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 a little 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, a dear friend of mine is in that young time of life when he believes he has quite well figured out what life is about and that he does not need to believe the claims of Yahuah's Holy Bible, Who, after all, cannot be "proven"! But what this friend does not understand is that his agnosticism will lead him into a world of pain, from which he someday will cry out to be delivered! Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist:
They cried, unto the Lord, in their trouble; and He delivered them out of their distresses! (Psalm 107:6)
I know what I am talking about; for I thought exactly the same thing and went through exactly what I have described! As the saying goes: "Been there; done that!"
So my prayer for this precious young friend of mine is that he finally "gets the message" long before I did, who, in my unconscionalbe arrogance and pride, resisted Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth for thirty years, before bowing my knee and committing myself to the service of Him who gives all of us our breath of life!
Through His prophets, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has warned His children about failing to appreciate Him; He said,through Moses: "If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments, ... all these curses shall come, upon thee, and overtake thee:" (Deuteronomy 28:15)
The words "keep" (Exodus 20:6) and "observe (Deuteronomy 28:1)" both mean to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on; so "appreciate" is as good a word as any to describe the humble gratitude for which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) looks in His children before bringing them the deliverance of which He spoke through His psalmist! So, with that in mind, hear me out, please, as I describe at length from out of His Torah this "world of pain" I mentioned above:
16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field! 17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store! (Deuteronomy 28:16 and 17)
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine and the flocks of thy sheep! 19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out! (Deuteronomy 28:18 and 19)
20 Yahuah Hayah shall send, upon thee, cursing, vexation and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed and until thou perish quickly, because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me. 21 Yahuah Hayah shall make the pestilence cleave, unto thee, until He have consumed thee from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. (Deuteronomy 28:20 and 21)
22 Yahuah Hayah shall smite thee, with a consumption, with a fever, with an inflammation, with an extreme burning, with the sword, with blasting and with mildew! And they shall pursue thee, until thou perish! 23 The heaven that is over thy head shall be brass! And the earth that is under thee shall be iron! (Deuteronomy 28:22 and 23)
24 Yahuah Hayah shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed! 25 Yahuah Hayah shall cause thee to be smitten, before thine enemies! Thou shalt go out one way, against them, and flee seven ways, before them, and shalt be removed, into all the kingdoms of the Earth! (Deuteronomy 28:24 and 25)
26 Thy carcase shall be meat, unto all fowls of the air and unto the beasts of the Earth! And no man shall fray them away! 27 Yahuah Hayah will smite thee, with the botch of Egypt, with the emerods, with the scab and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed! (Deuteronomy 28:26 and 27)
28 Yahuah Hayah shall smite thee, with madness, blindness and astonishment of heart! 29 Thou shalt grope, at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness! Thou shalt not prosper, in thy ways; thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore! And no man shall save thee. (Deuteronomy 28:28 and 29)
30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her; thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. 31 Thine ox shall be slain, before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof; thine ass shall be violently taken away, from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee; thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies! And thou shalt have none to rescue them. (Deuteronomy 28:30 and 31)
32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people! And thine eyes shall look and fail, with longing for them, all the day long! And there shall be no might in thine hand! 33 The fruit of thy land and all thy labors shall a nation that thou knowest not eat up! And thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always, 34 so that thou shalt be mad, for the sight of thine eyes that thou shalt see! (Deuteronomy 28:32 to 34)
35 Yahuah Hayah shall smite thee, in the knees and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head! (Deuteronomy 28:35)
36 Yahuah Hayah shall bring thee and the king whom thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation whom neither thou nor thy fathers have known! And there shalt thou serve other gods of wood and stone! 37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee. (Deuteronomy 28:36 and 37)
38 Thou shalt carry much seed, out into the field, and shalt gather but little in! For the locust shall consume it. 39 Thou shalt plant vineyards and dress them but shalt neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes! For the worms shall eat them. (Deuteronomy 28:38 and 39)
40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil! For thine olive shall cast its fruit! 41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters! But thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity! (Deuteronomy 28:40 and 41)
42 All the trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume. 43 The stranger who is within thee shall get up, above thee, very high! And thou shalt come down very low! 44 He shall lend, to thee; and thou shalt not lend to him! He shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail! (Deuteronomy 28:42 to 44)
45 Moreover, all these curses shall come upon thee, shall pursue thee and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed! because thou hearkenedst not, unto the voice of Yahuah Hayah, to keep His commandments and His statutes, which He commanded thee. (Deuteronomy 28:45)
46 They shall be, upon thee, for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed, for ever! 47 because thou servedst not Yahuah Hayah, with joyfulness and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things! 48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies, whom Yahuah Hayah shall send against thee, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness and in want of all things! And He shall put a yoke of iron, upon thy neck, until He have destroyed thee.(Deuteronomy 28:46 to 48)
49 Yahuah Hayah shall bring a nation, against thee, from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as the eagle flieth - a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance, who shall not regard the person of the old nor show favor to the young! 51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed, who also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, oil, the increase of thy kine nor flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. 52 And he shall besiege thee, in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all the land ... that Yahuah Hayah hath given thee. 53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, whom Yahuah Hayah hath given thee, in the siege and in the straitness wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee, 54 so that the man who is tender among you and very delicate shall be evil toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom and toward the remnant of his children, whom he shall leave, 55 so that he will not give, to any of them of the flesh of his children, whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him, in the siege and in the straitness wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates! 56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil, toward the husband of her bosom, toward her son, toward her daughter, 57 toward the young one who cometh out from between her feet and toward the children whom she shall bear! For she shall eat them, for want of all things, secretly, in the siege and straitness wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates, 58 if thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, YAHUAH HAYAH! (Deuteronomy 28:49 to 58)
