Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 January 4
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140104.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, 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, I wrote an ebooklet entitled Judaism - What Is It, with a young lady in our fellowship in mind, who had become interested in a Jew; and in that ebooklet I pictured her and the young man as a "would-be bride" and "would-be bridegroom" and pointed out some of the vital differences I believed they would run into, should they actually become a bride and bridegroom! When she read the ebooklet, she exclaimed, to me: "Whoa, pastor! You have us practically married, when we are barely getting started in a relationship!
I am slow to respond; so I didn't say anything, to the young lady, at that time; but, in time, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives me things I believe I should say to someone; so here is the answer I believe is appropriate for her!
When you put your foot on a road that leads to Chicago, so long as you stay on that road, your destination will be Chicago! So, having put your foot on that road, knowing what Chicago is like is to your advantage!
When you put your foot on the road to Chicago, you don't necessarily have to go to Chicago. If you find out that Chicago is hot in the summer and windy and cold in the winter, you may decide that a road leading to a better climate might be preferable!
But, until you do find out more about a destination, heading for one seems to be as desirable as any other; and we go on our merry way!
Most of us simply wait till we get to our destination and then find out what it is like, which is what I did, which is why I know a little about Chicago! But, in situations that require commitment, such as "If you enter this city, you must live here the rest of your life!", to know what one is committing himself or herself to is important!
When people migrate to a new country, they may have arrived there and are experiencing some of what that country offers people who live in it; but, when they try to do anything significant to benefit themselves, such as get a job, they run into the problem of identifying who they are! And, when they cannot produce documentation showing that they belong in that country, they find that the desired job is not available to them. Jobs can be found under employers who don't care about one's citizenship; but they usually take advantage of that civil disability and pay far less for the same work!
For migrants, the remedy for that difficulty is to apply for citizenship in their new country; and, having done whatever that country requires of new citizens, which usually involves taking an oath of allegiance to the country, the migrant can then get whatever kind of job he or she would like on the scale of pay that any other citizen enjoys!
When people are born into this life, they find that they are under the control of big people who tell them what and what not to do and who reward or punish them according to how they respond to the commands! They did not commit to that arrangement; it is, simply, the way it is!
But as the children get older, one of two things happens, 1) they begin doing what the parents ask of them because they love them and are grateful to them; or 2) they continue doing what the parents ask of them only because the parents still hurt them if they do not do it.
No one is born into this life married! That is a new kind of relationship, in which, necessarily, the first kind of motivation for doing what another wants is the order of the relationship! Without the love and gratitude that prompts partners in marriage to accommodate the other, the relationship known as "marriage" is impossible! The relationship is never finalized; or, entered into foolishly, it simply dissolves!
The difference between a man and a woman and the way in which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has made them to complement one another facilitates such love and gratitude; each is grateful to the other for bringing into his or her life what he or she is not able to bring; and that difference goes a long way toward causing couples to love one another and want to get married!
But, if either would-be partner in marriage has grown up in a family where the second motivation for obeying parents has been their experience, where the only reason one has for complying with another's request is because the other can and will hurt them, that marriage is headed for difficulty, either until the dysfunctional partner learns a better way or until either partner can no longer tolerate the problems that coercion creates between people, whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made to be sovereign and able to make decisions freely or without being forced!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "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)
In the case where an Israelite is considering a Jew as a possible partner in marriage; if the Jew is a sincere or practicing one, the Israelite trying to partner with the Jew is in for heartache! because my understanding of Jews is that they are taught, so long as they are able to understand anything, that marrying a non-Jew is forbidden and subject to one's loss of favor with the Jew's god and with Jews themselves, most particularly with the family of the defecting Jew, who are obliged to cut him off or be subject to the same alienation, both spiritual and domestic!
That is, simply, the nature of Judaism as I understand it. It is a tradition they have built up over the centuries, not based upon what the Israelite's God has said through His prophets but upon what the Jews' god has told them to write down as their rules of conduct! And, sadly, that tradition includes ostracizing anyone who does not believe as they do.
That part of Judaism is in sharp contrast to what the Israelite God has told His children to do, which is to love even their enemies, which certainly includes those who do not believe as they do.
When I had studied Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible and chosen His truth as my way to follow by keeping the commandments of His Torah, law and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), I took His circumcision (Genesis 17:10, 14; Leviticus 12:3) and began attending the Jewish congregation of the urologist who performed the surgery!
At the time I believed myself to be a Christian and wore, around my neck, a gold cross on a gold chain! An usher in the Jewish synagogue soon gave me notice that, either I get rid of the cross or be ushered out of the building!
