Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 August 16

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 August 16

Everlasting Righteousness

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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 wrote, through His prophet: "The Lord is well pleased, for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable!" (Isaiah 42:21)

The reason Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s thought through His prophet went immediately from His righteousness to His Torah or law is that in His Torah He offers to make His righteousness "our righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), if we "observe" (Verse 25) or put a value on doing "all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Verse 25)

Furthermore, once obtained, "our righteousness" is an eternal righteousness; because righteousness is an attribute of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is eternal; and that is the reason why His Torah or law is eternal; He wrote, of it, through His psalmist:

8He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word that He commanded to a thousand generations, 9which covenant He made with Abraham and His oath unto Isaac 10and confirmed the same, unto Jacob, for a law, and to Israel, for an everlasting covenant! (Psalm 105:8 to 10)

One needs to know that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or "law" is what He wants or does not want in the behavior of His children, while His "covenant" is the agreement He seeks from them to value it; He said, through Moses:

1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

"Observe" means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on something; and putting a value on what another person wants is, essentially, what a covenant or contract expresses! People's signing it shows that they are valuing what the other party wants, so that an arrangement between them can be workable!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s righteousness is a part of His Torah's blessings! And it is eternal, exactly as He is eternal and as His covenant is "everlasting"! He wrote, through His author: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and for ever! (Hebrews 13:8) And, since Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is "the Word" (John 1:1), Who was "in the beginning ... with God and ... was God", He assuredly partakes of the eternity that is Yahuah's! In fact, the name "Yahuah" (Exodus 6:3) means "Self-Existent or Eternal"! (Strong: Hebrew: 3068)

Anything that has a beginning must have an end! So those who are caught up in the teachings of the false apostle Paul believe in a righteousness that is only temporary, if it is righteous at all! His notion of righteousness is that the faith of his followers in the blood that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) shed while permitting wicked men to crucify Him makes His righteousness available to the believer! Paul wrote:

24 Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past! (Romans 3:24 and 25)

"Redemption" means "ransom" (Strong: Greek: 629); "propitiation" means "atoning victim"! (Strong: Greek: 2435); and "justified" (Romans 3:24) means "made righteous"! (Strong: Greek: 1344) And, according to Paul, that righteousness was not available to anyone, until Yeshua ha Mawshiyach allowed wicked men to crucify Him as the "atoning victim", shedding the blood that presumably paid the "ransom", thus justifying anyone who would believe that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s blood paid that ransom "for the remission of sins", which of course makes a liar of Yahuah Hayah, Who said, through Moses, that His righteousness was availalbe to anyone who observed or put a value on doing His commandments! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

If Paul were right or the "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) in "Arabia" (Verse 17) who gave Paul his "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) were right, "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6) has no more value than "dung"! (Verse 8) And that is, exactly, what Paul taught, which makes of the righteousness that he offered a condition having a beginning, like any created thing, which means that, necessarily, it will have an end - specifically, the end of Paul's teaching as any source of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth, which truth is the only thing in His creation that has the power to save anyone!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "Thy law is the truth" (Psalm 119:142) and "all Thy commandments are truth". (Verse 151)

Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach:

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

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)

On the authority of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s words, we believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s giving of His Son was His commanding Him to lay down His life - to permit wicked men to torture and kill Him; Yeshua said:

17 Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again! 18 No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself! I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again! This commandment have I received of My Father! (John 10:17 and 18)

But the critical question that comes to mind is: What has that horrible death of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), in which His blood was shed, got to do with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children believing Him, so that they "should not perish but have everlasting life"? (John 3:16)

The night Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knew He would be arrested, He gave His disciples a cup of wine, saying: "This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins!" And, when He had been arrested, tried and crucified, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, 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)

"The blood of Christ" was "much more" than the blood of the thousands of innocent lambs that had been shed in the atonement of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law to "make him who did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9)

One's "conscience" (Hebrews 9:9 and 14) is one's "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893) - his sense of right and wrong! And that sense becomes corrupted by the world and the world's faulty standards of what is right and wrong.

