Why Honor Yahuah Hayah's Torah

Do you know why Faith Harvest Israel has called its website "Enter His Law"?

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Why we emphasize entering into Yahuah Hayah's covenant!

(Please note: This explanation can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterhiscovenant.com/Why.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!

The question is naturally asked why our ministry, Faith Harvest Israel, changed the name of its website to "Enter His Covenant" instead of "Honor His Law"! The answer lies in understanding what the value of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law is! It is fine to know what it is, in terms of His commandments; but, simply knowing what they are is not what He wants from His children. He wants them to "keep" (Exodus 20:6), "observe" (Deuteronomy 28:1), "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on the commandments of His Torah or law, which indeed is to "honor" it, which was in our first website's name; but a phrase that describes that honor with better understanding is for one to "enter into" His "covenant"!

When one enters into covenant with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), that is the point at which one decides in his heart that putting a value on His Torah or law is the best decision he can possibly make in this life, which is to give obeying Yahuah one's best effort, in which case he has entered into "agreement" with his Creator and King! And the rest of Yahuah's Holy Bible works to increase one's understanding of why that agreement is the best one that anyone can ever make with anyone!

So honoring Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses is to enter Yahuah's "covenant"! (Deuteronomy 8:18) So we have decided that our using that entering as the name of our website has been to get down to the heart of His desire for us, which is the quickest way we know anything about to enter into the blessing and eternal life that His covenant entails!

In entering into Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) covenant with "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1) our fellowship is considered, by some well meaning but misguided souls, as being guilty of "legalism", which is the label attached to the belief that one can get to Heaven by doing good deeds! And to that charge we can only plead "guilty as charged", if "guilt" indeed is involved in such an endeavor!

If anything, we are guilty of reading and following Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible as He spoke in it, through His prophets, apostles and beloved Son!

Let me start my answer, by quoting Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) fundamental offering in His Torah, law and covenant:

1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

When Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) taught the children of Israel, He said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) And He was talking about "eternal life" (Verse 16), which assuredly is the highest blessing that any child of Yahuah can receive!

Now let me ask you: Is a child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) who has received "all these blessings" sent to Hell for observing "to do all His commandments" to enter into His "everlasting covenant"?

The Christian's answer is that one cannot "do all His commandments", right? And the Christian will quote Paul, his doctrinal champion: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God!" (Romans 3:23)

So, then, let me ask you: What does "observe to do" mean?

Throughout His Holy Bible Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) continually uses the words "keep" or "observe", when asking for His children's cooperation! And, when one looks up the definition of the word translated "keep" or "observe", he consistently finds, whether in the Old Testament or the New, that it means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104; Greek: 5083), which is what we do for things on which we put a value!

So, essentially, what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has asked His children to do throughout all these centuries is to put a value on doing the commandments He gave in His Torah, law and covenant through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses! He knew, well, that His children could not perfectly do them; but He was willing to bless them and give them "eternal life", if they simply would recognize their value and give doing them their best effort! That is the element of "grace" in His relationship with His children. In presentday legalese we call that practice one's giving an obligation "due diligence"!

The "blessings" and "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has promised in His Torah, law and covenant for those who "keep" or "observe to do" His commandments far outweigh any merit achieved in one's doing them; in fact the life He gives all of us in the first place, so that we can "observe to do" anything, far outweighs anything you or I can possibly do to merit such an astounding gift, so the gift of eternal life above and beyond life on Earth is, simply, His "frosting on the cake", if you will, of the total experience of being one of His beloved children!

What Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children end up actually doing about the commandments in His Torah, law and covenant is another matter! He has declared, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) And through His psalmist, He wrote: "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether!" (Psalm 19:9)

No gracious leeway exists in those particular statements! What His children give He will return, to them, in judgment, truly and righteously!

The best illustration of how Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "grace" and "judgment" work together can be found in His parable of the highly indebted servant! He owed his king "ten thousand talents"! (Matthew 18:24) And the penalty for defaulting on the loan was to be "sold and his wife and children and all that he had"! (Verse 25)

The severely threatened servant wisely acknowledged his debt, before the king, "fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all"! (Matthew 18:26)

In response to that honest humility, the king was graciously "moved with compassion, loosed him and forgave him the debt". (Matthew 18:27) But I must caution you that within the context of this parable, "forgave" did not mean "remove"! It simply granted the relieved servant the privilege of walking around freely in the king's kingdom while the servant kept his promise to "pay thee all"!

