Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 June 20

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 June 20

Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's Baptism

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150620.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, John the Baptist said: "I indeed baptize you, with water, unto repentance! But He Who cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear! He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire!" (Matthew 3:11)

Repentance is important! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Repent! For the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 4:17)

"Repent" is a translation of a word meaning to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) So Yeshua ha Mawshiyach came to call "sinners" to "think differently" about their "transgression of the law"!

A person does not want to transgress Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law through Moses; because in it He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing"! (Deuteronomy 30:19) And, when Yahuah Hayah sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to His people in person, He said, through Him: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was talking about "eternal life" (Verse 16); and "keep" is a translation of a word meaning to "guard" (Strong: Greek: 5083) or put a value on.

Having spoken of setting "life" and "death" before His children, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then said, through Moses: "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And that "choice" involves one's taking advantage of the "life" and "blessing" that He had set through Moses before His children; He 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. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "blessings" are His "life"! (Deuteronomy 30:19) And His "life" is "eternal"! (Matthew 19:16) So to be one of those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:15) is to watch how "all these curses ... come upon thee and overtake thee" (Verse 15); and His "cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19) is the way to His "death"! (Verse 19)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to His disciples: "John truly baptized with water! But ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence!" (Acts 1:8)

So, I ask you: When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made reference through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to baptism, was He talking about John's baptism in water or to Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's baptism "with the Holy Ghost"?

Apparently, the apostle Peter thought Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was talking about John's baptism; for, on "the day of Pentecost" (Acts 2:1), he got up and preached, saying, "Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!" (Acts 2:38)

We know Peter was talking about John's baptism in water; because, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Peter to the household of Cornelius and baptized them with "the Holy Ghost" (Acts 10:44), "they of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost"! (Acts 10:45)

Peter's reaction to that amazing move on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) part was to say: "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?"! (Acts 10:47) "And he commanded them to be baptized, in the name of the Lord!" (Acts 10:48) - in water!

People try to use that event as confirmation that people need to be immersed in water to receive ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit)! But what they fail to see is that, upon Peter's having preached water baptism as the way to "receive the gift of the Holy Ghost", Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) immediately baptized an entire household of people with His Holy Spirit, with no mention being made of any water, which puts into question Peter's claim for the presumed necessity of John's baptism with water to receive Yahuah Hayah's baptism "with the Holy Ghost"!

As for Peter's claim that one needs to be baptized in water "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) taught, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His disciples to pray to Him, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!" (Matthew 6:12) Would Yahuah Hayah teach His disciples to pray for something that He would not give them without their meeting a requirement that He did not mention?

What requirement did Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) mention through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)? He said, through Yeshua: If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you!" (Matthew 6:14) So where is any need for being baptized in water "for the remission of sins"? His concern was for their being merciful with their neighbors, not their being immersed in water!

So how does one receive Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) baptism "with the Holy Ghost"? (Acts 1:8; 10:44) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments! 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth!" (John 14:15 to 17)

By Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) word through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), one's receiving of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is based upon one's keeping of His commandments, not upon being immersed in water! To argue because of Peter's sermon that one must also be immersed in water is to make both Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) guilty of giving only partial information! And on anything so important as having His Holy Spirit to guide and empower one, such omission of information is unthinkable!

But that is the way false doctrine is! It always makes Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and anyone believing in Him look foolish!

To understand Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement for receiving ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is important! because He also said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!" (John 3:5) So what is that "water" about? Is that telling us, after all, that John's baptism in water is a requirement for receiving Yeshua's baptism?

The answer lies in John's account of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) words: "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying," (John 7:37) "If any man thirst, let him come, unto Me, and drink!" (Verse 37) "He who believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water!" (Verse 38)

Then we have the interesting comment made by John, to interpret what he had recorded: "This spake He of the Spirit, Whom they who believe on Him should receive!" (John 7:39)

So, getting back to this matter of "water" and "Spirit" and their being necessary to "enter into the kingdom of God", can we now see that, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) view, His Spirit can be likened to "living water", "Whom they who believe on Him should receive"!

We now have yet another requirement for receiving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Spirit - believing in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which is to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and in all the things that Yahuah Hayah had Yeshua say about keeping the commandments of His torah or law through Moses as the way to receive all the blessings and life He has ever had in mind for His children!

No conflict is there; because the requirement Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that one "keep My commandments" requires that one believe in Him! No one "keeps" or puts a value on what he does not believe! So believing Yahuah God Who has given us His commandments is consistently His concern, not whether or not one has been dunked in a pool of water!

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, our God!" (Deuteronomy 5:25) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven!" (Matthew 5:20) "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was talking about "eternal life". (Verse 16)

So shall we take the word of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)? Or should we listen to His apostle? He said, through Moses, that "1 if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee." (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2) In His "blessings" is His "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19), which is "your life" (Deuteronomy 32:47), which He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is "eternal life". (Matthew 19:16 and 17) What more could anyone want?

I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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 Your knowledge and understanding by which to seek Your Holy Spirit, life, righteousness and kingdom in the highly rewarding way that You have provided!

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 over the wonderful blessings and eternal life in Your awesome presence that Your Holy Spirit provides! And we praise you that Your Holy Spirit is the baptism of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!

I pray that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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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