Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 July 22

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 July 22

Yahuah Hayah's Knowing

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20170722.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 (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 I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven! 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

To consider Who is speaking here, would be helpful! He, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) He said: "49 I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak! 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting!" (John 12:49 and 50)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, also: "He who hath seen Me hath seen the Father!" (John 14:9) And the same could also be said of hearing Him being the same as hearing the Father! So, when He will say to those who have not been doing the will of His Father: "I never knew you: Depart from Me, ye who work iniquity!", we can know that such judgment was that of His Father; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is "God, Who knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8) So how is it that He would say, "I never knew you"? Is anything beyond His knowing?

So, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) will say, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), "I never knew you", He must mean "I never knew you to be one of my obedient children, who do My will!"

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "knowing" in this situation is in relation to children of His who have been doing that which He requires to be with Him in Heaven! For to all others He will say, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Depart from Me", which is a terrible thing to consider! For being apart from the Source of all the goodness we have ever known is being in Hell, where that is what makes it Hell: it is the place in His spirit realm from which He withholds His light and love, leaving only darkness and hatred, the like of which is beyond our ability to imagine!

Brother Howard Storm was there and experienced that terrible place, was saved from it and briefly saw Heaven before being returned to Earth, where He superbly wrote of his experience in both places, although He said of that effort: "I don't like to talk about the place of eternal torment because of my own painful experience there. God and God's messengers don't want to talk about such a hideous place of suffering." (32210200 Howard Storm's Gospel, Paragraph 165)

Still, Brother Howard did write: "I was horrified to discover that we were in complete darkness" (Paragraph 25) and "They began to tear off pieces of my flesh. To my horror, I realized that I was being taken apart and eaten alive, methodically, slowly, so that their entertainment would last as long as possible." (Paragraph 26)

In my view that brief glimpse of what Brother Howard went through is enough to make anyone realize that Hell is not a place where one would want to be! Yet I have heard at least two unbelievers scoff at such accounts and dismiss them as the work of people with active imaginations! Oh, the tragedy of such thinking! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

29 If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell! 30 And, if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell. (Matthew 5:29 and 30)

So "righteousness", which is to "observe to do all these commandments" (Deuteronomy 6:25) relates to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "knowing" His child, while sin or wickedness relates to His not "knowing" him in the sense of which we speak! So each time we break a commandment of Yahuah's Torah we block His knowing us, until we repent of it and He forgives us of it, which removes the block. Brother Howard Storm wrote:

God will erase your mistake from the collective memory of your life, if, and only if, you are genuinely ready to be forgiven. (32210200 Howard Storm's Gospel, Paragraph 279)

This understanding of how our relationship to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator and King, requires being sufficiently humble to admit our mistakes and seek His forgiveness for them, so as to keep His "knowing" us alive and well!

All of this is, simply, another way of looking at His requirement for salvation; and all of it comes together in His "first and great commandment" (Matthew 22:38), which is to love Him (Verse 37), the "second ... like unto it" being Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Verse 39), upon which "two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40)

All the way through His Gospel Brother Howard reminds us, over and over, of the critical necessity of loving God by loving one another, exactly as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you!" (John 13:34)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave a similar commandment, in His Torah or Law; but the commandment given by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) qualifies as a "new" one, in that it gives a different standard for the love that Yahuah desires of us; for Yeshua's commandment to love is "as I have loved you", while the old one was merely to love "as thyself"!

That raises the standard, considerably, for loving others "as thyself" is not difficult, while loving others as Yeshua loved them is something else! For He loved them so much that He allowed them to kill Him; and who among us loves even our "enemies" (Matthew 5:44) to that extent?

When one looks carefully at the language of the old command, he can see the suggestion of the new one; for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "Thou shalt not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself!" (Leviticus 19:18) Who would one want to "avenge" or "bear any grudge against" other than someone who has hurt him, which is the primary ingredient of enmity?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) required, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses that one not "avenge" or "bear any grudge against" the enemy; and that compares, favorably with Yeshua's commandment: "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1)

But then Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) added: "44 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 evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust!" (Matthew 5:44 and 45)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) love for His enemies was such that He allowed them to kill Him; He said, to Peter: "Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword." (Matthew 26:52) One cannot kill one whom presumably he loves!

So in loving one's enemy as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) loved His, one submits to the will of that enemy against him, without any effort to defend himself; and that is a tall order! Few people exist who can remotely comprehend such love, let alone live it.

But, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was killed, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) raised Him up again, a gloriously resurrected man! And I believe that was to assure that His children understood His amazing reward for loving one's enemies. For His life awaits the child of His who has been that obedient to His will, even to suffer death at the hands of his enemies!

All of us do not die for loving our enemy; but, again, looking to the condition of our heart, we need to be willing to do that, if Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wills it! For He knows that the powerful effect of peaceful conduct in His children is the key to bringing "peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14) upon this war-torn Earth! He wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) And I believe He knew, as He gave that demanding commission, that the blood of His children, also, would have that same purging effect on the conscience of the world, until "they shall beat their swords, into plowshares, and their spears, into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more!" (Isaiah 2:4)

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 of You by which to understand and appreciate Your knowing of them and the price you ask of them for that knowing along with the reward you so gloriously give those who pay that price.

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 glory that is theirs for loving even their enemies according to your commandment to bring "peace on Earth" at last!!

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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