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 Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, Knowing He would soon be arrested, tortured and crucified, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, to His Father in Heaven:
For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth! (John 17:19)
"Sanctify" means "to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate"! (Strong: Greek: 37) I liken sanctification to taking a bath to go to a party! That is not an ordinary bath; it is one taken for a special purpose - to go to the party, where one interacts with friends! And, to do that, one wants to be clean!
"Holy" means "sacred (ceremonially or morally)" (Strong: Hebrew: 6918)
"Sacred" is not in the Bible! So, going to my Merriam/Webster Dictionary on the Internet, I find that "sacred" means "worthy of religious veneration, holy, entitled to reverence and respect"!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is all of that and more; and He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "I am Yahuah, your God! Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy." (Leviticus 11:44) Strong defined "sanctify" as meaning "to make holy" by purifying one's self to consecrate, which is "to devote to a purpose ... with deep solemnity or dedication" (Online Merrieam/Webster)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) referred, through His faithful apostle John, to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world"!
Before He created the world Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had in obedience to His Father in Heaven determined, in His heart, and declared, to His Father, that He would go to Earth and "lay down" His "life" (John 10:17) by allowing His "enemies" (Matthew 5:44), whom He said we are to "love" (Verse 44), to do what they wanted with Him, which was to kill Him.What Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) would soon do He was fully capable of doing; and this was shown by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s record through His faithful apostle:
4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth and said, unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth! Jesus saith, unto them, I AM! ... 6 As soon then as He had said unto them, I AM, they went backward and fell to the ground! (John 18:4 to 6)
Although being confronted with armed men determined to arrest Him, Yeshua ha Mawshiyach was, obviously, as the "the Son of God" (John 3:18), in full command of that situation, which is why He 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!" (John 10:17 and 18)
According to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), in allowing His enemies to torture and kill Him, He voluntarily "sanctified" Himself and thereby made Himself "holy" or "sacred" or "entitled to reverence and respect", as is His Father in Heaven! For in commanding Yeshua to make us, He gave us a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth!" (Genesis 1:28) And that "dominion" gave us, His children, the power to say what shall be, even in defiance of what He wants for us, "for our good always"! (Deuteronomy 6:24)
In other words, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave us, His children, the power to hurt Him; and in that sense He laid down His life before us, His created children! And, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s enemies were in the middle of hurting Him, causing Him to die while hanging on a cross, He prayed: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34)
In that amazing act of mercy, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "sanctified" Himself or made Himself "holy", which is to be like Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who wrote, through His psalmist: "The mercy of Yahuah is from everlasting to everlasting, upon them who fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children!"! (Psalm 103:17)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "mercy" is His forgiveness; and by it He bestows "righteousness" (Matthew 5:20), which allows one to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Verse 20) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ),through Moses, that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed: "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19) The "truth" to which He referred was twofold:
1) Mankind's willingness to sin or hurt others, including Yahuah Hayah, their Creator and King, was sufficient to torture and kill His innocent Son, "Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the Devil!" (Acts 10:38)
2) Yahuah Hayah's willingness to forgive such sin knows no bounds, for those who will pray: "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!" (Matthew 6:12)
Then, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had raised Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) back up from the dead as a gloriously resurrected man, Yeshua appeared, to His disciples, saying: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) He had previously explained, to them: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)
A more complete way of saying that is: "If you are not willing to sanctify yourself by submitting to the will of your enemies, even to laying down your life for them, you cannot be My disciple!" He also said:
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)
"The truth" as we are finding it here is that, to sanctify yourself or make yourself holy as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is holy, you must love your neighbor, even the one who hurts you, by letting him have his way with you and then asking Yahuah to forgive him, if what he has asked of you has been hurtful! So few are those who understand this truth about Yahuah and about those who would be like Him and so participate in all of which He is capable that one is blessed indeed to find such a person.
Still, this is is the truth for which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) sanctified Himself, to make Himself holy as He knew His Father in Heaven is holy; and He expects that same sanctification of us, His children, if we want to be what He wants of His children, which is the only thing that fulfills us as His children!
