1/05/2013 Sabbath Broadcast Transcript

"Precepts & Principles of the Torah – Blood-guiltiness"


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EliYah’s message:

We’re going through Yahweh’s law, which is…we’re starting in Exodus and then we’re going to kind of work our way through. And we’re going through Yahweh’s law and we’re finding the different principles that are there so that we can apply those principles to our life and actually have an accurate understanding.

You know, we talk a lot in the broadcast here about, number one…the importance of having Messiah in our life to cleanse us from all unrighteousness; and secondly…to have an accurate view of what righteousness actually is and what unrighteousness actually is.

And so, we spend time on that, and since we uphold the law of Yahweh as the standard by which we can determine what is righteous and what is unrighteous, we are now going through the Torah…the Law of Yahweh.

Torah is just a Hebrew word; it’s translated ‘law’ in our language. And simply means ‘teaching’ or ‘instruction’. 

We started with Exodus 3, we went to Exodus 21, and we’re continuing our journey here in the book of Exodus chapter 21. And after Yahweh discusses the topic of slavery, which we covered it last week…(We’re going to touch on this week, as well). 

Since He covered the topic of slavery, He then moves on to the topic of Blood-guiltiness…under what circumstances would a person be guilty of shedding the blood of another man?

So the first scripture we want to look at here in Exo 21 dealing with this topic, is verse 12. And it’s very simple, it says…

Exo 21:12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.

Now, it’s kind of interesting…today, I guess we have more sophisticated ways of causing death of other people……there’s a big deal going on right now with the horrific murders took place in Connecticut of 20 school children. And this is very disturbing and very horrific. There were these murders that were committed with a rifle and with guns.

Brother Neil mentioned earlier in the broadcast today that more people are killed with hammers and clubs than are actually killed with rifles, and yet the target legislation that a lot of liberals would want us to fix would be assault rifles.

And more people are killed by use of hammer and clubs than by rifles. And interestingly, twice as many people are killed with the fist than with rifles. I wonder what’s next. …Hand tie fists? Legislation…start cutting the hands off, or? I mean, what can you do?

The real issue…because for the first hundred years of this country, or more, children could bring their guns to class and say, this is what we got…and no big deal. But since man began to depart from righteousness, and depart from what was right, depart from the bible as the (at least part of the bible) as what’s being established as right or wrong. Cause now people are just immoral.

Now what standard do people live by? They just live by whatever they want to live by. And so now, you bring a gun to school, and you are going to go…you’re going to be suspended and all kinds of things are going to happen.

But we see here, there’s no way you can prevent a situation like this, except by influencing the morality of the man who is choosing to kill another man. And the only way to give a man a clear standard of morality is to hold him accountable either to a government, or more ideally Yahweh.

Now the very first recorded human being that was born on this earth, to a woman…was a murderer. …The very first human being to be born. Cain was a murderer!

And so, it didn’t take long for corrupted man to figure out that if he murdered another person, he certainly could. And that’s exactly what happened.

Gen 4:8-10 - Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then Yahweh said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

Gen 4:11-12 “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

Now, this is the first recorded act of murder in the bible; and actually, the first sin may have been jealousy…beside Adam and Eve. Simply because Cain felt jealous of his brother, so he thought he would eliminate his brother so that he would no longer have that feeling of standing in his brothers shadow…which is…Abel was his little brother. Cain was the oldest.

And so, you know, we see these judgments now from Yahweh about these things. And in this case it was Cain who was being completely rejected by the rest of the family, and being sent away into some foreign area...where he would no longer have access to his family that he once had. And he would not longer be able to till the ground and get much of a crop out of it, because the ground had been cursed for Cain’s sake.

And so, for that reason we see all the way into New Testament times, the Messiah referring to slander and hatred as a form of murder.

Because, what you’re doing when you slander someone is… you are causing them to be rejected and unable to freely fellowship with people because they think the person’s evil.

And so, creating that form of rejection which is ultimately culminated in the act of murder where that person cannot have access to anybody. …And so the response of Yahweh in Genesis 4 was…now he will be set aside…he will not be able to live on the earth with the benefit that He once had.

