Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 August 22

Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 August 22

The Living Sacrifice

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150822.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, He promised, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), 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)

Both the words "keep" (Exodus 20:6) and "observe" (Deuteronomy 28:1) are King James translations of the same word, which means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrews: 8104) or put a value on; so what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has asked of His children concerning His Torah or law through Moses is that they give it a place of the highest priority in their hearts!

But what does that actually mean? What does Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) really want of us?

Before I continue, let me make it clear that this is a sermon from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) primarily for my benefit, who have been woefully lacking in the seriousness concerning His Torah or law through Moses that I now believe He wants from us; and this has become the case with me after forty years of studying His Torah and teaching it.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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) His problem with them was that, although they "sit in Moses’ seat" (Matthew 23:2), teaching, as he did, Yahuah Hayah's Torah, "they say and do not" (Verse 3), thus being "hypocrites" (Verse 13) and worthy of "greater damnation"! (Verse 14)

All this time I have been teaching Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) fundamental offer through Moses, that He will bless those who hearken to His voice "to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1) Yet I have then been ignoring all His commandments relating to the sacrifices and atonement of His Torah, on the excuse that, since He allowed the Romans to destroy His temple in Jerusalem, where all the sacrifices had to be performed, no obedience to those commandments was possible!

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has now shown me that I was, by that faulty rationale, missing the entire gamut of priestly activity that His Torah consistently addresses!

You would of course want to know how this can be! And what He has now shown me is, that, although the physical temple in Jerusalem has been destroyed, His temple in Heaven or "in the Spirit" has not been destroyed and that we, as children of His who presumably understand doing things "in the Spirit" have always had the ability to perform His sacrifices and the atonement of His Torah "in the Spirit" and thus are without excuse concerning them.

The point of keeping or observing these commandments is that in His plans for us each of the commandments relating to the sacrifices and atonement of His Torah had a purpose! And, when we ignore them, we forfeit the benefit to us that He has intended for us in our keeping or observing of them.

I have given lots of attention to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) purpose in commanding His sacrifices, over the months, in one study after another, while neglecting to let the sacrifices fulfill that purpose, by doing them, at least "in the Spirit"! It is, I believe, to show the violence that sin causes Him, Who is innocent, like the sacrificed animal or like Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) when He made Himself to be the sacrifice; He wrote, through His author, concerning the animal sacrifices that they were

"a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9)

Then Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) asked, through His author, concerning His beloved Son:

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)

If you have heard my addressing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) atonement and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) part in fulfilling it, you might respond, by saying: "We know that, Pastor Floyd!"

But I would respond, by saying: "And He wants His children to keep on knowing it, never being permitted to forget it, by the constant repeating of the sacrificial rituals, which before Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) went to the cross foretold it and which continue to remind us of it after that amazing and traumatic shaking of mankind's conscience took place once and for all time!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) prophesied, through His prophet, that in a temple not yet seen, the sacrifices of His Torah will be reinstated! (Ezekiel 40 to 48) Why would He do that, if purpose and benefit had not remained in His children's performing them?

In the meanwhile, we have in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible, His commandments relating to the sacrifices, which were always performed by His priests! And did He not say, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Ye shall be, unto Me, a kingdom of priests and an holy nation!" (Exodus 19:6)

And then, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faitfhul apostle John, did Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) not say: "5 Unto Him Who loved us and washed us, from our sins, in His own blood 6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever!" (Revelation 1:5 and 6)

What is the point of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s making us "priests" who never do anything in relation to a body of commandments specifically relating to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) priests?

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) finally got this truth through my thick head, I was, to quote job, "in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6), abhorring myself exactly as he said he did, having seen "things too wonderful for me, which I knew not"! (Verse 3)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has wanted me to be a functioning priest, not a child of His merely being called one, with the blessings of being that priest awaiting my obedience to that part of His calling upon me.

I can hear many of you now, saying, Pastor Floyd, "This is an hard saying! Who can hear it?" (John 6:60) And I know why you would respond with such dismay!

What I believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is asking of us, His children in Faith Harvest Israel, is to know what His commandments concerning the sacrifices of His torah are and when He wants them performed! And that requires getting down to business, for a change; are any of you up to that?

So what are these priestly commandments? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Moses:

An altar of earth thou shalt make, unto Me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings and thy peace offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen: in all places where I record My name I will come, unto thee, and I will bless thee. (Exodus 20:24)

In all these sacrifices, an innocent animal is killed; and, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to His children in the land of Israel, Yeshua made, of Himself, the innocent sacrifice, saying to His disciples: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) and "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)

So in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) ministry through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) we find His heart's desire for His children, which is that they learn to love one another, even the "enemies" (Matthew 5:44) among them, as He loved even His enemies, praying on the cross they nailed Him to: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!"

So following Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in the example of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) and our Brother, Friend, King, Savior and Redeemer, is not for the faint of heart! His followers are required to lay down their lives, by setting aside their own interests to accommodate their neighbors or, if need be, lay down their lives to the worst among their neighbors; He said, through Yeshua:

Give to every man who asketh of thee; and, of him who taketh away thy goods, ask them not again! (Luke 6:30)

This is a sacrificial way of life, which is why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law through Moses is riddled with His commandments to make sacrifices! The animals He requires be given up according to those commandments are vital to the livelihood of His people, as is the time and effort required to make the sacrifices.

So, if the absence of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) temple prohibits the sacrificing of physical animals, the sacrificing of one's time and resources in keeping or observing His commandments concerning them is, still, an appropriate obedience to Him in the Spirit of His desire that His children live in sacrificial love and regard for Him and for one another!

The obedience of His children in all aspects of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah is so critical to their well being and the fulfillment of His amazing plans for them throughout eternity that He cannot stand half-hearted efforts! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:

Because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth! (Revelation 3:16)

If all this seems inappropriately demanding on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) part, consider His reward to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for His obedience in going to the cross! Yahuah Hayah not only raised Yeshua from the dead, He raised Him up as a gloriously resurrected man, with a body capable of walking through walls yet retaining in it the nail prints He suffered! He said:

Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I myself! Handle Me and see! For a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. (Luke 24:39)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is a no-nonsense God! He means what He says! But doing what He says brings rewards that are beyond one's wildest dreams! So I, for one, am making every effort to comply with the spirit of His Torah, even if parts of it cannot presently be fulfilled here on Earth!

So, in my morning prayer, I say, to "My Father and your Father and to My God and your God" (John 20:17), consume me, Father, as a living sacrifice unto you, that I may serve you with the passion befitting one of Your precious and grateful children!

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 appreciate and be utterly grateful for the completeness of the dedication they know You want of them.

I know you answered this prayer, in ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (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 being living sacrifices to You in all that You desire of them. (Matthew 10:8)

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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