For His loving act of mercy and kindness toward those who had killed Him, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) raised Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) from the dead as a gloriously resurrected man! And that kind of reward awaits anyone willing to show the same love, mercy and kindness toward his or her enemies!
There is no way around it; that is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s way! He laid down His life, in giving His children the "dominion" by which to do things hurtful to Him, if that is what they want to do! And mankind have wanted to do things hurtful toward each other and toward Yahuah, their Creator and King, that are beyond understanding!
Still, to "resist not evil" (Matthew 5:39) is what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants of each one of us! And that is hard to do, without understanding and trusting that "the judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether"! (Psalm 19:9) He said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach: "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) And, if that is true - and "God is not a man, that He should lie!" (Numbers 23:19) - we do not need to be the ones to return what is due our neighbors!
People argue: "But there is so much evil in the world; and no one listens merely to talk." But they will listen to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s judgments, which they cannot avoid!
I believe, with all my heart, that the reason "there is so much evil in the world" is that there is so much disregard for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His Torah or law in the world; and in His Torah He promised "all these curses" (Deuteronomy 28:15) for those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Verse 15) So He leaves in place, for the time being, those who continue to hurt others, to be the "thorn in the flesh" of those who insist on ignoring Him.
While we are in obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM),
7 a thousand shall fall, at thy side, and ten thousand, at thy right hand! But it shall not come nigh thee! 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked! 9 Because thou hast made the Lord, Who is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, 10 there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling! 11 For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways! (Psalm 91:7 to 11)
But, to fulfill Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s desire that we be "the children of your Father Who is in Heaven" (Matthew 5:45), we must "lay down" (John 10:17) our lives, as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did, setting aside Yahuah's "shield and exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1) for the time being, by submitting to the will of our enemies against us, to receive, ultimately, the far greater reward that awaits those who have thus laid down their lives for that purpose, to save, if possible, the enemies, who also are Yahuah's children, whom He loves as much as He does the obedient among them and for whose salvation He is deeply grateful! Yeshua said:
It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish! (Matthew 18:14)
"Les Miserable" is one of the few movies I can think of where the heart of a wicked person is shown to melt because of the kindness of a person he has mercilessly persecuted! And, even then, the result was sad; because the wicked person destroyed himself, out of the dismay of realizing that he had been wrong! We watch movie after movie where by the use of force and violence the "bad guy" gets what our sense of justice demands; and we enjoy them, because of that balancing of the books of justice!
But most people are oblivious of how far those dramas are from the merciful and loving action that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants from His children; because the destroyed "bad guy" is a destroyed yet beloved son! And, although Yahuah's judgment demands the "balancing of His books of justice", He does not want His children destroyed in the process! He wants them saved! He wrote, through His prophet: "I have no pleasure in the death of him who dieth, saith Yahuah, God: wherefore turn yourselves and live ye." (Ezekiel 18:32)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "I am Yahuah, your God! Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy." (Leviticus 11:44) And we have seen, from Yeshua's sanctifying of Himself of what that sanctification consists! It is all or nothing! He said, of those whom He called "lukewarm" "I will spue thee out of My mouth!" (Revelation 3:16)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave a few practical examples of what loving one's neighbor consists in a lesser degree than laying down one's life for him or her: He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
29 Unto him who smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other! And him who taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also! 30 Give to every man who asketh of thee; and of him who taketh away thy goods, ask them not again! 31 As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise! 32 For, if ye love them who love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those who love them. 33 And, if ye do good to them who do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same! 34 And, if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again! (Luke 6:29 to 34)
So, to whatever degree one is willing to give of himself, he will not only receive the same in return (Luke 6:38), he also will receive the special blessing that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has in store for those who, hearing His voice in their hearts, are sensitive to His concerns for the salvation of the enemies among them and do what He in His amazing wisdom has known to have the power to penetrate even the heart of the son or daughter of His who has become the hardest against Him in their lack of good understanding! Yahuah stated this wisdom, when He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy! 44 But I say, unto you, Love your enemies; bless them who 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)
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 wisdom through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, not to hate their enemies but to save them by loving them!
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 unmatchable power of Your ministry of the cross to bring even your enemies to their knees before You in grateful adoration!
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"