The corruption of our conscience needs to be purged! And the shock of seeing an innocent animal or man be violated without cause is the reflection of how Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is violated, when His children sin! His Spirit is in the victim of another's sinning against the victim; so He feels the violence that was committed! And, being innocent like the lamb and like His Son, Who was His "Lamb" (John 1:29), He has never been worthy of being sinned against!

That is one truth that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) showed in the shedding of His blood; but Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is showing me that His truth involves more - much more. Yeshua told Pilate, the Roman governor who would order His crucifixion: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth!" (John 18:37) The night of His arrest, He prayed: "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19)

When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had risen from the dead a gloriously resurrected man; He appeared, to His disciples! "But they were terrified and affrighted and supposed that they had seen a spirit!" (Luke 24:39)

37 And He said, unto them, 38 Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Handle Me and see! For a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. (Luke 24:37 to 39)

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve ... was not with them, when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said, unto him, We have seen Yeshua! But he said, unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe!

26 After eight days His disciples were again within and Thomas with them. Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands! Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into My side! And be not faithless but believing! 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God! 29 Jesus saith, unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed! Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.(John 20:24 to 29)

His children's believing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as His "express image" (Hebrews 1:3) is what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wanted accomplished by commanding Yeshua's death and resurrection! Remember how He had said through Yeshua that "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)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who said, "Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58) and before Whom His arresting officers "went backward and fell to the ground" (John 18:6) when He said, I AM, was "the Word" (John 1:1) Who said to Moses, "I AM!" (Exodus 3:14)

So it was Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) Who said through Moses: "1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord 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)

But most of the children of Israel would not hearken to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s voice, which is the voice of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit in their hearts! So He said, through His prophet:

31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah! 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, which covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord! 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts! And I will be their God, and they shall be My people! (Jeremiah 31:31 to 33)

How could Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) write His Torah or law in the hearts of people who were not listening to Him? He had to do something drastic to get their attention! And Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s death and resurrection was that drastic thing, after He "went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil"! (Acts 10:38) The human race would never be the same, knowing what members of their race had done to the innocent "Son of God"! (John 3:18)

But the fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) raised Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)h back up again after the terrible thing that had been done to him really got His disciples' attention! And the foundation was laid for their believing Yeshua, that they "should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had laid, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, the foundation for His children's having His life! After giving the blessings and cursings associated with hearkening or not to His voice, He said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing! Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Earth, to teach their children and die for them, Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) But Yahuah said through His prophet of that covenant: "... which covenant they brake"! (Jeremiah 31:32) So He had to make another covenant with them, one where Yeshua's shed blood would be used to solemnize it and "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13)

The amazing thing is that letting one's enemy do what he will against one works well in calling that enemy to repentance! That is why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy! 44 But I say, unto you, Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them who hate you; and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that ye may be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For He maketh His sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust! (Matthew 5:43 to 45)

So, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had risen from the dead and appeared to His disciples, the first thing He said to them was: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) And that hearkened directly back to when He had told His disciples: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s apostle Peter wrote: "Christ ... suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow His steps!" (1st Peter 2:21) His steps were to suffer all that His enemies chose to thrust upon Him; but Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then turns that suffering around! And we can say, with His psalmist: "Thou preparest a table, before me, in the presence of mine enemies!" (Psalm 23:5)

The way of the cross is an hard way and the least understood of any way in the world! But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s reward for those who follow it is glorious! For sinners' being called to repentance brings them His "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), so that they can "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)

We enter into Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s kingdom, the minute we "observe" or put a value on the commandments of His Torah or law! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has guaranteed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) And giving another eternal life through one's conduct toward him is the surest way to bring that amazing life back to oneself!

That work of salvation is what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth is about! And the greatest joy of the members of Faith Harvest Israel is to share His truth with you!

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 righteousness and the amazing things You have done to make it theirs!

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 kingdom that Your righteousness brings them!

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"

Amen! Alleluia!

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