Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2017 September 16

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 September 16

Honoring Yahuah Hayah's Torah

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20170916.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 His prophet: "Yahuah is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable! (Isaiah 42:21)

Since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) promised to make His Torah or Law "honorable", we whom He made "in His image" (Genesis 1:27) should be expected to honor His Torah as well, which as you well know we of Faith Harvest Israel have endeavored to do in every way we can!

But the reason I feel led to give that privilege special attention on this Sabbath is because a dear friend of mine told me recently about a brother and bible scholar by the name of Rob Skiba, who has awakened to another thing I have taught in this fellowship, which is that the "church" has always been "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) and as such has been obligated to keep Yahuah's Torah in accord with His definition of "the children of Israel" in His Torah; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

Yahuah shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways! (Deuteronomy 28:9)

Rather than pay attention to what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) taught before He was brutally tortured and killed, which definitely establishes the church as "the children of Israel", Brother Rob found reason to believe that truth in the writing of Paul, who spoke of "Israel" that he "hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded!" (Romans 11:7)

In Paul's view, "the election" are those "not of works" but of those whom God "calleth"! (Romans 9:11), an idea he develops more fully by writing:

22 What if God, willing to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, 23 that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory!" (Romans 9:22 and 23)

This is what to me is Paul's abbhorent notion of "predestination", by which he alleges that God made some of His children to be "vessels of wrath fitted to destruction" and some of them "vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory", "the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him Who calleth"! (Romans 9:11)

In other words, according to Paul, God presumably makes some of His children destined for Heaven and some of them destined for Hell, before they are even born, which flies in the face of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) pleading through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses that His children "choose life"! For how can they "choose" anything having already been "predestinated", as he wrote:

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will" (Ephesians 1:5) and "in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will"! (Verse 11)

Notice, please, that in Paul's "predestination" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "will" is the issue, not that of His children, to choose between " life and death, blessing and cursing"! (Deuteronomy 30:19)

At any rate, whether by "predestination" or by "free will", Paul taught his followers that they definitely were among "the children of Israel", writing:

17 "If some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree," 18 "boast not against the branches! But, if thou boast, thou bearest not the root but the root thee!" 19 "Thou wilt say, then: The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in!" 20 "Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith! Be not highminded but fear!" 21 "For, if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee!" 22 "Behold, therefore, the goodness and severity of God: on them who fell, severity, but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou, also, shalt be cut off." 23 "And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again!" 24 "For, if thou wert cut out of the olive tree that is wild by nature and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these, who be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?" (Romans 11:17 to 24)

From this illustration of the grafting or breaking of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children in relation to "the olive tree", which is the church or the body of His obedient people, Brother Rob got the assurance that "the church" has always been Yahuah's obedient children and will never be anything else, whom by Yahuah's definition of them are to "keep the commandments of Yahuah, thy God, and walk in His ways"! (Deuteronomy 28:9)

But I learned the same truth from other parts of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible, for one, what He wrote through His psalmist: "8 He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word that He commanded to a thousand generations! 9 which covenant He made with Abraham and His oath unto Isaac 10 and confirmed the same, unto Jacob, for a law, and to Israel, for an everlasting covenant! (Psalm 105:8 to 10)"

When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to Earth and walked among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, He, too, confirmed the everlasting nature of Yahuah's Torah or Law, saying: "Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled!" (Matthew 5:18)

Of Moses Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "He wrote of Me!" (John 5:46) and "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" And that was extremely important; because the key to "not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) lay in believing Him!

From somewhere Brother Rob got hold of the fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had said, through His prophet: "For all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce! Yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not but went and played the harlot also!" (Jeremiah 3:9) In referring to that "divorce", Yahuah was undoubtedly making reference to His permitting the northern ten tribes of Israel to be taken captive and dispersed among the Gentile nations!

In the meanwhile, Judah's betrayal of their Creator and King denied them His prophets for four hundred years, from Malachi till John the Baptist, the latter of whom set the stage for Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to begin His ministry among Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1), who had become known as "Jews", from their having descended from Israel's tribe of Judah!

In Brother Rob's view, Israel's divorce from their God had disqualified them from any longer receiving the benefits of His Torah, which explained to Brother Rob why Paul wrote in at least ten places ([1] Acts 13:39 [2] Romans 3:21 [3] Romans 3:28 [4] Romans 6:14 [5] Romans 7:4 [6] Romans 7:6 [7] Galatians 5:2 to 4 [8] Galatians 6:18 [9] Philippians 3:6 to 8 [10] Colossians 2:13 and 14) words to the effect: "Ye are not under the law but under grace!" (Romans 6:14)

In his researching this entire matter, Brother Rob came across the fact that under Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or Law, in the place where He permits a husband to divorce a wife (Deuteronomy 24:1), He forbids the husband to take her back (Verse 4), which also forbade Him to take Israel back, having divorced her (Jeremiah 3:8), lest He break His own Law!