Similarly, as the relationship between the Israelite woman and the Jew progresses, if he is a practicing Jew, he will necessarily have to put the same requirement on the Israelite! She will have to abandon her Israeli faith or be ushered out of his life!
If the Jew is "nominal" or by name only, simply because he was born into a Jewish family, having himself abandoned the faith of his fathers, then he could conceivably be a partner of the Israelite in marriage; but he would be without the understanding, commitment and blessed life of the Israelite, which means that, as the husband in the marriage, he could not lead the couple spiritually, which is required of any functioning Israelite husband, which means that the Israeli woman would be without the spiritual coverage that normally is her right and joy as an Israeli wife!
That would not be an impossible situation; for, in the absence of active Israelites in their husbands, Israeli women have often had to seek counsel and prayer from spiritual counsellors other than their husbands - from fathers, brothers, pastors, friends or whomever, to discharge her duty both as a wife and an Israelite, which is to "love", "bless", "do good to" and "pray for" her enemy! (Matthew 5:44)
To be married to one's "enemy" is a sad prospect and one that is difficult to recognize! But, although the pretense of spiritually incompatible people can and often is to "love" the partner in as many practical ways as they can think of, the incompatibility itself necessarily makes one have enmity toward the other, however deeply buried, which causes untold stress in the persons involved, which in turn brings disease upon their bodies!
One cannot get around the fact that one's spiritual orientation is critical to all that he or she does! It is what his or her spirit believes! And what one's spirit believes determines all else in his or her life! So anyone considering a relationship with another person for business reasons or particularly for marriage is well advised to look carefully into what the other believes! For that one factor alone is critical to all else that happens in that person's life!
This brings to my mind the practice of many businesses to put on walls posters on which they have printed their policies, goals or whatever, which are expressed in the most favorable way possible from the customer's point of view! And that is, of course, the administrator's way of convincing the customers - getting them to "believe" - the best things possible about that business!
Young couples tell each other what they believe in terms that they believe will most please the other! But their conduct over time confirms or denies what they have said! So, knowing what they probably believe, by the background they probably have experienced helps to know what to expect!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) concerning His Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit "of truth" (John 14:17; 16:13): He will show you things to come! (Verse 13) And He does that in various ways, one of which is to guide a pastor to share his wisdom with the members of his fellowship!
The young Jewish man in the story has already told the father of the young lady that he is Jewish and that Jews do not believe that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is more than a prophet! So, in that one statement, he struck down as lies the many things Yeshua is recorded as saying about Himself to establish that He is "the only begotten Son of God"! (John 3:18)
A person in the world would likely ask: So what? What difference does that make? But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth in His Holy Bible is devoted to showing that He cares and that He judges His children - blesses or curses them - according to whether or not they care about such things; so either one does or does not care; and I am writing this sermon in the hope that those who read it will care and be helped to understand what they need to care about!
The pervasive factor of what one believes in his or her life is what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, law and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) shows! It involves His "life and death, blessing and cursing"! (Deuteronomy 30:19) How more inclusive of what we experience on Earth can anything be?
Although psychologists claim that we are stuck for life with whatever conditioning we are given at ages one through six, people are formative throughout their entire lives! Why would Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) say, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19), if one could not choose alternative ways to go past the age of six?
To put your feet on the road to Chicago will bring whatever life you have spiritually when you arrive there; but putting your feet on the road to marriage will bring not only whatever life you have spiritually when you arrive at that destination but also the spiritual life of the partner! If those lives are mutually comprised of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "life" (Matthew 19:17), their combined effect will be dynamically rewarding! But, if they are comprised of any other presumed "life", they will be dynamically punishing or, at best, if they are of opposing beliefs, cancelling and relatively ineffective!
To come into the Israeli faith after being already married, one has the advantage of the power of that faith to effect for good the conditions of his or her own life apart from the advantages of marriage; and, hopefully, the spiritual condition of the partner believing something else can eventually be changed and the potential for marriage fulfilled!
But to choose that challenge is foolish, at best, when the dynamics of spiritual mutuallity in a marriage are so much more rewarding! It is, indeed, what marriage is about! And anything that does not fulfill that mutuallity is not marriage! It is, simply, two people sharing the same apartment or house, who are going their separate ways!
So for the Israeli woman who is undertaking a "relationship" with a Jew, I would advise that, as the first order of business, the two of them get down to looking well at what they do believe; because what they believe will affect them, fundamentally, in ways that are guaranteed to surprise them, sometimes painfully, if they fail to do what I and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible are recommending!
Since writing this sermon, enough time has lapsed to prove out its contentions; and I am able to say that the Jew of the potential couple moved on to another choice, leaving the young lady to find someone more compatible!
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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