Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 July 16

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 July 16

Yahuah Hayah's House

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160716.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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 throughout His creation! 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, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) prayed, through His psalmist: "I will dwell in the house of Yahuah for ever!" (Psalm 23:6)

That appears to be a virtue of some kind, something to be desired; and the question arises, Why? What is so great about "the house of Yahuah" that one would want it "for ever"?

Another question arises from out of the same statement: "What is 'the house of Yahuah'"? And "How does one enter it, let alone "dwell" in it?

Another side of the matter is shown by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through His prophet concerning His "New Covenant" (Jeremiah 31:31), which He said would be "with the house of Israel"! (Verse 31)

The name "Israel" is the one that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave to Jacob, saying: "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power, with God and with men, and hast prevailed!" (Genesis 32:28)

When we look up that name, we find that it means "he will rule as God"! (Strong: Hebrew: 3478) Only one man in all Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) creation is qualified to rule like that; and that man is Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who dwells today, "sitting on the right hand of Power"! (Matthew 26:64) For He is "the Word", Who was "in the beginning ... with God and ... was God" (John 1:1) But

the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us; and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth! (John 1:14)

I would add to that truth that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) not only "was God" but is God, the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith Yeshua, Who is and was and is to come, the Almighty!" (Revelation 1:8)

Certainly Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) dwells "in the house of Yahuah" (Psalm 23:6), having "ascend unto My Father" (John 20:17); but the psalmist declared: "I will dwell in the house of Yahuah for ever!" He, the psalmist, was one of us, those whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "created ... in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27)

The same parallel exists between Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having said: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12) and His also saying: "Ye are the light of the world!" (Matthew 5:14) And to those "lights" He said: "I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you!"

Does not one invite "friends" into his "house", people with whom he or she finds pleasure in relating?

A quaint saying in Spanish comes to my mind: "Mi casa es su casa." (My house is your house.) And the fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator of All and the King over it, has said to us, His "friends", through His psalmist, that we will dwell in His house for ever is a consideration so glorious that it absolutely boggles the mind!

But what is that "house"?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has spoken, through His prophet, of "the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31) Surely that is not some huge castle somewhere under the roof of which all Israelites dwell.

No, I believe it is the society of Yahuah's children so structured in "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) through His torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses that He identifies them with with "Israel" or with Yeshua, His beloved Son, having made Yeshua their "King of kings"! (Revelation 19:16)

Furthermore, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has made it clear, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that His "kingdom" - or "house", if you will - is entered only by those having "righteousness"! (Matthew 5:20) And Yahuah said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God!" (Deuteronomy 6:25)

So I believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "house" is, simply, another word referring to His "kingdom"! And 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)

In other words, where we see Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) powerfully doing what we want Him to do, we are, indeed, in His "kingdom" or "house", the place where His "friends", a society of people structured in "righteousness", dwell or enjoy the benefits of His "kingdom" or "house"!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) is everywhere! And so also is His "kingdom" or "house"! So, when one speaks of being "in" Yahuah's "house" or better "dwelling" in it, he necessarily is talking about a favorable relationship that one has with it or better with the Creator and King Whose kingdom or house it is!

Now we happen to be talking about "religion"! People try to say that their particulalr fellowship does not have a "religion" but, rather, a relationship with "Jesus" or whatever name they believe represents God! They are fed up with all the lamentable excesses and crazy notions carried out by people claiming that this circus is their "religion"!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His apostle of "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father" (James 1:27); and he said that it is "to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world"!

Visiting "the fatherless and widows in their affliction" is obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment: "love thy neighbor" (Leviticus 19:18), which He then repeated through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! (Matthew 22:39) Then He said: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me!" (Matthew 25:40)

So loving one's neighbor is loving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) called that commandment "the First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38); He called loving one's neighbor "the second like unto it"; and He said: "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!" (Verse 40)

From all of that wonderful scripture one can see why visiting "the fatherless and widows in their affliction" comprises in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) view "pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father"! (James 1:27)

As for keeping one's self "unspotted from the world", Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through His prophet, that His priests were to "teach My people the difference between the holy and profane and cause them to discern between the clean and the unclean"! (Exekiel 44:23) So remaining "unspotted from the world" seems to be holding to that which is "holy" and "clean"!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Ye shall be holy; for I am holy." (Leviticus 11:44) And, when we look up "holy", we find it to be the translation of a word meaning "sacred"! (Strong: Hebrew: 6918) And, since that is not too helpful, Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines "sacred" as "relating to religion" or "highly valued and important: deserving great respect"!"

Certainly Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator of All and King over it deserves "great respect"; and the same would be true of His "will" or what He wants from His children; and, as we have seen, being the amazing Person and God that He is, He wants that stature for His children, as well, which gets back to the idea of "religion" again; for it, too, is "sacred" or deserving of "great respect"; but why?

As I have mentioned, many people hold "religion" to be something deserving of contempt rather than of "great respect"; and I am sure that has come of people's doing such crazy and offensive things in the name of "religion".

But I am looking here at true religion, which we have seen is "pure ... and undefiled before God and the Father" (James 1:27); and my definition for it is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) effort to reach down to His children and their effort at the same time to reach up to Him, since both of them are comprised of the same same Spirit, His children knowing it from the beginning of their lives on Earth!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made reference, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) And He said, of those "little ones":

3 Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven! 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me! (Matthew 18:3 to 5)

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say, unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father Who is in Heaven. (Matthew 18:10)

But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of certain people who "offend ... these little ones which believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6) And, when we look up "offend", we find it to be the translation of a word meaning "to entrap, i.e. trip up (figuratively, stumble (transitively) or entice to sin)"! (Strong: Greek: 4624)

So, when little believing children are "tripped up" in that way, they stop believing in who and what they are and in Who and What Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, Who created their universe and put them in it, to enjoy it, giving them the breath of life and all the other amazing functions of their lives each moment of their day!

Likewise, when little believing children are "offended", they lose track of the mighty "house" or "kingdom" into which they were born and in which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) intended that they dwell "for ever", where His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) and "eternal life" abound, all of them provided by Him for those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1)

To those who have been "offended" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And He said, through Yeshua, as He ministered to Yahuah's "children of Israel" (Luke 1:16):

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 Because 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)

We can see that "the strait gate", which "leadeth unto life" is at the entrance of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "kingdom" (Matthew 5:20), while His "house" (Psalm 23:6) we would expect to have a "door"! And- Sure enough! - we find Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) saying:

7 I am the door of the sheep! 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers! But the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door! By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture! 10 The thief cometh for not but to steal, to kill and to destroy! I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly! (John 10:7 to 10)

So there you have it: Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "kingdom" has a "strait gate"; and His "house" has Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for its "door"! Those who came before Him who were not the door to His Father's house spoke; but Yahuah's children did not hear! Yeshua said: "Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37)

Better than hearing is believing; and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)

To believe "in Him" or in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is to believe what He said! And He said, of Moses: "if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47)

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, understanding and desire to dwell in Your House for ever!

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 the wonderful blessings and eternal life that dwelling in Your house brings upon them!

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, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!

Amen! Alleluia!

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