Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 May 10

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 May 10

Yahuah Hayah's Grace

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140510.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, He showed me that a critical difference exists between the grace that He presents through His prophets and the grace that Paul presents; and this sermon is devoted to showing that difference!

I call that difference "critical"; because "grace" relates to the salvation of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children, which relates to "the world to come" (Mark 10:30) and their "eternal life" (Verse 30) in it.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "He who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved!"! (Matthew 24:13) And the word "saved" is the translation of a word meaning "to save ... deliver or protect"! (Strong: Greek: 4982), which gives rise to the question: Saved, delivered or protected from what?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Fear not them who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul! But, rather, fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell!" (Matthew 10:28) I am certain that Yeshua was referring here to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who made us (Genesis 1:27) and Who certainly has the power to destroy us, if the situation warrants it; and His Holy Bible tells us that such situations do exist!

Whatever "Hell" consists of, it is a place of destruction and certainly a place to be avoided! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "the rich man" (Luke 16:22), that "in Hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments"! (Verse 23)

"Grace" as presented by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is found in such statements as "Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahuah!" (Genesis 6:8); and it is the translation of a word used constantly throughout the Old Testament meaning "graciousness ... kindness, favor"! (Strong: Hebrew: 2580)

The idea of "grace" is closely akin to "mercy", as shown by this verse, where Lot is acknowledging an angel's part in saving him from the destruction of Sodom: "Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shown unto me in saving my life!" (Genesis 19:19)

In this verse the word "mercy" is the translation of a word that also means "kindness" (Strong: Hebrew: 2617)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told Moses that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) And this "mercy" again is the translation of the same word meaning "kindness" (Strong: Hebrew: 2617)

The apostle Paul, also, used the word "grace", writing: "By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God!" (Ephesians 2:8)

A friend of mine wrote, to me, recently, concerning his understanding of "grace": and he began by quoting: ""All was done by grace alone!" and claimed that as coming from Zechariah 4:7! Then he said: "Jesus' doing what you could never do for yourself is the finished work of salvation, healing and the supply of all that is needed for life and godliness in you, upon you and through you, by Jesus Christ and Him crucified and raised to new life by the glory of God."

I do not know from what version of the bible my friend quoted Zechariah 4:7; so in my reply to him I quoted it from my King James bible: "Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain! And He shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it."

I wrote back, saying: "A "mountain" (Mark 11:22 to 24) becoming a "plain" is, by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s explanation through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Zerubbabel's use of his "dominion"! (Genesis 1:28)"

When one speaks to his "mountain" and commands it to do something, obviously it is done by hands far greater and more powerful than ours! And whose hands could those be other than Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s through the power of ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit? He wrote, through His prophet, in the verse immediately before speaking of His grace: "Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts!" (Zechariah 4:6)

So I asked my friend: "What could Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s willingness to move a mountain for us be other than His "grace" (Genesis 6:8) or His "graciousness", "kindness" or "favor"? (Strong: Hebrew: 2580)" "Grace" obviously is what an empowered being does for an helpless one. Being "gracious" involves one's being "kind" in a situation where he or she could also be stern or punishing!

The insistence of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children upon sinning or transgressing His Torah (1st John 3:4) creates exactly such situations! For He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, to "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1): "If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee"; and, later, He showed how His "cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19) is equal to His "death"! (Verse 19)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "If thou wilt enter into life, keep ["guard" or put a value on (Strong: Greek: 5083)] the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) And He was talking about "eternal life"! (Verse 16) How more "gracious" can Yahuah be than to bring to Heaven those among His children who merely "guard" or put a value on (Strong: Greek: 5083) the commandments of His Torah?

That is not to say that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) ignores the times when we fail to do those commandments perfectly! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you."

