Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 January 28

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 January 28

Yahuah Hayah's Marriage

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20170128.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, the 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 I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, He commanded, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach: "Whom ... God hath joined together, let not man put asunder!" (Matthew 19:6)

Indeed, a man and a woman are joined by Yahuah Hayah, which makes, of that joining, a sacred act! So, men and women joining themselves without thought of that sacredness and of Whom it was instituted are profaning that which is sacred!

But why the sudden interest in this particular subject? I have been invited to perform a wedding ceremony; so I am inviting you, my beloved friends of Faith Harvest Israel, to join with me, as I search the scriptures for the best possible understanding of Yahuah Hayah's marriage, that it be a blessed venture for the happy couple who are pursuing this union!

In the first place, no commandment of Yahuah Hayah exists in His Holy Bible relating to the marriage ceremony that we have come to call a "wedding"! But there is, in the New Testament, the account of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) blessing "a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there." (John 2:1)

In the account that John writes of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) attending that marriage we find an element of humor! For Mary, His mother, with typical motherly authority, countermanded the will of her Son, Who was God "the Word" and no less than "the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18), Who had created "all things", including Mary, His earthly mother! For John wrote:

3 When they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith, unto Him, They have no wine! 4 Jesus saith, unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come! But 5 His mother saith, unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it. (John 2:3 to 5)

Ignoring the fact that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "hour" had "not yet come", Mary moved right ahead, as though she had not heard Him, and commanded the servants to do as He said! And the fact that He accommodated her wish regardless of His Father's timing for Him, shows the wonderful love that both He and His heavenly Father had for her; because He said: "The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do." (John 5:19)

This incident is, of course, the one where Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) turned water into wine, to where "9 the governor of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and saith, unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and, when men have well drunk, then that which is worse! But thou hast kept the good wine until now!" (John 2:9 and 10)

So, if Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) never commanded a "wedding" or a marriage ceremony, why then do we so consistently arrange weddings?

I believe that weddings are a fulfillment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that we "love one another" (John 13:34), realizing that, when two people marry, what they do affects their entire community! How well they conduct their marriage will make them either productive members of their community or unproductive! And the children they bring into the world will either bless or curse their community, as the result of how well their parents raise them.

Relatives and friends of the marriage couple care about this new relationship in their midst; and they feel the impact of either being included in it or left out of it, as their invitations to the wedding suggest! That feeling then affects how they regard that marriage, either giving their blessing to it or withholding their blessing from it; and those of us who know the power of prayer and agreement either for a cause or against it know how important the regard of one's community is to the welfare of the people who are being considered!

So the wedding tradition does, indeed, have its place in the affairs of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children!

What does exist in the Bible concerning marriage are obligations that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) places on those who participate in marriage. For the man He commanded: "He may not put her away all his days!" (Deuteronomy 22:29) And, while the woman is being thus kept, she is obliged to be faithful to the man; for, under Yahuah's Torah, her failure to remain faithful is punished by death! He wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses:

If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man who lay with the woman and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel! (Deuteronomy 22:22)

So sacred is this matter that even the woman "betrothed unto an husband" carries this solemn obligation: Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) commanded, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

23 If a damsel who is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband and a man find her in the city and lie with her, 24 Then ye shall bring them both out, unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife! So thou shalt put away evil from among you. (Deuteronomy 22:23 and 24)

But this harsh punishment is not without some element of mercy! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses

25 But, if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field and the man force her and lie with her, then the man only who lay with her shall die. 26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for, as when a man riseth against his neighbour and slayeth him, even so is this matter. 27 For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her. (Deuteronomy 22:25 to 27

Under Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) the man of a marriage also bears the responsibility of supporting the woman he is not to put away; and so serious is this obligation in Yahuah's eyes that the man's failure to provide "her food, her raiment and her duty of marriage" (Exodus 21:10) constitutes a ground for her to "go out free"! (Verse 11)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has so high a regard for His daughters, whom He has made to be "an help meet" (Genesis 2:18) for his sons that He will not tolerate indifference on the part of His married son toward the needs of his dependent wife! And the consequence of such indifference is, simply, for him to lose her; he has not shown himself to be worthy of her.

If these punishments seem harsh to you, simply consider that they show how sacred and gravely serious the marriage relationship between a man and a woman is in the sight of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)!

If you seek a reasonable purpose for such punishments, please consider two parts of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) truth that bear upon them:

First of all, the marriage relationship between Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) sons and daughters is a mirror of the relationship betweem Himself and His children! He wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him! For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready! 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints! 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:7 to 9)

To be a part of the marriage between "the Lamb ... and His Wife" one must have on "fine linen", which "is the righteousness of saints"! In other worlds, one must be clothed in righteousness; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has written, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, how that "righteousness" is obtained:

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

From this example we learn what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) expects of marriage between His sons and daughters! As with the marriage between Himself and His children, the care of the husband for the wife obligates her to comply with his wishes or "commandments", if you willl; and her failure to do this is shown in His parable through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of a "wedding ... furnished with guests", (Matthew 22:10) in which a king found a guest not wearing "a wedding garment" (Matthew 22:10 to 14):

12 And he saith, unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless! 13 Then said the king, to the servants, Bind him, hand and foot, take him away and cast him into outer darkness! There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth! 14 Many are called; but few are chosen! (Matthew 22:12 to 14)

And I might add that many enter into marriage; but few experience the light that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) intends for his married children to enjoy, their experience being full of "darkness ... weeping and gnashing of teeth", which is a dress rehearsal of what we will experience when we graduate to Yahuah's spiritual realm, either to the light of His Heaven or the darkness of His Hell!

A second reason for the severity that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) exercised in preserving the sanctity of marriage is the fact that through it He brings new sons and daughters into the world; and a stable, well established and lovingly conducted relationship on the part of the parents is vital to the spiritual growth of the children involved! I have seen sons and daughters blessed with godly care and training by loving parents prove to be veritable dynamos of strength, enthusiasm and high hopes for fulfilling themselves according to the will of God, so important was their upbringing to how well they negotiated the challenges one encounters in the world!

At the same time, I have watched the spiritual damage suffered by children of broken or ungodly homes wreak havoc with their view of life and of their relationship with Yahuah, their Creator!

Above all, we have what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) called "the first and great commandment" (Matthew 22:38), which is to love God, and "the second ... like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"! (Verse 39) Those being what "all the law and the prophets" (Verse 40) hang on, according to Yeshua, they are all the more relevant to the conduct of marriage, so important and far reaching are its consequences!

So I will be asking the man of the couple I am marrying: Do you take this woman to be your wife according to the standards set for a man in marriage by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in His Holy Bible?

And I will be asking the woman of the couple I am marrying: Do you take this man to be your husband according to the standards set for a woman in marriage by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in His Holy Bible?

And, should those answers be in the affirmative, I will with great joy pronounce them "husband and wife" and invite the new husband to kiss his bride!

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 Your knowledge and the understanding of Your truth by which to participate well in the marriage relationship You have instituted for th;em.

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 wonderful blessings and eternal life in Your awesome presence that conducting godly marriages provides!

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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