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2014 September 20>
It's Our Fault
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140920.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, 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 some people call "getting prayed up"!
As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, a friend of mine in our fellowship has a problem with Yahuah's handling of the evil in today's world, believing as did Job, who asked Yahuah: "Is it good, unto Thee, that Thou shouldest oppress, that Thou shouldest despise the work of Thine hands and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?" (Job 10:3)
That question reveals a serious flaw in Job's thinking, to presume that any "good" can be seen by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in oppressing His children, that He "despises" them and "shines" upon the works of the wicked! And my guess is that Job's willingness to entertain any such notion is the exact reason why Yahuah turned him over to Satan for a while; Job himself said: "The thing that I greatly feared is come upon me." (Job 3:25)
My friend's biggest problem with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is that He rose up quickly, in judgment against the perverse among the children of Israel under Moses, even to causing the ground to open up and swallow those who had stood against Moses. Yet, Yahuah allows terrible things to be done in the world today seemingly without a whisper of judgment! He wrote, through His recorder:
My answer for this day's seeming difference in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s handling of situations is that offending Moses and offending His children of today are two different things! His recorder wrote that "Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the Earth" (Numbers 12:3), while all too many of His children of today are behaving more contrary to Him with each passing day! And He has promised His "curses" (Deuteronomy 28:15) for them who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Verse 15)
The humility reported of Moses secured, for him, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "shield and ... exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1), as Abraham's favor with Yahuah obtained the same for him; because Yahuah said, of him: "Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law!" (Genesis 26:5)
At the same time we have Psalm 91, through which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) shows clearly the difference in experience between His children and "the wicked"! (Verse 8) He wrote, through His psalmist:
Over the years, I have had three different men who spoke contemptuously of me and of some ministry that I gave in their behalf suffer heart attacks within one week of showing that disregard not for me but for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Whose servant I am and Whose words are the basis of my ministry! Psalm 37 admonishes Yahuah's children:
A seeming problem lies in the language "they shall soon be cut down"! For the wicked who control the nations of today go on and on, with their offensiveness toward mankind, with nothing at all to stop them, so far as anyone can tell! But that problem disappears, for anyone who is listening to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice in his spirit; because Yahuah's frame of reference is all eternity, while our frame of reference is the relatively few years He gives us on Earth!
While broadly spread contempt toward Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) exists on Earth, as it does today, the contemptuous are worthy of the offenses that the wicked continue to heap upon them; in the meanwhile, we have scriptual clues as to what happens to the wicked when they die, as they surely must, and are no longer needed to chasten the disobedient among Yahuah's children! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, to "the Pharisees" (John 8:13): "I go My way! And ye shall seek Me and shall die in your sins! Whither I go, ye cannot come!" (Verse 21)
In the meanwhile, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, to His disciples: "2 I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come, again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also!" (John 15:2 and 3)
If you are numbered among "the Pharisees", you are acting like one and will be cut off as they undoubtedly were upon dying; and, if among Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s disciples, you are acting like one of them and will be received as they have been - to be where Yeshua is also!
But I need to give you a word of caution! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) arrived at where He is via the cross! And, when He appeared to His disciples after the cross, He said: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) And, to prepare His disciples for understanding what that meant, He had said, to them, earlier: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27) More specifically, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) taught, through Yeshua:
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) demonstrated this love for one's enemies, when, dying on the cross to which His enemies had nailed Him, He prayed: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34) Additionally, forgiving "men their trespasses" (Matthew 6:14) is critically important to ones welfare; for then "your heavenly Father will also forgive you"! (Verse 14)
Casting blame upon Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) or judging Him for things with which one is not satisfied is comparable to Job's sin, who said: "30 Oh that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat! 4 I would order my cause, before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments!" (Job 23:3 and 4)
Yet, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) confronted Job "out of the whirlwind" (Job 38:1), asking: "Wilt thou condemn Me, that thou mayest be righteous?", Job said, "I abhor myself and repent, in dust and ashes!" (Job 42:6), whereupon Yahuah "turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also Yahuah gave Job twice as much as he had before!" (Verse 10)
As with Moses, humility goes a long way with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever ... shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven!" (Matthew 18:4) "Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased! And he who shall humble himself shall be exalted!" (Matthew 23:12)
The primary reason why we hate anyone is the pride that says to us, "You are important! You are not worthy of abuse; how dare this person offend you; you need to put him in his place!"
