Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 September 2

Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 September 2

The Reluctant Son

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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): "28 A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard! 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented and went! 30 And he came to the second and said likewise! And he answered and said, I go, sir, and went not! 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father?" (Matthew 21:28 to 31)

While you are letting that word from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sink in, let me give you another, to top it off, like the whipped cream on cake! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "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!" (Matthew 7:21)

I wrote, to my atheist friend; and it went like this: "Yahuah Hayah gave me a scripture that applies to you; and I do not believe you will be offended by it." And, when I had quoted Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) words from Matthew, I finished my short note, by saying: "I believe you are the first son, who for whatever reason have not wished to acknowledge, let alone commit yourself to, your Creator and King! But you obviously are doing His will! And I love you and commend you for it, let alone expect wonderful things in relation to you; because you are, indeed, doing your Fathers will; and I of course am talking about your Father in Heaven!"

After I had sent that email to my atheist friend, I realized that, although he was doing a number of things to help and thereby to "love" his neighbors, he was failing in what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) called "the First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38), which is to "love Yahuah, thy God, with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind"! (Verse 37) The original verse says "with all thy might"! (Deuteronomy 6:5)

So, although my atheist friend was fulfilling what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) called "the second ... like unto" (Matthew 22:39) "the First and Great Commandment", which is to "love thy neighbor as thyself" (Verse 39), my friend was not fulfilling both of the "two commandments" on which "hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40) And my guess is that such a half-hearted obedience would not qualify as doing "the will of" our "Father in Heaven"! He wrote, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle John:

Because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth! (Revelation 3:16)

Has Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) not gone all the way for us, His beloved children? Children born with parts of their bodies missing might question that; and I would not blame them; but aside from such anomalies, which sometimes involve human interference, has not our beloved Creator and King done an amazing job of creating what we enjoy each day of our lives? So, then, the question arises: Why, then, are we not willing to go all the way with Him?

Only Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and the two sons who answered their father one way but then thought better of it and did the opposite knew what was going on in their spirits! But in either case the saying "actions speak louder than words" was confirmed; and the situation was carried out in accord to what was in the son's heart toward his father, the one obviously loving his father while the other hated him.

One can expect that the son who loved and accommodated his father was blessed by him, while the other was cursed for his indifference; and so it is with all matters relating to our heavenly Father; "Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)" is His precious and holy name! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ... 2 ... and all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee. 15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... that all these curses shall come, upon thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1, 2 and 15)

From that clear warning, we learn that our Creator and King means business! that He is not slack in rewarding or punishing His children, according to what they do about Him; and, when we come to understand the meaning of the words "keep" (Exodus 20:6) or "observe" (Deuteronomy 28:1), we find that He has not been unreasonable with His children; for both of those words are translations of the same word meaning to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104), the same being true in the New Testament (Strong: Greek: 5083), to where any place in His Holy Bible where He asks for His children's consideration of the commandments of His Torah, Law and covenant, He is only asking us to put a value on them or to do our best to obey them.

So, to judge His children's conduct in relation to keeping or observing the commandments of His Torah, law and covenant, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would have to be "God, Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8), which is why He commands all of us, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1)

We are not "God, Who knoweth the hearts"; so we have no way of knowing what is in the heart of our neighbor, with respect to his helpfulness or hinderance! And that knowing on His part is why Yahuah's judgments "are true and righteous altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)

This consistency on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) part in His treatment of us, His beloved children, lends to stability! We can always depend on fair treatment from Him, which is why some of us regard Him as "the best friend I have", as He works His will for us through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16)

That is why we can always tell what spirit a neighbor is serving, as he either accommodates us or frustrates and abuses us in his conduct toward us. Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle: "God is love!" (1st John 4:8), while of Satan, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill and to destroy!" (John 10:10)

Speaking to people of the land, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) likened His children to "sheep" or "goats", saying:

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory! 32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations! And He shall separate them, one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats! 33 And he shall set the sheep on His right hand but the goats on the left! 34 Then shall the King say, unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat! I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink! I was a stranger, and ye took Me in, 36 naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came, unto Me. (Matthew 25:31 to 36)

37 Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred and fed thee? or thirsty and gave Thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger and took Thee in? or naked and clothed thee? 39 Or, when saw we Thee sick or in prison and came unto Thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say, unto them: Verily I say, unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, My brethren, ye have done it unto Me! 41 Then shall He say, also, unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels! (Matthew 25:37 to 41)

Then the same line of questioning will occur: "Why this?" And "Why that?" And Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) will answer, in the same way: "Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me!" (Matthew 25:45) And the end result will be that "these shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal"! (Verse 46)

That awesome event will take place as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) returns and judges all those whom He will find yet on Earth, to bring this present age to a close! But the same judgment awaits each one of us who dies prior to that climax, which sends us either into Heaven or into Hell for exactly the same reason!

And I would have you consider that these everlasting judgments will be based on the conduct of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, even as the two sons of the father with the vineyard incurred either his favor or his wrath according to what they actually did and not on what they said!

Words are important! They have far reaching effect, especially as one "shall not doubt, in his heart, but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"! (Mark 11:23) For that is the use of his "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment" (Matthew 12:36) So each of the sons of the father with the vineyard will answer for why they did not reply to their father more carefully! But, according to Yeshua, what we do accounts for far more in His estimation and will be the basis for judgments in our favor or against us for a long time to come!

I believe this certainty of judgment by our Creator and King is one of the reasons why some of His children refuse to acknowledge that He even exists! For some strange reason they go into "denial", choosing to hide even from their own selves the reality of this fairness and the responsibility that it puts upon each one of us to choose well what we are going to do about it.

So I do hope and pray that you, my beloved friends, are among those who choose to be responsible before Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and "choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live"! (Deuteronomy 30:19)

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 You by which to speak with the utmost care but more importantly to behave lovingly toward 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; 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 speaking carefully and then doing the loving thing brings to 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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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