Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 March 11

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 March 11

Yahuah Hayah's Enemy

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20170311.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 All 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, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to Peter: "31 Behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat! 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not! And, when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren!" (Luke 22:31 and 32)

First of all, these words of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Peter recognize that a person exists called "Satan", who has a "desire" toward us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children, in this instance Peter, "that he may sift you as wheat"! Most of us are not farmers; so we perhaps miss what that desire of Satan relates to; so let me enlighten you about why farmers "sift wheat"!

When wheat is harvested or cut from the stems of the plant that produces it, it consists of grain, which is the part of wheat from which we make bread; but it also contains the "chaff" or the part of the plant in which the grain has grown to be the food we desire! The farmer knows that his customers want the wheat but not the chaff, which of course has no nourishment in it that would do us much good; so what is harvested needs to be sifted!

In today's wheat production I suppose they have machines designed to separate the wheat from the chaff; but in the day in which Yeshua spoke, the farmers knew of only one way to manage that separation; and to do it they used the wind that usually prevailed over their land.

Scooping up shovelsful of the mixed wheat and chaff, they would toss it high, into the air and hope that enough wind would catch the light-weighted chaff and blow it away, while the grains of wheat, being concentrated and relatively heavy would fall back to the ground; and in that way what was good to the farmer and his customers would be preserved, while the chaff would be gotten rid of, because it had nothing to offer the farmer, except maybe to improve his land!

That being the truth of sifting wheat, what has that got to do with Satan's desire toward us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children?

Satan's usefulness to us comes in his pleasure in tossing us around! In the story of Job, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)

8 said, unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the Earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who feareth God and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered Yahuah, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not Thou made an hedge about him and about his house and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth Thine hand, now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse Thee to Thy face! 12 And Yahuah said, unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand! (Job 1:8 to 12)

Much can be learned about Satan, Yahuah Hayah's enemy, from only those five verses! Satan asked: "Doth Job fear God for nought?" Yahuah had called Job "a perfect and an upright man, one who feareth God and escheweth evil"! But Satan moved quickly to undermine the goodness implied by Yahuah's statement, arguing that the only reason why Job was behaving so perfectly was because Yahuah had "made an hedge about him and about his house and about all that he hath on every side", that Yahuah had "blessed the work of his hands" to where "his substance is increased in the land".

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Satan, who is "the Devil" (John 8:44): "He is a liar, and the father of it." (Verse 44) And - Sure enough! - we find, in the accusation that Satan made against Job, an horrendous lie! For we who know Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah know that His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2)are the result of His children's hearkening to His "voice ... to observe and to do all His commandments " (Verse 1) and not the other way around!

We learn, from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah, that one's hearkening to "the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments " is the basis of "our righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), which is what Yahuah commended Job for having, which means that Job had been observing "to do all His commandments", for which obedience Yahuah had rewarded Job with the blessings that Satan tried to say were the reason for Job's righteousness. So leave it to Satan to turn things around and make them say exactly the opposite of what Yahuah says.

Later in Job's story we learn that Job still had a problem, which is that he was willing to blame God for his suffering, which I believe is why Yahuah allowed Satan to "toss him around"! And in the course of that tossing, part of Job's conduct was revealed to be "chaff", which needed to be blown away by the wind; and Job's story concludes with his saying:

I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes! (Job 42:6)

The tossing that Job got together with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) ministry to him, "out of the whirlwind" (Job 38:1) caused him to "blow away" the chaff in his life, leaving only the good wheat or righteous conduct, which resulted in Yahuah's giving Job "twice as much as he had before"! (Job 42:10), which of course was the happy ending for which we look at the end of any story!