59 Then Yahuah Hayah will make thy plagues wonderful and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues and of long continuance and sore sicknesses! 60 Moreover, He will bring, upon thee, all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave, unto thee. 61 Also every sickness and every plague that is not written in the book of this law will Yahuah Hayah bring, upon thee, until thou be destroyed!(Deuteronomy 28:59 to 61)
62 Ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven, for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of Yahuah Hayah! 63 And it shall come to pass, that, as Yahuah Hayah rejoiced over you to do you good and to multiply you, so Yahuah Hayah will rejoice over you to destroy you and to bring you to nought! (Deuteronomy 28:62 and 63)
63 Ye shall be plucked, from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. 64 Yahuah Hayah shall scatter thee, among all people, from the one end of the Earth even unto the other! And there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone! 65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest! But Yahuah Hayah shall give thee, there, a trembling heart, failing of eyes and sorrow of mind! (Deuteronomy 28:63 to 65)
66 Thy life shall hang in doubt, before thee; and thou shalt fear, day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life! 67 In the morning, thou shalt say, Would God it were even! And, at even, thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear and for the sight of thine eyes that thou shalt see! (Deuteronomy 28:66 and 67)
68 And Yahuah Hayah shall bring thee, into Egypt again, with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee; thou shalt see [your land] no more again! And there [in Egypt] ye shall be sold, unto your enemies, for bondmen and bondwomen! And no man shall buy you. (Deuteronomy 28:68)
By now you can well ask, Pastor Floyd, Why have you made us suffer through this horrible account of all the curses that Yahuah Hayah promised through Moses for those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"? (Deuteronomy 28:15)
The answer to that understandable question is that these curses are "the message" that I have prayed my young friend will get much sooner than I did in my life.
Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His psalmist: "The law of Yahuah Hayah is perfect, converting the soul!" (Psalm 19:7) The curses that I recited above is the reason why His Torah converts the soul or, better, the spirit in our soul; for who, believing any of this, would want such things for himself or his children?
To not believe these things is to join ranks with my agnostic friend and claim that "God cannot be proved", that Moses was either deluded or a liar! But, then, so also would Yeshua ha Mawshiyach! For He said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47) And to be among "whosoever believeth in Him" (John 3:16) is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s requirement to "not perish but have everlasting life"! (Verse 16)
I can also hear you asking, "But why all the curses? Did not Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) offer blessings?
Yes, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did offer, through Moses, His list of "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) for those who "shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1) But that list is short, compared to the list He gave of His curses, with far less detail in it.
One can easily surmise Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s greater list of blessings, by simply reversing into blessing all the many curses He mentioned, which gives one a far greater scope of what His blessings can and will encompass, for those who do finally get His "message"!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Solomon: "3 If thou criest after knowledge and liftest up thy voice for understanding, 4 if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hid treasures, 5 then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God!" (Proverbs 2:3 to 5)
The sad thing about it is, that, until the young person has experienced a good measure of the curses that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) described through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses, he or she typically does not seek that knowledge, at least with the humility to receive it, from the "still, small voice" (1st Kings 19:12) that continually knocks on the door of our hearts and from the Torah in His Holy Bible! He wrote, through His psalmist:
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. 5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted, in them. (Psalm 107:4 and 5)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:
Behold, I stand, at the door, and knock! If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with Me! (Revelation 3:20)
Notice please that hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "voice" is, still, the key to the communion with Him that the delivered and completed child of His must have, even as it was in the time of Moses and His delivery through him of His Torah! (Deuteronomy 28:1) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "other sheep" (John 10:16), whom He "must bring (Verse 16": "They shall hear My voice!" (Verse 16) He also said, through His "only begotten Son" (John 3:16): "Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37)
To say that "God cannot be proved" is to deny one's self the recognition of the voice within himself as being that of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and to deny one's self the inestimably precious knowledge of God that His voice gave the children of Israel through Moses!
Look around you! We see, all around us, the "proof", if you will, or the clear demonstration of all the cursing about which I have now read to you, to where we cling to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through His psalmist:
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 Yahuah Hayah, 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! (Psalm 91:7 to 10)
Please notice that the supernatural protection Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) promises in this amazing psalm is "because thou hast made Yahuah, Who is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation"! This idea is more clearly expressed in the psalm where He wrote: "I will dwell in the house of Yahuah for ever!" (Psalm 23:6) His "house" is where His "shield and exceedingly great reward" (Genesis 15:1) are enjoyed! And everyone who is trusting Him and the promises He has given in His Holy Bible are dwelling in that house!
But one cannot live in the house of someone he insists cannot be "proved"!
I keep telling my young agnostic friend:
"I cannot prove you exist, either! What you say and do in my presence is your manipulation of the body you have been given, which is what I can see and hear! But the spirit that is you, who are causing your body to do these things in relation to me, I cannot see nor 'prove'"!
"But, 'for all practical purposes', I accept that you are you, that I love you and that the things you are able to do for me are a greatly appreciated part of my life! Is it so difficult to accept and appreciate Him Who is giving us His creation, our lives and the breath in our bodies each moment of each and every day?"
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 You by which to have the grateful appreciation of You that You require to bring them into Your kingdom!
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 in the humility that brought them Your deliverance, favor, salvation and life for evermore!
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.