Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 April 4

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 April 4

Our Rock

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150404.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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, if your heart is behind or in agreement with what you are being guided to say, 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, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) referred to Himself as "this Rock" (Matthew 16:18), when He said: "Upon this rock I will build My church!" (Verse 18) And, of course, when "all" that He has "commanded you" (Matthew 28:20) becomes the discipline to which you have submitted along with all the others who have so committed themselves, "this Rock" becomes "our Rock"!

When He made the above-quoted statement, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was responding to His disciple Peter's having said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!" (Matthew 16:16) And His complete statement was enlightening:

I say also, unto thee: Thou art Peter! And upon this rock I will build My church! And the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and others in Israel during His day on Earth spoke the Aramaic language! And scholars believe that His New Testament was originally written in that language! But around 300 A.D. Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) caused His Aramaic New Testament to be translated into Greek, which is famous for having words that give specific and different meanings to nouns describing similar objects!

This helpful characteristic of Greek is nowhere more evident than in the verse I quoted above, in which "Peter" or "Petros" means "a (piece of) rock" (Strong: Greek: 4074), while the "rock" upon which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said He would build His church is translated from the word "petra" (Strong: Greek: 4074), which is the feminine form of "petros" and means "a (mass of) rock", by which word He carefully described the foundation of His church, against which "the gates of hell shall not prevail"!

I believe that the people of "Hell" would have little difficulty overturning "a (piece of) rock", while "a (mass of) rock" would undoubtedly give them pause before trying to "prevail against it". But the Catholic church ignored the vital difference in the Greek words underlying both Peter's name and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "rock", claiming instead that Peter was the "rock" on which their "Jesus" said He would build His church; and, consistent with that claim, they have also claimed that Peter was the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church!

So, if Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) characherized the foundation of His church as being "a (mass of) rock" (Strong: Greek: 4073), certainly that foundation would be something substantial! But what is this thing that He likened to a mass of rock upon which His church is founded?

Within the scriptural context in which these designations take place, what would be more logical for a foundation for Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) church than the truth declared by Peter, which was that His Lord was "the Christ (or Messiah), the Son of the living God"? (Matthew 16:16)"

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) identified the Spirit Who revealed that truth to Peter as being that of "My Father Who is in Heaven"! (Matthew 16:17) And anyone hearing that Spirit cannot help but recognize to which "rock" He was referring in describing the nature of His church!

From Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) speaking of building His church people incorrectly assume that His building it would be a new work creating a new organization not known before! But this conclusion is faulty for several reasons, which I will endeavor to explain!"Rebuilding" it would have been a more helpful term; the children of Israel had been without a prophet for four hundred years, before He came to bring them back together!

Several prophecies were spoken, at the time of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) birth, concerning His mission on Earth! One such prophecy was spoken by the angel Gabriel, while he announced, to "Zacharias" (Luke 1:12), the birth of John the Baptist!

13 Thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John! 14 Thou shalt have joy and gladness! And many shall rejoice at his birth! 15 For he shall be great, in the sight of Yahuah, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb! 16 Many of the children of Israel shall he turn to Yahuah, their God! 17 And he shall go, before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers, to the children, and the disobedient, to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for Yahuah! (Luke 1:13 to 17)

Please notice that "many of the children of Israel" would John "turn to the Lord their God ... to make ready a people prepared for Yahuah"!

At this point, revealing what the word translated "church" (Matthew 16:18) actually means would be helpful; it simply means "a calling out" or "a popular meeting"! (Strong: Greek: 1577) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would be calling out, through John and then through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) His people! And who had those people ever been other than "the children of Israel"? (Deuteronomy 29:1; Luke 1:16) Then we have this appearance by that same notable angel:

26 The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary! (Luke 1:26 and 27)

And the angel came in, unto her, and said, Hail, thou who art highly favored, Yahuah is with thee: blessed art thou among women! (Luke 1:28)

30 Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God! 31 Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son and shalt call His name Yeshua! 32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest! And the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David! 33 He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever! And of His kingdom there shall be no end! (Luke 1:30 to 33)

Pray tell, what people other than "the children of Israel" (1st Samuel 17:53) chased after the Philistines, when young David had killed the giant Goliath?

And was that not the "David" to whom Gabriel referred as "His father David", from Whose throne Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "would reign over the house of Jacob for ever"?

And who was "Jacob" other than he whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) named "Israel" (Genesis 35:10), so that his children would become known as "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), over whose house Gabriel said Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) would reign "forever"?

