Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 June 4

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 June 4

The Burden of Wealth

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160604.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, certain members of this fellowship are experiencing what He referred to through Moses as "power to get wealth"! (Deuteronomy 8:18) And in behalf of these members, my spirit is feeling sorely burdened with respect to how they should be handling the wealth that He is putting within their reach!

At the outset of this sermon, let me point out what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) about "a rich man" (Matthew 19:24): He said: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God!" (Verse 24)

Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) saying alarmed His disciples; because they apparently understood that for any of us to fare well on Earth we must be endowed with a measure of riches; so they asked Him: "Who then can be saved?" They were feeling, immediately, the burden that I felt, this morning, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) began reminding me of developments within the fellowship that promise "riches" or the "wealth" that requires His "power to get"!

Please notice how to Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) disciples the idea of entering "into the kingdom of God" amounted to being "saved"! Since their Master had shown riches to be a threat to that entering and since all of us have some measure of riches to get along, they immediately wanted to know how any of us can deal with that problem!

The answer that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was instructive as a warning to show that riches tend to bar one from being saved; but this particular answer of His is not helpful in showing us how to avoid that bar and "enter into the kingdom of God" regardless of the wealth or riches that Yahuah clearly stated are His to give or at least the "power to get" them

With that power certain members of this fellowship are presently wrestling! So I have seen their immediate preoccupation as an alarm bell for me to caution them with the warnings that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us through the priceless word of His Holy Bible! For, if riches do, indeed, tend to obstruct one's entering into Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom, the opportunity He has promised His children to "get" them must be exercised with great care!

The need for that care is also evident in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) parable through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of "The Soils"! He said, through Yahushua:

3 Hearken! Behold, there went out a sower to sow! 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up! 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth! And, immediately, it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. 6 But, when the sun was up, it was scorched; and, because it had no root, it withered away! 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit! 8 And other fell on good ground and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased and brought forth, some thirty, some sixty and some an hundred! 9 And he said unto them, He who hath ears to hear, let him hear! 10 And, when He was alone, they who were about him with the twelve asked, of Him, the parable. (Mark 4:3 to 10) And He answered them:

14 ¶The sower soweth the word! 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but, when they have heard, Satan cometh, immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts! 16 And these are they, likewise, that are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it, with gladness, 17 but have no root in themselves and so endure but for a time! Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended! 18 And these are they that are sown among thorns, such as hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful! 20 And these are they that are sown on good ground, such as hear the word, receive it and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty and some an hundred! (Mark 4:14 to 20)

At this point we are well reminded that, according to Paul,

16 all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works! (2nd Timothy 3:16 and 17)

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has shown us, through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and through His Parable of the Soils that the kind of person hearing scripture determines how it is received and what is eventually done with it; and in this sermon we are particularly interested in the person Yahuah likened through Yahushua to the one who received His word while distracted by "the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things", which He said "choke the word" to where "it becometh unfruitful"!

A careful look at that part of the parable yields the invaluable wisdom that three kinds of distractions are a serious threat to our right handling of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) word through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who said: "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63)

Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said that "God is a Spirit"! (John 4:24) And as such He is the Source of all "spirit", including the spirits that comprise each of us, His beloved children! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Him lead us to that Source, to where the spirits that comprise us are fulfilled in the "life" that He has intended for them.

But, if we are caught up in and distracted by "the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things", the words of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) are choked by such preoccupations; and His words fall on deaf ears! "that, seeing, they may see and not perceive and, hearing, they may hear and not understand, lest at any time they should be converted and their sins should be forgiven them." (Mark 4:12)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) description of that problem through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) in another gospel helps us to understand better why that resistence to His word occurs:

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which 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 and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Matthew 13:14 and 15)

In that clearer version of the problem, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) points out, through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that the condition of one's "heart" or spirit is at the root of the problem, that the spirit that "is waxed gross" results in ears that "are dull of hearing" and eyes "they have closed", which prevent Yahuah's children from understanding "with their heart" so that they can "be converted", which then permits Him to "heal them".