So, in Brother Rob's view, that is what Paul's "grace" is about, which is the alternative he gave to Israel's being "not under the law"! (Romans 6:14) For Paul explained that "the woman who hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth! But, if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband." (Romans 7:2) So, "3 if her husband be dead, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man! 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God!" (Verses 3 and 4)

That argument becomes disjointed, where Paul claims that "ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ"! And I must ask, what did "the body of Christ" have to do with Israel's becoming "dead to the law" at the time of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) having divorced her?

Paul's imagination was also stretched where he claimed that "ye should be married to another, even to Him Who is raised from the dead"! When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was "raised from the dead", did He become another man? Or was He the same One Who was crucified? So how can it be argued that the One Who divorced Israel, being dead, had freed her to marry "another" - specifically Himself, the One Who divorced Israel before He was raised from the dead?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s teaching before He was tortured and crucified shows that in His relationship with the children of Israel, His reference through Jeremiah to having divorced them had nothing to do with His continuing desire that they keep the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or Law, for He specifically taught them in person to "observe and do" (Matthew 23:3) "all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe" (Verse 3), "they" being "the scribes and the Pharisees, who sit in Moses’ seat". (Verse 2) He said:

Woe, unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint, anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law - judgment, mercy and faith! These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone (Matthew 23:23)

So tell me, please, if Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) divorcing the children of Israel cut off Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement that they keep His Torah or Law, why was Yeshua speaking of its still being a requirement when He was teaching them in person? So where was Paul coming from in writing in ten different places "Ye are not under the law, but under grace"? (Romans 6:14)

And we can well ask, also: What was this "grace" of which Paul wrote, that presumably took the place of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or Law? Paul wrote:

24 Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God, 26 to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus! (Romans 3:24 to 26)

I have explained it many times before; and I will explain it one more time! This is a Satanic short-circuiting of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement for His children to obtain "all these blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2), which He has ever had for those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Verse 1), which blessings Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) made sure we understand include "eternal life"! (Matthew 19:16)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) Sinners "sin"! and "sin is the transgression of the Law"! (1st John 3:4) "Repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340)

So Yeshua came to call sinners to think differently about keeping the Law; and Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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 permitted His enemies to torture and kill Him to call sinners to think differently about keeping Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Toraw or Law!

Now compare this with Paul's explanation of what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) presumably accomplished on the cross: It was based upon "grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24); and it was to be "faith in His blood" that would cause Him to be "a propitiation" (Romans 3:25) or "atoning victim" (Strong: Greek: 2435), that He might be the "the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus"!

Now watch carefully! Where is Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) "call" of "sinners to repentance" in all of that? There is none; for "repentance" or thinking differently about keeping the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or Law has nothing to do with Paul's version of salvation, his having declared at least ten different times that "ye are not under the law but under grace"! (Romans 6:14)

Paul's "grace" presumably consists of Yeshua's "justifying" those who "believe" in Him or have "faith in His blood" to do all that is required without anything's being done by the believer!

Brother Rob believes that Israel's not being "under the law" has to do with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) having divorced her. (Jeremiah 3:8) But Paul wrote that Yeshua's "body" in His dying on the cross caused His children to be "dead to the law" (Romans 7:4) So what, then, do we make of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) prophesying that His "New Covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31) would be when He "will put My law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts"! (Verse 33)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) torture and death at the hands of His enemies when as "the Son of God" (John 3:18) He "went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the Devil"" (Acts 10:38) showed how terrible sin is and made keeping Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or Law written "in their hearts"!

Paul wrote, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that we are "justified by His blood" and that therefore "we shall be saved from wrath"! (Romand 5:9), which leaves out, entirely, the critical matter of what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children do in reaction to Yeshua's torture and death on the cross! Yahuah's salvation comes from "repentance" and the keeping of the commandments of His Torah or Law! Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17)

In the meanwhile, in Paul's version of salvation, no repentance or making of Yahuah's Torah or Law a matter of "the heart", which was the object of Yahuah's "New Covenant with the house of Israel", is mentioned! Take your choice!

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 Your salvation by which to discern the horrendous problem with Satan's false substitute through Paul!

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 looking to Your true way of salvation offers anyone who will make it a matter of his heart!

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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