Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2018 March 14

Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this High Sabbath?

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Thoughts for the High Sabbath of
2017 March 14

Yahuah Hayah's Feast of the Passover

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Sabbath20180314.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 Hayah'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 this fellowship speaks of an "High Sabbath", we are referring to one of the special Sabbath days that He has commanded His children to observe other than the weekly Sabbaths, which take place according to His commandment on "the seventh day"! (Leviticus 23:3) And this particular "High Sabbath", which we observe on the evening of the 14th day of March, is His Feast of the Passover, the ritualistic pageantry of which makes one of the greatest statements ever seen or imagined!

We cannot celebrate Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Feast of the Passover in the way He would have liked according to His Torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses; for in 70 A.D. He permitted the Romans to destroy His temple in the land of Israel! And His commandments concerning His Feast of the Passover require that the lamb of the Passover be sacrificed and eaten "in the place that the Lord shall choose to place His name there". (Deuteronomy 16:2)

Although that "place" began in the portable tabernacle that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had the children of Israel make and take with them in the wilderness, it eventually became the permanent temple that He had Solomon build in Jerusalem! And, since that temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman General Titus, the children of Israel have been without such a place all these centuries!

But this fellowship have believed that we could come together on the appointed day and "keep", "observe", "guard" or put a value on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) commandments relating to His feasts, seeking to understand His purpose in commanding them and thereby receive His blessing for that understanding and for our obedience to the statement we believe He has made in each of them, insofar as we have known how to exercise them without the actual sacrifices or the temple in which He authorized them to be performed!

So what is Yahuah Hayah's Feast of the Passover? And why did He even call it that? He said, to Moses:

This month shall be, unto you, the beginning of months! It shall be the first month of the year, to you. (Exodus 12:2)

In four other places in His Torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) called that "beginning of months" "the month Abib" (Exodus 13:4; 25:15; 34:18; Deuteronomy 16:1) And, although that month was close to our month of March, it was not exactly the month of March, which we have chosen as our "first month of the year"; and here is why:

At the time of their deliverance from being slaves in Egypt, the children of Israel did not have the benefit of sophistocated astronomy! So they kept track of their months by the obvious movements of the moon, which makes its sojourn around Earth in 28 days! Counting twelve of those shorter months as a year caused their months to get increasingly ahead of the seasons of the year, until they had to add a thirteenth month to get the timing of the feasts back in line with the astronomical year and the seasons that consistently attend their passing!

Being in line with the annual seasons was important to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) sacred calendar; because the seven feasts that He commanded for His children's observance each year related, in various ways, to the seasons and the harvests of crops that are determined by those seasons.

Our present calendar is based upon the solar year that astronomers have accurately calculated - the time that it takes for the sun to complete its four seasons - the calendar's adjustments being the 28, 30 and 31 days that are distributed among the various months that comprise it, to keep them much closer to the actual year and the seasons that are determined by it.

So, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) being the reasonable Creator of all and King over it that we believe Him to be, Faith Harvest Israel have chosen our present calendar upon which to base His annual feasts; and we have discovered that, having done this and letting March be His "beginning of months", His spring feasts end exactly on the spring equinox and His fall feasts end, with the same precision, on the fall equinox, which are the two most ideal times of the year! And that reenforces our idea that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knows exactly what He is doing and that what He does is always "good"! (Genesis 1:31) He said, to Moses:

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month, they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house! 4 And, if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it. According to the number of the souls, every man according to his eating, ye shall make your count for the lamb. (Exodus 12:3 and 4)

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year! Ye shall take it out from the sheep or from the goats: 6 and ye shall keep it, up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening! (Exodus 12:5 and 6)

7 They shall take of the blood and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread! With bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw nor sodden at all with water but roasted with fire; its head with its legs and with the purtenance thereof! (Exodus 12:7 to 9)

10 Ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning! And that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire! 11 Thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand! And ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's passover! (Exodus 12:10 and 11)

For I will pass through the land of Egypt, this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast! Against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am Yahuah! (Exodus 12:12)

The blood shall be, to you, for a token upon the houses where ye are! And, when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you, to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt! (Exodus 12:13)

And this day shall be, unto you, for a memorial! And ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations! Ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever! (Exodus 12:14)

Actually, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Feast of the Passover is the only one of His "feasts" that by commandment involves His children's enjoying a meal together before Him, His other feasts being so only by their being times of remembrance for them, during which sacrifices were made that could be regarded as feasts for Him! Even His seventh-day Sabbath is regarded, by Him, as one of His "feasts" (Leviticus 23:2), when, although His children do understandably eat during the 24-hour period He calls "an holy convocation" (Verse 3), no meal is commanded by Him, as He does for His Feast of the Passover!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Feast of the Passover requires a "lamb ... without blemish"! (Exodus 12:5) And, when we realize that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) made, of Himself, "the lamb of God" (John 1:29), we understand why Yahuah required a lamb without blemish for His Passover! It represented Yeshua! And its sacrifice represented His permitting wicked men to torture and kill Him, His being innocent of any sin whatsoever, as is the lamb!

