Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2015 December 19

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 December 19

Yeshua's Death

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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 showed me that the death He commanded for Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has more significance that most people realize! Yeshua said:

17 Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again! 18 No man taketh it from Me; but I lay it down of Myself! I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again! This commandment have I received of My Father! (John 10:17 and 18)

The question immediately arises: Why did Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) Father command that His "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) lay down His life, only "to take it again"? And the answer to that question takes us back to the question of why He created us, His beloved children, in the first place.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "Thou hast created all things! And for Thy pleasure they are and were created!" (Revelation 4:11)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) created all things, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for His "pleasure"! And that creation of course includes us, His beloved children! And we are unique among all His creations, in having, as the spirit that molds and drives us, a part of His amazing Spirit, by Whom He flung the galaxies into their places and keeps them there.

So we, too, are able to fling things into their places and keep them there; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has called that likeness to Himself in us our "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) And in His description through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of how that dominion works, He said, through Yeshua:

Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith! (Mark 11:23)

People do not go around moving mountains in their own strength! So, in choosing that analogy, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) showed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that His Spirit is pledged to back up what we say believing, even to moving a mountain, if that is our desire! And that is an amazing commitment!

But all too often Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children get the notion that moving mountains is fun and go around moving them here and there according to their own notions; and then things become disarranged in a hurry! That is, exactly, what His children invariably do with their dominion! And that error began, clear back in the Garden of Eden, where Adam saw fit to rearrange the order of things that Yahuah had put into His creation; and that presumptuousness brought death upon him; Yahuah said, to Adam:

16 Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat! 17 But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die! (Genesis 2:16)

Undoubtedly, Adam's eating the fruit "of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" was his doing of both good and evil, to where he would know the taste of either and choose one over the other! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) of course knew that Adam undoubtedly would taste of that meal and that the ingredient of evil in it would kill him; and, when the time came that he had tried it, his death came in the form of His God's judgment of death for having in some way rearranged what God had ordered for life!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved apostle knew, from his hearing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) teach His disciples, that "God is love"! (1st John 4:8) In other words, since Yahuah's nature is love, His creation reflects that love in every way imaginable! And that which reflects hate, being contrary to Yahuah's nature, is doomed! For everything in Yahuah focuses upon removing that which is hateful!

So for us to love Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) back along with loving our neighbor, who is Yahuah's beloved child, is for us to fulfill our being made " in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27) And that explains why He said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!" (Matthew 22:40)

"The law and the prophets" are Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) expression of Who and What He is, which is love! But, as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden, when His children insist on tasting of the meal that includes evil, they die, even as Adam and Eve did!

Physically, Adam lived on "nine hundred and thirty years"! (Genesis 5:5) So, apparently, the death of which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) spoke in His warning to Adam (Genesis 2:16 and 17) was a spiritual death or a disruption of his relationship with Yahuah. Of the person living physically without that life-giving relationship, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. (Matthew 8:22)

But Paul rightly observed that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"! (Romans 3:23) So who are not among the walking dead, in the sense of those who have lost their connection with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who not only is their Creator but is their ongoing Source of the spiritual life that He is?

In His gracious mercy, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) provided a way by which His children can restore that connection, become revitalized and go on enjoying the benefits of His kingdom, which is anywhere that His Spirit is seen working His wonders! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matthew 12:28)

"Devils" do not like righteous conduct; so, in a sense, anyone who "worketh righteousness is accepted with Him" (Acts 10:35) Who in His Torah through Moses offered:

It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

So, doing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandments, which shows that one has "observed" or put a value on them, causes Yahuah to look upon one as righteous! He is "working righteousness" and is therefore "accepted with Him"

Yet Paul came along teaching that "ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39); so I would not look to Paul for any sound instruction on what restores one's relationship with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), His Creator and King! What that Creator and King has said to do or not do provides the way by which to remain in His kingdom, where His life is to be found! In fact, His definition of the children of Israel is:

Yahuah shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways! (Deuteronomy 28:9)

What more could one possibly ask than to be counted among "an holy people unto" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator of all and the King over it?