So, that’s Yahweh’s perspective. Now after that we know that things changed (which we’re going to do in a minute).

But death, we all know, is a part of life… part of what we experience here on earth. Yahweh sees death as an enemy that needs to be destroyed. And He appointed Yahushua to ultimately destroy death.

1 Co 15:25-26 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

And so, He planned to do something about it. Man made his own bed. He chose to be rebellious against the author of life. And since man is withdrawn from the Author of life, the natural consequence is death.

It’s not Yahweh who moved away from man; thereby causing man to depart from life…it was man who moved away from Yahweh. And that’s true of all of us. If we feel like Yahweh is distant, it’s not Him that moved it’s us that moved. And since it’s us that moved, we have the choice to draw near to him again. If we draw near to him, in repentance and humility, He will draw near to us.

Now, in this Exodus chapter 21, we see some judgments from Yahweh as to whom He will impart guilt when one man dies at the hand of another man. And He included sentencing guidelines for the judgment of Israel…so that they would know what to do. …In which cases, would a man actually be guilty of murder.

There’s a difference between killing and murder. In this case, the one who struck the man so that he died would be the murderer. But those who put that particular man to death, they would not be called murderers. They are executors of judgment. There’s a difference.

So, all forms of one person killing another are not necessarily, in the eyes of Yahweh…considered to be murder. In this case, it was required; whoever murdered another person would also be killed.

This is a foundational concept that was mentioned long before there was ever a written Torah, or a Law of Moses…or a Law of Moshe.

Gen 9:5-6 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it,

…Even from beasts that kill.

and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of Elohim He made man.

And the reason why is because, man is actually redeeming himself as a creature, by eliminating that person who did the murder. So, he’s redeeming himself as a creature before Yahweh, and showing that he wanted nothing to do with that person’s murder. But what we have today is, a lot of murders are not dealt with in this manner.  

Now, I want us to notice that it says here, (‘by man his blood shall be shed;’…) it says, “...for in the image of Elohim He made man.” You see, Yahweh gives us a reason for requiring the death penalty because in the image of Elohim He made man.

You know, when one person mistreats another person, that’s very offensive to Yahweh. …Very offensive. In fact, in the New Testament we read…

Jam 3:8-9 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Elohim and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of Elohim.

He sees that as a contradiction. James sees that it a contradiction that we bless Yahweh but then we curse the ones that have been made in His image.

So when one person murders another person, that’s even more offensive. Imagine if Yahweh, created Adam out of the dust of the ground and then some other entity, whether a beast or whatever, came along and killed Adam. That would, be not just a personal attack on Adam…that would be a personal attack on Yahweh who made Adam.

Even little children recognize… Let’s say a little child is on the beach and he’s building himself a little sand castle, and someone else comes along and kicks it. That’s an offense to the person who is doing the creating. And so, it’s for this reason that Yahushua said…

Mat 25:41-43 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.

Mat 25:44-46 Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Do we see one another as precious souls that were created in the image of Elohim, from the dust of the ground? Do we value the creation of Yahweh, so as to not kick it down, like a child would kick another child’s sand castle down? Do we see, not just a sand castle being produced, but a man being produced from the dust of the ground? And that man being in the image of Elohim.

For us to mistreat one another is to mistreat Yahweh Himself. I’m convinced there are a number of us who have not grasped that concept. But we need to grasp it, and we need to think about that. And we need to chew on that and meditate on that long enough till we get to the point where we have a change in our perspective and how we would treat another human being, and how valuable we view life to be.

Man was created to be the crowning act of achievement on day six of creation; a creation of the earth that has no parallel.

You look at people driving by on the highway…you ever do this? Just look around and you see people and each of them have their own lives. Each of them, from the time they were born… they were raised by daddy’s and mommy’s, just like you. And they each have a story to tell…a unique story about their life, according to the things that happened to them…difficulties, victories.

And each one of them is precious in the eyes of Yahweh. Why? …Because they were made in the similitude of Elohim. …And that crowning act of achievement that Yahweh created on day six of creation. 

