Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 June 1

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 June 1

Church Growth

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20130601.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 Hayah'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 some people call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, if we are to consider "church growth", it might be helpful to recognize that what we are talking about is "marketing"! It may be a special kind of product that we are selling, such as "eternal life"; but, nonethelesswe, are, indeed, selling it. We consider ourselves to be possessors of the information by which "eternal life" can be obtained! And we have to make a profit; or we necessarily close the doors of the physical plant that houses the institution called "the church"!

But, of course, the church itself are the people who attend it; and they have to be convinced that the church's product is what they want and that the Source of that product is not asking too much for it, like "all that he had"! (Matthew 13:46)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knew the marketing aspect of His choice product, "the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 13:44), and spoke, of it, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

44 The kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44 to 46)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) recognized the economic necessity of His priesthood; and to keep their doors open, he instituted what He called "the tithe"! He said, through Moses:

30 All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's! It is holy unto the Lord! 31 And, if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord! 33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed"! (Leviticus 27:30 to 33)

One can see, by the carefulness of Yahuah Hayah's language through Moses concerning His tithe, that He considered His tithe to be important! And He used methods by which to frustrate attempts on the part of His children to get around paying any part of His tithe. His children were primarily agrarian, so far as their means of living was concerned; so He directed His commandment concerning the tithe to "the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree" (Leviticus 27:30) and declared it to be "Yahuah's"! (Verse 30) And, if that was not enough by which to understand the seriousness of the matter, He added: "It is holy unto Yahuah!" (Verse 30)

To "redeem" the tithe was, simply, to exchange it for money, which would require giving what was considered to be "market value" for it; and, to assure that such a change did not shorten what was given to His priests, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) required, of the redeemer, that "he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof"! (Leviticus 27:31) And one would have to assume that the same would hold true of, for instance, a shoemaker, whose shoes might not be needed by the priests and who would have to "redeem" his shoes, giving the price of them plus twenty percent, just to make sure!

For one to fail in giving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s tithe to His priesthood was to "sin"! He wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) And to sin without repenting (Matthew 4:17) or "to think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about the transgression, which relates to the "atonement" (Numbers 15:28) of His ToraH, law and covenant, was and is, to this day, to lose one's "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) and forfeit one's place in "the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)

So, by all of the above considerations, one can see the close tie between the church's "product" (eternal life) and one's giving of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s tithe, which is, by any argument, no small matter!

Caught up in the teachings of the false apostle Paul, large parts of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s church argue, to this day, that His Torah, law and covenant no longer apply! But that is to assume that He has rescinded His "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10), which is not likely!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "New Covenant" (Jeremiah 31:31) was to be "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31) And He said, through Moses, to "the children of Israel"! (Deuteronomy 29:1): "The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God and walk in His ways!" (Deuteronomy 28:9)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "Except Yahuah build the house, they labor in vain who build it" (Psalm 127:1); and how vain are those who fail to acknowledge that the "house" with whom He intended to make His New Covenant was that of Israel! And no such people are established as holy unto Him who do not "keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways"! (Deuteronomy 28:9)

In his gospel, Matthew describes an incident that is important to the matter of church growth: Yeshua ha Mawshiyach "15 saith, unto them: But whom say ye that I am? 16 Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God! 17 And Jesus answered and said, unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it, unto thee, but My Father Who is in Heaven! 18 And I say also, unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:15 to 18)

People (notably the Roman Catholic Church) get confused by the fact that the word translated "Peter" (Matthew 16:18) means "a (piece of) rock" (Strong: Greek: 4074), while the word translated "rock" (Verse 18) to which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) alluded as the one upon which He would build His church means "a (mass of) rock"! (4074)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had the moment before commended Peter, for identifying Him as "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16); so the proper interpretation of the verse is to recognize that the "rock" upon which He would build His church was not the piece of rock that Peter means but the mass of rock that represented His being "the Christ, the Son of the living God"! (Verse 16)

The Roman Catholic Church is notorious for claiming that it was established by the apostle Peter, to take advantage of the confusion created by the inaccurate translation of the above verses; and the issue to which this matter relates is relevant to any church wanting to grow, for without its being based upon Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s being ha Mawshiyakh (the Christ), it is not a church at all but merely a social club.

To me, the significance of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s reference to Peter as being "a (piece of) rock" (Strong: Greek: 4074) in the same sentence that He spoke of Himself as being "a (mass of) rock" (4074) was to point out that Peter would be a part of the rock-like foundation, which was Yeshua's being the Messiah, upon which He would build His church!

In other words, Peter as the "(piece of) rock" would be among those who would represent the "(mass of) rock" that would be the foundation of the church; and Peter did indeed take a key role in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "New Covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), which would become known as His "church"! (Matthew 16:18)

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" (Mark 11:23), to your children, and command that they be given the knowledge and understanding of Yahuah Hayah and His truth by which to understand the nature of His church and its requirements for growth!

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; so I "believe" I "receive" (Mark 11:24) even now a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the wonderful blessings and eternal life in your awesome presence that walking in the fellowship and guidance of His church provides!

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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