Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 December 07

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 December 7

Yahuah Hayah's Peace

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20131207.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 I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, when John the Baptist was born, his father, Zacharias, prophesied about the extraordinary role his son would play as "the prophet of the Highest! For thou shalt go before the face of Yahuah to prepare His way!" (Luke 1:79) But his prophecy continued, to say, "78The Dayspring from on High hath visited us, 79to give light to them who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace!" (Luke 1:78 and 79)

I assume that "The Dayspring from on High" would be Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s ministering through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and that, in the context of this prophecy, "peace" would be the end result of the "light" that He would bring, "to them who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death"!

When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was born, there were "shepherds abiding in the field" (Luke 2:8) "And, lo, the angel of Yahuah came upon them, and the glory of Yahuah shone round about them" (Verse 9)

13 And suddenly there was, with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 Glory to God, in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men! (Lukke 2:13 and 14)

So the entire mission of the amazing Child over Whose birth the angels were rejoicing would according to them be "peace" and "good will" among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s beloved children "on Earth"!

When this Child had come of age and began His amazing ministry on Earth, He taught a number of interesting things about "peace":

For those who have doubts about the existence of "Hell" (Mark 9:43, 45 and 47), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had some disturbing things to say! He spoke about three parts of one's body offending a person, "thy hand" (Verse 43), "thy foot" (Verse 45) and "thine eye"!

My understanding of those peculiar offenses is that one's hand offending its owner would relate to his stealing or striking a neighbor! Perhaps one's foot offending him relates to his going where he should not be going, such as onto another person's property without his permission! One's eye offending him possibly relates to looking upon something belonging to a neighbor to covet it.

But, strangely, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) recommended, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), in each instance, that the offending member be "cut ... off" (Mark 9:43 and 45) or, with the eye, "pluck it out" (Verse 47), which remedies in themselves offend any one of us.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s point through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) apparently was to show the drastic nature of any kind of sin if one has not repented of it and been forgiven! For, in this strange teaching, one's failure to "cut it off" or "pluck it out" caused one to "43 go into Hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched," 44 where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched! (Mark 9:43 and 44)

I speak of that strange teaching simply to give Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s summation of it through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Salt is good! But, if the salt has lost its saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace, one with another!" (Mark 9:50)

If "salt is good" and if Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has recommended that one have it in himself, He apparently was recommending that we have "good" in ourselves, which will cause us to "have peace, one with another"! So we glean, from that teaching, that being "good" - better "doing good" - brings the "peace" in our lives that all of us desire!

The peace that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) also relates to healing, since one's disease or injury is anything other than peaceful, in that it brings one pain and the anguish of wondering what is to become of oneself, if he or she is not relieved of what is causing the pain or the disability that usually comes with it.

A woman had "an issue of blood twelve years"! (Mark 5:25) But, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came, "she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole!" (Verse 28)

The afflicted woman was using the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given each one of us: if one by having "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) "shall say" to something what he wants concerning it "and 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)

The woman had said, "If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole!" (Mark 5:28) So "when she had heard of Yeshua, [she] came, in the press behind, and touched His garment"!

29 Straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt, in her body, that she was healed of that plague! 30 Yeshua, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned Him about, in the press, and said, Who touched My clothes? 31 And His disciples said, unto Him, Thou seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou, Who touched Me? 32 And He looked round about to see her who had done this thing. 33 But, fearing, trembling and knowing what was done in her, the woman came and fell down, before Him, and told him all the truth! 34 And He said, unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole! Go in peace, and be whole of thy plague! (Mark 5:29 to 34)

So we find that peace is the result both of faith and of the healing that faith can bring, when one has used the "dominion" that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has given each one of us, for exactly such needs!

"Salvation" is a big issue, with students of the bible; and they sometimes argue, for years, about what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) requires for one to obtain it; but He showed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that one's faith can bring the forgiveness that His salvation entails, by which one can go "down to his house justified"! (Luke 18:14)

The "publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner"! (Luke 18:13) To do that, he had to believe or have the faith that God is merciful! He may have been told what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses - that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6)

The publican was willing to admit that he had not obeyed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments perfectly, which is true of all of us; but he had "kept" or put a value on them, which requires "faith" or one's believing that Yahuah's words are true! So Yahuah declared through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that the believing publican "went down to his house justified"! (Luke 18:14)

The gospel writer Luke tells, also, of another touching story that illustrates the close relationship between "faith", "forgiveness" and the "peace" that follows:

36 One of the Pharisees desired Him [Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)] that He would eat with him. And He went, into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat! 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, when she knew that Yeshua sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment 38 and stood, at His feet, behind Him, weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears and did wipe them, with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment! (Luke 7:36 to 38)

39 Now, when the Pharisee who had bidden him saw it, he spake, within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is who toucheth Him: for she is a sinner! 40 And Yeshua, answering, said, unto him: Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence and the other fifty! 42 And, when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both! Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose he to whom he forgave most. And He said, unto him: Thou hast rightly judged! (Luke 7:39 to 43)

44 And he turned, to the woman, and said, unto Simon: Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, and thou gavest Me no water for My feet! But she hath washed My feet with tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head! 45 Thou gavest Me no kiss! But this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet! 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint! But this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment! 47 Wherefore, I say, unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven! For she loved much! But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little! (Luke 7:44 to 47)

48 He said, unto her: Thy sins are forgiven! 49 And they who sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, Who is this who forgiveth sins also? 50 And He said, to the woman: Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace! (Luke 7:48 to 50)

Obviously, the contrite woman believed Who and What Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was! And she freely expressed her belief; and that was the "faith" (Luke 7:50) that Yeshua said had "saved" (Verse 50) her, which in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s sight qualified her to "go in peace"! (Verse 50)

Because "The harvest truly is great but the laborers are few" (Luke 10:2), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His disciples to "go your ways"! (Verse 3)

4 Carry neither purse nor scrip nor shoes! And salute no man, by the way! 5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be, to this house. 6 And if the Son of Peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again! (Luke 10:4 to 6)

Obviously, where "the Son of Peace" is, there, also, is His peace!

