives, for the word that was translated "justified" the definition: "to render (i.e. show or regard as) just or innocent" (Strong: Greek: 1344); and we find that "justified" is translated elsewhere as "be righteous"! So we find that within the bible "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) and "justified" (Acts 13:39) are, virtually, interchangeable!

So, in His Toraw, law and covenant, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) could well have said through Moses "It shall be our justification, if we observe to do all these commandments"; and Paul could well have said, "Ye could not be made righteous by the law of Moses!"

I am sure that by now you have caught on to my being sneaky and using my proof of Paul's "blasphemy" to clarify the meaning of "righteousness" or "justification", as those words are used within Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible! For, with Yahuah's indeed having offered "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), in His Torah or law, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, for those who would "observe to do all these commandments" (Verse 25), did not Paul, by saying "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses!" (Acts 13:39) "speak against" Yahuah's Torah? And have we not determined that, by Yahuah's own words through Yeshua, "blasphemy" (Matthew 12:31) means "speak against"? (Verse 32)

Furthermore, this "blasphemy" by Paul was extremely serious; because one's "righteousness" (Matthew 5:20) or the lack of it determines, by the authority of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), whether or not one can "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Verse 20) And, if Paul was contradicting Yahuah's words through Yeshua through Moses by saying "ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39) and, if that contradiction were believed, those who looked to Yahuah's promise through Yeshua through Moses for their righteousness and for the blessing that it brings would be left without any way by which to obtain it.

So one would think that, if Paul was sufficiently bold to contradict the words of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator and King over all, Paul must have had something else in mind; and, surely enough, he taught a "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21) and said, of "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6), that, so far as he was concerned, it had no more value than "dung"! (Verse 8) So how much more "against" the precious heart of Yahuah's Torah, law and covenant could Paul's speaking get? Or how much more "blasphemous" could he get?

Paul's "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21) was based upon his idea that, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) shed His blood and died on the cross, he paid a "redemption" (Verse 24) or "ransom in full" (Strong: Greek: 629), which presumably "paid" the death required of all mankind; because "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23; 5:12); "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) and "death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned"! (Romans 5:12)

So, in Paul's view, one's having a "faith in His blood" (Romans 3:25) or in the blood of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as having paid one's "ransom" for the death that presumably was due all mankind for their having sinned at any time was his god's way of salvation! But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator and King over all, seems, by the authority of His Words through Moses and through Yeshua, to have offered another way; and knowing that way is critical to one's salvation or "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16); because He said, through Yeshua:

Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven! (Matthew 5:20)

Considering that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) offered "our righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) in His Torah, law and covenant through Moses, for those who would "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God" (Verse 25), Paul's presentation of his god's way of salvation through faith in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) blood to be a redemption or ransom seems to be a strange departure requiring that one believe something that Yahuah never said! Instead, He taught, through Yeshua, His disciples, to pray:

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors! (Matthew 6:12)

For, if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you! (Matthew 6:14)

To confirm that teaching by His own example, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, while dying on His cross: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do! (Luke 23:34)"

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had commanded Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to lay down His life! (John 10:17 and 18) And He did so by submitting to the hands of wicked men who wanted Him dead! Anticipating that eventuality, Yeshua offered His disciples a cup of wine, saying, "This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins!" (Matthew 26:28)

Paul's idea that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) blood was to pay a ransom for the lives of all mankind was also "for the remission of sins" (Romans 3:25); but his idea of how that was so differed radically from that expressed by Yeshua Himself! He prayed: "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19) And, standing before Pilate, who would issue the order that Yeshua be crucified, 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! Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37)

Earlier, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had said, to the Jews: "31 If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32)

34 Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever! 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed! (John 8:34 to 36)

So Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) blood, which was "shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28), did so by bringing His children a "truth" (John 8:31 to 36; 17:19; 18:37), while in Paul's "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) Yeshua's blood was shed also "for the remission of sins" (Romans 3:25) but to pay a ransom (Verse 24), which has nothing to do with how a person thinks or behaves! Yeshua said:

I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance! (Matthew 9:13)

"Repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) purpose in sending Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Earth was to change the thinking of "sinners"! And "Sin is the transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) So the change desired relates to how we regard the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, law and covenant! Yahuah said, through Yeshua, through Moses, that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) He 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)

If, as Paul taught, salvation was, simply, to take advantage of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) presumably dying to pay the penalty of death for all mankind, His failure to die at the hands of others would rob all mankind of that salvation! Yet we have Him teaching His disciples to pray: "Our Father, Who art in Heaven (Matthew 6:9), forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors"! (Verse 12) And that forgiveness has nothing to do with Yeshua's dying.

Furthermore, we have the dream about Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that Pilate's wife experienced, who warned him: "Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him" (Matthew 27:19)

But who warned Pilate's wife? Did Satan not want Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) crucified? Or did Yeshua not want Himself crucified, if His death would mean so much to so many as Paul would have it, to pay their "ransom"?

But the dream of Pilate's wife about Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did disturb her, with her husband about to crucify Him; and, with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) forgiveness being a matter simply of asking Him for it (Matthew 6:12), was Yahuah really interested in His Son's suffering so horrible a death?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) salvation relates to serving "the living God", while the salvation of Paul's god relates to one's believing in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) dying in his or her place, which requires no service to anyone! Yahuah said, through Yeshua: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) And He was talking about "eternal life"! (Verse 16)

My having to say such things about Paul is grievous to me as well as to many people who have believed that he brought a special kind of salvation, which avoided what he and they have believed were problems one has in obeying Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah, law and covenant!

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) prophesied, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that "there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect! " (Matthew 24:24) And that is, exactly, what happened through Paul! He got the "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) that he preached from a "Jesus Christ" (Verse 12) he found in "Arabia" (Verse 17), which is the land of the descendants of "Ishmael" (Genesis 17:20), with whom Yahuah would not "establish" His "covenant"! (Verse 21)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, that "he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him!" (Genesis 16:12) And, interestingly, that was the nature of Paul's ministry! He was contemptuously judgmental of the Jews, his own people, while generous to a fault in his assessment of the Gentiles' spirituality, to where "certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium ... having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead!" (Acts 14:19)

People who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:15) find that "all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:15); and, by his own complaints, Paul revealed that his ministry was one long ordeal after another! (2nd Corinthians 11:23 to 28)

In the meanwhile, those of us who have believed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and taken Him for His word through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses and through Yeshua Himself find our lives to be one joy followed by another! Time passes so quickly we wonder where it went! And we cannot express, adequately, our gratitude for the life that He has given us; He said, through Yeshua:

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)

I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah Hayah's sight, that it can be stored in your spirit for great and beneficial use to you as the days go by and that we might hear from you now and then as you find it working its wonders in your life!

Father, by my "faith in God"! (Mark 11:22) I "speak" (Verse 23), to Your children, and command that they be given an understanding of who brought Your truth for the fulfillment of Your magnificent will for them.

I rejoice (John 15:11) that you are faithful to fulfill your children's powerful use of their "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) I know you answered this prayer, in ha Kodesh Ruach, your Holy Spirit, the moment I said it; and I "believe" I "receive" (Mark 11:24) a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the wonderful blessings and eternal life in Your awesome presence that following the right voice brings upon them!

I pray that Yahuah Hayah shall bless you mightily, throughout the coming week, and that you will realize in your heart how important you are to the ministry that He has given to Faith Harvest Israel to see that His truth is learned, believed and carried out by all His children throughout the world, so many of whom are in such desperate need of it, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!

Amen! Alleluia!

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