People's rewards and punishments are even included in their experience in Heaven! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever ... shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven! But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:19)

"Great" and "least" imply rewards and punishments! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether!" (Psalm 19:9) "And in keeping of them there is great reward!" (Verse 11)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) requires something from His children, before He will show them His grace; and, if they refuse to do it, He will not show that "grace", which makes, of it, a "judgment" of "reward" in response to their doing what He requires! Paul does not show that requirement, claiming: "By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God!" (Ephesians 2:8)" And, to make sure, he adds, in the next verse: "Not of works, lest any man should boast!" (Verse 9)

As I said, above, this is a "critical difference", since it relates to whether upon dying we find ourselves in Heaven or in Hell! To those who have provided for "the least of these My brethren" (Matthew 25:40) the necessities of life, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) will say, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" (Verse 34) But to those who have failed to provide such things, He will say: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels!" (Verse 41)

So how could Paul rightly claim that salvation is "not of yourselves" (Ephesians 2:8) and "not of works"? (Verse 9) Necessarily, he did so in the service of his "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) in "Arabia"! (Verse 17)

My friend rightly said: "Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s doing what you could never do for yourself is the finished work of salvation, healing and the supply of all that is needed for life and godliness!" And I said, of that statement: "The key word in your explanation is that Yeshua's doing what you could never do for yourself is the "finished" work of salvation; but, interestingly, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has required that we begin it, so that He can "finish" it." And I am saying, to those of you reading or hearing this sermon, that our "beginning" Yahuah's "work of salvation" in our lives comes as we realize that in creating all and ourselves in it He is worthy of our keeping, observing, guarding or putting a value on the commandments of His Torah! For that is His "will" for us.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "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!" (Matthew 7:21) And, to show what He meant, He said: "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 And then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity!" (Verses 22 and 23)

Ministries that boast of miracles, particularly of healing, yet preach Paul's "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21) are in grave danger of that judgment! Because what is "the will of God" other than what He has commanded His children to do or not to do? And where else has He done that other than in His Torah?

That is why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" And to "not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) one must believe Yeshua, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "only begotten Son"! (Verse 16)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "1If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... 2... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee." (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2) Yahuah's "blessings" come as the result of His children's hearkening and observing! And they come for nothing else! That is their beginning of Yahuah's process of salvation!

Later, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "I have set, before you, life and death, blessing and cursing!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) So we can see that Yahuah's "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:1) equal His "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19); and of that "life" (Matthew 19:17) Yahuah said, through Yeshua: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Verse 17)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was talking, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), about "eternal life"! (Matthew 19:16) So His offering of "salvation" began clear back through Moses! And His requirement for it was that one "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1) And that, again, makes, of it, His "judgment" of "reward", of which He wrote in the same passage: "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul!" (Psalm 19:7)

"The finished work of salvation", my friend said, was "by Jesus and Him crucified and raised to new life by the glory of God"! But I must ask, What was "unfinished" about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s salvation through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) At the time of Yeshua's being born among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children, some were "righteous"! They had fulfilled His requirement to receive "our righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), which was that they "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Verse 25)

But some had not observed "to do all these commandments" (Deuteronomy 6:25); in fact, so many had not done what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had asked of them that He sent them no prophet for four hundred years, from Malachi to the coming of John the Baptist!

So those who had refused to listen to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) were therefore "sinners"! (Matthew 9:13) Yahuah wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) So Yahuah sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "to call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) And "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340)

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to call "sinners"! (Matthew 9:13) to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) about their "transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) Yahuah wrote, through His author, about His sacrifices of lambs, that they were intended to "make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9)

Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as His "Lamb of God" (John 1:29) and commanded that He lay down His life (John 10:17 and 18), He wrote again through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

What "works" are "dead" other than those that break the commandments of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law of "life"? (Deuteronomy 32:47)

Our "conscience" (Hebrews 9:9 and 14) is our "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893) or our sense of "right" and "wrong"! It is what we believe is right or wrong; and we believe what we experience or are told! So, if we have been told falsely what is right and wrong, our conscience needs to be purged of that falsehood!

One of the biggest and most devastating falsehoods is that sinning is "alright", that, presumably, no harm comes of it. That is why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was willing to forgive an Israelite who brought a lamb and watched the priest bleed it to death. Sin is not alright; it violates Yahuah and His children, even as the lamb of His "atonement" (Numbers 15:28) was violated! And, being innocent like the lamb, He is not worthy of that violence!

