Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel will be thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 November 16
These Little Ones
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20131116.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, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!" (Matthew 18:6) That statement shows me that offending a child who believes in Yahuah offends Him and that He moves decisively to deal with the offender!
So the need arises in my heart to know what does offend such children in order that I might avoid doing that; because the thought of being "drowned in the depth of the sea" scares me! And I certainly want to avoid such a judgment, which, I am sure, is the effect that this statement by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was designed to elicit in my heart, in yours and in the hearts of all His children.
The word "offend" is a King James translation of a word meaning "to entrap, i.e. trip up (figuratively, stumble (transitively) or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure)" (Strong: Greek: 4624) Being part of the New Testament, the word is in the Greek language and is "skandalidzo", from which our English word "scandal" is derived.
My online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "scandal" as meaning "an occurrence in which people are shocked and upset because of behavior that is morally or legally wrong"! And I dare say that under Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, law or "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) no difference exists between what is morally wrong or legally wrong; for He has made what is morally wrong illegal; and either one of those sins offends His children and in so doing offends Him!"
So, if one wishes to avoid being drowned or put to death in some other terrible way, the action to avoid is to entice a child who believes in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to sin! And "sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4)
The child who does not believe in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, of course, a sad spectacle! And, since he or she has already developed, somehow, an aversion to obeying Yahuah, one cannot "offend" or entice such a person to sin; because he or she is already sinning. So the innocent child is the one to be especially careful about; and all of us start out that way; Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:
Furthermore, some measure of that childlikeness remains in every one of us; we believe in something, even though Satan may have tempted us to believe that ignoring Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and doing what we please is the better choice! So each of us is subject to changing our belief, although, as we get older and more experienced, we are less likely to be swayed by anything that comes along trying to alter our understanding, which, if it succeeds, alters the thing in which we believe! Yahuah wrote, through Solomon:
I see in "wisdom" what we believe in that is well grounded in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth! And in "understanding" I see the thoughts or ideas we have been given from our experiences or those of others that lead us to that belief or that "conclusion", if you will.
Needless to say, the "understanding" that causes us to walk contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and the commandments of His ToraH, law and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) is faulty and troublesome! And the one responsible for developing such an understanding in us is in big trouble with Yahuah! For He loves us; He has wonderful plans for us; and anyone coming along and disrupting our love for and responsiveness to the One Who is giving us the breath of life each moment of our lives is due for a painful development in his own life, to say the least!
The innocence or pure, undisturbed belief in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) of a child or of being like a child in later life is precious, to Him; and I believe that is so; because He is able to fulfill the wonderful plan He has for each of us in the one of us who is responsive or obedient to Him.
I have heard people say that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible is merely the writings of leaders wanting to "control" the multitutde of people under their jurisdiction, as though controlling others or being controlled is intrinsically evil! I believe that with the governmental authority that gives one control, it can be evil; and we see that all around us today! But, at the same time, a society without controls of some kind is a society in a sad state of lawlessness, in which people seem to have nothing to deter them from violating each other!
In his writing, Paul talks, about a time when no law of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) existed! (Romans 7:8 and 9) But, in reality, no such time has ever existed; because His law is, simply, the written expression of what He is and how He functions; and, with His being, as His name "Yahuah" (Exodus 6:3) implies, the "self-existent or eternal" (Strong: Hebrew: 3068), no time has ever existed when He has not been!
So no time has ever existed when the operation of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Toraw, law or "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) was not in effect, "blessing" (Deuteronomy 28:2; 30:19) or "cursing" (Deuteronomy 28:15; 30:19), giving "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19) or "death" (Verse 19) to all people everywhere, according to what each child of His has been doing about Him.
So, although lawlessness can be the tragic state of a people, it is not necessarily the result of no government by men being in place! For such government can be and is mocked by law-breakers seemingly with impunity! So what is the determining factor in the peace or war of a people? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His chronicler:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did not say, If My people will put the right men in office, I will take care of their problems. What He did advise, in effect, was that His children put Him in office or acknowledge Him as the King that He already is! It may be that part of His healing of their land will be His putting a righteous government in place; but, actually, no government can be righteous without Him or men in His service being in office!
In going seemingly so far from "these little ones who believe in me" (Matthew 18:6), what we have been looking at is, simply, the result of too many offended children in a land - children who have been enticed to sin and therefore to bring Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "cursing" and "death" upon themselves and upon their land!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s frequently referring to the condition of His children's land is meaningful to us, who have watched, with horror, what the corrupt policies of wicked men in government and in controlling industries has been doing to our entire planet! Yet the solution is ever the same:
So listen up, friends! Let us as a people seek Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s face or strive to hear His voice so that He can heal our planet!
Part of hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is to look carefully at what He sees in the child who does believe in Him. When His disciples asked "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?" (Matthew 18:1), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "2called a little child, unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, 3saying, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven! 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven! 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me!"
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then went on, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to show in what way becoming as a believing child is so well rewarded by Him:
I know a man who, although deep in his heart he loves his children, has been driven by issues in his life to despising them in various ways; and the result of that contempt for them by the most important man in their lives has been devastating, as they have developed into young adults! And so is it with virtually all instances of dysfunctional people! They have been "offended"; and those responsible for that offense have created living Hells for themselves.
Looking carefully at this vital passage in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible has caused me to be very careful about how I conduct myself around young people or any people, for that matter. They are precious to Yahuah; so to treat them with all due respect is to treat Him with respect; and the One Who Created the all in which He has placed us is worthy of that respect, don't you think?
This truth explains why loving one's neighbor (Leviticus 19:18) is "39 like unto 38 the First and Great Commandment", which is "37 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy might" (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37 to 39) and why "on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40)
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!
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.
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