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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 August 29
Rejoice, Ye Righteous!
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150829.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 took me to where He wrote, through His psalmist: "Be glad in Yahuah, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye who are upright in heart!" (Psalm 32:11)
That is a command, spoken by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who was the psalmist's inspiration! And the question I find myself asking is, Why is He commanding His children to rejoice? Is that not simply an emotional reaction to something joyful?
Chemists are familiar with the phenomenon of a solution's becoming so saturated with minerals that they are ready to crystalize! But, strangely, they do not, until the mixer of the powerful potion hits it against an object, shocking the solution, so that the crystalization then takes place!
As the "righteous" or "upright in heart", we have every reason to rejoice; but, sometimes, we simply take it for granted and forget that we could be rejoicing, that we should be rejoicing, and that rejoicing is the fulfillment of all our efforts to be "righteous" or "upright in heart", which is our effort to please Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator of the universe and King over it, so that He will bless us rather than curse us. (Deuteronomy 28)
So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) effort in this particular psalm appears to be His providing the shock that will precipitate the rejoicing that we are well primed to enjoy, when we come to the realization that we have so much for which to rejoice, be thankful and praise the Giver of all that contributes to our joy.
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain, in you, and that your joy might be full!" (John 15:11) Well, consider, for a moment, that as Yahuah's "Word" (John 1:1), Who was "in the beginning" (Verse 1) Yeshua has been speaking "these things" for so long as Yahuah has had mankind on Earth! And we have had every reason to be rejoicing all that time!
Still, "They cried, unto Yahuah, in their trouble!" (Psalm 107:6) Who are "they"? And in what trouble were they?
I assume that "they" are we and that the "trouble" to which that psalm refers is that which besets all of us, in one form or another, from one time to another; for something always seems to be going wrong!
The debate goes on, between me and the woman in our fellowship who is determined to marry a Jew! And following on the heels of another round of discussion I had with her, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) reminded me of the prophecy in which He declared, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
The question then came, to my mind, Why will "they" do that?
Of course, "they" are the Jews, who cried out "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" (Luke 23:21), when Pilate asked them, "Why, what evil hath He done? I have found no cause of death in Him." (Verse 22)
But the "the chief priests and elders and all the council" (Matthew 26:59) had found what they believed to be a reason for killing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): for, during the hastily arranged trial they conducted in which to convict Him and having suffered difficulty in producing witnesses who could speak of anything against Him,
Of course, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had only said what He knew to be true about Himself! But the high priest called it "Blasphemy"! And on the strength of that tragic misconception, the leaders of the Jews had Him crucified!
Having killed the innocent Son of God, the Jews dared not, for the next two thousand years, admit that He was right or that He was Who He said He was; for, if they were to concede any such thing, the horrendous guilt of what they had done to so exalted a Person would become evident to their conscious minds; and they would indeed "mourn, for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and ... be in bitterness, for Him, as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn"! (Zechariah 12:10)
This is why the Messianic Jews are, by nature, such passionate worshipers of Yeshua ha Mawshiyach; they have mourned for what their Israeli fathers did to Him, as "as one mourneth for his only son" (Zechariah 12:10); and then they have rejoice that His Father in Heaven raised Him again, a gloriously resurrected man!
Having been a father, with three sons whom I and my wife love greatly, I can appreciate what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was trying to say with such words; no love exists that is greater than what one feels for his or her children, those who came into the world because of his or her parentage and who then were raised through all the long and trying yet blessing process of supporting them and guiding them that parenting involves!
When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives" (Zechariah 14:4) and the Jews look upon Him "Whom they have pierced" (Zechariah 12:10), the day of the their wandering around in denial will be over! They will have to face up to what their leaders did two thousand years before and what they have done throughout all the years that have gone by since then, which has been to deny that He was Who He said He was and reject the astounding ministry of salvation and redemption that He fulfilled in His role as their Messiah!
