Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 September 10

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 September 10

Yahuah Hayah's Day of Atonement

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20160910.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), 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 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, when He offered in His torah, law and everlasting covenant His "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) for the children of Israel, even His "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16 and 17), He set, as His requirement for them, that one "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

The word "observe" is a King James translation of a word meaning to "guard"! (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) We guard that on which we put value! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement for receiving His blessings was for His child to put a value on doing "all His commandments"! He is the first to understand that no person is capable of doing all His commandments perfectly; so He gave His children a way to demonstrate the value they put on His commandments, especially the ones they have broken! He said, through Moses:

27If any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. 28And the priest shall make an atonement, for the soul who sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before Yahuah, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) story through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the highly indebted servant helps us to understand of what that forgiveness consists! Upon reviewing his accounts, the servant's king found that he owed him "ten thousand talents"! (Matthew 18:24)

Apparently the contract that the servant had signed to obtain the loan required that, if he defaulted on it, he was "to be sold and his wife and children and all that he had and payment to be made"! (Matthew 18:25) From freedom to walk about in their king's kingdom, he and his family were to be reduced to working as bondservants!

The servant had apparently defaulted on paying back the loan; and standing before the king and hearing from him the penalty for defaulting of course got the servant's attention; and he "fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all"! (Matthew 18:26)

That plea worked! For the king "was moved with compassion and loosed him and forgave him the debt". (Matthew 18:27)

Please note that the servant's admission of fault, which required the king's "patience", included the servant's promise to "pay all", which stirred the king's "compassion" and moved him to forgive the servant; and the result of that forgiveness was not for the king to remove the debt but to leave the servant in the king's kingdom while he worked to pay his debt!

The sinner's bringing of the "sin offering" was his admitting that he had sinned; and his faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandment to seek His atonement for the forgiveness desired would by the sinner's obedience to it bring the forgiveness, which we can now understand relates to the sinner's being restored to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s kingdom! He said, of the story I cited above:

Therefore is the kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants! (Matthew 18:27)

So the story Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then told through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was to give us an idea of how His kingdom works, particularly with respect to His forgiveness and particularly with respect to each of His children!

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) also deals with His children together as a body of people! He referred to them as "the children of Israel"! (Deuteronomy 29:1) His "New Covenant" (Jeremiah 31:31) would be "with the house of Israel"! (Verse 31)

So, when it came to forgiving or restoring the entire nation of Israel to His kingdom, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Moses:

27On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto Yahuah! 28Ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before Yahuah, your God! 29For whatsoever soul it be who shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people! 30Whatsoever soul it be who doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people! 31Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever, throughout your generations in all your dwellings! 32It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls! In the ninth day of the month, at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath! (Leviticus 23:27 to 32)

Some attention needs to be paid to what being "restored" to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom consists! The problem in understanding that provision lies in supposing that a "kingdom" is a place rather than a relationship! In truth it is both; but either considered alone does not work!

Most of us have been taught that a "kingdom" is a populated geographical area ruled over by a king! But the "populated geographical area" is only land with people on it without the king and his law, by which he requires certain behavior from the people, for which he provides certain benefits, such as protection and provisions above and beyond what the people are able to arrange for themselves! And that mutual interaction between the king and his subjects is a relationship! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to Abraham: "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceedingly great reward!" (Genesis 15:1)

Furthermore, that relationship extends beyond the physical boundaries of the king's land! People in surrounding countries can know that, should they offend a citizen of that particular king, the full resources of that king, his money, his army and their weapons can be pitted against them. And any benefits that are due the king's citizen continue to be his regardless of where he may be living! When I fell sick while living for a while in Mexico years ago, I boarded an airplane and flew to the nearest hospital in my home state of California, to receive the kind of care to which I was accostomed!

In matters pertaining to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the Creator of the universe and King over it, the same extension is true! At this time, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has the area of land where Jews are keeping or putting a value on the commandments of His torah, law and everlasting covenant! It is the political land of Israel, which is in the same place where the children of Israel lived centuries ago! But the Jews' limited understanding of that law and their rejection of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as their Mawshiyach or Messiah has created problems for them in their relationship to Yahuah!

Far more important is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:20), of which He spoke through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), specifying that to enter into that kingdom one must have "righteousness" (Verse 20), which in His torah, law and everlasting covenant He offered for those who "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Obviously, we on Earth are not bodily in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kingdom of Heaven; but of that kingdom He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "The kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)

An entire populated area is not within anyone! So the aspect of "place" drops out of view, in that regard, leaving "relationship" as the entire consideration, which is the basis, really, of virtually all the promises Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has made in His "Holy Bible" for "them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) So the atonement He provided is the way He gave in His torah, law and everlasting covenant by which His children could restore their relationship to Him, the Day of Atonement being His provision for that restoration for the entire nation of Israel!

We of today have no temple in which to perform the sacrifices that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) required for His atonement and Day of Atonement; but we can keep or put a value on His commandments relating to that provision, which is what we of this fellowship do individually, in our devotions, and together on His Day of Atonement!

