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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, there is among the psalms of His Holy Bible this curious piece of advice, on which I want to base my sermon this Sabbath:
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little! Blessed are all they who put their trust in Him! (Psalm 2:12)
From time to time I have addressed, in one of my Sabbath sermons, my problem with a young Jewish man's courting of a young woman in our fellowship; and I have referred the young woman to those sermons, with little or no effect, up to this time! So I again find the matter rolling around in my Spirit; and I believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would have me address this matter one more time, this time with stronger language, lest these young people miss the blessing of trusting "the Son" only to "perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little"!
The psalm from which I quoted was attributed, by the "company" (Acts 4:23) of "Peter and John" (Verse 19) to "David"! (Verse 25) And David is believed, by scholars, to have lived "1040-970 BC"! (Online Wikipedia)
So this reference to kissing "the Son" is a prophetic word, its having been written approximately a thousand years before anyone knew that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was comprised of "the Father ... the Son and ... the Holy Ghost"! (Matthew 28:19)
The idea of "kissing the Son" suggests doing what the Son wants! And this psalm indicates both blessing for doing that as well as dire consequences for one's failing in this regard!
When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to Earth as "the Son of God" (John 3:18), He made clear that "before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58) and that He spoke only what He heard the Father speak; He said:
I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak! (John 12:49)
This confirms, perfectly, what John wrote about Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), saying: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
The function of "the Word" is made clear, by the Genesis story of creation, in which "God said, Let there be light; and there was light!" (Genesis 1:3) For John went on to write, of "the Word": "All things were made by Him!"! (John 1:3)
John also wrote the Book of Revelation, in which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, to him: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith Yahuah, Who is, Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty!" (Revelation 1:8)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) Himself helped us to understand His part in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s creation, by saying, of ha Kodesh Ruach, His "Spirit of truth" (John 16:13):
14 He shall glorify Me! For He shall receive, of Mine, and shall show it unto you! 15 All things that the Father hath are Mine! Therefore said I that He [Yahuah Hayah's Spirit] shall take of Mine and shall show it unto you! (John 16:14 and 15)
So the process of creation seems to be that the Father has an image, which He gives to the Son, Who as "the Word" speaks "the word" of that image, giving Yahuah Hayah's Spirit the authority He needs to show it to whomever is alive and interested!
But the purpose of this sermon is not to dwell on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s creativity! Rather, it is to show Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s position and authority in the Godhead, so as to understand why, according to David, the Son's blessing is upon those who "trust" (Psalm 2:12) His Son and why failure to do that "but a little" (Verse 12), can cause someone to "perish from the way"! (Verse 12)
My concern about this relates to the young couple I have been observing, who are trying to enter into a relationship that promises marriage without "kissing the Son", if you will; because the sermons I have written about them, I have emailed to the young woman in the endeavor; and she has not passed them on, to the young Jewish man, whom she says "does not want to be converted"!
The young Jewish man has a right, along with all of us, to want anything he chooses to want; but, according to the psalm Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me concerning this situation, not wanting to "kiss the Son" could well destroy both him and the young woman who trusts him for her welfare for the rest of her life!
It is possible that my prayers in behalf of this couple may save them, ultimately; but the best prayer of faith in the world cannot save anyone determined to resist the salvation being prayed for!
In the meanwhile, as I explained to the young woman only this morning, I am doing my best to provide, for the two of them, the "knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) that helps us to make good choices, as we make our way through the life that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has provided for us.
But thus far, like the water that runs off a duck's back, that knowledge appears not to be impressing the young woman, who foolishly is sitting on the sermons I wrote in her behalf and in behalf of her present admirer, reluctant to make any kind of "wave" in the relationship, which appears to be developing smoothly!
But I know, personally, of what "the Son's" anger consists! For I thumbed my nose at Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for thirty years of my adult life, before the thirty years of prayers in my behalf of a loving and faithful elderly man and his wife along with the prayers of other faithful members of my family were finally answered; and I was brought home to rest in Yahuah's wonderful, caring, protecting and rewarding arms!
I cannot guarantee it; but I would like to see what I believe to be this young couple's problem resolved a little sooner than my many years of resistance to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth, which was a long, painful slog through many a trial before I finally got the message! And their receiving for themselves "the knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) that I am trying to give them is the key to avoiding that personal anguish!
This morning the young woman argued, concerning her Jewish suitor: "He believes in God!" And I replied, "Many people believe in God whose understanding concerning Him is so faulty that they still are in trouble trying to relate with Him favorably! And the Jews are noted for being particularly misinformed concerning Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)." Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) warned them: "Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect, by your tradition!" (Matthew 15:6)
The young woman then argued: "Many people believe in God; and some who confess to do so conduct themselves offensively!" And I answered: "I am one more person who believes Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); and I pray that I am not offending you in loving you enough to share with you of what that belief consists!
The young woman then went to another tactic, arguing: "We respect each other's belief." And I replied: "I thank Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that you have the wisdom to know that lovingly respecting one another is a good way to build a relationship! But what I am concerned about is what each of you presently believes, which each of you is commendably respecting!"
You are respecting your suitor's refusal to accept Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for what He declared Himself to be and what He amazingly demonstrated Himself to be; and the only way you can do that is to believe that what your suitor believes does not matter in your happiness with him, as the two of you make your way together!
But I have news for you; I have "been there; done that"; and it does not work! Your believing that what the two of you believe is irrelevant to your happiness together is, simply, demonstrating your own lack of understanding about what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) the Father, His Son and His Spirit are about!
