Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 October 29

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 October 29

Yahuah Hayah's Gift

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20161029.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, Yahush said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "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)

To me this speaks of life on Earth and the basic necessities that all of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children require on Earth, which He provides regardless of His child's conduct toward or against Him; and that and only that is what I see as His "free gift"!

The reason I am being so particular about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) gifts is that I heard a dear friend of mine speak of His "free gift of salvation"! And, based upon His Holy Bible, I do not see that gift as being "free" at all! And I pointed out, to my friend, what Yahuah said to Abraham: "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceedingly great reward!" (Genesis 15:1)

In this verse the word "reward" is a translation of a word meaning "payment of contract; concretely, salary, fare, maintenance; by implication, compensation, benefit"! (Strong: Hebrew: 7939) So in this verse Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is not assuring Abraham of being anything for him other than a Creator and King giving "compensation" or "benefit" for what Abraham had done; and we see what he did, where Yahuah said, to Abraham's son Isaac:

Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law! (Genesis 26:5)

From the beginning understanding that statement correctly is critical! Abraham's obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was to His voice, for which reason Abraham "kept" Yahuah's "law", which means to "guard" or put a value on it. One can do that even though misunderstanding it or failing to obey it "through ignorance" (Numbers 15:27) once in a while, which has nothing to do with obeying it perfectly! Yahuah has never required perfection of His children. His "mercy endureth for ever"! (Psalm 106:1), although He did command, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Be ye ... perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, of His torah or law: "It is your life!" (Deuteronomy 32:47) He said, through Yeshua: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17); and He was talking about "eternal life"! (Matthew 19:16)

That which leads to "eternal life" is, assuredly, "salvation"; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) spoke, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of His requirement for it, which is to "keep the commandments", which makes of His "salvation" not a gift but a reward!

I know from where my friend got her idea of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) salvation being a "free gift"; it was from Paul, who wrote: "By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God!" (Ephesians 2:8)

In the "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) that Paul taught, salvation was a "free gift"; because it was based upon one's "faith in His blood" (Romans 3:25) or in the blood of "Christ Jesus) (Verse 24), which he claimed was shed "for the remission of sins"! (Verse 25)

Interestingly, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), too, said that His blood would be "shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28); so, although both Yeshua and Paul appear to be offering a similar salvation at the starting gate, comparison with other scriptures shows that they took off in opposite directions!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) salvation involves one's entering "into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20) And in that verse He says, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that the coveted entering into that kingdom required that one have "righteousness"! (Verse 20)

Only one place in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible tells how "righteousness" before Him can be attained! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God!" (Deuteronomy 6:25)

In this verse the word "observe" is a translation of a word meaning "guard"! (Stong: Hebrew: 8104) We "guard" that on which we put a value! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) requires that His children "guard" or put a value on the commandments of His toraw or law for Him to see them as "righteous"!

But Paul came along, saying that "ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39) and teaching a "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21), which, again, is this salvation as a "free gift" or a salvation without any requirement to "guard" or put a value on the commandments of God's law, which, if one looks carefully at such a proposition, is a license to do as one pleases, violating neighbors and the Spirit of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) Who is in them if he so chooses, yet still be given entrance into Yahuah's kingdom merely for having the faith to believe that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) shed His own blood "for the remission of sins"! (Romans 3:25)

So, in comparing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 24:14) with the "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) given Paul by his "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12), we find two very different kinds of "salvation", one offered by "observing" or putting a value on the "commandments" of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law, the other by believing only that Yeshua's blood was shed to forgive sins, which presumably provided a "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21)

This is astounding confusion set forth in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Holy Bible", if one is not to stick his head in the sand, declaring every word in that bible to be "the inspired word of God", which requires that one live with that horrendous difference of salvations between which to choose while refusing to believe that they are different and living for years struggling with the task of making them somehow not different or at least two different expressions of God's will given at different times!

So what happened to "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and for ever"? (Hebrews 13:8)

What happened to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through His psalmist: "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)

In the Jew's mind and in that of this fellowship, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) will as expressed through Moses provides all the salvation needed, while the Christians teach Paul's "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21), believing that his "Christ's" lawless "righeousness" is sufficient!

But there this fellowship's agreement with Judaism stops, in that we fully accept Yeshua's being (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and that His mission was exactly what He said it was: to "bear witness unto the truth" (John 18:37), which He did by allowing His enemies to shed His blood, which would "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14)

That "purging" of "your conscience" was Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "call" of "sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13), who, if they confess their sins, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"! (1st John 1:9)

So there is that requirement that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) insists be met by anyone wanting entrance into His kingdom! For "sinners" "sin"! And Yahuah wrote, through His faithful apostle: "Sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4)

So Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "call" of "sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) is His call for them to start observing or guarding or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law through Yeshua through Moses!

