Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2018 January 6

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2018 January 6

Yahuah Hayah's Tithe

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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, our beloved Evangelist, N.C.Sekhar, sent me a picture with the title "Loving Offerings from Intur"! And the reason that title caught my attention is that Faith Harvest Israel's ministry in India has always had to be supported by funds from the United States, for the reason, as Brother Neela explained to me years ago, that the villages to whom he was ministering in Yahuah's name and in that of Faith Harvest Israel "are very poor and therefore cannot afford to support their ministry".

This has always bothered me, not that I have minded India as a worthy people in whom to invest, but that any "poor" should exist among members of our fellowship! If we have been preaching to them Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth and if they have been receiving His word as truth, they should be prospering wonderfully and be able to support their ministry; and, considering that we have given our friends in the villages ten years in which to consider and to work with Yahuah's truth, the picture Brother Neela sent referring to "loving offerings" on the part of one of the villages was remarkable for its being an exception rather than a rule of conduct among all the villages!

At the same time, I have been remiss, all this time, in not giving Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth concerning His tithe, to help our friends in the villages prosper from the benefit of tithing according to His promises in His word, lest I be guilty of laying upon them "a burden they could not bear" on the basis of Brother Neela's assessment to me of their being so poor!

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is showing me that the major fault in this picture is mine in not having regularly given attention to the importance of His tithe in the affairs of His beloved children! For He is helpless to do in relation to them anything other than what He has promised! And some of His richest promises relate to our returning to Him the tithe that He has declared is His! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is Yahuah's! It is holy unto Yahuah. (Leviticus 27:30)

This being true, one tenth of our increase, regardless of where it comes from, belongs to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); and to fail to give it into His ministry is to rob Him of what belongs to Him: He wrote, through His prophet:

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings! 9 Ye are cursed with a curse! For ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation! (Malachi 3:8 and 9)

But His cursing is only one side of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s nature; He also blesses, when His children comply with His requirement to be blessed, which is to "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments!" (Deuteronomy 28:1) This being so, it is well that we consider that paying our tithe is one of those commandments! He said, through His prophet:

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house! And prove Me now herewith, saith Yahuah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the Devourer, for your sakes; and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit, before the time, in the field, saith Yahuah of hosts! 12 And all nations shall call you blessed! For ye shall be a delightsome land, saith Yahuah of hosts! (Malachi 3:10 to 12)

The objection is often raised: "But I can't afford to pay one tenth of what little I make." But this argument reveals a serious flaw in the objector's understanding of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s faithfulness and power to keep His promises! So consider these questions:

Would Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) ask His children to do anything that would be harmful to them?

Is He not faithful to do what He has promised for the child who does faithfully tithe his increase?

Does Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s pouring "you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it" sound like something you "cannot afford"?

On the contrary, if one is to receive as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s word His promise concerning His tithe, one cannot afford not to pay it. And that is where His pouring "you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" is tried! Are we going to believe His word, or are we not?

Indeed, our entire relationship with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) stands or falls on our "faith in God"! (Mark 11:22) He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)

Who is it who will "have everlasting life"?

It will be those who "believe in Him", will it not?

And Who is He?

"He" is God's "only begotten Son"! And Who is He?

"He" is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "Word" (John 1:1), Who "is God"! (Verse 1)

So believing Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who "is God" is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s requirement for His child to receive "everlasting life"! And, if His child cannot believe Him for the paying of His tithe, how will the child believe Him for the child's eternal salvation, that he "not perish"? (John 3:16)

Although parts of the bible bother one, especially when they contradict other parts of it, we are obliged to sort these things out and decide what in it we are going to believe, or we find ourselves without anything to believe and are as lost as any other person in the world.

So what shall it be? Are we among the believers or among those who will not believe?

Salvation is that simple yet that profound! And "salvation" includes being given "this day our daily bread"! (Matthew 6:11) Is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) going to let us starve for having returned to Him His tithe?

King David wrote, in one of his beautiful psalms: "I have been young and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread!" (Psalm 37:25)

Is the One Who has created all things with the wonder of their amazing complexity incapable of fulfilling His promise to "pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it"? He said: "prove me now herewith, if I will not" (Malachi 3:10) do what I have promised for those who pay My tithe!

Truly, when seen in the light of His word, our choice is all or nothing! Either pay your tithe along with obeying all other of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments or forget walking in the assurance of anything from Him; for He is a "no-nonsense" God! He does not play games! His child is either with Him or apart from Him; there is no inbetween!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s apostle wrote, of Him and a very special woman:

41 Jesus sat, over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many who were rich cast in much! 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing! 43 And He called, unto Him, His disciples and saith, unto them, Verily, I say, unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in than all they who have cast into the treasury! 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance! But she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living! (Mark 12:41 to 44)

Stressing the importance of paying His tithe, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:

2 Thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the Earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that Yahuah, thy God, giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket and shalt go unto the place that Yahuah thy God shall choose to place His name there. 3 And thou shalt go unto the priest who shall be in those days and say, unto him, I profess, this day, unto Yahuah, thy God, that I am come unto the country that Yahuah sware unto our fathers for to give us. (Deuteronomy 26:2 and 3)

4 And the priest shall take the basket, out of thine hand, and set it down, before the altar of Yahuah, thy God! 5 And thou shalt speak and say, before Yahuah, thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down, into Egypt, and sojourned there, with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty and populous! 6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us and afflicted us and laid, upon us, hard bondage! 7 And, when we cried unto Yahuah, God of our fathers, Yahuah heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression: 8 and Yahuah brought us forth, out of Egypt, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, with great terribleness, with signs and with wonders! 9 And he hath brought us, into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey! (Deuteronomy 26:4 to 9)

10 And, now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O Yahuah, hast given me. And thou shalt set it, before Yahuah, thy God, and worship, before Yahuah, thy God. 11 And thou shalt rejoice, in every good thing that Yahuah thy God hath given unto thee and unto thine house, thou, the Levite and the stranger who is among you. (Deuteronomy 26:10 and 11)

12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates and be filled, 13 then thou shalt say, before Yahuah, thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things, out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, unto the stranger, to the fatherless and to the widow, according to all the commandments that Thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed Thy commandments; neither have I forgotten them. 14 I have not eaten thereof, in my mourning; neither have I taken away ought thereof, for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead! But I have hearkened to the voice of Yahuah, my God, and have done according to all that Thou hast commanded me. (Deuteronomy 26:12 to 14)

Look down, from Thy holy habitation, from Heaven, and bless thy people Israel and the land that Thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey! (Deuteronomy 26:15)

16 This day Yahuah, thy God, hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments! Thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart and with all thy soul! 17 Thou hast avouched Yahuah, this day, to be thy God, to walk in His ways and to keep His statutes, His commandments and His judgments and to hearken unto His voice! 18 And Yahuah hath avouched thee, this day, to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, that thou shouldest keep all His commandments 19 and to make thee high above all nations that He hath made, in praise, in name and in honor and that thou mayest be an holy people unto Yahuah, thy God, as He hath spoken! (Deuteronomy 26:16 to 19)

With these things in mind, one is not likely to take the paying of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s tithe lightly, to say the least! For this obedience to Him is as critical as any other that He asks of us, His beloved children, that He bless and save us eternally in the abundance that He desires for us.

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 commandment concerning Your tithe as well as all the other commandments of Your Torah, law and covenant!

Father, 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 that await those who do listen to Your voice to observe to do all Your commandments!

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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