Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2018 March 10
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20180310.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 Creator and King over all the universe, 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, Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
Whether we like it or not, these are the only two commandments to be found in Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law that address marriage! And the message is quite clear for the man: If you do not want to spend the rest of your life with a woman, do not lie with her.
The commandment in Exodus speaks of a man's "enticing" a maid, which implies his waiting on her voluntary response to his enticement, while the commandment in Deuteronomy only speaks of the man's "laying hold on" the woman "and lying with her", which implies a forced situation, which is loaded with problems; but so also is the relationship born of enticement! And these are the problems to which I would like to look in this sermon; for how they are handled determines whether the marriage will be guided by Yahuah Hayah, for its ultimate fulfillment, or by Satan, for its ultimate destruction!
The gratification that Yahuah Hayah has built into the experience of a man's and a woman's lying together is the immediate and obvious motivation for their doing so; but of course other considerations enter into the picture, which is the anticipation of the children that lying together produces, which is colored by all kinds of experiences in the life of either partner in the marriage, which have affected how they regard other people!
For the children will indeed be "other people", with the needs and desires that attend the life of any person, all of which will have to be negotiated by the parents, as the child grows up! For, obviously, the child is dependent upon his parents for the meeting of his needs and desires, until, having reached maturity, he can launch out on his own. And this dependency's being the case, how the needs and desires of the child are handled by the parents will affect the child's welfare or the lack of it, which, as any parent knows, is a huge and demanding responsibility!
So two basic considerations are involved in the marriage relationship, which is how the partners affect each other and how they affect the children they produce! And I would say that how they affect one another is the primary consideration; for the results of their affecting one another determine how they then affect their children! And, although these considerations focus on the internal affairs of the emerging family, their external affairs or how they in turn affect their community also are a part of the larger picture at which Yahuayh Hayah is looking throughout all this complicated interaction! And how it is conducted is critical to its outcome, which explains why He is so particular about what His children do about His voice in their spirits and about the commandments of His Torah; and that is determined by the larger consideration of how they regard Him as the Source of that voice and commandments, either to love Him or to hate Him; there is no "Mr. Inbetween"!
So all of this is a tightly interwoven fabric, one might say, which, when scratched or plucked on one edge will reverberate to the other edge, affecting every fiber comprising it, all of it's being one integral whole, which we call "God" or the "All in All" of which He is comprised!
But to get a grasp on what all of this process involves, we will have to look at one "fiber" at a time and discern, if we can, its nature and how it relates to its fellow "fibers", to continue the analogy I somehow got mixed up in. But, perhaps we had better dumpt the analogy and get back into looking at Yahuah Hayah's children, particularly the couples in marriage, to effectively pursue the topic of this sermon, whioch is "Marriage".
Although this may appear disgusting to some women, the man has a "preeminance" of sorts; he is the leader! But without the partner nothing is there to lead! So both have his part to play; and without that "play" no marriage exists! But we must start somewhere; so I will follow the established protocol and deal with the man first, for better or worse!
Again, at the risk of some horror in women, I will point out that the man excells in being a bit more "rational" than the woman, her part being that of the "intuitional" one between them, again qualifying that her role as being "a bit more" intuitional; because women are to a degree rational and men to a degree intuitional, Yahuah Hayiah's wisdom in creation having giving to each of them an edge over the other in one of those interesting parts of human behavior!
So the woman, also, has leadership to fulfill - that of being the more "intuitional" member of the partnership, which is every bit as important as being the more "rational" one; because one without the other is lost! They must work together to comprise a well functioning marriage!
By making reference to a more "rational" partner, I am speaking of one more prone to examine a matter with "reason" by complaring an action with a standard for some clue as to its worth, while the more "intuitional" partner is aware of the worth of an action by having sensed or heard about it in her spirit! The man is capable of sensing or hearing the worth of things in his spirit, and the woman is capable of reasoning about it; but their reliance upon reason or spiritual guidance tends toward one or the other according to the role that Yahuah Hayah has assigned to each partner.
Of course anything can be done well or poorly; and how well or how poorly things are being done are factors in a human situation that determine all kinds of things in the outcome, the entire interplay being an exptremely complex interrelationship that is virtually impossible for a human being to track! But we can pick up trends; and whether man or woman, we will tend to evaluate them reasonably or intuitionally; and, each having its value, can work together for the fulfillment of the family or, having its drawbacks, can work against each other, to the detriment of the family.