Anyone having watched or heard about the innocent "Lamb of God" (John 1:29) having been bled to death for no reason is, also, impressed by how terrible sin is; mankind will never get over what some of them did to the precious, kind and loving Son of God! It is etched into their racial memory forever!

So, if "sinners" (Matthew 9:13) accept that "truth" (John 8:31 and 32; 17:19; 18:37) as His "call ... to repentance" (Verse 13), "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) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19) He told Pilate:

To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth! Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice! (John 18:37)

So, being cleansed "from all unrighteousness" (1st John 1:9) is the "judgment" of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "grace", "kindness", "favor" being given as His "reward" for His child's doing his or her part to start the process of learning the truth by which He saves anyone! He 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)

So - Yes! - "grace" is "God doing for you in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) what you could never do for yourself"! But He does that only as His "judgment" of "reward" (Psalm 19:9 to 11) for your meeting His requirement for receiving His grace or salvation! And Yeshua's laying down His life was His "call" for sinners to meet that requirement, which is to "keep ["guard" or put a value on (Strong: Greek: 5083)] the commandments"! (Matthew 19:17)

Paul did Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "grace" a terrible injustice by insisting that "by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8) only to separate that "faith" from one's keeping the commandments, saying, "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses!" (Acts 13:39), teaching a "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21), "that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Verse 28) and even comparing "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6) with "dung"! (Verse 8)

Paul grievously taught his followers that "ye are not under the law" (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18), that "ye also are become dead to the law" (Romans 7:4), that "we are delivered from the law" (Verse 6), declaring that "if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing"! (Galatians 5:2)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) listed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "faith" (Matthew 23:23) as one of the "weightier matters of the law" (Verse 23), which one should not "leave ... undone"! (Verse 23) He said, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat" (Verse 2); "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do!"

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "New Covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) is summarized by His words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!" (John 3:16)

To "not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) requires that one believe in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "only begotten Son"! (Verse 16) Peter understood that, when he said, "Thou hast the words of eternal life!" (John 6:68) And Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 6:47)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s words would "magnify the law and make it honorable"! (Isaiah 42:21) Paul's words diminished Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah and made it dishonorable, in refuting Yahuah's offer of "life" and "blessing" (Deuteronomy 30:19), even "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16) by hearkening to His "voice ... to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

Since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16) was based upon His children's keeping "the commandments" (Verse 17), what would Satan, His enemy, do, above all else, other than to teach through a false Christ a gospel denying the relevance of that keeping?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect!" (Matthew 24:24) That is, exactly, what Paul did, by teaching the "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) of his "Jesus Christ" (Verse 12) in "Arabia" (Verse 17), in which he separated Yahuah's "faith" and "grace" from one's keeping the commandments of His Torah!

So millions of "Christians" are going around believing that they are saved by a "grace" taught by Paul that has been separated from and has nothing to do with one's keeping the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "law" and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31) And they cannot understand why His "death" and "cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19) is still upon them and refuses to go away!

People cannot be Israelites in "the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), enjoying His "New Covenant" (Verse 31) with them, unless they "keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways"! (Deuteronomy 28:9) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me! For I am meek and lowly in heart! And ye shall find rest unto your souls! 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light!" (Matthew 11:29 and 30)

So speaking of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "grace" without carefully showing how it must and does follow His children's obedience to His Torah is, simply, leading people right back into what is destroying the Christians - their lack of "the knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6), which is forgetting His "law"! (Hosea 4:6)

I am, even today, witnessing the agonizing death of a Christian congregation led by a pastor who goes around saying, "The law is dead! It was nailed to Jesus' cross!" (Colossians 2:14) We dare not let our people's hearts be corrupted by such terrible lies!

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 know how Your "grace" works together with Your requirement of obedience!

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 salvation, both daily and eternal, that has become theirs by believing and obeying Your words both through Moses and through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach concerning Your requirement for it!

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.

1 - Pastor Floyd talks about the names of God used on this website on His page entitled "The Names" of God"

Amen! Alleluia!

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