Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 August 6

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 August 6

Loving Your Enemy

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20160806.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 said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy! 44 But I say, unto you, 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! 46 For, if ye love them who love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? 47 And, if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43 to 48)

That last verse about being "perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48) is one of my favorites! And I have often quoted it; but the perfection of which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was speaking, there, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the perfection even of Himself, pertained to His love for even the hurtful among His children, whose sinning makes Him hurt as well!

That is an hard pill for most of us to swallow! For, among our "enemies" are people who have committed the most heinous crimes imaginable against humanity! So what in the world was Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) thinking, in asking His children through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to love such people as those?

This "hard pill" was not only commanded by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), it was the essential idea behind His commanding through Yeshua through Moses the children of Israel to "love thy neighbour as thyself"! (Leviticus 19:18) For the first part of that commandment reads: "Thou shalt not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people!" (Leviticus 19:18)

What kind of person does anyone want to "avenge" or "bear any grudge against"? Does that kind of person not qualify as an "enemy" or someone who has hurt you?

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) concern for the enemies or the hurtful among His children has been around for a long time! And, pray tell, who among us has not been hurtful toward a neighbor at one time or another?

As with all other of His commandments, "blessings" await anyone who will "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

But, with the commandment to "love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44), one is at a loss to understand what the point of it is: yes, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) loves all His children, as a Father would be expected to love them; but He also curses those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:15) So why is it that He requires us, His children, not only to "love" such people but "bless", "do good to" and "pray for" them? (Matthew 5:44)

I believe Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has shown me the following truth, to satisfy my interest in the above question:

Yes, our "enemies" are people for whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) stern judgments await! For His judgments "are true and righteous, altogether"! (Psalm 19:9) But He is pleading with us, to help Him turn that tragic situation around, by using the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) He has given us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Verse 28)

To "love", "bless", "do good to" and "pray for" the enemies around us - in a word, to carry out the saving prayers He wants us to pray for them - Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) must first curse them to get their attention! He does not curse His children simply to destroy them; it is a process by which He hopes they will get the point that what they have been doing is destructive to themselves and to everyone around them and that they need to "repent" (Matthew 4:17) or "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about sinning or breaking Yahuah's torah or law, which is what "sin" is! (1st John 3:4) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance! (Matthew 9:13)

That coming to call sinners, which would end in the horrendous injustice that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) would suffer to "bear witness unto the truth" (John 18:37), was motivated by the same love for the enemies among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children that caused Him to command that they be loved! He said, through Yeshua:

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)

When that giving had been accomplished, in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) permitting wicked men to crucify Him, while still hanging on the cross, He expressed that same love for His enemies:

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do! (Luke 23:34)

So it is not like Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has asked anything of us, His beloved children, that He has not already done through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His "express image"! (Hebrews 1:3) And Yeshua said, when He had risen a gloriously resurrected man: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21)

Although letting others crucify us is not required of us for the most part, praying for those who would like to do that is required of us; and we are blessed for our obedience to that commandment, exactly as we are blessed for our obedience to any other commandment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) throughout His torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses!

Not only does such prayer set in motion circumstances in the lives of the enemies that can save them; it also elicits reactions in them such as that shown by the centurion in charge of crucifying Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ); he said: "Truly this man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15:39)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle, that "God is love!" (1st John 4:8 and 16) And, when we behave with that completely loving nature even toward our enemies, we are, at times, recognized, by others, for that godliness in us; but surely Yahuah recognizes Himself in us, if not by those whom we are blessing despite their hurtfulness toward us.

At a time when the hatefulness of men toward men is rampant as it has never before been seen, loving the enemy is an amazing practice that is the soothing and healing balm that a desperate and hurting world is crying out to receive! And we have it within our power to expedite that precious healing in behalf of such a world, once we understand its power to save not only the enemies among us but ourselves, as well! For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

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

So following Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) by following Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is not for the faint in heart! In fact, Yahuah said, through Yeshua: "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

It is only through the empowering of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) that any of us can be other than "faint in heart"; yet one is given Him only for keeping or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law through Moses! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

15 If ye love me, keep My commandments! 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of Truth! (John 14:15 to 17)

But I pointed out above that only by the empowering of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) do we have the courage to keep the commandments that leads to being empowered by Him. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

May I suggest that exactly the same way both the chicken and the egg are wholesome parts of our diet, so also are both one's being empowered by ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) and our keeping of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law through Moses two sides of the same coin! I know that is asking a lot to believe; but no other way to understand this amazing phenomenon appears to be available!

Reasonably,Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has not asked His children to do that which they cannot do! So their effort to do it is accompanied by His empowering them to do it; and His will is marvelously accomplished in that amazing cooperative accommodation by both the Creator and the created!

Can one think of anything more wonderful to behold?