If you knew Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as I do, you would know that you cannot live without an attitude of obedience to His voice in your heart together with His words and truth in His Holy Bible any more than you can live without the air you are breathing!
At this point the woman replied, with exasperation: "Terrible things have been done in the name of religion! And I don't want religion to destroy our plans to marry!" And I answered: You are simply showing your misunderstanding of the critical value of good religion. People have polluted the air we breath, with the fumes of cars and factories using the wrong kind of energy! But we still have to breath! The sensible thing to do is to clean up our environment, not try to live without breathing!
Please understand! I would rather die than be caught trying to force you or your Jewish suitor to believe anything you do not want to believe; but I am in good company while pleading with you to consider Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "life" and "blessing"! He said: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)
That is about as far as I could get with my conversation this morning; but I have some observations to make concerning these people, which I would like to share with you; because I believe they are helpful for any of us.
The Jewish point of view is only different from other harmful opinions by the form it has taken over the centuries! They have for their set of reasons failed to "kiss the Son"! (Psalm 2:12) And they are, by anyone's standards, the most plagued people ever to be seen! And I have not thus far been able to get the spiritual significance of that fact over to the young woman I am trying to save from the agony of depending upon a spiritually dysfunctional husband!
The Jews have been joined by many other persons in snubbing rather than kissing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ); and the same plagues have followed them, as well! And how to "connect the dots" appears to be the knowledge missing in the couple I am lovingly trying to save from such plagues and ultimately from the death to which they lead!
Only Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) can "connect the dots" for His children; and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is His "Word" (John 1:1) or Spokeman, Who "was made flesh and dwelt among us". (Verse 14) "Kissing" Him then is to hear His "call ... to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) And, "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)
But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, to His disciples: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) So hearing His call through His disciples is the way to "kiss" Him; and I am now one of those disciples!
Of course Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s voice has always been in our hearts to listen to; but we become convinced that it is only our voice and fail to realize its value to us in guiding us "into all truth"! (John 16:13) He said, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world!" (Matthew 28:20)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Whosoever ... shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels!" (Mark 8:38) Most people fail to realize the awesome weight that Yeshua's regard for us has with Yahuah Hayah the Father, which is, I am sure, the truth behind His writing through His psalmist the admonition to kiss Him.
Another way of expressing this idea was when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) advised: "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison!" (Matthew 5:25)
The Son's becoming angry with those who fail to kiss Him is, certainly, an adversarial role! And, when that anger is shown to be capable of causing one to "perish in the way" (Psalm 2:12), He is an "adversary" to reckon with.
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s faithful apostle wrote that "God is love!" (1st John 4:8 and 16) And that is the motivation behind all His "anger" or corrective behavior! He wants the best for His children, as I want the best for the young couple whom I have discussed in this sermon! Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
24 The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field! 25 But, while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares, among the wheat, and went his way! 26 But, when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also! 27 So the servants of the householder came and said, unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence, then, hath it tares? 28 He said, unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said, unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together, until the harvest! And in the time of harvest I will say, to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn! (Matthew 13:24 to 30)
37 He who soweth the good seed is the Son of man! 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom! But the tares are the children of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the Devil! The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels! 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world! 41 The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather, out of His kingdom, all things that offend and them who do iniquity 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire! There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth! 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth, as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father! Who hath ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 13:37 to 43)
That parable of course relates to a planned culmination of the life of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children on Earth! But you and I must make our way, day by day, while waiting for the "grand finale", of whatever that may consist! So I direct you to the second half of my opening quotation: Blessed are all they who put their trust in Him! (Psalm 2:12)
This takes us to what I call Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "fundamental offering" to His children in His Torah or law, where He gives the way to obtain either His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) or His "curses"! (Verse 15) And that is based upon your hearkening "diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments!" (Verse 1)
The list Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives of His "blessings" and "curses" is impressive! And it relates to the practical things with which you and I must deal each day of our lives, while we wait for His fulfillment of His plans for all His children; and this relates, too, to that with which married couples must deal each day of their lives; and to enter into a marriage relationship without putting "their trust in Him" (Psalm 2:12) or in "the Son" (Verse 12) is to forfeit the promised "blessings", which leaves only Yahuah's "curses"!
Of course, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s challenge is to get His children to believe Him, when He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses that He is
5 a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me: 6 and showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandment! (Exodsu 20:5 and 6)
Interestingly, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to teach Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children, He said, of Moses: "46 He wrote of Me! 47So, if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:46 and 47) And believing Yeshua is how one "should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16) Sound familiar? He wrote, through His psalmist:
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little! (Psalm 2:12)
The fact that the young woman being courted by the young Jewish man has thought that she was doing them some kind of favor by sitting on the information I have been working to provide for them indicates the degree of disregard she has for "the Son", Whose servant I am!
The woman being courted by the Jewish man knows that he does not want to be "converted"! And she of course believes that she is preserving their relationship by not communicating my effort to do exactly that, which of course would violate his having shut the door on "the Son"!
What the woman being courted by the Jewish man is failing to realize is that her catering to his aversion to "kissing the Son" is guaranteeing that the marriage they may try without "the Son" will be a disaster! I call it "Hell on wheels"! I know; I've "been there; done that".
Sooner or later, this young couple will have to deal with "the Son" and decide together what they will do about Him; in the meanwhile, my heart aches, for them.
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, to "kiss" Him or to love Him, doing what they can to please Him.
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 blessings of trusting Your only begotten Son!
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"