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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 January 3
Worshiping Yahuah Hayah
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20150103.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, 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 some people call "getting prayed up"!
As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, in my humble view, "worship" is, simply, the expression or behavior of a person with a grateful heart! The word "worship", as it is found in Yahuah's Holy Bible, means, simply, "to depress, i.e. prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God)" (Strong: Hebrew: 7812), "to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore)"! (Strong: Greek: 4352)
When we meet people, we often bow our head or nod, as an expression of deference toward them; and the question arises, why do we do that?
Again, I believe that deference comes of our being grateful to the neighbors we meet for their meaningfulness in our lives!
We talk about being "social creatures", beings who thrive upon their interaction with others of their kind and how painful loneliness is, when circumstances have deprived us of that gratifying interaction!
When the apostle John was invited to come up to Heaven, "One sat upon the throne (Revelation 4:2), Who obviously had to be Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as seen in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! "Four beasts" were "saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come! (Verse 8) And "10 four and twenty elders fall down before Him Who sat on the throne, worshiping Him Who liveth for ever and ever and ... saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, honor and power! For Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they are and were created!" (Verses 10 and 11)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) created, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "all things" for His "pleasure"! And we are among those created things! He created us for His pleasure, the absence or opposite of which is pain! So I believe that the pain of loneliness motivated Him to create us, His children, by taking a part of His Spirit and giving it a will of its own and calling it through Yeshua, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1), "Joe" or "Mary" or whatever name is familiar among your neighbors.
Having been created by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), conceived by our fathers and born into the world through our mothers, we find ourselves in their home, if the father has been responsible and stayed faithfully and lovingly with the mother! At any rate, we find ourselves somewhere with grownups around us; and, as we get older, we become aware of our neighborhood, our country, the world, the universe and, ultimately, the creation; and with great awe and wonder we behold these things, wondering how it all came about!
But we are not entirely ignorant of that consideration; because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) spoke, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) And one cannot "believe in" someone of whom he knows nothing! Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:
So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) speaks to us, when we come into the world! How else does He make us "hope"? And what hope is possible, for the newly born, other than to be told, by their Creator, that He is there for them, loving them and ready to help them in any way He can, powerfully and beyond their fondest dreams, when they trust Him for it?
So, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments 2 all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee" (Dueteronomy 28:1 and 2), He was not inviting His children for the first time to hear Him; rather, He was inviting them to get back to listening to Him "to observe", "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on "all His commandments", of which He reminds His children continually, one at a time, in relation to whatever they are thinking of doing! People of the world call that their "conscience"!
So, not only do we become aware of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s awesome creation, we become aware of Him as its Creator and that He speaks to us, in our spirits or "hearts", letting us know what causes Him to bless us or curse us, according to whether or not we are doing what we must do to be in accord with His "nature" or in harmony with the essence of His being!
I do not believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) decides to bless or curse His children; rather, I believe that His blessing or cursing is, simply, His unavoidable reaction to what they do, according to whether or not they are doing things His way or contrary to His way, which is the way He is! He defined "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), by saying:
Those "ways" are what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was referring to through His psalmist, when He said: "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether!" (Psalm 19:9) His "judgments" are, simply, how He reacts to what we do, either for or against us, according to whether our action is for or against Him or against Who and What He is!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to Moses: "I AM THAT I AM!" (Exodus 3:14) He simply is what He is; and He cannot be anything else, which explains why His reactions to His children are "true and righteous"! It is because He is true and righteous and cannot be otherwise, regardless of the opinions of His children as to whether those reactions or "judgments" are "fair" or whatever else they may think of Him and His way of doing things.
These things being so overwhelmingly true of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), we eventually become aware that His judgments are not only "true and righteous" but essentially good! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "There is none good but One, that is, God!" (Matthew 19:17) And that goodness to us is revealed by His everlasting concern that His children be gloriously fulfilled according to His desire that they become like Him and enjoy that same goodness!
One of the terrifying characteristics of Hell is that it is a place devoid of all the "goodness" or good things that characterize the rest of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s amazing and wonderful creation! It is His "reward" or "punishement" for those who have shut their ears to His voice and concluded, under Satan's terrible falsehood, that "God is dead" or that He "doesn't care" or that He never existed in the first place or that He is downright bad or unjustly punishing of His children!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of Satan, that he "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44) Yahuah wrote, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle John: of "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world"! (Revelation 12:9)
So with our "knowledge of God" (Hosea 6:6) becoming "that He is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6), the final straw that breaks our resistance to Him is 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)
But what is this "perishing"? And what is it about believing Yeshua ha Mawshiyach that overcomes it, whatever it is?
In speaking of "of these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was warning, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that "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"! (Verse 6)
In that warning, the word "offend" means "to entrap, i.e. trip up ... stumble ... or entice to sin"! (Strong: Greek: 4624) The severity of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s displeasure with people who have that effect on their neighbors "who believe in" Him or in His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), gives a fair idea concerning the "perishing" we are considering! And His warnings through Yeshua not to get caught into His judgments leading to Hell serve to complete the picture!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Fear not them who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell!" (Matthew 10:28) Obviously, Yeshua was talking about His Father, Yahuah! But why would the Father do any such thing to any of His children?
I submit that it is because they have been "entrapped", "tripped up", caused to "stumble" or enticed "to sin" so badly that they cannot remember when they used to be "one of these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) or in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and that, being so hardened into that disbelief, their choice is to ignore His "voice" (Deuteronomy 28:1), which opens them up to doing terrible things against their neighbors and against Him Whose Spirit is in the neighbors, which brings upon the wicked "all these curses" (Verse 15) which "shall come upon thee and overtake thee". (Verse 15)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked!" (Psalm 91:
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! Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) 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), which is the end result of their being "offended" or made to lose their faith in Him, to where they will no longer listen to Him.
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of children He would be bringing to Him: "They shall hear My voice!" (John 10:16) "Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37) He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" (John 14:6) "The hour cometh and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth!" (John 4:23)
The "truth" is that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), as He has revealed Himself through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), is overwhelming goodness, glorious and ecstatic goodness and goodness beyond words to describe it; for Yahuah loved His enemies so much that He allowed them to torture and kill His "express image" (Hebrews 1:3) in Yeshua, to let all His children know how badly their sinning or violating the commandments of His Torah through Moses hurts Him and violates His goodness! He wrote, through His author, that He commanded Yeshua to "lay down" (John 10:17) His life to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14)
So the realization of how much "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16) on top of creating all and us, His beloved children, in it, is what engenders the gratitude in our hearts that causes us to bow to or worship Him, praising Him with virtually every breath we take, for the "miracle" we have come to recognize is life itself and Himself, Who said through Yeshua, that He is "the way, the truth and the life"! (John 14:6)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men!" (Matthew 15:9) So "teaching" is a form of worship and, I surmise, is, virually, the highest form of it; for it not only honors the One Whom we love, adore and desire to serve but it recommends, to all those who will listen, to learn of Him as the worshiper has and enter into the same joy in which the worshiper walks throughout his life!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "29 Take My yoke, upon you, and learn of Me! For I am meek and lowly in heart! And ye shall find rest, unto your souls! 30 For My yoke is easy! And My burden is light!" (Matthew 11:29 and 30)
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 Yahuah Hayah 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.
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