But putting people into their places is not our job! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1) Yahuah "Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8) and Whose "judgments ... are true and righteous altogether" (Psalm 19:9), is the only One Who is capable of judging anyone rightly! We simply do not know enough about a situation to be the Rewarder or Punisher of our neighbors!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His apostle: "Michael, the archangel, when contending with the Devil ... about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation but said, Yahuah rebuke thee." (Jude 1:9) Michael knew Who had the power and authority to judge Satan; and it was not himself!
Blaming Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for our suffering or for the suffering of others around us simply does not work, particularly with respect to our children! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, that He is "a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me" (Exodus 20:5); and He wrote, through His prophet:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28), which includes our children; and they undoubtedly have not learned how to exercise their dominion in behalf of themselves; so they are, more or less, subject to their parents' dominion, who, if the parents have "forgotten the law" of their God, will suffer the cursing that attends that forgetfulness along with their children!
The opposite is true of believing and obedient parents; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Choose life, that thou and thy children may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) So what we are doing about Him and the commandments of His Torah determines everything concerning the circumstances He gives us as we walk either with Him or against Him, including and especially what happens with our children!
That is an heavy responsibility that parents bear! And, as Yahuah Hayah explained to His prophet: "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity! But his blood will I require at thine hand!" (Ezekiel 3:18)
Personal responsibility is at the center of all Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s requirements for His children, while the "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) that the apostle Paul's "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) in "Arabia" (Verse 17) taught was exactly the opposite, the salvation of Yahveh's children presumably resting only upon what "Jesus" did on the cross instead of what they did about it; Paul wrote:
The "faith" to which Paul refers in that statement is one's "faith in His blood" (Romans 3:24) or in that of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), which by its being shed during His death presumably paid a "redemption" (Verse 24) or "ransom" (Strong: Greek: 629) for the spiritual "death" (Romans 6:23) that supposedly was due every person in the world regardless of whether or not they had taken advantage of the "righteousness" (Detueronomy 6:25) that Yahuah Hayah had offered His children through His Torah, "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6) having no more value to Paul than "dung"!
So, by Paul's false "gospel" one's salvation lay entirely on what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did in laying down His life and not on anything they did about it; but, before Paul came along, Yeshua had said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" And He did that by the effect that His brutal suffering and death had on some of those who saw it and upon some of those who would hear about it forever more!
I specify "some of those" people; because, again, the personal responsibility that Yahuah Hayah requires of His children leaves entirely up to them what they will do with seeing the Son of God tortured and crucified! In general, mankind will never be the same, having suffered the humility of seeing some of their own commit that horrendous misdeed!
But, tragically, some people's hearts of been severely hardened by circumstances misinterpreted by Satan through the wicked people around them; they have been tempted, by that Devil, to blame Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for the circumstances they have brought on themselves by listening to Satan in the first place, either in their spirits or through lies told them by his wicked servants!
"These little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) have that faith because they are too young to have been robbed of it by the lies of Satan and his wicked servants! But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s complete statement in that verse reads: "Whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!"
A judgment in excess of that horror awaits those who mislead children, one of whom Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) stood "in the midst of" (Matthew 18:2) His disciples saying, "3 Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven! 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me!" (Verses 3 to 5)
As you look around at the world that is being so cruelly oppressed, how many people do you know that come across with the innocence and faith of a young child?
That question then leads into another: If it is difficult to find anyone with the innocence and faith of a young child, why are people so surprised that so many people are drowning spiritually as though they had a "millstone" around their necks? For, if so many people lack the innocence and faith of a small child, does it not follow that someone got to them to "offend" (Matthew 18:6) or to rob them of that innocence and faith?
Explain to me, if you can, who loves his "enemies" (Matthew 5:44) or those who hurt them any better than little children! And those children, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), are "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!" (Verse 44)
Those innocent people are the ones at the side of whom "a thousand shall fall ... and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee"! (Psalm 91:7)
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!
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"
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