Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 April 11

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 April 11

Yeshua ha Mashiyach's Truth

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150411.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) 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) And He also said: " I am the way, the truth and the life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" (John 14:6)

So we would expect Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to be our source of truth with respect to all matters requiring spiritual understanding! Our knowing the truth about anything is, of course, a blessing! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet:

My people are destroyed, for lack of knowledge! (Hosea 4:6)

I am sure Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) meant "The knowledge of God"! (Proverbs 2:5) He 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 Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and find the knowledge of God! (Proverbs 2:3 to 5)

But in this sermon I hope to point out the extreme importance of one particular truth that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to bring His people, which is what He revealed as He hung dying on His cross! In preparation for His children's receiving that truth, He said earlier:

31 If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free! (John 8:31 and 32)

The night He knew His enemies would be coming for Him, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, to His heavenly Father, concerning His disciples: For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth! (John 17:19) And to Pilate, the Roman governor, whom He knew would issue the order that He be crucified, He said: To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth! (John 18:37)

Pilate responded to that amazing declaration, by asking: "What is truth?" (John 18:37) And we do well in asking the same question; for it is central to our well being!

Again, that is "truth" in the general sense; but what was the "truth" that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said would make His disciples free, for which He sanctified Himself and that He came to bear witness?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) taught any number of things that are true; and virtually all of them relate to "our Father Who art in Heaven"! (Matthew 6:9)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of His Father's feeding "the fowls of the air", which "sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns"! (Matthew 6:26) And then He asked: "Are ye not much better than they?" (Verse 26)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of His Father's loving care for us, His beloved children, saying: "If God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?" (Matthew 6:30)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of His Father's willingness to "give good things to them who ask Him" (Matthew 7:11) and His willingness to forgive those who "forgive men their trespasses"! (Matthew 6:14)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) commanded that we "have faith in God" (Mark 11:22) and spoke of the fulfillment of "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that awaits the person who speaks to his "mountain" and "shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"! (Mark 11:23)

But one truth of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to Earth to reveal to us, His beloved children - the one He said would make His disciples free, for which He sanctified Himself and that He came to bear witness - stands, above all others, in its relating to our eternal salvation! He said, to His disciples:

Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life! And I will raise him up at the last day! (John 6:54)

Those who heard Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) say that amazing thing exclaimed: "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?"

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was quick to recognize and understand His audience's bewilderment! So He backed up and said, simply:

It is the Spirit Who quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing! The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life! (John 6:63)

All of the things that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) taught through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) partook of that "spirit" and "life"! But the truth He revealed by commanding His Son to lay down His life stands above all else that He taught His children, in its importance to their eternal welfare in His presence!

Ask yourself this important question: What was so "hard" about Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having said: "Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life! And I will raise him up at the last day!" (John 6:54)

We are not cannibals! Eating the flesh and drinking the blood of anyone is utterly abhorrent to us, let alone doing that to the awesome Son of God! Yet, there He was, declaring that one must do that, to have "eternal life"! What did He mean?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knew that He was going to be tortured and crucified by His enemies, that His body would be broken and that His blood would be shed! And His using His words of "spirit" and "life" to put before His listeners the idea of their eating that body and drinking that blood was His putting before them the fact that He soon would be killed in that reprehensible way! As is sometimes said, He was rubbing their faces in it or bringing it to their attention in a way that they would not soon forget it.

An important reason was behind why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) children should not forget what He was about to endure - why He was making His forthcoming suffering and death an "unforgetable experience" for them.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) And to "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340)

When one is told that to have "eternal life" one must eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God, he or she begins to "think differently" about anyone's being treated that way; and, when one has witnessed the Son of God's having been tortured and nailed to a cross to die, where His body was broken and His blood was shed, or when one has heard in "this gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 24:14) that such a terrible thing was done to Him, he or she begins to ask very serious questions about what condition mankind was in that would allow any one among them to have done that to Him, Who only "went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil"! (Acts 10:38)"

Can anyone avoid asking the question: What was the matter with a few of us inhuman beings to crucify the innocent and amazingly loving Son of God?

