Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 February 22

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 February 22

Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140222.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 I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, His Holy Bible is, to me and to other discerning people, a strange mixture of history and ideas, both from Yahuah, if one can believe that, and from Satan, who in my view gets the credit for the mischief of his servants, both spiritual and human! And, with my believing that at least part of the bible is comprised of Yahuah's words to His children, He gets my praise, thanksgiving and adulation for His amazing and inestimably helpful part in the book we know as "The Holy Bible"!

Some people choose to "throw the baby out with the bath", as they say, dismissing the whole bible, because parts of it conflict with other parts, if the language we have been given is to be trusted; and, as I will soon show, other parts are, simply, offensive to people with any sensibility and with a thorough knowledge of the bible sufficient to catch parts of it that do not agree with other parts!

So how to make sense of this strange linguistic mixture has been a challenge to me and to many others, who want to be guided by the One Who is giving them the breath of life but are offended by parts of the book that is supposed to be His "instruction manual" for their most effective living!

The greatest help to making sense of the bible that I have found is in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s offer through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses in His Torah that, "if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ..." (Deuteronomy 28:1) "... all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee". (Verse 2)

The commandments themselves give problems, to some discerning people; but the idea of regarding them through the guidance of the One Who gave them to us - from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "still small voice" (1st Kings 19:12) in our hearts - is a comforting and assuring consideration! And, having practiced listening to His voice for many years, I can attest to the care, lovingkindness and power that His bible leads us to expect of Him.

Hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice requires that one understand how He communicates! Some people claim to have heard an actual voice other than their own "in their spirit" or even audibly! And I say more power to them; I have not found it so with my efforts to receive guidance from Yahuah, Who I believe has communicated with me in two ways: 1) using my own inner voice to say what He wants said and 2) giving me instant visionettes or glimpses of a truth, which give me a grasp of an idea all at once or "intuitionally", as women say, who are quite familiar with that way of communicating.

This communication from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is real, to me, and powerful beyond imagining! I continually praise Him, for it; and one of the things that He does through it is to remind me of priceless things He has said in His Holy Bible, which makes that book all the more precious and helpful to me and to anyone with whom I share such things, as I am doing now in writing this sermon!

All to which I have testified thus far today makes perfect sense, to me, in that, since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) created us "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27) and since we love to use the language He has given us to communicate with one another, I believe that our desire to communicate and our pleasure in communicating with others comes from Him and is a part of the "image" in which He indeed has created us; and that makes, of Him, the greatest Communicator of all!

If Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, indeed, not only the Creator of all but "the greatest Communicator of all", what He says to us in our spirit and what He knows about our thoughts is, certainly, a part of that great communication of His; and, by the same token, if we find putting our thoughts in writing to be a great advantage in recording, keeping and sharing the knowledge that we want others to use and enjoy, certainly that skill comes from Yahuah and is, again, part of the "image" of Himself in which He has created us.

That reasoning, which I find to be so useful to me, leads us to the likelihood of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s writing a book of His own, which leads us to His "Holy Bible", which contains language presumably by Him claiming that it is, indeed, His work to communicate with us, His beloved children! But, whether it was or was not His work, the bible is, admittedly, the work of men; and the question arises as to why that is!

We know of only one instance where Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote something Himself that was intended for His children's instruction; and that was "the two tables of the testimony"! (Exodus 32:15) "And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables!" (Verse 16) We know those two tablets as those on which He wrote His Ten Commandments, which He gave to Moses to bring down, from Mount Sinai, to the children of Israel in the wilderness!

But, with Moses' finding his people worshiping a golden calf (Exodus 32:4 and 8), his "anger waxed hot! And he cast the tables, out of his hands, and brake them, beneath the mount"! (Verse 19) So we lost the only things ever written by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), so far as we know!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had Moses make two more tablets (Exodus 34:1); but the record shows that Moses "wrote, upon the tables, the words of the covenant, the ten commandments"! (Exodus 34:28) So we are still perplexed by the question of why Yahuah relied so heavily on His children to do His writing, when, obviously, He could have written anything He wanted to; or, at least, I was perplexed by that question, until He showed me that, when He gave Adam and Eve "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28), He gave them a jurisdiction over the affairs of Earth upon which He would never intrude!

