Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 February 15

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 February 15

Yahuah Hayah's Vulnerability

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140215.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 Yehovaw, the Creator and Lord God over all the universe, 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 reminded me that one of the most amazing parts of His truth is His having opened Himself to abuse by His own children, so that by having their own will and dominion they can choose to violate Him if they want! He made that provision so that He could honor and glorify them as "friends" (John 15:15) or co-creators with Him, their affecting by the use of their "dominion ... every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)

The power of the dominion for good or evil that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave to His children is illustrated by the record of their conduct in the wilderness, when, after freeing them from their bondage in Egypt, He commanded them to go in and possess the land that He had given them. It was a "a good land and a large ... a land flowing with milk and honey"! (Exodus 3:8) So Moses said, to them:

Behold, Yahuah, thy God, hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as Yahuah God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged! (Deuteronomy 1:21)

But, since this land was, at that time, "the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites" (Verse 8), it also was, obviously, a place that would have to be won through daring exploits on the battlefield, which the former slaves in Egypt could not comprehend! So, they sent in twelve spies, to look at it; and the spies returned, giving conflicting views of the "good" promised land, according to their accustomed use of the dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had given them.

Ten of the spies said: "27 We came unto the land whither thou sentest us; and, surely, it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 28 Nevertheless, the people be strong who dwell in the land, and the cities are walled and very great! Moreover, we saw the children of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south and the Hittites and the Jebusites! The Amorites, dwell in the mountains! And the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the coast of Jordan!" (Numbers 13:27 to 29)

Sometimes the exceptional person will hear Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice and use his dominion in accord with Yahuah's will; so "Caleb stilled the people, before Moses, and said: Let us go up, at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." (Numbers 13:30)

31 But the men who went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land that they had searched, unto the children of Israel, saying, The land through which we have gone to search is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature! 33 There we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, who come of the giants! And we were, in our own sight, as grasshoppers! And so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:31 to 33)

Notice, please that the report returned by the ten discouraged spies were regarded, by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s recorder as giving an "evil report". "Evil" implies sin! Yahuah had given, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, the children of Israel an invitation requiring them to "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), in which case "all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee". (Verse 2) His most recent commandment to them through Moses had been to "go up and possess" the land He had given them. But the sad report their spies returned to them gave them reason to doubt that they could do that.

The wrong use of one's dominion is, also, infectious! Others pick up on it and magnify it, until the situation goes from bad to worse! So "1 all the congregation lifted up their voice and cried! And the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured, against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said, unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would God we had died in this wilderness! 3 And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Were it not better for us to return into Egypt?" (Numbers 14:1 to 3)

Receiving from the wrong spirit in one's use of his dominion sets up conditions contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s will in the matter; and His child makes foolish decisions, which the children of Israel did in this situation, saying, "4 Let us make a captain! And let us return to Egypt! 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces, before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel"! (Numbers 14:4 and 5)

Those who live by listening to Yehovaw's voice in their hearts, do not make such foolish decisions; So "6 Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, who were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes! 7 And they spake, unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land that we passed through to search it is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us - a land that floweth with milk and honey! 9 Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land! For they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not!" (Numbers 14:6 to 9)

But the children of Israel as an whole had been so long in the bondage of Egypt that they virtually had become Egypt and were much as the world is today! And the world's reward for people who move according to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s will, with courage and determination, is often severe punishment! Or so they would like others to believe! So "all the congregation bade stone them with stones"! (Numbers 14:10)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s recorder tells us that the children of Israel "bade" or threatened to stone Joshua and Caleb with stones; but Yahuah is in charge of such matters; Satan cannot go one inch past what Yahuah has given him permission to do (Job 1:12; 2:6); so that was as far as the mob got, in trying to harm the stalwart servants of Yahuah in that situation!

"The children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) had their dominion, from the time that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) created any one of them; and He held them to it, having taken serious issue with their abusing it, saying:

27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, who murmur against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against Me. 28 Say, unto them, As truly as I live, saith Yahuah, as ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do to you! 29 Your carcases shall fall, in this wilderness; and all who were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me, 30 doubtless, ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, the son of Nun! 31 But your little ones, whom ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in! And they shall know the land that ye have despised! 32 As for you, your carcases shall fall, in this wilderness! 33 And your children shall wander, in the wilderness, forty years and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities - even forty years! And ye shall know My breach of promise! 35 I, Yahuah, have said! And I will surely do it, unto all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die! 36 And the men whom Moses sent to search the land who returned and made all the congregation to murmur against Him by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37 even those men who did bring up the evil report upon the land, died, by the plague, before Yahuah! 38 But Joshua, the son of Nun, and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, who were of the men who went to search the land, lived still! (Numbers 14:27 to 38)

Needless to say, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s will is not that His children rebel agains Him, use their dominions in opposition to Him and speak or "murmer" against Him. But, if they do, His will for those who listen to and serve other voices is not pleasant, to say the least!

