Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 August 26

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 August 26

Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's Disciple

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20170826.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 (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 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): "If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "disciple" is he who "continues in" His "Word"! And the word "disciples" is a translation of a word meaning a "learner" or "pupil"! (Strong: Greek: 3101) So Yeshua's truth is to be "learned"; and that can only be done by "continuing" in His word!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Himself: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" (John 14:6) So the purpose of one's being His "disciple" is to "come to the Father" or to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Whose kingdom is the only place one can be, upon dying, if he is not to be in Hell, where Yahuah's light and love are not! Yeshua said:

11 Many shall come from the east and west and shall sit down, with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of Heaven! 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out, into outer darkness! There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth! (Matthew 8:11 and 12)

That saying is difficult to understand, unless one takes liberty with it and puts in place things that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did not bother to say! Apparently, He anticipated a day when "many ... from the east and west" will have become His disciples and so will "sit down, with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of Heaven", while "the children of the kingdom" or at least those who were called "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) have been and are continuing to be cast into Hell for having refused to be His disciples! And I am amazed to be sitting in the midst of that day, which began with the children of Israel's crucifying Him and rejecting His claim to being "the Son of God"! (John 3:18)

For, as a people, the Jews, who descended from Israel's tribe of Judah, reject to this day Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as their Mawshiyach or "Messiah"; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is to be praised for the few exceptions to that rule, who are the "Messianic Jews", who do indeed accept, love and serve Yeshua and are therefore His "disciples"! Yeshua said:

To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth! Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice! (John 18:37)

Being "of the truth" is to be "of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)"or to be His disciple! For He said, "I am ... the truth"! And to be walking in His truth is what discipleship is about! And to know that is encouraging; but no sooner does one get happy about being "of the truth" when he runs into the fact that so few people care about doing so; He said:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat! 14 Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be who find it. (Matthew 7:13 and 14)

Why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children are so reluctant to accept His truth is a wonder to behold! For His works abound everywhere, both around and in us. He has done His part as the Giver of All Life and Creation! And why we fail to do our part merely to receive these things with grateful hearts I cannot presently imagine! Yet I have "been there, done that" and am eternally grateful for those who prayed that some day I would be delivered from that rebellion, which indeed I was! Alleluia!

Today certain members of my own family are as opposed to recognizing and thanking Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as they are to breathing water! And all efforts on my part to help them see differently are rejected, with ridicule, for my being so foolish as to believe what I do! They look upon me with condescension, supposing themselves to be superior than I in their understanding of what life is about!

According to the number of people who reject Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) relative to those who love and serve Him, Hell must be a much larger place than Heaven or a much more crowded place, of which I would not be surprised! And what a commentary that is on where we children of Yahuah are as a people! And one can well understand why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said that "joy shall be, in Heaven, over one sinner who repenteth" (Luke 15:7) for the rarity of that event over what Yahuah's children usually do.

Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures; and, in view of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children being so determined to ignore Him, I can understand how desperate He must have been to command Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to lay down His life that a few of their children might be saved! And, knowing the dismal odds, Yeshua obeyed! Praise His precious and holy name!

The amazing thing is that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) still loves His rebellious children; and He commanded His disciples to love them too, saying through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

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 good and on the evil, and sendeth rain, on the just and on the unjust! (Matthew 5:44 and 45)

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had finished creating Earth, its vegetation, animals and people, His Recorder wrote: "God saw every thing that He had made! And, behold, it was very good!" (Genesis 1:31) So what I cannot understand is why the people He created, who were "very good", turned out to be the cantankerous or "stiff necked" (Exodus 32:9) lot that they did!

So, if you happen to feel a little lonely in your walk with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), welcome to the group! Being alone in one's faith and discipleship seems to be the rule rather than the exception! And I frankly cry for His disappointment in us and work all the harder, with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "to seek and to save that which was lost"! (Luke 19:10) And precious little time exists in which to do that; Yeshua said: "I must work the works of Him Who sent Me, while it is day! The night cometh, when no man can work." (John 9:4)

So, if you find me a bit preoccupied, these days, please forgive me; for I have an unrelenting sense of urgency about my calling! And I work at it, so long as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gives me the strength by which to do so.

Returning to the business of loving one's enemy, I find, in that commission, a reason for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children to be cautious about committing themselves to being Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) disciple, which is that, having obeyed His Father unto death, He returned, to His disciples, saying: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) He had prepared His disciples to receive that daunting commission by saying earlier: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)

So being Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) disciple is not for the faint of heart! It is a tremendously challenging occupation! And, in my view, that explains why so few of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children are interested in entering that gate.

In the raising of children one of the signs of maturity is the child's willingness to do something hard to gain a worthwhile reward, like working for someone else for a week to get a substantial paycheck at the end of the week! And, in my view, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) invitation to be His disciple at the temporary expense of one's own well being is a call to maturity above and beyond anything I can think of! And I am sure that is why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had Yeshua appear to His disciples as a gloriously resurrected man!

Some of us know "the Gospel" or the story of the terrible abuse and death to which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was subjected by His enemies! And, as I have explained, over and over, that event was to "call ... sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Hebrews 9:14)

Although that was a traumatic event showing beyond anything ever contrived how terrible sin is and what it does to our beloved Creator and King, its effect has dimmed, over time, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children have forgotten it or become careless in regard to it; and I believe that is why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) sent His disciples "as My Father hath sent Me", which was via the cross!

The same call to repentance and purging of one's conscience needed to be repeated, over and over, so long as a single child of Yahuah's remained obstinate, refusing to walk in "the path of righteousness"! (Psalm 23:3) And, since so "few there be that find" the "strait ... and narrow ... way" no end to that need for sacrificial ministry appears to be in sight!

But neither is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) glorious reward with any "end in sight"; so the redemptive process goes on, with the children of Yahuah who can see that glorious end permitting their enemies to have their way with them, as His obedient disciples, the result being more sinners brought to repentance and more consciences purged "of dead works to serve the living God"!

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 be Yeshua's disciples!

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 in Your awesome presence that being Yeshua's disciple brings them!

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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