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, in translating the original languages of the bible, particularly that of the New Testament, which was Greek so far as many scholars are concerned, a difference should have been maintained between references to Yahuah's Torah or law and man's laws. A well taught Jew knew that "the law" always referred to that of Yahuah, while "law" spoken of in general refers only to the laws of men!
Paul was a well taught Jew! He wrote, of himself: "Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews!" (Philippians 3:5) And, knowing the difference between laws, he could be expected, so the argument goes, to carefully include or exclude the article "the", according to whether he meant Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or man's law.
But the King James translaters, whom some believe were partial to Paul's gospel over Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 24:14) as it was taught by Moses and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), found reasons to put the article "the" into their translations of Paul's work where it is not found in the original, making some of Paul's derogatory statements concerning man's law seem as though he was directing them toward Yahuah's Torah or law; or so the argument goes, by some who claim that Paul was unfairly represented in the King James translation of Yahuah's Holy Bible!
To test that claim, I have looked up each time Paul's reference to law has been translated "the law" and gone to the original to see what actually is there! Conclusion: Out of 43 quotations containing 56 of Paul's references to "the law", only one can with any certainty be attributed to some other law: Romans 3:27. Yet of 56 quotations translated "the law" Paul used the Greek "nomos" 30 times without the article, showing that he was not the slightest bit concerned about whether his reference to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah was written with the article ("ho" or "the") or without it!
With 30 of Paul's references relating obviously to the law of Moses without using the article "ho" or "the", the King James translators had the responsibility to show by their scholarship that the article should have been present, their only fault being that they did not show their helpfulness by putting the missing article they provided in italics!
Furthermore, 18 quotations with no article before "nomos" - Romans 2:14, 27; 3:20, 21, 28; 4:14, 15; 5:13, 20; 6:14, 15; Galatians 5:4, 18; 6:13; Philippians 3:6, 9; Colossians 2:13; 1st Timothy 1:9 - show, by their content, an anti-Torah bias on Paul's part, regardless of the articles provided by the translators, not to mention 12 more quotations with that same bias - Acts 13:39; Romans 2:14, 26, 27; 3:19, 21; 7:2, 4, 5, 6; Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 2:13 - where Paul needed no help with the article "ho" or "the", his having furnished it himself!
So the argument that the King James translators had a bias to show Paul's being against Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law when the original did not show that bias, "because it did not have the article with the noun", is not born out by this careful examination, in which the presence or absence of Paul's use of the article "ho" or "the" appears to have had no bearing on his determination to undermine Yahuah's Torah!
So what does all that mean?
Why should we be concerned about what Paul did two thousand years after he did it?
It is an historical fact that Paul's "gospel" misled untold billions of Christians into believing that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law was of no concern to them, that they were "not under the law" (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18), that they could rely on a "righteousness of God without the law". (Romans 3:21) As a result, they have experienced, all these centuries, the curses that Yahuah promised for those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15)
That no one has seen or complained about what Paul really said about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law all these centuries is beyond imagining! Yet, today, the voices I hear showing his blasphemy are few, leaving me feeling like "one crying in the wilderness" (Matthew 3:3) for the deliverance of Yahuah's beloved children from the terrible oppression of their blindness concerning Paul.
What Paul said about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law is critically important; because anyone caught up in his falsehood is guaranteed to experience the cursing that Yahuah promised for those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)
46 Set your hearts, unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life! (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)
Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to teach their children, He said, through Yeshua: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was talking about "eternal life"! (Verse 16) And He said, through Yeshua: "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!"
Then Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) So, "if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" And He said, of His words: "They are spirit and they are life!" (John 6:63)
Surely, the words of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), our Creator of the universe and King over it, are more worthy to be believed than those of an apostle who got his false "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) from a "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) whom he found in "Arabia"! (Verse 17)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Deuteronomy 6:25) And then Paul comes along and says: "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39), "that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Romans 3:28), that "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6) has no more value than "dung"! (Verse 8) So Paul has made our Creator and King seem like a liar!
But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said that Satan or "the Devil ... is a liar and the father of it". (John 8:44) So who do suppose gave Paul his contrary "gospel"? (Galatians 1:11)
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) And then He invited His children to "choose life that both thou and thy seed may live"! (Verse 19)
Knowing these things, what would Satan or the enemy of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His children do other than teach those children, "Ye are not under the law" (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18), causing anyone who believed his servant Paul to receive the cursing and death about which Yahuah warned!
The apostle Peter advised: "Be sober! Be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour!"
I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yehovaw'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 creation by which to appreciate the fact that You are worthy to be believed!
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 truth that You have given them through Moses and Yeshua ha Mawshiyach!
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.
1 - Pastor Floyd talks about the names of God used on this website on His page entitled "The Names" of God"