Peter's "sifting" came, when people approached him outside the house in which Yeshua was being tried, accusing Peter of being among Yeshua's followers! "Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee, "a damsel came unto him, saying." (Matthew 26:69)

70 But he denied, before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest! 71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him and said, unto them who were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72And again he denied, with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And, after a while came unto him they who stood by, who said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, Who said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice! And he went out and wept, bitterly! (Matthew 26:70 to 75)

Peter's "tossing" was provided by servants of Satan, whom he used to point Peter out as one of the followers of the man who had been arrested and was being tried inside the house! And Peter did not do well, while being tossed in that way! He was full of fear for what the arresting authorities might do to Yeshua and for what they might do to anyone found to be following Him; so, fulfilling Yeshua's prophecy concerning him, he denied, three times, being among those who had been following this man who was being tried for His marvelous teaching, with death's being the possible punishment for teaching what the authorities believed to be false!

The cock's crowing reminded Peter of Yeshua's knowing what he would do in denying Him, Yeshua's knowing the chaff in Peter's spirit that would cause him to make the denials, and with that truth's being shown to his spirit, Peter wept tears of repentance, thus fulfilling Yeshua's words about Satan's wanting to "sift" Peter "as wheat" and about Yeshua's praying that "thy faith fail not! And, when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren!" (Luke 22:31 and 32)

So all of this teaches us an important thing about Yahuah Hayah's enemy! For He uses Satan, who is that enemy, to toss or give His children an hard time when chaff in their life is preventing it from being the good to us that well sifted wheat is for making the bread that feeds us; and in speaking of such "good" I am speaking, here, of the "righteousness" that is ours when "we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) explained that "righteousness" is our key to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20) And entering that kingdom is not a future event! For Yeshua also said: "the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21) It is where Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) come from, which "come on thee and overtake thee" (Verse 2), when you are among those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments "! (Verse 1)

Yes, there is a "Heaven"; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is in His Heaven; and, if we have loved Him and loved His children when we die, He will take us to be with Him in that amazing and wonderful part of His spirit realm! But - Glory be to His holy name! - He allows us to begin enjoying the "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) of His kingdom the minute we "hearken" to His "voice ... to observe and to do all His commandments" (Verse 1), which is, simply, to put a value on them, in other words give them one's best effort!

That is all Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants of us, His beloved children, that we sincerely try to conduct our lives in a way that glorifies Him and fulfills His purpose in creating us, which is to have us participate in His glorious creation! And we cannot do that while doing things that are contrary to the way in which His creation works!

Satan's purpose in "tossing" us is not to bring us to the repentance that fulfills Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) purpose for us; rather, it is to discourage us so badly that we will give up all hope of enjoying anything in this life and, possibly, to cooperate with him in destroying the life that Yahuah has given us. But Yahuah's purpose in allowing the tossing, which is to "to call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) is a good that comes of Satan's tossing of His children, despite Satan's hopes for a bad ending of it all.

So we need not fear the tossing or the enemy that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) allows to bring it to us! What we need to fear is our missing the truth that Yahuah is trying to show us in the tossing, so that we fail to come into agreement with Him and begin enjoying the amazing fulfillment of us that He has had in mind for us since before He created the first one of us.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John, that he will one day put an end to Satan's tossing of His children; John wrote:

1 I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years 3 and cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal, upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more! (Revelation 20:1 to 3)

So a time will come when Satan's days of tossing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) beloved children will come to an end! And I would have to assume that such an eventuality is an awesome point in Yahuah's dealing with His children or should I say a point where He will stop dealing with them; for He had John write near the end of Yahuah's vision to him:

He who is unjust, let him be unjust still! And he who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he who is holy, let him be holy still (Revelation 22:11)

That will be a time of judgment; for the next verse reads:

Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give to every man according as his work has been! (Revelation 22:12)

So, when we view these things wisely, the time during which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) allows Satan to toss His children is a time of opportunity, the chance to come to our senses and do things right for a change, the way Job did, whose reward was that "Yahuah gave Job twice as much as he had before!" I see that as a cause for rejoicing, don't you?

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 seek Your truth about them in Your enemy's tossing!

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 are theirs by recognizing in the enemy's tossing the truth by which to be saved, delivered and blessed beyond measure!

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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