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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 December 21
Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's Birth
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20131221.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 Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, in a few days the part of the entire world that believes in Yeshua ha Mawshiyach will celebrate His birth, with the exception of one church of which I know, who criticize that part of the world for participating in that celebration because "it is not one of Yahuah Hayah's feast days, as He has commanded them in His law"!
Pray tell, what does His commandment that we love Him (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37) cover? Is not loving His Son loving Him? And what is more loving than to remember the day on which He was born into our world by the virgin Mary, His blessed (Luke 1:28 and 42) mother, by the hand of Yahuah Hayah?
Taking careful note of Yahuah Hayah's scripture is instructive! And this passage is no exception!
Gabriel was sent to "a virgin" yet told her, "Thou shalt conceive, in thy womb, and bring forth a Son", that "the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore ... that holy thing who shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God!" By the authority of Yahuah Hayah's words through the apostle Luke, that narrative establishes 1) that Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's mother Mary was a virgin, 2) that He was conceived in her womb by the power of Yahuah Hayah's Spirit, and 3) that qualified Him to "be called the Son of God"!
For that reason, by Yahuah Hayah's word through Gabriel, Mary was "highly favored"! More specifically, she had "found favor with God", so that she was "blessed ... among women"! And for that reason she is worthy of honorable mention, particularly for the humble, faithful response she gave to Gabriel's announcement: "Be it unto me, according to thy word!"
Without Mary's marvelous faith and submission to Yahuah Hayah's will, He would have had to find another virgin through whom to fulfill His plan for the "redemption" (Hebrews 9:12) and "salvation" (Luke 1:77) of His children by sending Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, "the Word" (John 1:1), Who was "in the beginning" (Verse 1), Who "was with God and ... was God" and "before Abraham" (John 8:48), to be a redeeming "brother" (Leviticus 25:48) to Yahuah Hayah's children, to walk among them, teach them an higher understanding of His Torah, "law" and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) and, ultimately, to lay down His "life" (John 10:17 and 18), that by the traumatic impact of His blood's being "shed" (Matthew 26:28) that He "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13), their "conscience", both of the living and of the dead - even "the spirits in prison" (1st Peter 3:19), being purged (Hebrews 9:14) of "dead works to serve the living God"! (Verse 14)
How more amazing could any single event ever have been?
Of course Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s birth was only the beginning of all that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had planned to come of it; but in their sensitivity to the spiritual wonders of their "Yahuah God" (Luke 1:32) the enormity of His move to give Yeshua into the world of mankind through blessed Mary was not lost on "the angel of Yahuah" (Luke 2:9) and "a multitude of the heavenly host"! (Verse 13) Appearing to "shepherds abiding in the field" (Verse 8),
The angels knew that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s birth brought, with it, "good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people"! And, although far from "all people" celebrate that birth today, they knew that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s intent for it was to bring that "great joy ... to all people"!
For those who have refused to believe the "good tidings" or to receive that "great joy", nothing is theirs but terrible news and great sorrow! But that is their problem! They did not "choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19) - the one that would be taught by that humble child (Matthew 19:16 and 17), Who would say, of Moses: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) and "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (Verse 47), when believing Him was the only basis on which one "should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16)
Nothing would change! "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and for ever!" (Hebrews 13:8)
As Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "the Word" (John 1:1), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had asked, through Moses, that Yahuah's children "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) for which "all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee" (Verse 2), which amounted to His "life"! (Deuteronomy 30:19; 32:47) He then asked that they "choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19); because, when the child Yeshua grew up, He would call that life "eternal" (Matthew 19:16), again the blessing of him who would "keep the commandments"! (Verse 16)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had written, through His prophet: "Yahuah is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable!" (Isaiah 42:21) And that is exactly what the child Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) would do when He came of age and began His amazing ministry to Yahuah's children!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "law" is exactly what He would magnify when He allowed wicked men to torture and crucify Him; for the "blood of the New Testament" (Matthew 26:28) that men would see or hear about being "shed" (Verse 28) as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) hung on His cross would "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14) So it would "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13)
Since "sin is the transgression of the law" and since to "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s call through His shed blood would be to "think differently" about keeping the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, "law" and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31)
So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through "the angel of Yahuah" (Matthew 1:20) that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "shall save His people from their sins" (Verse 21) are not surprising! But terrible confusion has persisted in people's hearts about exactly what about Yeshua's ministry would save them; and we do well to understand that what would save them would be their responding appropriately to seeing or hearing about His shed blood, their repenting of their "sins", so that Yahuah could "forgive" (Matthew 6:12) them for the asking of it.
For "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"! (1st John 1:9) And all that amazing provision by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would come of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s being born "in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn"! (Luke 2:7)
Gabriel told Mary that her divinely conceived baby boy would "be great"! And I am sure she wondered how "great" anyone would become who was born in a "manger because there was no room for them in the inn"! But he had also told her that "Yahuah God shall give, unto Him, the throne of His father David", that "He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever" and that "of His kingdom there shall be no end"! So, manger or not, Mary's baby boy would do amazing things! But Mary nor we would see a good part of that prophecy fulfilled; for they still have not happened, even after two thousand years have passed since then. Are you willing to wait with Mary for those amazing fulfillments of that prophecy? A number of them came true; so why not the rest of them?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s choice of making a human Person of Himself, to save them from themselves and their mistrust of Him is an awesome thing for us to behold! And our celebration of its humble beginning is about the most appropriate response of which I can imagine! It is an expression of "good faith" on our part, in having received, indeed, the certainty of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s coming greatness as "the King of kings and Lord of lords"! (Revelation 19:16)
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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