For instance, the husband may feel, by his rational assessment of things, that meals should be served on time, while the wife may feel, by her intuitional assessment of things, that a meal sould be served when members of the family are hungry, which in practice might prove to be small portions of this or that served at various times throughout the day! Obviously, for harmony to be present in the family, a compromise must be struck, which might consist of main meals being served at predetermined times - the "breakfast", "lunch" and "dinner" with which we are familiar - while urges to eat could be honored at other times by the wife's willingness to deal with requests coming at irregular times in the day!
Danger to the family can be dealt with rationally or intuitionally, the rational approach being to recognize in an impending situation factors that previously have been problems, while the intuitional approach could not care less about track records, the intuitional member knows that a situation is dangerous simply because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has revealed it to be so or because some lying spirit has succeeded in convincing the intuitional member that its version is so, when the truth may be that it is a circumstance intended by Yahuah to bless the family.
I know one woman whose family cares for her dearly and tries to get her to take certain things and avoid others to maximize her health! But, with an uncanny certainty, a foul spirit to which she continually listens succeeds in convincing her that her family's recommendations make her "hurt" somehow; and she quits cooperating with it, to her detriment and the merriment, I am sure, of the foul spirit!
But this woman's husband has learned to use his "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) to come against this strange undertoe in the spirit of the woman; so she eventually comes around to seeing the advantage of the family's recommandation and actually requests it, on occasion, to the relief of the family! And, of course, in all of this, the husband was acting "rationally" or in accord with his understanding born of experience and facts rather than of what some spirit may be communicating to him at any one time!
Whether one is acting rationally or intuitionally, the key that keeps the helm of marriage steady is the couples' obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandments, particularly the one requiring that one love His neighbor and even, at times, the one requiring that one love his enemy! For one's partner in marriage sometimes seems to be an "enemy", for one reason or another, when reason or intuition insists upon countering a partner's preference for one thing or another; and the way this loving either one's partner or the "enemy" in the partner works to overcome differences and keep feelings calm in the situation attests to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s wisdom in requiring love for one another, even when enmity has worked its way into a situation; for loves power to overcome the worst that can happen is awesome!
The supreme demonstration of this power throughout human history is the day on which unthinkably wicked and cruel men crucified Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the innocent and marvelous Son of God, Who while hanging on His cross prayed: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34)
This unthinkably kind and loving regard on the part of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for the people who scourged and crucified Him has been the supreme example of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s kind of regard for His beloved children, Who although He must judge them, to be just in His dealing with them, loves them still, which is typified in parables told by Yeshua where the master of servants addresses as "friend" a servant who has violated him to where the servant is about to be punished severely yet still regarded to be a "friend"!
Couples in marriage can be "mutual exploiters" of one another in arrangements between them simply to accommodate certain wants or needs; but they can also be "friends", where their love for one another carries the day, whether the one's conduct happens to be "accommodating" or not in the estimation of the other!
The difference between Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s loving way and the world's accommodating way is that between day and night in the way it works to save or to destroy those who are working to fulfill their greatest desires, which all of us are trying to do! He Who created us knows how best we function; and He has given us His commandments "for our good always" (Deuteronomy 6:24), with His amazing understanding of what is "for our good always"; and the sooner one becomes convinced that His Torah or group of commandments is indeed good in that way, the sooner we benefit not only for the good that the commandment brings because of its goodness but because of Yahuah's blessing on top of that goodness, for His child's having loved Him enough to obey Him regardless of its good return.
That motivation for obeying Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) relates to the grateful heart in His child, who has beheld His God's creation and judged it to be "good" beyond comprehension, making Yahuah worthy of all praise and thanksgiving at all times, which of course includes obedience to His commandments whenever possible to please the Creator Who has come up with a creation so marvelous and given each of us, His beloved children, the life that he knows and enjoys, for better or for worse!
The "better or worse" part of it comes as a result of our choices, not Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s, Who is eager to see each child of His be fulfilled to the highest degree possible! So that is why we who are in His ministry of truth continually work to refine the choices of our neighbors to bring the result He wants for them; it is called "doing the will of God"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
This truth about the way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) works applies as well to marriage as to any other part of life! And I heartily recommend it for those who want the most for their marriage.
I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah'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 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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