One achieves that distinction, when he or she shall "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) And sin can range from being minute variances from a commandment to outrageous and blatant disregard for the whole law! But all of that is sin; and again Paul rightly observed, from Yahuah's Torah or law through Moses, that "the wages of sin is death"! (Romans 6:23) Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden "lest he put forth his hand and take also of the Tree of Life and eat and live for ever"! (Genesis 3:22)

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, of "this law" (Deuteronomy 32:46): "It is your life!" (Verse 47) And, when He had sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to teach among His children, He said, through Yeshua:

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)

So it is astounding to read from Paul's teaching to his followers: "Ye are not under the law." (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18) Not under Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) life? My, my! Is there no end of Paul's foolishness?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) invitation through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to "enter into life" was addressed to those who were not "into life"; and that includes all who have lost track of who and what we are, which is a race of people who are utterly dependent upon their Creator's moment-by-moment task-by-task direction, to keep from violating Him and His creation! He said, through Yeshua:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat! 14 Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life, and few there be who find it. (Matthew 7:13 and 14)

The preponderance of the wayward children of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, indeed, sad! But He was willing to let them violate or curse Him and His creation, to give them an opportunity to bless them, once they have decided that doing their own thing is the last thing any of us needs to be doing! because the rewards He bestows upon those who finally "keep", "observe" or put a value on His way, which He has given us through the commandments of His Torah or law through Moses, are beyond our wildest dreams! He wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

22 The glory that Thou gavest Me I have given them, that they may be one, even as We are one, 23 I in them and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one, that the world may know that thou hast sent Me and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me!(John 17:22 and 23)

Think of it! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has given us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children, the glory that He gave Yeshua, the Person of the Godhead Who said, "Let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1:3) And in that "light" is the energy that is driving all of Yahuah's creation as well as guiding us in all aspects of our lives! Does the end of these wonders even exist?

The "glory" that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has given us leads to our oneness with Him, "that they may be made perfect in one"; and oneness is impossible without agreement, all of this being "that the world may know that thou hast sent Me and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me"!

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children needed to know one other thing, which gets down to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) death and its purpose! With so many of them refusing to hear His voice and using their dominion to destroy rather than to build their future in Him, they needed a traumatic event that would shake them to the root of their beings, causing them to realize that their preumptuousness apart from Him can and does lead only to death and that it is leading them there in a hurry!

For centuries, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was willing to forgive and restore to His blessings the sinner who brought a "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27) in the form of a "goat" (Verse 27), with which "the priest shall make an atonement for the soul who sinneth ignorantly" Yahuah gives us, through His author, a clear explanation of what that atonement is about, explaining that it

was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, which could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience! (Hebrews 9:9)

It may be true that watching an innocent animal bleed to death because of one's sin "could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience"; but being made "perfect as pertaining to the conscience" was, indeed, the purpose of the atonement; and, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had laid down His life, 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)

In Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah through Moses, His impressive list of curses awaiting those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:15) includes both disease and want of the necessities of life! (Verses 16 through 68) And, since the number of people in the world who have stopped listening to Yahuah's voice is many, one is far more likely to encounter such cursed people as he is those who are enjoying His blessings, which forces those who are blessed to decide how to handle their cursed neighbors or behave toward them.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is clear, on that matter, having commanded, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "44 Love your enemies! Bless them who curse you; do good to them who hate you; and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that ye may be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For He maketh His sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust!" (Matthew 5:44 and 45)

That commandment amounts to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requiring that His children serve the needs of their neighbor regardless of how he may be treating them; and His reward to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for His laying down His life in letting wicked men crucify Him was to raise Him up, a gloriously resurrected man!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) told His disciples:

As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you! (John 20:21)

Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple! (Luke 14:27)

32 If ye love them who love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those who love them. 33 If ye do good to them who do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same! 34 And, if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again!(Luke 6:32 to 34)

In commanding Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to lay down His life, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was asking Him to give, for all their children to see, the ultimate demonstration of His Father's way of treating others! And the teachings He gave through Yeshua prepared them to understand the far reaching ramifications of that way.

People in the world, who have long stopped listening to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in their hearts, have lost track of His way of loving another regardless of how the other is behaving! When they do something for a neighbor, they regard that giving as an investment! They expect an immediate return on it; and they have devised any number of methods by which to force the neighbor to pay them.

