Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 October 17
Children of the King
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20151017.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 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 the place where He was reminding Peter through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) with respect to paying "custom or tribute" (Matthew 17:25), which we call "tax", that "the kings of the earth" do not take "custom or tribute of their own children" but rather "of strangers"!" And, when Peter admitted that was true, Yeshua concluded: "Then are the children free!"! (Verse 26)
The children of Israel did indeed enjoy a time when they were the children of the king and thus "free"; I speak of the time during which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) governed them using certain of them as His judges!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) judges in that day knew His torah through Moses! And, when matters were brought before them, they ruled according to what Yahuah had said in His law in relation to what had been done! But judges in our day rule by which party in the dispute knows about the law in his area and makes the best argument with respect to it, using previous court rulings to weigh his argument in the direction he wants the court to go!
So in our day judges rule not by what they know the law says but by what each party in the dispute says in relation to whatever law exists concerning the matter in dispute! And, if the party who has violated his neighbor happens to have a better lawyer, the judge, who is supposed to be completely unbiased in the matter, can and often does rule in favor of the violator rather than of the violated, thus perverting justice as Yahuah Hayah would judge the matter; and we need to keep in mind that He does indeed sovereignly judge His children according to what they have done, regardless of what the courts of the world do or fail to do concerning the law under which they operate!
So we have come a long way from the day of Yahuah Hayah's judges over the children of Israel, not for the better but for the worse! And an important reason for that corruption in government took place, from which the children of Israel have not recovered to this day!
Samuel was Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) prophet, during Israel's being ruled over by His judges; and "And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel." (1st Samuel 8:1) But "4the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel, unto Ramah, 5and said, unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways! Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations!" (1st Samuel 8:5)
Samuel was sufficiently wise to know that making a man king over the people would not be a good idea! And the bible's narrative gives us the following facts about that situation:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) giving the children of Israel their mortal king through Samuel happened before 1000 B.C.! And we are now living in years above 2000 A.D.; so for over 3 thousand years the children of Israel have tasted bitterly of the oppression Yahuah warned them would surely take place under a human to whom they would give the status of "law maker", which any king is!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had been the one and only "Law Maker" for His children; but, as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) taught, He was also "our Father Who art in Heaven"! (Matthew 6:9) And no one has the regard for another's welfare equal to the regard of a parent for his or her child! Yahuah said, through Moses, of His law:
But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had warned His children that should they make a man king over them instead of Him, the man king would not be their Father in Heaven! And his laws would be designed to make life easy for himself rather than for his subjects, who would not be his children!
For years I have had a running debate with a member of our fellowship who sees himself as a "patriot" or one who believes in the constitution of the United States as "the law of the land", its being based upon the government's being in the hands of the people - a government "of the people, by the people and for the people"!
That sounds like an excellent idea; and under the material advantages given the people of the United States, that nation has thrived and seemingly been blessed beyond any nation that has been seen to this day!
But - Lo and behold! - this form of government partakes of the same presumption that the children of Israel entered into when they demanded that Samuel make them a king, "that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles", which interestingly is exactly what the federal goverment of the United States is supposed to do!
Having presumably made themselves the kings - a "government of the people, by the people and for the people" - the framers of the consititution that mandates that presumption required that they put their interests into the hands of "representatives"! And, to assure that these representatives behaved themselves and governed according to the interests of "the people", they set up a three-branch government, each being independent of the other and able, by certain provisions in the constitution, to override ill-advised laws made by "legislators", ill-executed administration of the laws by a president or ill-considered judgments concerning the laws by supreme judges put over all the other judges in the land!
The framers of this amazing experiment - this supremely presumptuous experiment in the design of any nation yet seen on Earth - rested comfortably on the assurance that this system of "checks and balances" would keep the entire governmental organization on track and proceeding in the interest of "the people" who according to the constitution are the owners and determiners of all that would take place, their power presumably resting in their ability to replace poorly functioning legislators, presidents or judges with representatives who have promised them a better performance!
But a strange thing happened somewhere along the American way; men of wealth and of the power and authority that wealth enables entered the picture and simply bought out the legislators, presidents and judges, to where no longer were they the representatives of "the people" but of the wealthy who then controlled their income!
Worse yet, money buys foul play! And representatives finding themselves with qualms of conscience concerning who they were supposed to represent have systematically been destroyed by the wealthy, who have easily bought the demise of representatives with qualms of conscience at the hands of criminals willing to commit terrible violence for a price!
So this unique experiment in social engineering has gone seriously amiss, for one reason above all others: the children of Israel dared to make a man their king, ultimately even making themselves king through "the republic for which we stand"; and, falling far short of being Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator of the universe, our King over it and "our Father Who art in Heaven", they have shown themselves to be the utterly foolish and presumptuous children that they are, leaving a sad trail of presumed options for government, each more ridiculous, inept and wicked than the last!
Having completely run out of self-generated options for government, the children of Israel face returning to the one that was working "for your good always" (Deuteronomy 6:24) three millennia ago! And, with their having more than fulfilled Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah"s (I AM's) prophecy through Samuel that "ye shall cry out, in that day, because of the king whom ye shall have chosen for you" (1st Samuel 8:18), Yahuah will return through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to accept not His kingship - He has always been king - but our recognition of that kingship, to where He can make it work for us one more time! And with the lesson bitterly learned over the past miserable millennia, we can be assured that the restoration of our government to our Creator and King over the universe will be for ever! He wrote, through His prophet:
Notice, please that "the saints shall take the kingdom". To be "taken" a kingdom must exist; and a territory without a king is not a "kingdom"! So this prophecy requires that a king be in place with his kingdom, which will than be "taken" by the saints!
To "take" something is to accept it as is! One may have ideas about improving on it; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) by which to do that, so long as our use of that dominion never presumes to replace our king! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
One can do "many wonderful works" in the name of his King; but, if he has done it as an act to replace the King - that is, to do something contrary to the King, he is simply replaced, not the King! Our wonderful King wrote, through His recorder:
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 year, 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, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!
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