But the servant used his newly granted freedom to turn around and put a fellow servant into prison for failing to pay him a small debt that he owed! So the king called the first servant's debt, which he could not have done had he removed it, and he put his merciless servant into the same prison he had used on his indebted servant!

In Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that story was to show to what the "kingdom of Heaven " could be "likened"! (Matthew 18:23) In other words, in Yahuah's "kingdom of Heaven" debts may be "forgiven", so far as where forgiven people may move and have their being on Earth or in Heaven! But whatever they have brought upon themselves in the way of debt will be required of them, no matter how long it takes or where they happen to be!

To stress the spiritual significance of the parable, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." (Matthew 18:35)

This stern summation reflects, exactly, what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) having taught His disciples to pray: "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12):

14 If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you! 15 But, if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14 and 15)

What "trespasses" is He talking about?

If they are something that must be forgiven, they must be "transgressions of the law"! (1st John 3:4) For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was appalled by men laying guilt upon one another by "teaching for doctrines the commandments of men!" (Matthew 15:9)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through His faithful apostle John: "Blessed are the dead who die in Yahuah from henceforth! Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." (Revelation 14:13)

Did Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) say that only their good works "follow them"?

"Their works" mean any works, good or bad! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven! But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven! (Matthew 5:19)

"Great" or "least", each child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) carries with him, into "the kingdom of Heaven" the "works" that he or she did while living on Earth! Can anything be more "true and righteous"?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) followed, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that statement with an important warning:

Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

So what was Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) problem with "the scribes and Pharisees"?

They sat "2 in Moses' seat. 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do! But do not ye after their works: for they say and do not!" (Matthew 23:2 and 3) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) called, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), the "scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites" (Verse 13), declaring to them: "Ye shall receive the greater damnation!" (Verse 14)

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was soon to take Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to Heaven to remain with Him, He commanded, through Yeshua: "19 Go ye ... and teach all nations ... 20 ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you". (Matthew 28:19 and 20)

The Christians try to say that Yeshua was talking there only about what He commanded as He taught among the children of Israel! But please take notice of the commandment of His that I quoted above: "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do!" He had just pointed out that "the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat". (Matthew 23:2) In other words what they would "bid you observe" would be "his writings" (John 5:47) or the writings of Moses, of which He said: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (Verse 47) And He said:

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)

If in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) eyes believing the writings of Moses are a requirement for believing His words, would He be bringing words describing things that cannot be found in "the writings of Moses"? And what are they more than Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah, law and covenant?

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13) "Repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) And "sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) So Yeshua came to call sinners to "think differently" about their "transgression of the law"!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrew 9:14)

Our "conscience" is the part of our spirit in which we "think" about right and wrong! And, if it needs to be "purged", obviously we have not been thinking correctly about "right and wrong"; and where do we learn what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) regards as right and wrong other than in His Torah, law and covenant?

I quoted above how, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), He showed "righteousness" (Matthew 5:20) to be His key to entering "into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Verse 20) And - What do you know? - in His Torah, law and covenant He declared, of "righteousness", that it belonged to those who "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

There, again, is that word "observe", which means to "guard" or "put a value on", which in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses is all that His gracious righteousness requires concerning His Torah, law and covenant, leaving His judgment to be another matter entirely, in His kingdom or out of it, His mercy relating specifically to His permission to be in Heaven among His other saints!

So "salvation" or being saved from Hell is about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah, law and covenant through Moses, my friend; and that is why we embrace Yahuah's words through His prophet:

Yahuah is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable! (Isaiah 42:21) "8 He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word that He commanded to a thousand generations, 9 which covenant He made with Abraham and His oath unto Isaac 10 and confirmed the same unto Jacob, for a law, and to Israel, for an everlasting covenant!" (Psalm 105:8 to 10)

If you still are not convinced, then consider Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement for participating in His resurrections, as He expressed it through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

28 The hour is coming, in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice 29 and shall come forth, they who have done good, unto the Resurrection of Life, and they who have done evil, unto the Resurrection of Damnation! (John 5: 28 and 29)

Now tell me that "works" are irrelevant to salvation! Did not Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) say:

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)?

Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

How do we know "the will of" Yeshua's "Father" except by reading His Torah, law and covenent?

Amen! Alleluia!

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