The prayer, "Peace be, to this house", like all prayer, is the use of one's "dominion"! (Genesis 1:28) And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is faithful about fulfilling His children's use of their dominion! But, if others are using their dominion contrary to that of the intercessor, his prayer is canceled! And the benefit of the prayer "shall turn to you again"!

The "Son of Peace" is not found in the house devoted to war! The dominions of the members of such an house are being used to attain the purpose of war, which is to "win" by hurting others! Obviously, that is not an house from which to minister the word of "the Son of Peace", Who taught:

44 Love your enemies; bless them who curse you; do good to them who hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that ye may be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For He maketh His sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust! (Matthew 5:44 and 45)

Even one's "goods" can be "in peace"; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace! 22 But, when a stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted and divideth his spoils! 23 He who is not with Me is against Me: and he who gathereth not, with Me, scattereth! (Luke 11:21 to 23)

With this obvious fact being true, one is well advised to be not only "a strong man armed" but the strongest man; and how does one do that except by having Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the strongest man of all, in his defense? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to Abraham: "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceedingly great reward!" (Genesis 15:1)

How is it that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said that to Abraham? The apostle Peter said: "God is no respecter of persons!" (Acts 10:34) One can know why Yahuah was so good to Abraham, by reading what Yahuah said to Isaac, Abraham's son:

4 In thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law! (Genesis 26:4 and 5)

For those who "shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), He not only will be their "shield and thy exceedingly great reward", He also will cause that blessing to move down, through "all the nations of the Earth"! So what we do in regard to Him has far reaching effects!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, that He is "a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me" (Exodus 20:5), that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Verse 6)

So now we know that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) shows mercy unto "thousands of them who love" Him; but I ask you, Thousands" of what? People? No, thousands of "generations"! We have not seen that many generations in the recorded history of mankind! So never underestimate the importance of what you do; it has everlasting repercussions, which is why Yahuah said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment! (Matthew 12:36)

Why is that? Why does Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) judge a person for every word, let alone whether it be "idle" or not, that he or she speaks?

I submit that the reason for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s judging us for every word is that even when a person shall "speak" to a "mountain ... and 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"! (Mark 11:23) And, if he has spoken the wrong thing to the mountain - that it will never move, that our problems will ever be with us; our problems will stubbornly remain, until we decide that saying such things was not a good idea and that saying better things is the preferred way!

For this reason Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63) So, by the guidance of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 16:13)

37 when He [Yeshua ha Mawshiyach] was come nigh, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, Blessed be the King Who cometh in the name of Yahuah! Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37 and 38)

Please take note that prior to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s coming in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s name, even Heaven was without "peace" and "glory in the Highest"! Indeed, Yahuah's entire creation awaited the fulfillment that Yeshua would bring to Yahuah's plan for the salvation of all His children!

But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knew that some terrible things would have to happen, before that fulfillment could take place! His children were still sinning! So, "41when He was come near, He beheld the city and wept, over it" 42saying: If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this, thy day, the things that belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes!" (Luke 19:41 and 42)

"Peace" is part of what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has had through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)d, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) for His children "from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 13:35), which is why, when He had returned from the dead and appeared to His disciples a gloriously resurrected man, He said, to them: "Peace be unto you." (Luke 24:36; John 20:19, 21 and 26)

But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had spoken of His peace, even before that: Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had said, through Him:

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give, unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!" (John 14:27)

These things I have spoken, unto you, that in Me ye might have peace! In the world ye shall have tribulation! But be of good cheer: I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Merely looking around us, we know, perfectly well, that "the world" has not been overcome, at least insofar as we can see it; but the secret to understanding the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave us, "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Verse 28) is that "when ye pray, believe that ye receive" (Mark 11:24) "what things soever ye desire" (Verse 24) "and ye shall have them". (Verse 24)

All kinds of prophecies exist, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible, telling of the days when the world will have been overcome; Yahuah has used the dominions of His prophets to speak of those days; and, being the Creator of all and the King Who gave us our dominion, He certainly is the first to know how it works!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knew that He had "overcome the world"; because He had spoken to the world and commanded that it be overcome; and, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s mighty Spirit, that overcoming has already taken place! So Yeshua could "believe" He "received" it and could declare, with supreme confidence: It is done now! Indeed, He told the woman in Samaria:

The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth! (John 4:23)

"The hour cometh" as we see its development on Earth! But in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s might Spirit that hour "now is"! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had believed He received and was declaring it, for all to hear: "I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) And, when that hour is being fulfilled on Earth, He will come; and "out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations! And He shall rule them with a rod of iron!" (Revelation 19:15)

That is, certainly, a picture of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s "overcoming"! But He has already done it, by that sharp sword in His mouth, the same one that He has given you and me, to overcome "what things soever ye desire, when ye pray"! (Mark 11:24) Who would not be at peace, knowing he or she had such power and needed only to speak it believing? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet:

Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, saith Yahuah of hosts! (Zechariah 4:6)

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 Your truth by which to enter into Your peace!

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 peace you have given them through the domion by which they can overcome all things they want removed from their path into Your glorious way and kingdom for 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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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