In view of that catastrophic travesty of justice, can anyone avoid the conclusion that as a race we were, at that time and in that place, in Jerusalem, in the land of Israel, hopelessly depraved?

But, fascinatingly, becoming awake to our own depravity is the reason why we "repent" (Matthew 4:17) or "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about a lot of things! "Repentance" is the key to becoming "righteous"! (Deuteronomy 6:25) And having "righteousness" is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement for entering "the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)

The "repentance" to which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said He came to call "sinners" is one of "the keys of the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 16:19), which He promised He would give Peter!

All of us stray, at one time or another, from being "right" to being "wrong" in relation to what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants from us. When that becomes the case, we are not among those "who do the will of" Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "Father Who is in Heaven!" (Matthew 7:21); He said, through Moses:

If ye walk contrary unto Me and will not hearken unto Me, I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins! (Leviticus 26:21)

And, if we remain contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), in our walk before Him, His Son will eventually say to us: "Depart, from Me, ye who work iniquity!" (Matthew 7:23)

Of course, none of us wants to be rejected, especially by the Creator Who is giving us the breath of life and Who has "the keys of Hell and of Death"! (Revelation 1:18) So the person who has been walking contrary to Him must "repent" or "think differently" about doing what causes Him to reject us and use those awful keys; He said, through Moses:

If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... all these curses shall come, upon thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:15)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of a "publican, standing afar off" who "would not lift up so much as his eyes unto Heaven but smote, upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner!" (Luke 18:13) And, of that humble man, He said: "This man went down to his house justified!"

That's being the attitude of those who are "justified", the key to being justified or made "righteous" becomes whatever causes one to repent; for most of us go days on end without repenting or admitting that we are wrong and in desperate need of being forgiven of it and restored to the rightness that permits us to be in the presence of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator and King, where He is, which is in Heaven!

To capsulize the lesson He hoped would be gained from hearing about the repentant publican, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Every one who exalteth himself shall be abased; and he who humbleth himself shall be exalted!" (Luke 18:14)

That is, of course, a true saying; but applying it to ourselves sometimes takes half a lifetime of wear and tear to get the point! And by "wear and tear" I am talking about the long, tiresome process that most of us go through to learn finally that we cannot do a thing that is beneficial to us without our loving Creator and King helping us to do it and that He is willing to do a lot of things we cannot do that are beneficial to us, if we will trust Him to do it, our having done all we know how to do to please Him.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) He invited us, through Yeshua, to speak to our "mountain" (Mark 11:23), that it "be ... removed and be ... cast into the sea"! (Verse 23) We are to do that by our "faith in God"! (Verse 22)

Obviously, it is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Spirit Who moves the mountain! And we must be sufficiently "humble" to admit that He is the Mover of things, not we, and that what we are capable of doing is great evil, which of course is what some of us did to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14) Our "conscience" is our "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893) or our sense of right and wrong!

When one has been jolted into the awareness that cruel inhuman beings were capable of crucifying the innocent Son of God, the appropriate reaction to that revolting injustice is to want to be as distant from that kind of thing as one can possibly get! And that involves having "righteousness"!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our God!" (Deuteronomy 6:25)

So, for those able to get the message, the "truth" shown Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) suffering and death was "to call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) And in their thinking differently about sin, which is "the transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4), they are drawn back to keeping that law and walking in the "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) that such conduct obtains!

Then and only then are we able to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:20), by faith while on Earth and by fulfillment while in Heaven! And the purpose of the truth Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) endeavored to reveal by laying down His life is fulfilled in us!

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 the life you have given them by which to appreciate Your truth through Yeshua!

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 understanding of You and of Your Son by which to appreciate the truth that You are and that He speaks!

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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