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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 April 30
Ears to Hear
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160430.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, eight times in the Gospels Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is reported as saying: "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 11:15; 13:9 and 43; Mark 4:9 and 23; 7:16; Luke 8:8; 14:35)
Truly, if having "ears to hear" is Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement for one's hearing what He had to say through Yeshua, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), then we do well to look into what having "ears to hear" consists of and how one gets them.
The importance of this quest is hightened, by one's observing that to be one who "believeth" (John 3:16) in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement not to "perish but have everlasting life"! (Verse 16) And one cannot well say he is believing Whom he is not hearing!
So what is this having "ears to hear"?
Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) addressed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), this matter, somewhat, by saying through Him: "14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, who saith, By hearing, ye shall hear and shall not understand! And, seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive! 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross; their ears are dull of hearing; and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart and should be converted! And I should heal them." (Matthew 13:14 and 15)
In this passage one sees that "dull" ears and "closed" "eyes" relate to a person's "heart" or spirit that has "waxed gross" or is somehow impaired, the result being a lack of understanding! Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Solomon: "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom! And with all thy getting get understanding!" (Proverbs 4:7)
So we are taken back to those to whom Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) referred to as "these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), who become victims of those who "offend" (Verse 6) or tempt little ones to stop believing in Him!
So to understand how ears become "dull" and eyes become "closed", one has only to realize that the temptations or lies of Satan's servants are what cause one's spirit to be "waxed gross" or incapable of hearing or seeing Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) truth! He wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through His faithful apostle John:
So ears that do not or cannot hear are those of people who have been deceived and use the deception they have received to filter out from things they see or hear anything that does not support the deception. So they are locked into a box of their choice in having received from Satan or from one of his servants a warped or false outlook on the life that Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given them.
So the remedy for dull ears and closed eyes is for one to be reminded of the truth that he knew as "one of these little ones" who believed in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and caused to realize that it is preferable to the falsehood under which he has been laboring! Yeshua said:
Notice, please that in this saying Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) does not claim that His "rest" is complete, that it is without some responsibility upon the child who is resting in Him! So that "rest" is relative to the "labor and heavy laden" state of those children of His whom He is inviting into His rest.
The "labor" and "burden" of those who have not "come unto" Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM), their Creator and King, is relentless and without mercy, while His "yoke is easy" and His "burden is light"! And we learn what that "yoke" and "burden" is, when we read Yahuah's fundamental offering in His Torah or law through Moses:
"All these blessings" do "come, on thee, and overtake thee" but only when you receive from Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in your spirit His "commandments" and then "observe to do" them or put a value on doing them so as to give your best effort to obey them.
So where one encounters ears that hear not, he can usually find also a child of Yahuah (Self-Existent,Eternal) Hayah (I AM) who has accepted Satan's lie that life is a "free ride", that no one has the right to expect performance of anyone else, including and most of all the One Who is giving us the breath of life!
Only those who have come to terms with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), who have entered into His "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) by saying: "All that Yahuah hath spoken" (Exodus 19:18) I will do! have the coveted "ears to hear"! Being in covenant with Yahuah, they do not filter out or ignore the words from Him that their ears relay to them: they receive them, believe them and follow them as diligently as they can! And He blesses them for that loving attentiveness to Him and to His words, which "are spirit and ... life"! (John 6:63)
As "these little ones", Adam and Eve started out with "ears to hear"; but the Serpent got to Eve with believable lies; and she allowed those lies to rise above the words of her Creator in importance to her; so she stopped her ears from hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words, she sinned and broke His commandment to Adam, her husband! Then she tempted Adam into committing the same sin; and they lost their place in Paradise!
So ears that fail to hear have been around for a long time! And getting that hearing restored in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children has been one of His primary challenges ever since! In fact, the atonement He built into His Torah or law through Moses was an effort on His part to do that.
The atonement in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law through Moses was His requirement that a lamb be brought and killed in the presence of an Israelite who had sinned and wanted Him to forgive Him; He wrote, through Moses:
I have shown above that the "stony heart" or the spirit that lacks feeling is behind the ears that do not hear! Reviving that feeling is what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) atonement is about! Watching a lamb killed because one has sinned associates the lamb's suffering with the sin that was committed! And, when the sinning Israelite had witnessed that violence to an innocent animal, Yahuah was content to forgive him, hoping that the sinning Israelite's heart may have been stirred in relation to his sin.
The participating Israelite could see and be repulsed by the lamb's suffering; but he had sinned because he had little idea of what that sin did to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), his Creator and King, Who suffers the violence of His children's sin and the death of separation that their sinning causes!
After centuries of requiring from His sinning children that they experience His ritual of atonement to have His blessings restored to them, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent His "Word" (John 1:1), "express image" and Son, to Earth, to become one of their children, so that He could be the lamb killed in the supreme atonement of all time, the object being to kill in this atonement a brother to them Who yet had done marvelous "works" (John 14:11) among them, so that they would "feel" the shame, pain and remorse of what their priests did to the sinless Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who said:
The "truth" to which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to "bear witness" was that the Father, Who was hanging on Yeshua's cross as He was being crucified, is crucified to one degree or another every time one of His children sins! It was Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) supreme effort to restore "feeling" to the hearts and spirits of His stony children, that they repent of their violence against Him and return to being "these little ones who believe in" Him; so that their angels could again " behold the face of My Father Who is in Heaven"! (Matthew 18:10)
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) Our "conscience" is the part of our spirit where we feel right or wrong about what we do!
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13); and His laying down His life was His way of doing that.
For each sinning Israelite who participated in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) atonement, He promised that "it shall be forgiven him" (Numbers 15:28); and His forgiveness was not left out of His supreme atonement through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! For, as He hung dying on His cross, Yeshua prayed: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34)
So the spirit of some who beheld Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) crucifixion was stirred to feel the shame, pain and remorse of what was senselessly done to Him; but in addition to that for those who did respond appropriately upon even hearing of that shameful violence, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) assured them, through Yeshua's prayer, that their daring to feel again and hear Him again with "ears that hear" would be met by His forgiving them; and the restoration of His children to His glorious presence and kingdom would then be accomplished!
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, so many of whom are in such desperate need of it.
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