By that denial, the Jews frustrated Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) efforts through His beloved Son to bring their relationship with Him into its fullest possible expression or into its highest possible glory! He said:
So all those centuries the Jews have been in violation of "the First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38), which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said was to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind"! The original commandment says "with all thy might"! (Deuteronomy 6:5) For one can certainly not claim to love in any such way a person whom he not only "honoreth not" (John 5:23) but arranges to have killed!
The Jews keep or put a value on Yahuah Hayah's torah or law through Moses, insofar as they understand it; but His mission through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach was to bring them into an higher understanding of it, so that His rewards for their obedience to His specific commandments in it could fulfill them more freely and mightily!
One of Yahuah Hayah's commandments through Moses was to love Him! And through the ministry to which He sent Yeshua ha Mawshiyack, He tried to inform the children of Israel that He was, actually, three Persons. When He commanded through Yeshua His disciples to "go ... and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19), He said to do it "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost"! (Verse 19) One name was to embrace all three of these Persons Who comprise Him.
This is a hard thing for the Jews to wrap their heads around; for the place where Yahuah Hayah commands through Moses that His children love Him, He prefaces, by saying: "Hear, O Israel: Yahuah, our God, is one Yahuah." (Deuteronomy 6:4)
That basic idea about Himself is why, when Yeshua ha Mawshyack introduced Himself as "the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18), He emphasized that "I and My Father are one!"! (John 10:30)
And, as though that upgrade of understanding was not enough to absorb, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) went farther, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, to include us, His beloved children, in that oneness, praying:
Wow! Our being "one" with the Creator of the universe and King over it? What a mind-blowing concept!
The proof of that oneness and the power and authority for us that is suggested by it is wrapped up in Yahuah Hayah's having given us, His beloved children, our "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)
When Yahuah Hayah sent Yeshua ha Mawshiyach to Earth, to explain to us how that dominion works, He showed how our merely speaking to a "mountain" (Mark 11:23) could cause it to "be ... removed and be ... cast into the sea" (Verse 23), which can only be done "by My Spirit, saith Yahuah of hosts"! (Zechariah 4:6)
So the same Spirit that flung the galaxies into their places and is keeping them there, with all the intricacies of their amazing functions, has been put, by the Father of that Spirit, at the command of us His children, who by the Son of that Father were caused to understand their oneness with Him and the Father in that amazing creativity! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Chkrist) said
Is it any wonder then, that the awesome statement "Ye are gods and ... children of the most High!" (Psalm 82:6), which Yahush (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had made through His psalmist, was repeated by Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, in an effort to get the children of Israel to accept His claim of Who He was? He said:
Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's reference to people's charging against Him "Thou blasphemest" is particularly meaningful, in view of the fact that, when His captors had "led him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled" (Matthew 26:57) and when the high priest had "answered and said unto him, I adjure Thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God" (Verse 63) and when Yeshua had answered that He was (Verse 64) 65the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy! What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard His blasphemy! 66What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death!" (Verses 65 and 66)
So they crucified the Person of God Whom the Father had sent to show them that is exactly what they were capable of doing, so that they could know, clearly, that they were "sinners" (Matthew 9:13), whom Yeshua ha Mawshiyach had said He came to "call ... to repentance"! (Verse 13)
Those among us who are willing in their hearts to admit to such sin, to where we will "confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"! But coming to the point of that willingness had been the stumblingblock of humany since Adam and Eve! And, in His Mercy, Yahuah Hayah had sent His "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) and commanded Him to "lay down" (John 10:17) His life in that manner, so that His shed "blood" might "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14)
I, myself, am a walking testimony of that reluctance to confess one's sin! For I went thirty years of my adult life supposing that I was right in God's sight, only to find that I had been no more than a despicable shadow of the person He wanted me to be; and I praise Him for putting up with me all these years while I have labored to discover what He really has wanted for me; and this sermon is only the latest of His revelations to me about that desire He has had for me and for you and for all His children everywhere!
But that discovery is impossible, for those who, like my friend's Jewish suitor, will not even admit that Yeshua ha Mawshiyach was Who He said He was, so that they can accept His words of "spirit" and "life" and thereby receive the "joy" (John 15:11) that He has wanted us to have for what those precious words reveal to us about "the Father ... the Son, and ... the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19) and about our relationship to Him, which is that of His beloved and awesomely empowered Sons and Daughters!