That healing is far more significant than healing a part of one's body that has been bothering him or her; rather, it relates to the illness that is blocking his or her access to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom! It is what Yahuah's salvation is about. And in this sermon we are learning that our salvation in Him is jeopardized by the triple threat of "the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things", which He said "choke the word" to where "it becometh unfruitful"!

Those three dangers relate, closely, to one another: "The cares of this world" are a problem, first of all, because one has not learned the lesson so well expressed by Peter:

5 All of you be subject one to another and be clothed with humility! For God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble! 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. (1st Peter 5:5 to 7)

So how do you cast "your care upon Him"?

I believe that the "casting" of which Peter wrote relates, directly, to the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given each one of us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Verse 28) By His explanation through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) we learn that, by speaking to "this mountain" (Mark 11:23) or to the "care" that is burdening us and commanding that it "be ... removed ... 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"! (Verse 23)

The tendency of all too many of us is to be so proud that we think we can move our mountains ourselves in our own strength! And, obviously, not too many mountains get moved in that manner, whether by spoons or huge earth movers! Since He created them in the first place, Ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is the only competent mover of mountains; and recognizing that limitation we suffer and humbly cooperating with the way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has provided for us to get the moving done is the only effective way He has provided us.

When one has spoken to the removal of a "mountain" or a "care" and it has been removed, by the power of ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) all-powerful Holy Spirit, one has indeed cast that care upon Him; it is no longer the care of His child! And, by proceeding in that humility, by acknowledging one's inability and Yahuah's complete and wonderful ability, He will indeed "exalt you in due time"; and you will find that "the cares of this world" have disappeared!

So what about "the deceitfulness of riches"? What is "deceitful" about them?

Riches give one a sense of power, right? The one who can buy the cooperation of people around him can get things done! And nothing is wrong with getting things done, if what we are trying to get done is the will for us of our Father in Heaven! He said, through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

So doing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "will" for us is important! And, when it comes to handling whatever wealth He puts into our hands, their "deceitfulness" comes in our supposing that, once they are in our hands, we can do what we want with them regardless of what He wants us to do with them; and the failure to understand and heed that careful qualification is why the world is presently suffering an horrendous miscarriage of wealth, much of it being used to arrange for the enslavement of all who are not part of the wicked "elite" who are conducting this damaging misuse of their wealth.

Atheists in particular love to ask why God tolerates such inequities among His children; and I love to remind them that in doing so He is merely keeping His promise to curse those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15)

To carry out His justice, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) permits this mishandling of His riches for a time! But He warns, through His psalmist: "1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity! 2 For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass, and wither, as the green herb!" (Psalm 37:1 and 2)

That shows another aspect of wealth's deceitfulness: It gives one a sense of permanency; but wrongly handled, it will bring, to its handler, a sudden end comparable to being "cut down" or of withering! Although Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) tolerates these abominations for a time, He ends that time; and, when that end comes, no one can stop it.

How about "the lusts of other things entering in"? How do they "choke" the "word" that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) works to convey to His children?

"Lusts" (Mark 4:19) is a translation of a word meaning "a longing (especially for what is forbidden)"! (Strong: Greek: 1939) So anything not in the will for us of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which obviously is "forbidden", is the wrong thing for which anyone should have "a longing"! And such a longing is not possible, if one is respectful of Yahuah's fundamental offering in His torah or law through Moses:

1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

The word "observe" is a translation of a word meaning to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on; so to obtain Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) blessings, which include "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16), He asks only that His children recognize the value that obedience to His commandments brings one, which obviously does not include "the lusts of other things", of things other than what His commandments require of us or things that His commandments clearly forbid!

So how do those three pitfalls - "the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things entering in" - "choke" the word by which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) attempts to guide His children to "bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty and some an hundred"?

If one is caught up in or preoccupied with any of these wrong practices, he is one of those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments", in which case "all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:15); and a reading of those curses (Deuteronomy 28:15 to 68) should convince anyone that they are not to be desired!