But, once those methods are abandoned, one is faced with how to collect his neighbor's debt to him; and, when one gets right down to understanding Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) economy, efforts to collect from neighbors who owe one a debt become irrelevant to His way, which is to guarantee by His methods, not those of the vendor, the return of His children's giving!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) So what need is there to devise cruel methods of forcing payment of debts, when the Creator of all and King over it has guaranteed, by the honor of His word, that anything given by a child of His will be returned to him, one way or another?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether!" (Psalm 19:9) His "judgments" are the rewards and punishments that He gives, according to what His children have done! So, with His perfect judgment's being a constant fact in His children's economy, what need exists for them to devise ways by which to "judge" others according to what they have done or failed to do?

A few years after Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) enemies had done their worst to Him, their entire city was taken from them and burned to the ground, while they were killed or taken into captivity! That is, simply, the way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) works! Why fight it? Why not simply go along with it?

So taking up one's "cross" is, simply, an obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to leave judgment in His able hands! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!"

It is ironic to observe that the most notorious examples of presentday debtor's imprisonment is that perpetrated by the "justice" systems of various countries of the world, the obvious fact being that, by the nature of their business, they are able, in the courts that are necessarily a part of it, to order the imprisonments presumably forcing debtors to pay their debts!

But, instead of debtors to the justice system being made to pay, almost invariably, the imprisonment for forced payment of a debt simply "justifies" the prison system of that country, grievously perpetuating it and destroy with it the lives of untold thousands of Yahuah Hayah's beloved children, who had no way of paying their debt in the first place and far less of a way while being kept behind bars! He wrote, through His apostle:

21 Christ ... suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps! 22 Who did no sin; neither was guile found in His mouth! 23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not but committed Himself to Him Who judgeth righteously!(1st Peter 2:21 to 23)

This commitment of one's affairs "to Him Who judgeth righteously" is what being "sent" by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as His Father "sent" (John 20:21) Him is about! It is the adoption of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) amazing ecomony, which does not demand repayment for services rendered or for goods provided; it relies upon His guaranteed return to the child of His who gives anything to another! (Luke 6:38)

In the light of this revelation, can we not see the awesome wisdom inherent in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) ultimate judgment, when He will say, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to those who have provided for the practical needs of their neighbors, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" (Matthew 25:34) And to those who have failed to provide such things for their neighbors, He will say, through Yeshua: "Depart, from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels!" (Verse 41)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who created us and put us on Earth, in a physical environment where provisions are the necessities of life, is the first to understand that the provider of services and goods must live! And He has no problem with the provider's asking for compensation; He said, "Ask, and ye shall receive!" (John 16:24)

In the light of this provision, one's "asking price" takes on a whole new meaning! It is, merely, the communication of what the provider would like to receive for his goods or services to keep functioning! But it leaves, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) hands, what the receiver of the goods or services does about the asking price. If he cannot pay for them, they are given anyway, "hoping for nothing" (Luke 6:35), again leaving in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) hands the perfect justice He promises for those who "give"! (Luke 6:38)

I'll bet you never expected that a sermon on "Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) cross" would become a quick course on economics! But, whether one realizes it or not, that is what is involved with His cross; it is perfect reliance on "Him Who judgeth righteously"! (1st Peter 2:21 to 23) And that amazing "judgment" (Psalm 19:9) relates to every aspect of one's life on Earth!

When we start out under the loving care of parents, we receive what we need, our parents "hoping for nothing again" (Luke 6:35) except in the general sense of parents' knowing that children are an immeasurable blessing! But, then, we are thrust into a world where everything is given by measure with not only a hope but a demand for recompense, the goods or services being withheld from any who cannot pay for them; and, within the scope of that demanding economy, the problems we have discussed in this sermon become grievous indeed and a burden that has plagued the world for thousands of years!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "31 If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32 Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32)

That saying has been continually applied to one's salvation from the "death" and "cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19) that await those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15) But my hope is that you will ever more appreciate the practical aspects of our life on Earth to which it also applies.

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 Your absolutely just but merciful economy!

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 faithful reliance upon Your perfect justice and their liberty in obedience to your commandment: "Freely ye have received, freely give!"! (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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