The key to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) salvation is one's "keeping", "observing", "guarding" or putting a value on the commandments of His torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses! And He commanded Yeshua to lay down His life to encourage His children to do that, by showing how terrible sin is and what it does to Him, their Creator and King!

As Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "express image" (Hebrews 1:3), Yeshua always did what He saw His Father in Heaven do; He said: "The Son can do nothing of Himself but what He seeth the Father do." (John 5:10) So, when He allowed sinners to torture and crucify Him, He was only doing what He had seen the Father do, countless times, in allowing His children to sin against Him and against one another!

The revelation provided by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) laying down His life was intended to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! Rendering "service" is not a "free ride"! It is paying a price! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua:

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 who 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)

Does that sound like a "free ride" to you?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) went to His death to show His disciples the price that following Him requires! And, when He reappeared to them, He said: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21)

Believe me, when I say that being a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is not for "the faint of heart"! It takes extraordinary courage!

That being true, what would an enemy of Him Who showed such an hard way do to undermine that showing?

Would it not be to show an "easy way"?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) warned, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect!" (Matthew 24:24)

Under his "false" (Matthew 24:24) "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12), Paul did "great signs and wonders" and, teaching a "free" salvation, he did indeed "deceive the very elect"! For how more deceived could they be than to make the teaching of the "false prophet" part of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Holy Bible"?

In this way, Satan achieved an astounding victory over Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who gave Himself over to His enemies, to show the "hard way" that following Him would be! For, with an hard way to be saved and an easy way shown in the same bible, guess what people's choice would be!

The Christians sing praises, each Sunday morning, to the God Whose Christ they believe died to forgive their sins without any requirement from them! And trying to tell them that He died to show them how "repentance" (Matthew 9:13) is so important to the sinner, to "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about keeping the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses is like yoddling up a windy canyon!

The Christians do not listen to such as we, who have somehow perceived the truth of Yahuah's salvation through Yeshua, Who, as "the Word" was the One Who gave Yahuah's torah to Moses! Yeshua said, of Moses: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) And "if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (Verse 47)

Believing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is critical to "not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) Who said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17)

The reason for that is simple! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven!" (Matthew 5:20) So "righteousness" is the key to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) salvation; and He offers that spiritual state in only one place in His entire Bible:

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

Anticipating what Satan would do, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven! But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:19)

Christians believing Paul, who also taught belief in "Christ" (Galatians 2:16), believing that they were in the "obedience of Christ" (2nd Corinthians 10:5) are close to being right but missing by a mile of what that obedience really consists, due to the false teaching that Paul gave concerning it. So, in amazing deference to the Christian's believing Him even incorrectly, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) permitted the misguided believer to enter "the kingdom of Heaven" yet suffer the consequence of not listening to His voice instead of Paul's by being "called the least in the kingdom of Heaven"!

So, again, for that merciful handling of the problem alone, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving! But should we stop there? Should we be content to let the Christian go to Heaven to "be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven"? is not being "called great in the kingdom of Heaven" a far better experience for the Heaven-born saint to enjoy?

Ministering to the Christian is hard, even as "a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven". (Matthew 19:23) But of that difficulty, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "With men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible." (Verse 26) So let us not give up even on those who call themselves "Christian"!

I have as a friend of mine a Christian pastor, who to this day has not granted truth to any of my letters to him explaining Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) truth as we have come to understand it; but I console myself in the fact that the letters I did write giving my friend the truth made him responsible for having heard it. Deep in his heart or spirit, Yahuah's voice is confirming to him what I wrote; and Yahuah will judge him accordingly! For I have done my part!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told a young prophet: "18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die, and thou givest him not warning nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity! But his blood will I require at thine hand! 19 Yet, if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul!" (Ezekiel 3:18 and 19)

So it is not only good to warn neighbors of their errors, if we can see them; it is spiritually dangerous not to warn them. For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) holds us accountable for whether or not we love our neighbor enough to correct him.

That mandate makes a nuisance of us; and it attracts persecution! But, for that reason, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake! 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad! For great is your reward in Heaven! For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:10 to 12)

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 Your will concerning the high price of Your salvation and the correction of their neighbors!

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; so I "believe" I "receive" (Mark 11:24), even now, a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the knowledge of how Your salvation requires all that they have but offers eternal life in Your presence for their having paid that dear price!

I pray that Yahuah Hayah shall bless you mightily, throughout the coming year, 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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