For our devotions, we have the sample prayer Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave His children through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), in which He recommended that we pray "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!" (Matthew 6:12) And, to emphasize the importance of that request, He explained, through Yeshua: "If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you!" (Verse 14)

In forgiving our neighbors who have hurt us in any way together with asking Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) for His forgiveness, we fulfill the requirements of His atonement! For the asking admits that we have done wrong, even as the sinner brought his "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27) to be "forgiven" (Verse 28); and forgiving our neighbors obligates Yahuah Hayah to forgive us, acccording to the promise He has made concerning that matter. (Matthew 6:14) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38)

To help His children understand how the violence of sin hurts Him, even though He is willing to forgive that violence, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16) That giving of His Son was to allow wicked men to send Him to the Roman cross of execution!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19) He said, to Pilate, the Roman governor whom He knew would give the order to crucify Him: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth!" (John 18:37) To prepare His children to receive that truth, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua:

31If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free! (John 8:31 and 32)

I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance! (Matthew 9:13)

To "repent" (Matthew 4:17) is to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) And, since Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said He came to call "sinners" and since "sin is the transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4), the "repentance" to which Yeshua came to call them is to "think differently" about keeping the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah, law and everlasting covenant through Moses!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author, of the sacrifices He required for His atonement, that they were "a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9) And, then He wrote: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Verse 14)

Our "conscience" is our "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893) or our sense of right and wrong! And seeing what wicked men did to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who, being "without sin" (Hebrews 4:17) is "the express image" (Hebrews 1:3) of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), we have been shown, as never before or since, how terrible sin really is, not only to our victims but also to Him Who created the victims, to where we never want to sin ourselves, which is the purging of our consciences "to serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) atonement was intended to accomplish, both for the individual, in praying "forgive us our debts" (Matthew 6:12), and for His people, in observing His "Day of Atonement"! (Leviticus 23:28)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) praying, in behalf of those who nailed Him to the cross, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34) helps us to realize how willing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is to forgive even the most terrible thing we could ever do, if we will only "repent" (Matthew 4:17), "forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12) and ask Him to "forgive us" (Verse 12), which is the fulfillment of the atonement of Yahuah Hayah's (I AM's) torah, law and everlasting covenant through Moses!

Of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "law or the prophets" (Matthew 4:17), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am not come to destroy but to fulfill!" (Verse 17)

Finally comes the deepest and most profound of all understanding that can be gained from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) atonement, which is revealed in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) words the evening He met for the last time with His disciples! Having washed their feet, He said:

12 Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well! For so I AM! 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet; 15 for I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you! 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (John 13:12 to 17)

A careful study of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) entire ministry reveals that He was talking to His disciples about far more than merely washing each other's feet! For, having suffered torture and death on the cross, He appeared to them, saying: "As My father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) To prepare them for that saying, He had previously said, to them: "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27)

Bearing one's cross relates to loving one's enemies, who are the ones who put people on crosses of one kind or another! In other words, they hurt their neighbors, to get things they believe they must have! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, 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)

Leading up to that commandment to love one's neighbor, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) gave examples, to help His disciples understand the kind of love He was talking about:

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth! 39 But I say, unto you, that ye resist not evil! But whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also! 40 If any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also! 41 Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain! 42 Give to him who asketh thee, and from him who would borrow of thee turn not thou away!(Matthew 5:38 to 42)

In other words, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) kind of love, which one is to exercise in loving his neighbor, is without judging and completely accommodating, even to letting one's enemy kill you, if that is his desire, which is what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did in relation to His enemies, who definitely did want to kill Him.

This kind of love makes one scream for its seeming lack of fairness! We are made in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) image! Our spirits are comprised of His Spirit; and His sense of justice is our sense; so we do indeed want justice for our neighbors! And we are not without satisfaction in the fact that "the judgements of Yahuah are true and righteous, altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)

But we must take careful note that those are Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) judgments, not ours! We are utterly incompetent to judge our neighbors; because we are not "God Who knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8) If what our neighbor is doing seems outrageous, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knows it and is the first to feel and to resent its violence to you! Peter wrote, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "When He was reviled, He reviled not again! When He suffered, He threatened not but committed Himself to Him Who judgeth righteously!" (1st Peter 2:23)

The whole point of this amazing requirement for being a disciple of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is that His ministry on the cross had an impact on the consciences of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children; and that impact saves them. Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

It is that ministry of the cross that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wants from His children! It is the only course of action that has the power to turn enmity into friendship and the violence of self-assumed judgment, one person against another, into their waiting upon Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to take their part; and He would not ask their submission to their neighbors without His knowing its beneficial results and His power to reward those who do it!

That, beloved friend, is the best understanding of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Feast of Atonement that I possess; and I believe, with all my heart, that anything short of following it leads only to the agony of frustration and the mutual destruction of ongoing enmity among His precious children!

I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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 Your Day of Atonement, to where they can appreciate why you have commanded them to observe it.

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 blessing of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) upon those who keep His commandments, particularly those relating to His atonement, even as they have learned to understand it.

I pray that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) shall bless you mightily, throughout the coming year, 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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