Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel will be thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 October 21
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20171021.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 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, my grandson Joshua showed me a video, the other night, showing what it called "the History of the United States" but which necessarily involved the history of the world in fairly recent years; and it began by focusing on the events leading up to and through World War II. The mad man Adolph Hitler captured the imagination of the German people, who allowed him to lead them into the terrible role of world conquerors; and of course we know that he and they were stopped, finally by "the Allies", a coalition of nations and their armies sufficiently strong to conquer the conquerors!
This particular documentary boasted showing events as they really were; so the bodies of the dead, the mass executions and enslavements and the millions devastated by the second world war were shown, without mercy to the sensibilities of the viewer, hoping by "shock and awe" to let him appreciate of what these huge social upheavals consisted!
So, although it was no news to me, the terribleness of war and the issues related to its conduct in human affairs was renewed, to me; and that renewal set me on my usual course of trying to absorb war's reality in the affairs of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children and what each of us is supposed to do about it.
Whether we like it or not, people have periodically taken the notion of attacking their neighbors; and of course that poses a problem for the neighbors, who have consistently retaliated, by forming their own army and opposing the "enemy" who have dared to attack them, whether by criminality in the streets or aggression among nations!
That scenario is taken for granted, by the world; and the exploits of men defending their people and the love of women for their defenders has occupied a great part of their imaginations and the stories that have shaped their spirits over the centuries!
Even Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) seems to have defended that typical though terrible way of dealing with aggression, speaking in His Torah, law and everlasting covenant about causing the blessed to make their enemies flee "seven ways"! (Deuteronomy 28:7) And, in the instance of His "giving" (Leviticus 20:24) a land to His chosen people, the children of Israel, He commanded them, through Moses:
That strange commandment violates even the sensibilities of people in today's world, who have agreed to conduct war in a "civil" manner, not breaking certain "rules of war" that have been created through international agreements! But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) excuse was:
The rationale of that commandment is: Kill everyone around you, so that they won't tempt you to sin!
Coupled with this terrible commandment, we find, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah, law and everlasting covenant, the contrasting commandment: "Thou shalt not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people! But thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself! I am Yahuah!" (Leviticus 19:18) There Yahuah qualifies who should not be avenged by specifying, "the children of thy people"! (Verse 18) And that stipulation of course gives rise to the question, Who are "thy people"? (Verse 18)?
This same "Yahuah" (Leviticus 19:18), promised Abraham: "!n thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed!" (Genesis 22:18) Well, Abraham's "seed" are the same people whom Yahuah told to destroy the inhabitants of the land He "gave" them; and those inhabitants were one of "the nations of the Earth" (Genesis 22:18), whom He said would be "be blessed" (Verse 18) by the same people He sent to destroy them; so how does one reconcile all that moral confusion?
Needless to say, I am not one of these people who goes around waving the bible in the air, declaring, "This is the infallible word of God!"
Rather, I am one of those people whose sensibillities have been shocked by certain things found in what we now call "The Holy Bible", to where I have had to sort out what is not shocking - yes, helpful: even precious, profound and mighty in its spiritual ramifications - from what is shocking and decide, in my heart, what I am going to do about all of it.
My high regard for the bible yet caution concerning it has been based on the idea that, with our having been created as sentient beings - "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27), according to the bible - that "God" would have to be a person with all the sensibilities that we know and feel and would want to communicate with all the children He has created to share with them His thoughts and the marvelous knowledge that they would include!
I have believed that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has done that, through prophets or men open to His voice, who have expressed what they have heard as well as they have known how, with some things wrongly attributed to Yahuah also having been included! These accounts were written by men; and men are capable both of erring and of lying when the occasion suits them.
Getting back to the matter of war, to complicate things further, we have Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) sending of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), to walk among and teach His children about Him, as "our Father, Who art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:9), through Whom He commanded:
Then, when He had loved His enemies, even to permitting them to ridicule, torture and kill Him; Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) arose from the grave and said:
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had prepared His disciples for this development, previously, having told them:
This teaching elicits, from a person of the world, the reaction: "You've got to be kidding me." It nullifies the cry, "Give me liberty or give me death", which has been the primary sentiment underlying all retaliatory actions, when neighbors attack neighbors!
Knowing this primevil reaction in the emotions of all "normal" people, wealthy tyrants have orchestrated, time and again, atrocities staged to make another people appear responsibile for the outrage, knowing that in the minds of the offended people the grievous incident usually justifies war, which then puts the profits of making weapons for both "enemies" into the pockets of the profiteers, the same being true of their providing both sides with the supplies by which to wage their "righteous" wars!
A documentary produced by a combat veteran frankly confessed that the conditions for men on the firing line are insane! Men, most of them not having a thing in the world against one another personally, find themselves pitted against each other to the death! And the only way out is by killing, being killed or possibly being injured!
Surely, something is wrong with that picture; and the "Father, Who art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:9) taught by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and represented by His example even to suffering a terrible death on a cross, having deliberately permitted wicked men to torture and crucify Him, put His finger right on it: Until His children are ready to take up their cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24), war with all its excuses and abominations will continue to ravage them; and He was quite urgent in His expressing that idea, which He did several times:
Whether or not Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is right, as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) represented Him, is a grave issue that must be resolved in the heart of every person! And I certainly am not the one to be telling you what to do! But the fact that two highly esteemed men in the bible are recorded to have fared well under enemies by faithfully serving both Yahuah and their heathen kings at the same time is encouraging and supportive of the theme I am trying to develop here.