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was dealing through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) with His disciples and their concern about anyone's being "saved", considering the obstacles to salvation that "a rich man" suffers, His answer through Yahushua was helpful:

With men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

In other words, with one's paying attention to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) guidance, which He has offered through His Holy Bible but, most importantly, through His "voice" in our spirits, the rich child of His will use his or her riches wisely or in accord with Yahuah's will; and that is a recipe for success both on Earth and in His world to come!

To show us the importance of these considerations, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told, through Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), how "the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully"! (Luke 12:16)

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns and build greater! And there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say, to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years! Take thine ease; eat, drink and be merry! 20 But God said, unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be that thou hast provided? 21 So is he who layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:17 to 21)

So the salvation that is impossible "with men" (Matthew 19:26) is possible "with God" (Verse 26) so long as one is using his wealth in accord with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will! And Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish!" (Matthew 18:14)

So the best use to which one can put the "wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives His children the "power to get" (Verse 18) is that Yahuah "may establish His covenant"! (Verse 18), which is, simply, the agreement that His children enter into to "keep", "observe" or put a value on the commandments of His torah or law through Moses!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist, why establishing His covenant is so important: "8 He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word that He commanded to a thousand generations! 9 which covenant He made with Abraham and His oath unto Isaac 10 and confirmed the same, unto Jacob, for a law, and to Israel, for an everlasting covenant!" (Psalm 105:8 to 10)

We learn, from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through His prophet, that His "covenant" is "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31) He defined "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), by saying through Moses: "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)

Since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) covenant "with the house of Israel" is "an everlasting covenant", it surely is one and not two or more! So we are obliged to view the different covenants of which He speaks in His Holy Bible as different opportunities at different times for that house to enter into one and the same covenant.

Since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) purpose in giving His childre "power to get wealth" is "that he establish His covenant" (Deuteronomy 8:18), His children are well advised to know how to establish it and do what is necessary to accomplish that establishment; and to that end He commanded:

all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is Yahuah's! It is holy unto Yahuah. (Leviticus 27:30)

"Tithe" is the translation of a word meaning "tenth"! (Strong: Hebrew: 4643)

Then Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told His children, through Moses, what they should do with their tithe:

Thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the Earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that Yahuah thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket and shalt go unto the place where Yahuah thy God shall choose to place His name there. (Deuteronomy 26:2)

The children of Israel were to give their tithe "unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates and be filled"! (Deuteronomy 26:2) The part of the tithe that went to "the stranger, the fatherless and the widow" was, obviously, a work of charity! But the part that went to "the Levite" enabled him to fulfill his role in Israel, particularly the priests among them, who were to "teach My people the difference between the holy and profane and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean! (Ezekiel 44:23)

In controversy they shall stand in judgment! And they shall judge it according to My judgments! They shall keep My laws and My statutes, in all Mine assemblies; and they shall hallow My Sabbaths! (Ezekiel 44:24)

With that structure in place, it could become a center for gathering others who were not a part of the children of Israel. Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Moses:

48 when a stranger shall sojourn, with thee, and will keep the Passover to Yahuah, let all his males be circumcised! And then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one who is born in the land! For no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof! 49 One law shall be to him who is homeborn and unto the stranger who sojourneth among you. (Exodus 12:48 and 49)

The disciples who ate "the Last Supper" with Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), which was His celebrating "the Passover" (Matthew 26:17 to 19) with them, were all circumcised children of Israel! Keeping the Passover is part of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law through Moses! And to be a child of Israel requires that one "keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways"! (Deuteronomy 28:9)

So the "possible" that "all things" are "with God" (Matthew 19:26), especially the handling of His "power to get wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18), involves one's keeping of or putting a value on His torah or law through Moses!

Yahushua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47) And believing Yahuashua is how one "should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16)

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 wealth and how to get it.

Father, I rejoice (John 15:11) that You are faithful to fulfill your children's powerful use of their "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) I know you answered this prayer, in ha Kodesh Ruach, your Holy Spirit, the moment I said it; and I believe I "receive" (Mark 11:24) a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over Your "power to get wealth" and the only way to handle it and keep their salvation!

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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