By the nature of a man's and woman's relationship, when a woman marries a man, she looks to him for the love and support she will need, as she bears his children into the world and deals with all the ups and downs of their upbringing, let alone have a trade or profession, if she wants that; and I personally know what a man is like who has a faulty relationship with Yahuah Hayah, His Creator and King! For I was such a man.
Over the centuries, the Jews have been the most persecuted people on Earth! And, aside from their spiritual impairment because of their failure to have believed Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, they also have suffered an impaired perception of their relationship to the communities in which they have found themselves.
The Jews have rightly known that the Gentiles, who have not known Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as they have, suffer serious impairments in their functioning as people! And the fact that such people who happened to be in their way as they entered the promised land of Canaan were considered worthy by their God of only being killed has somehow colored their regard for the Gentiles, to where they have seen them worthy only of being lied to by the Jews, cheated by them and abused in any way that a Jew saw fit or could get away with; and their Talmud or extra-biblical literature has passages in it describing their Gentile neighbors as sub-beings on the order of demons!
This spiritually innate discrimination against all people not born among the Jews or proselyted by them has underlain the relentless tension that has ever existed between them and the communities around them, to where "pogroms" against them became the rule, driving them from one locality after another, which reached its climax in the German "holocaust" during World War II, in which the Jewish "solution" was simply to kill them by the thousands!
This gave rise to Jews who consider themselves to be "reformed"! Having learned the hard lesson of history, such Jews seek to be more reasonable in their faith and solicit better relations between themselves and their community! And this is where the young Jew who wants to marry my friend comes in; he comes from a family who regard themselves to be "reformed" to the point even of not "religiously" attending their local synogogue each Sabbath.
But, by this fellowship's understanding of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible and particularly of His torah or law through Moses, such conduct makes a person even more compromised in his relationship to Yahuah, which deprives him of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach's (Spirit's) guidance and empowerment in matters of the utmost urgency, which every one of us faces as we make our way through the life that He has given us. Yahuah said, to Moses:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet:
In one place in His torah or law through Moses, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) described His Sabbath as being "an holy convocation" (Leviticus 23:3) - all twenty-four hours of it; and "convocation" is a translation of a word meaning "something called out, i.e. a public meeting"! (Strong: Hebrew: 4744) So one is not "keeping the Sabbath" who is not coming together with brothers and sisters in Yahuah, to worship and be inspired and guided by Him.
So becoming "less of a Jew" is not the answer, at least in regard to hearkening "diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments "! (Deuteronimy 28:1) And neither is being a Jew who adheres to all the extrabiblical tradition that the Jews have accummulated over the centuries! Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
The "Messianic Jew" has it right! He retains His love for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His torah or law through Moses while acknowledging, worshiping and serving Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as Yahuah's "only begotten Son", Who came to "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) by His shed blood's purging of their "conscience" (Hebrews 9:14) and Who also, as His faithful apostle John wrote,
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having "redeemed us by Thy blood" was His reward for having obediently laid down His life for us; for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave Him permission to take all the dead men, women and children who had been "spirits in prison" (1st Peter 3:19), to whom "He went and preached" (Verse 19) "in the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40), to where for those among them who had repented He "ascended on high ... led captivity captive ... received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that Yahuah God might dwell among them". (Psalm 68:18)
For that reason John was able to write later, of these wonderfully saved children of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), that they "were redeemed from the Earth" (Revelation 14:3) "from among men"!
Good reason indeed is there for us to "be glad in Yahuah, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye who are upright in heart!" (Psalm 32:11)" For He is faithful to reward "exceedingly" (Genesis 15:1) those who like Abraham, have "obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law"! (Genesis 26:5)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) laid down His life, as our "Savior" (Luke 9:11), to "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13), if they have not so "kept" or put a value on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandments through Moses; and, as our "Redeemer" (Job 19:25; Hebrews 9:12) He takes those who have repented and died to "Paradise"! (Luke 23:43)
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!
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, who desperately await their knowledge of who they really are in Him!
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