The trauma of witnessing or hearing about such an abomination caused Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children to realize how terrible sin is and what it does to innocent beings, worst of all to Yahuah the Father, Whom Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) represented, as He hung on the Roman cross of execution! He 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)

What "power" does an unbelievably cruel form of execution have other than to convince all who behold it of the hateful brutality of those who deal with their enemies in that way?

Yet the writers of novels and the producers of their stories into movies know the gripping fascination that frightful circumstances hold for their audiences, until they artfully relieve them of it by the happy resolution of all that seemed to be so wrong in the beginning!

And from where do writers and producers get their wisdom to sway people from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other? I dare say it is from the almighty One Who is giving them the breath of life by which to do anything! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commanding Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to allow wicked men to crucify Him was, certainly, an attention getter; and His raising Yeshua up on the third day as a gloriously resurrected man was, assuredly, a relief and fulfillment of that amazing episode!

But, while watching this familiar pattern of control over peoples hearts, something else is usually spotted, by keen observers, which is the beliefs of the writers and producers, which they want to share with their viewers, as a "public service announcement", one might say. We call it "making a statement"! And, again, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the almighty and loving Creator of all and King over it, is the Originator of making statements, His always being worthy of His children's attention and obedience, to say the least!

Today more and more scientists are recognizing that we are living in an ocean of energy showing itself as the solid objects we see around us, including ourselves with our physical bodies! Being thus constituted of the same energy, we are coming to realize that all of us are inseparably linked and that committing violence against another is equal to committing it against ourselves, which confirms what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) taught through His Holy Bible, His having commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves!

Realizing that the truth of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is what the purging is about; seeing brutality, we ourselves are torn, by it; and we want no more part of it; and, stopping it, we then open up to the blessings that He has had for those who have finally understood the critical necessity of loving one another; it is, simply, loving themselves!

Scientific experiments have also shown the difference in how the feeling of love - more specifically, the awareness that we are being loved - causes growth to occur within our bodies, while the feeling of fear or that we are being threatened with harm causes growth in our bodies to stop, while we move to avoid the feared condition! 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, Leonard Caldwell as taught us that stress impairs the immunie system, leaving us open to all kinds of disease, including cancer! And we need to consider that faith in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) relieves us of all stress, providing the health and the strength by which to serve Him well! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace! In the world ye shall have tribulation! But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 15:33)

All the way through His ministry in person among His children, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) taught recognition of "our Father Who art in Heaven (Matthew 6:9) and of the care He takes of those who love and trust Him; He said:

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on! Is not the life more than meat and the body than raiment? (Matthew 6:25)

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? (Matthew 6:27)

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow! They toil not, neither do they spin! 29 Yet I say, unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these! (Matthew 6:28 and 29)

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)

31 Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For, after all, these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31 to 33)

All of that is well and good; but who believes it? Who actually takes it to heart and lives by it?

"The kingdom of God" and "His righteousness" are not two different things! They are two sides of one and the same thing, which is our relationship to or citizenship in what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is! And we must know what He is; or we have no idea what it is that we are supposed to be seeking!

He told Moses, "Thus shalt thou say, unto the children of Israel, I AM (Hayah) hath sent me unto you." (Exodus 3:14) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:

This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent! (John 6:29)

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life! (John 6:63)

As Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) "the Word" (John 1:1), Who speaks to our creation, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) knows how important the condition of our heart is to everything we experience! And He ministered His words of "spirit" and "life" to that condition, by telling us how much Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) the Father loves us and cares for us, so that we can by gratefully receiving His words enter into the awareness of that loving care and thus be thoroughly blessed and perfected in that awareness; and anything short of that fulfillment for us is an abortion of His plan for us and a sin against ourselves and Him, Who has had nothing other than blessing and perfection for us in His magnificent heart!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) told Pilate, the Roman governor who would issue 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) How better could He demonstrate that truth than to permit wicked men to torture and kill Him and then rise up again, a gloriously resurrected man?

So, if the cross He bore for the sake of showing us that truth has not shown its power to sanctify you, your heart must have calcified to being like granite! And I speak to it, that it be transformed into an "heart of flesh"! (Ezekiel 11:19) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, to His Father Who is in Heaven, the night He knew wicked men would come to torture and kill Him:

For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth! (John 17:19)

Then, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had risen and appeared again to His disciples, He said, to them: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you! (John 20:21)

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 that relates to letting evil take its ugly course, thus convincing those who see it of how terrible sin really is but also how gloriously faithful You are to raise them up out of that evil and prepare a table before them in the presence of their enemies!

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 power they possess to convince others of how terrible sin is by letting themselves be its victim and how marvelously powerful You are to turn their cross into Your shield and exceedingly great reward!

I pray that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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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