Joseph was sold, into slavery, in Egypt, by his eleven jealous brothers (Genesis 39:1) yet continued to serve Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) by serving well the interests of the man who bought him as a slave! (Genesis 39:5) His owner's wife tried to seduce him; but, failing that and lying to her husband, she succeeded in having Joseph imprisoned! But, again, rather than being embittered by his being falsely accused and hatefully abused, by well serving both Yahuah and the interests of the jailer, Jospeh became a privileged inmate in the prison! (Genesis 39:21 to 23)
Finally, Jospeh's faithfulness to serve Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was rewarded by Yahuah's having him raised up in command of all Egypt second only to the Pharaoh! (Genesis 41:40 to 43) And that amazing development proved, ultimately, to be the salvation in a time of famine of Yahuah's people in "the land of Canaan" (Matthew 26:52) and of Joseph's family, even of the brothers who had sold Joseph into slavery! (Genesis 42 to 44)
The story of Daniel's captivity and service in Babylon, also, is both instructive and encouraging concerning the knowledge of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) on those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:2), which include loving one's neighbor, whom Yahuah defines as "the children of thy people"! (Leviticus 19:18)
When the children of Israel failed to so hearken, sinning terribly against Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), He caused them to be taken captive by "Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon"! (Daniel 1:1), who took, especially, the cream of Israel's young men - "children in whom was no blemish but well favored and skillful in all wisdom and cunning in knowledge and understanding science and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans"! (Daniel 1:4)
Among these favored young captives was Daniel, who quickly got the attention of the king through the eunuch he put in charge over them; he talked the euncuh into giving him and four companions of his only vegetables to eat and water to drink rather than the king's fare; and "God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams!"! (Daniel 1:17)
Ultimately, through a series of tests and experiences with Daniel, "the king made Daniel a great man and gave him many great gifts and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon"! (Daniel 2:48) And, that great favor for a child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in the hands of an enemy kept the interests of His children well represented through Daniel, who, by His serving both Yahuah and an heathen king at the same time, obtained so great a favor!
I, too, have tried loving my "enemies", not necessarily people who deliberately wanted to violate me but people who have hurt me and disappointed me time and time again! And the result of going on loving them anyway, to "bless", "do good to" and "pray for" them (Matthew 5:44) at every opportunity, has filled my life with constant joy!
The people who had been so troublesome for me began to sense my love for them and appreciated my helpfulness toward them, even though they did not know how to express it and even though their relationships with others around them continued to be troublesome! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet: "He shall judge, among the nations, and shall rebuke many people! And 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)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) rebuked me! And I lay down my anger, pride and retaliatory actions and picked up my cross and followed His example through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! And I say that the time for learning war no more is now! The minute any of His children hear His voice through Yeshua, they need to pick up their crosses and follow Him!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21); and one enters into that kingdom the minute he or she "keeps" or puts a value on the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, law and everlasting covenant, one commandment of which is not to "avenge or hold a grudge against the children of thy people" (Leviticus 19:18), realizing that "my people" are my neighbors, even the "enemies" among them and that the kind of love Yahuah was talking about in that commandment was love for exactly such troublesome neighbors!
Having dealt with "war" in this marvelous way, one level more remains to be mastered! We are our own worst enemies!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made reference, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6)! And He set one such child in the midst of His disciples, explaining: "3 Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven!"! 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3 and 4)
Have you noticed how the little child reacts to abuse? He goes right on loving and trusting the abuser, because he is still hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice! That is the humility about which Yahuah was talking about through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!
But, as time goes on and as the abuses continue, ways of resenting and fighting the abuser are shown the child; and his spirit is programed to dwell upon and to implement those ways; and he loses the loving innocence and humility that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) must be there for one to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 18:3)
So the desperate need of humanity is to reprogram themselves to "become as little children" (Matthew 18:3), in the sense of the loving innocence and humility that qualifies one not only to enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:3) but to become greatest in the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:4); and that "kingdeom" is now! Its King is alive and waiting for us to hear Him now! And the opportunity He has given us to become thriving citizens of His kingdom has been before His children for their consideration since Day One of His creating them.
But, being full of ourselves and our notions of how things should be, we have systematically filtered out the sound of "the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1); and the badly programmed spirits in us, our consciences or what the world calls our "subconscious minds", continue to war against what Yahuah's will has been for us, which has been for us to rely completely on His Spirit to do for us what we cannot do, including the correction of our troublesome neighbors!
People ask, Why doesn't God do something about the evil we see going on around us?
Dear friends, He already has! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave us His Torah, law and everlasting covenant and then showed us what it meant through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! And, from the day of His creating us, He gave us our "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth" (Genesis 1:28), to speak to the "mountain" (Mark 11:23) in our problem relationships, that it might be "removed and cast into the sea" (Verse 23), not doubting in our heart but believing that those things we have said "shall come to pass"! (Verse 23)
By our "faith in God" (Mark 11:22) we have been able, all this time, to believe we "receive" (Verse 24) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) instant answers to our prayers, some of which He gives us quickly, in the physical, and some of which remain in ha Kodesh Ruach, His Holy Spirit, until He can work out the details of our prayer and show its answer to us in due time!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has promised us the power of the same Spirit Who flung the galaxies into their places and is keeping them there; and we can apply that power toward the solution of all our problems, needs and desires! I worship Him, constantly, with praise on my lips and gratitude in my heart, for not only creating all things but putting me in that creation, not to remain plagued by frustration and inadequacy but overjoyed with the confidence that He has made me to be both a king and a priest over the circumstances of my life! Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
Then Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: Thou "hast made us, unto our God, kings and priests! And we shall reign on the Earth!" (Revelation 5:9 and 10)
Finally, we have Howard Storm's amazing testimony of what he was told by "Jesus" and seven angels in Heaven! And they had this to say about war:
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!
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.
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