The amazing thing is that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) permits that rebellion, to permit His children to do also what the faithful servants of His did in the wilderness, which was to use their dominions to magnify what He had told them, thus setting up the conditions by which He could fulfill His glorious will for them in due time! The children of the children of Israel did go in, eventually, and take the land from all those fearsome giants, occupying it for many centuries, until the indifference and sin of future generations among them made Yahuah's patience with them unsupportable, to where He allowed enemies to come in and take them captive again!

From that time on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children never were without the heel of some oppressor on their necks! And that sad oppression has continued to this day, regardless of the supposed political autonomy of the land of Israel as we know it today. Whatever "autonomy" or self rule Israel may know today is deceptive, indeed, as is the supposed autonomy or self rule of many other nations of the world, who have become prey to the most extensive and highly organized heel that has ever existed, which by Satan's work through wicked wealthy families in the world is firmly planted on the economic necks of all nations of the world, keeping them bled of their resources and suffering all kinds of sorrow!

In sharp contrast to this is the experience of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s servants - they who hearken to His "voice ... to observe to do all His commandments (Deuteronomy 28:1)" - who have a special place in His heart, in whose behalf He has said, "Fear not ... I am thy shield and thy exceedingly great reward!" (Genesis 15:1)

Even when people mistakenly believe that they are hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) but are actually believing and following voices that are tempting them to sin or walk contrary to the commandments of His Torah, they can get themselves into deep trouble by misusing their dominion! Yahuah warned, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven! 22 Many will say, to Me, in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? 23 Then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

Listening to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice, which has to be the "still small voice" (1st Kings 19:12) of ha Kodesh Ruakh, His Holy Spirit, in our hearts or spirits, is an absolute necessity for succeeding in one's relationship to the One Who is giving him the breath of life! And the more he practices it, the better he gets in discerning whose voice is whose!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice is, indeed, that "still small voice"! He never intrudes or demands attention. He simply waits, with infinite patience, until we choose to listen! Then He reveals things that are precious to the child who is listening!

Satan and the clamorous voices of his servants in the spirit realm are exactly the opposite! They come barging in, at the most inopportune moments, bringing with them accusations, resentments, anger, fear and all the rest of his destructive throughts, which quickly ruin one's day, if he is not primed and ready to reply, "It is written!" (Matthew 4:4, 7 and 10), after which one finds that "angels came and ministered unto him." (Verse 11)

Personally, I will not even keep my car radio on or television going in my house, for fear of losing out on something that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants to tell me. In fact I do not even own a television of my own!

My computer, on which I constantly work, is another matter! But it waits on me to write on it what I believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has told me to write; and it is not obtrusive, when I am looking for one thing or another on the Internet, to help me get things done!

That is not to say that I do not enjoy occasional movies with my family or take breaks once in a while with my wife, while she is watching her television; but, for the most part, I keep my inner ears devoted to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and to the rewards I know are mine for putting that value on His voice and the wonderful things He continually shows me, from the smallest to the greatest, for the ordering of new shoe laces to speaking life to a dying mankind! It is the "way to go"! And I love it, for the constant fellowship it engenders between myself and Him Who made me, loves Me and continues to look after me.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) shows His vulnerability in the sacrifices and atonement that He has commanded in His Torah! Each time an animal was sacrificed, an innocent animal suffered, which was a type of the suffering that He endures each time one of His children sins, abusing a victim, in whom is His Spirit, Who communicates to Him the pain of the abuse!

Being "without sin" (Hebrews 4:15), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is not worthy of His children's abuses upon Him, nor was Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), when as His Father's "Express Image" (Hebrews 1:3) He permitted wicked men to torture and kill Him, which showed in a way above and beyond that of any animal sacrifice Yahuah's vulnerability!

Of the animal sacrifices, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author, that they were "a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9) Then, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had laid down His life, Yahuah wrote, through His author, of Yeshua's sacrifice: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Verse 14)

One's "conscience" is his "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893), his sense of right and wrong! To violate a neighbor, in whose spirit is the Spirit of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who keenly feels that violence, is wrong! He does not deserve that violence; and, throughout the centueries, His Torah has helped His children to associate their sin with the innocence of animals and, finally, with the innocence of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the Son of God, Who laid down His life that we might ever be ashamed of what our own kind did to Him in His innocence and consistent lovingkindness toward us, His beloved children!

With our being rightly ashamed, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s mission to us is fulfilled that He "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) And "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) So, from His cross, Yeshua ever calls "sinners" to "think differently" about transgressing the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah!

Failure to repent is to continue violating others and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is not worthy of that violence and Who therefore returns it to the giver of the violence; Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38)

But to give blessings to others, even to one's enemies, enables Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to return greater blessings to the giver of blessings, causing His will for His beloved children to be fulfilled, which is why He wrote His Torah in the first place and, as an "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) obtained, from them, their agreement to keep or put a value on it "for ever"! (Verse 8)

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 through the hearing of Your voice the knowledge and understanding of Your truth by which to use their dominions wisely!

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 Ruakh, 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 privilege You have given them to believe Your words in their hearts and in Your Holy Bible and speak them to Your glory and their ultimate welfare!

I pray that Yehovaw 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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