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Earth to teach their children personally, He taught His disciples how the dominion that Yahuah had given them works, telling them that, if one of them even spoke to a mountain, that it be "removed and be ... cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith"! (Mark 11:23)

That was having "faith in God" (Mark 11:22), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said; and it was to be followed by believing "ye receive" (Verse 24), which cannot be done without realizing that, "when ye pray" (Verse 24), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) immediately puts the answer to your prayer into His Spirit, to be shown you as soon as all things involved with that answer have been satisfied!

So the dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given His children is a tremendous and awesome privilege and responsibility! For "dominion" is the authority of a king over his land! What he says is the law of that land; and anyone ignores it to his peril!

So, having given His children that dominion over all their affairs, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knows that He can only respectfully request their doing His will; He cannot and will not force it, by writing His law among them, thus overriding theirs! And, when one looks carefully at the wording of the commandments that Yahuah had Moses write, the investigator must realize that Moses continually says, "which I command thee this day"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

Yes, Moses had received Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah and its commandments from Yahuah, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! But then "Moses wrote this law"! (Deuteronomy 31:9) And his dominion was the one being exercised, in that writing! A man was commanding other men and women to do what he understood Yahuah wanted them to do or not to do; and anyone who has kept that law for very long knows that Yahuah meant what He said, when He was telling Moses through Yeshua what to write! He wrote, through His psalmist: "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous, altogether!" (Psalm 19:9)

Going to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible, we find it full not only with inspiring and highly instructive words but also words describing awful things that have been done, supposedly at Yahuah's command - such as wars, bloody massechres and various executions of people for reasons difficult to understand! Then, on top of that, we have parts of the bible that refute other parts, particularly the writings of the apostle Paul!

So we are thrown back, all the more desperately, to relying on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice in our hearts, to help us deal with these parts of His Holy Bible that are so difficult to understand! And my effort in this sermon to acquaint you with these things, if you are not already aware of them, will amount to little more than sticking one's toe in the ocean, so great is the challenge that believers of the bible face, if they are not the unbelievably credulous people I deal with every day, who try to wrap their heads around the whole bible, accepting every word in it as "the inspired word of God", which effort is, in my view, vain, maddening and beyond my comprehension!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the way, the truth and the life! No man cometh, unto the Father, but by Me!" (John 14:6) That tells me that I cannot come to "the Father" except by Him Who is the embodiment of truth! So establishing what is true or are the words of Him Who is "truth" from all the offensiveness and contradiction that one finds in His Holy Bible is the challenge of all who come to it hoping to learn the truth by which to be "blessed", "saved", "delivered" or whatever other thing one may be seeking by which to fulfill himself; and - I kid you not! - that can be and is a lifelong process!

An appropriate question comes to me, at this point, which is: Why has Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) permitted His "Holy Bible" to contain such offensiveness and contradiction? Why could He not keep His book simple, honest and straightforward or exactly what His children need to be most effective in their effort to please Him and receive the blessings and life of His kingdom?

I believe the answer to that question lies in two considerations: 1) the world in which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has put us contains offensiveness, contradiction and outright falsehood and 2) that He had to use His children to write His book for Him; and, with their being fallible, so also were their efforts to write what He wanted written!

I believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible mirrors the offensiveness, contradiction and falsehood of the world along with the inspiration, consistency and truth that it also contains for the same reason that He allowed our lives to be what they are; He said, through Moses:

Thou shalt remember all the way through which Yahuah, thy God, led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments or not! (Deuteronomy 8:2)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did not make the children of Israel's way in the wilderness easy for them. One of His commandments is to love Him (Deuteronomy 6:5); and one cannot love a person whom he or she does not trust!

The children of Israel had seen themselves freed under Moses in the name of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) by an amazing series of miracles! Yet the older generation among them, who had experienced great hardship as slaves in Egypt, with the exception of two stalwart servants of His, Joshua and Caleb, simply could not grasp the trustworthiness that Yahuah's miracles in their behalf had invited them to rely upon; so He finally had to let them drop in the wilderness, before their children, who had seen nothing other than His miracles in their behalf, could go on in, to the land He had promised them, by the faith in Him that their special experience with Him had provided!

So one's background or experience in life has a lot to do with how he or she views Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words in His Holy Bible, if indeed His words are there to believe! And that explains why Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6): "Whoso shall offend one of these ... it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!" (Verse 6)

In places too numerous to count, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Moses write, "I am the Lord!" (Genesis 15:7; 28:13; Exodus 6:2 and 6) But, when I brought that interesting recommendation to the attention of one bright young thinker, his immediate reply was: "Anyone could have written that." So my effort to build his faith in Yahuah's Holy Bible was foiled one more time!

