Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2018 April 7

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2018 April 7

Yeshua's Longevity

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20180407.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 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, a friend of mine who attends an Apostolic church tried to tell me, the other day, that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) or "Jesus", as he calls Him, did not exist prior to having been born into the world by Mary! So I took my friend to the the Gospel According to John:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ... 14 And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth! (John 1:1 to 3 and 14)

My friend was ready for that, claiming that the name "Word" was the translation of a word meaning "plan"! But how does a "plan", a mere idea in the mind of God, go about making "all things"!

Let us go to Strong's Concordance and see what he has to say about "the Word":

3056 logos log'-os from 3004; something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), ... specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)

There we have it: "The Word" about Whom John was writing was translated from the Greek "logos", which means "something said", and, as used by John, "the Divine Exxpression" we have come to know as "Christ"! And, were my friend here, I would have to ask: Where is the "plan" to which you refer?

Not having John's writing before me, I did not have the benefit of his third verse: "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."

When we compare that making of "all things" to the bible's Creation Story, we find that "God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1:3)

We are able to understand that process better, when we go to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s explanation of the relationship that exists between the three Persons of the Godhead, especially in matters of creation:

13 When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak! And He will show you things to come! 14 He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine and shall show it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are Mine! Therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine and shall show it unto you. (John 16:13 to 15)

I have long wondered how ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Spirit, could "come", when without Him life as we know it would cease to exist! For all the amazing and complex functions of life necessarily are His work! For this reason I see this "coming" of "the Spirit of Truth", of which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke, as being a special way of expressing Himself, as Yeshua then described!

Adapting this to the Creation Story, we have what "the Father hath", which would include His image of light! And, since "all things that the Father hath are" Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s, He said, "Let there be light"; and ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Spirit, took the light of which Yeshua had spoken and showed it to whomever was alive at that time!

But how could any of that have happened, if, as my friend was insisting, "Jesus" was not even a conscious being at the time of the Creation?

We have another interesting thing that was said by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ: He said, to "the Jews" (John 8:51) "Before Abraham was, I AM!" (Verse 58) "I AM" (Exodus 3:14) was the name for Himself that He gave Moses, when He was calling Him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt! But how could He have done that, had He not existed prior to Mary's giving Him birth? He said:

The Father Who sent Me beareth witness of Me. (John 8:18)

The word "sent" is the translation of a word meaning: "to dispatch" (Strong: Greek: 3992) And my online Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells me that "dispatch" means "to send off or away with promptness or speed"! How can someone not yet existing be "sent" or "dispatched"? Never did Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) say, My Father "made" Me or "created" Me. It was always "sent" Me. For instance, He said:

This is the will of Him Who sent Me, that every one who seeth the Son and believeth on Him may have everlasting life! (Matthew 10:40)

Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me! And whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me but Him Who sent Me. (Mark 9:37)

The Spirit of Yahuah is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them who are bruised! (Luke 4:18)

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him. (John 1:18)

John the Baptist had some choice words to say about Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. 29 He who hath the bride is the bridegroom! But the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice! This, my joy, therefore is fulfilled! 30 He must increase, but I must decrease! 31 He Who cometh from above is above all! He who is of the Earth is earthly and speaketh of the Earth: He who cometh from Heaven is above all! 32 And what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth; and no man receiveth His testimony. 33 He who hath received His testimony hath set to His seal that God is true! 34 For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God! For God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him! 35 The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into His hand! 36 He who believeth on the Son hath everlasting life! And He who believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:28 to 36)

How more clear can language be than to speak of Him "Who cometh from Heaven"? But let us continue with the words of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) concerning Himself:

Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He Who is of God, He hath seen the Father. (John 6:46)

How does a created man claim that, being "of God" he "hath seen the Father", when He Who "is of God" declared that no man "hath seen the Father"? And does that not make, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Someone far greater than a "created man"? He said:

I am the living bread, which came down from Heaven! (John 6:51)

What person needs to be made or created who "came down from Heaven"? We have heard John the Baptist testify of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)! Now let us hear from Yeshua concerning John and Himself:

35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works that the Father hath given Me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father hath sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, Who hath sent Me, hath borne witness of Me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His shape! 38 And ye have not His word abiding in you: for Whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not! 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me! (John 5:35 to 39)

Yes, there are those scriptures that prophesy Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s coming! But His statement relates to all scriptures, those He commanded His audience to search! They - all of them - "are they which testify of Me"! How could that be, unless He, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "Word" (John 1:1), was the One Who gave them to the ones who wrote "the scriptures"? Mark wrote:

35 Jesus taught, in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36 For David himself said, by the Holy Ghost, Yahuah said to my Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool! 37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is He then his Son? And the common people heard Him gladly! (Mark 12:35 to 37)

Matthew wrote of the same incident but a little differently:

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He? They said, unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith, unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 Yahuah said, unto my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? 45 If David call Him Lord, how then is He his son? 46 And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions! (Matthew 22:41 to 45)

David, who wrote the psalm, lived a thousand years before Mary bore Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) into the world! And he wrote in past tense - "Yahuah said to my Lord." Was that a prophetic scenario in which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) would some day say that to Yeshua? Or was it David's reporting of what Yahuah had already said to Yeshua? Take your pick! Bible prophecy has its challenges!

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 by which to appreciate Yeshua as Your Partner in Creation, as John wrote, "from the beginning"!

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; so I believe that I "receive" (Mark 11:24) even now a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the wonderful blessings and eternal life in your awesome presence that knowing Yeshua for Whom He truly is brings one into!

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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