Then, when Mary visited her cousin Elisabeth, she prophesied, in a part of which she said, of God: "54 He hath holpen His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, 55 as He spake to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed, for ever!" (Luke 1:54 and 55)

We read next of another prophecy occasioned by the baby Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

25 Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon! The same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed, unto him, by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ! 27 He came, by the Spirit, into the temple! And, when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him after the custom of the law, 28 then took he Him up, in his arms, and blessed God and said, 29 Lord, now lettest Thou thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word! 30 For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, 31 which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people - 32 a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel! ... 34 Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel! (Luke 2:25 to 32 and 34)

According to Simeon's prophecy, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) would be "the glory of thy people Israel" and would cause "the fall and rising again of many in Israel"!

Then we have statements made by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) Himself, designating the people of whom His "church" would consist! He said: "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel!" (Matthew 15:24) While talking to that "house", He said:

Other sheep I have, who are not of this fold: them also I must bring! And they shall hear My voice! And there shall be one fold and one shepherd! (John 10:16)

"This fold" was, obviously, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's ) reference to "the house of Israel"! Certainly the "other sheep", who were "not of this fold" were Gentiles! But He said: "Them also I must bring ... and there shall be one fold and one shepherd"! Surely that would not be a Gentile fold or a shepherd of the Gentiles! So what fold was left other than that of "the children of Israel", who would be shepherded by the One and Only Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

So of whom, then, would Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "church" consist, other than "the children of Israel"?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made a big point of this, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John, when he wrote, "unto the angel of the church in Smyrna " (Revelation 2:8):

I know thy works and tribulation and poverty (but thou art rich); and I know the blasphemy of them who say they are Jews and are not but are the synagogue of Satan! (Revelation 2:9)

If one could be a Gentile in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) church, why would one's being a true "Jew" make any difference?

If one could be a Gentile in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) church, why would Gentiles bother to claim that they were "Jews" even while lying about it, thus making of themselves "the synagogue of Satan, who "is a liar and the father of it"? (John 8:44)

This careful distinction bothered Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who repeated it again in His letters "unto the seven churches who are in Asia" (Revelation 1:11):

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet and to know that I have loved thee! (Revelation 3:9)

Who are "thee" other than the true Jews of whom Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) church consisted in that day?

Again, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Other sheep I have, who are not of this fold: them also I must bring! And they shall hear My voice! And there shall be one fold and one shepherd!" (John 10:16)

The "other sheep ... who are not of this fold" were, obviously, Gentiles! If their fold were to have become a Gentile fold, two folds would have been the result; and that would not have worked; because, obviously, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had no intention of disbanding the fold of Israel! And Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said only one fold would be.

So the letter sent by the "apostles, elders and brethren" of Jerusalem "unto the brethren who are of the Gentiles" (Acts 15:23) was, apparently, amiss! And it went like this:

We have heard that certain who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised and keep the law, to whom we gave no such commandment! (Acts 15:24)

Well, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave a commandment to that effect, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who said, to His disciples:

19 Go ... and teach all nations ... 20 ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19 and 20)

Some people try to say that this commandment relates only to what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) commanded while He walked and taught among the children of Israel! But they are either overlooking or ignoring what He said about "the scribes and the Pharisees"! (Matthew 23:2) He said:

2 The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do! (Matthew 23:2 and 3)

Then Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) chided "the scribes and the Pharisees" (Matthew 23:23), saying:

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint, anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law - judgment, mercy, and faith! These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone! (Matthew 23:23)

Some people try to say, "That is well and good for the Jews; but it doesn't apply to the Gentiles! And they are right! It doesn't! But their supposing under Paul's teaching that some kind of salvation still applies to the Gentiles is sadly in error!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) promise to Abraham was that "in thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed"! (Genesis 22:18)

Yes, "all the nations of the Earth" would "be blessed"; but to be so would require that they be "in thy [Abraham's] seed"! And "Abraham's seed" became the children of Israel! No one I know is aware of the fact that to be "in" Israel is to be doing what Israelites do!

God said, through Moses: "Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways!" (Deuteronomy 28:9)

So "all the nations of the Earth" would "be blessed" but only if they have become "in" or a part of that "holy people" by keeping "the commandments of Yahuah, thy God," and walking "in His ways"! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17)

That was Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) answer, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to a man's asking Him: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" And, when the man asked "Which? [commandments] (Matthew 19:18), God answered, through His Son, by quoting six of His commandments from His Torah! Did He need to quote His entire law for His inquirer to get the point?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) In what way did Moses write of Yeshua?

His faithful apostle wrote of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that He was "the Word"! (John 1:1) And, as such, He was "in the beginning", that He was "with God" and that He "was God". He told Moses: "Thus shalt thou say, unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." (Exodus 3:14) He told the Jews: "Before Abraham was, I AM!"

With all this truth of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) holy scripture in mind, one can then appreciate why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) made clear to Peter that His identity as "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16) was the "the Rock" (Verse 18) on which He would build His church! And, for those of us who are members of that church, He is "our Rock".

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 and of Your Son by which to appreciate His role as "our Rock!

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 their perceptions of You and of your Son as their Rock, from which they cannot be moved!

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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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