Indeed, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did not ask, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that His children "be ... perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48) without giving them the power by which to do that amazing thing! And it is done by the use of one's "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)

So one can "speak" (Mark 11:23) to something he wants accomplished "and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass" and "he shall have whatsoever he saith"! (Verse 23)

So one can say to himself: "Be ... perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect" and "believe that ye receive" (Verse 24) and see the day when he will see that perfection in himself; or Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has not spoken the truth, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who said:

I am the way, the truth and the life! (John 14:6)

To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth! (John 18:37)

All of this being Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) truth, one can also say, to his or her "enemies" (Matthew 5:44) "Be loved and blessed!" and then watch ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit) move to convict the enemies' hearts of their sin to where they can be blessed and that loving prayer be fulfilled along with Yahuah's will for those beloved lost children of His; Yeshua (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:

That, beloved friends, is the whole point of loving one's enemy! It is the essence of salvation! For every one of us has hurt a neighbor in one way or another! And we certainly want the benefit of that graceous provision Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has in place for covering that eventuality!

There is no other way that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has provided by which to overcome our certain deficiencies than to deal with them in this merciful way! no other way by which to "be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven! For", although "the judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether" (Psalm 19:9), "He maketh His sun to rise, on the good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust!"! (Matthew 5:45)

Every other method that His children have tried, up to and including the atrocities of war, have not worked to bring the peace for which all of us long! He knows what He is doing; and we are ever so blessed to heed what He tells us about what He is doing.

Before leaving the matter of loving one's enemy, an aspect of it needs to be considered, which is why we do things or the motivation behind why we do them. Loving one's enemy is an exercise of "faith" or of doing something because one is believing in the God Who is asking it of us; and it is, virtually, a pure form of that motivation; because an "enemy" is a person who is "least likely to succeed" in pleasing us. He is an enemy; because he has no motivation to accommodate us and so does not accommodate us and usually does what he can to frustrate and hurt us.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you!" (John 15:15)

That reason for Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) calling us "friends" is an amazing thing to consider! because "all things that" Yeshua has "heard of" His "Father" is the essence of His relationship with the Father; and we are talking, here, of the relationship between two Persons of the Godhead - the Father and the Son!

At the same time, what we are considering here is the essence of anyone's relationship with anyone! When communication with another of what is near and dear to one ceases to happen, the idea of "friendship" ceases to exist in that relationship; and the relationship that had been enjoyed with the other breaks down! Sharing what we think and feel is the essence of relationship; it is causing another to think and feel as we do, thus bringing us closer together!

Enmity is exactly the opposite; it is shutting others out of one's life and putting distance between himself and others in how he thinks and feels! And Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) remedy for that malady is to "love" the enemy, which in blessing, doing good to and praying for him is doing with and for him what one would do if he were the friend we wish he was!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!" (Hebrews 11:1) It is the ability to receive the image of something from Yahuah, speak it and know that He will realized it by the power of His Kodesh (Holy) Ruach (Spirit) because of the "dominion" He has given us, His beloved children, "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"!(Genesis 1:28)

So loving your enemy is the most faithful obedience one can possibly give to any commandment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! because it requires action based only upon His commanding it without any advantage to the actor that can be seen in the present circumstance! The "enemy" is the enemy because he shows no interest in being of any advantage to the one who is loving him. On the contrary the enemy shows every possibility of being a serious disadvantage to the lover, as was the case in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) letting His enemies have their way with Him, to where they tortured and killed Him.

So, in one's loving of the enemy, only the assurance of Yahuah that observing or putting a value on obeying His commandments causes "all these blessings" to "come on thee and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:2) brings any comfort to the lover! So it is no wonder that Yahuah listed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "faith" as one of "the weightier matters of the law"! (Matthew 23:23)

Loving one's enemy removes all thought of return from the one being loved, which eliminates the tendency most of us have of accommodating only those neighbors who have the potential for benefiting us! The poor cannot accommodate us; so we tend to avoid them; and that ties in, directly, with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) teaching through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

20 Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God! 21 Blessed are ye who hunger now: for ye shall be filled! Blessed are ye who weep now: for ye shall laugh! 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, separate you from their company, reproach you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye, in that day, and leap for joy! For, behold, your reward is great in Heaven! For in like manner did their fathers unto the prophets! 24 But woe unto you who are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you who are full! for ye shall hunger! Woe unto you who laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep! 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you; for so did their fathers to the false prophets! 27 But I say, unto you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to them who hate you, 28 bless them who curse you and pray for them who despitefully use you. 29 And unto him who smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also the other; and him who taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also! 30 Give to every man who asketh of thee; and of him who taketh away thy goods ask them not again! 31 And, as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise! 32 For, if ye love them who love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those who love them! 33 And, 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! 35 But love ye your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing again! And your reward shall be great! And ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil! 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged! Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned! Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven! 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give, into your bosom! For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again!(Luke 6:20 to 38)

When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) disciples were left behind in His being crucified, they were in a pit of despondency! The two of them who went to "Emmaus" said, to Him, without realizing that it was He with Whom they were talking: "19 Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death and have crucified Him. 21 But we trusted that it had been He Who should have redeemed Israel!"

But Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) appeared to His disciples as a gloriously resurrected man, and rightly so! For they needed to know how faithful Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is to reward those who lay down their lives.

But I say, to you, having put your hand to the plow, do not look back! Consider the cost of the plowing before you begin, lest you fulfill Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

27 Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple! 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who behold it begin to mock him, 30 saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish! 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage and desireth conditions of peace! 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you who forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple! (Luke 14:27 to 33)

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 love their enemies for the fulfillment of Your magnificent will for them.

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 the wonderful blessings that loving their enemies brings upon them and upon all your children in turn!

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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