Interestingly, the questioning young man was right! Anyone could have written that claim; and the number of times is legion that I have heard people say, "The bible was written by men wanting to control others beneath them." And, with that argument being considered, of course such men would declare themselves to be "the Lord"; and, interestingly, they did, which gave rise to the myths about "gods" here and there that all cultures contain, those of Egypt and Greece being perhaps the most well known.

In fact, the writers of the bible were infected by such myths (or true records, if you wish); and they freely used the word "gods", which the King James translaters translated as "God", ostensibly to keep its integrity as being the work only of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! And, where the expression "Lord God" was used by the translaters, the word "God" actually meaning "gods", in the Hebrew plural, we have, in reality, an expression meaning "Lord of the gods", the word translated "Lord" being "Yahuah", the name He gave Moses (Exodus 6:3), which means "self-existing or eternal"! (Strong: Hebrew: 3068) And that of course sounds more like the God we would like to love, worship and serve!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, indeed, "Lord"; and He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I AM!" (John 13:13) "Before Abraham was, I AM!" (John 8:58)

Again, this could simply be the works of writers wanting to attribute to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) the status He claimed for Himself, which was "the Son of God"! (John 3:18) Then they could and do teach what He said, interpreting it to mean whatever they want it to mean so far as things they want people to do, and then charge them with defying "the Son of God" for not doing what they, these religious leaders, want them, the people under them, to be doing!

So "religion" truly is a "jungle" of bewidlering considerations; and the only thing that has given me peace in the midst of all the clamor and noise has been Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice in my heart, gently and lovingly guiding me "into all truth" (John 16:13) concerning His words of "spirit" and "life" (John 6:63), which also are there, in His Holy Bible, for those who loving Him and being eternally grateful to Him for the life He has given them hear His voice! He said, to Pilate:

Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice! (John 18:37)

So how does one become "of the truth"? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled!" (Matthew 5:6)

That logical truth is what gives me great hope for our ministry in India! Because their fathers got so far from knowing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in their religious activity, the people of India are the poorest of the poor! And, since Yahuah made clear through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24), the other side of that coin is that a poor man does not rely on the riches that he does not have and thus is one of those who "hunger and thirst after righteousness"! (Matthew 5:6)

That hunger being the condition of our poor friends in India, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s promise is that they "shall be filled"! (Matthew 5:6) And, being filled with the "righteousness" after which they have hungered, they can be fully expected, for their great joy in having the blessings of the righteous, to preach "this gospel of the kingdom ... in all the world for a witness to all nations" (Matthew 24:14), so that "the end" (Verse 14) can come of our destructive self rule along with the beginning of Yahuah's glorious rule through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), when our prayer has been answered: "Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven"! (Matthew 6:10)

You may have noticed that many wonderful scriptures have flowed through this sermon, which is one's reward for basing his or her regard for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible on what He tells us in our hearts! For His "word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it"! (Deuteronomy 30:14)

So the confusion that confronts people in the bible who do not know its author simply does not exist for those who do know Him - those who are "of the truth" (John 18:37) and who therefore "hear My voice"! (Verse 37) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Other sheep I have, who are not of this fold! Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice!" (John 10:16)

If you are tired of your depravation, suffering and sorrow and are ready to pray: "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil" (Matthew 6:13), you will "be of" the most important truth you will ever know, which is that your way has not worked well and that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "way ... truth and ... life" (John 14:6) have got to become yours for ever more!

With that truth having become yours, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s wonderful "Spirit of truth" (John 16:13) will indeed guide you through the maze of bewildering considerations that do indeed fill His Holy Bible and life itself, for that matter; "and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:32)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has proved that before your eyes! For, honestly, with the problems I was going to have to admit that Yahuah's Holy Bible contains, I honestly did not know how I was going to get through this sermon; but here we are! I am done! And He is filling my heart with great hope for you, in your effort to find for yourself the key to unveil "the mystery of the kingdom of God"! (Mark 4:11)

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 find Your way to everlasting life in all the confusion that His Holy Bible and life itself contain!

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 everlasting life that has become theirs by having recognized and known Your words from the many other words that have found their way into Your Holy Bible!

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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