Do we value human souls enough, that we would not just care about them if they were hurt, or they were sick, or they were in prison…but do we see them on the road headed for destruction? …Headed for judgment, headed for the lake of fire? 

Do we care enough about the souls of our fellow countrymen, and other men throughout the world, to seek to save their souls from destruction? Do we value each other? Do we really care about each other?

Our outlook on how we view each other has a lot to do with our answer to that. And, as we have this perspective concerning other people, then we can begin to understand, not just how valuable others are, but how valuable we are…in the eyes of Yahweh.

And once we understand how valuable we are, in the eyes of Yahweh, we begin to develop our identity, and who He calls us to be, and what He calls us as His people.

We live in a world that cheapens life…treats life as throwaways. And we need to be as far away from that as possible, and consider that world view to be highly offensive.

And so, we see in Genesis where one man, out of spite and hatred, murdered another man. That’s highly offensive to Yahweh. And as He said in Genesis, regarding Cain’s murder…He says…

Gen 4:10 And He said, “What have you done: The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

This was an injustice. It was done out of hatred and jealousy; and vengeance is calling out. Justice is calling out. Justice is calling out in our land today, brothers and sisters.

There is a lot, a lot of innocent blood being shed. I’m not just talking about Sandy Hook’s Elementary School. So as we see, the motive for a person being killed has a lot to do with blood-guiltiness.

Exo 21:12-14 He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but Elohim delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die.

And so, to kill someone out of hatred or anger… with premeditation (meaning you thought about doing it and you did it)…this warrants the death penalty, which was instituted in Genesis chapter 9.

Now if it was an accident, was not intent on doing that…which what happened here, in ancient times, is that men would go and grab a hold of the horns of an altar. And what that meant was, hear my case. Hear my case. And the priest would come and say, ‘what are you doing over here by the altar’? And he would say, ‘well, I have a case that I need to have heard’.

So, take the man from the altar… he may die. So determination would need to be made… as to whether or not the person did it out of spite and hatred, or if it was just some kind of accident.

So, this way they would not have vigilante justice going on here, or lynching going on….that the case would be heard. And so, a determination would need to be made as to whether or not the death was accidental or intentional. Now, we go on to read…

Exo 21:16 “He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death.

Now why is this a death penalty also? (I’m skipping the one about father and mother, for now…in verse 15). He who kidnaps… because you’re doing the same thing that Joseph’s brothers did.

Alright, you couldn’t murder him. You felt bad about that so instead, you kidnap him and sell him. And perhaps Yahweh was bringing to their mind…maybe they would think, ‘Ok, I can’t murder him…maybe I’ll do what Joseph’s brothers did by kidnapping him and selling him into slavery.’

Well, Yahweh makes it clear that both of those crimes are equally punishable by death. And we saw that kind of crime going on with the African slave trade in the early history of the United States. And as we can see, it was just as wicked as murder…and worthy of the death penalty.           

Ex 21:18-19 If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed, if he rises again and walks about outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed.

And so we have here a situation where two men are fighting. One of them is injured badly…enough to be bedridden.

Obviously both of them were willing to fight each other, but even so, the person who caused an injury was required to pay for the person’s loss…loss of his time…and would provide for the one to be completely healed.

And so there was no advantage in hurting someone, if you were going to have to end up paying the expense, anyway. So…it’s to avoid these kinds of things.

Now, if the person died, obviously, we would go back to…

Exodus 21:12 – “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.

So, we’ve covered these principles here, in the Torah; that…

Number one, the cause of the death of another person by premeditation and treachery is clearly wrong. And I think we all can see that.

Now, if one man accidentally kills another, he’s not necessarily guilty of murder. But there is a way that Yahweh deals with that….which we’ll see later.

And thirdly, to intentionally injure another person is also wrong, and compensation would need to be made.

Now, these are important questions because they address things that virtually every society faces…and how to deal with these kinds of crimes. And so through reading this, we get a sense of how Yahweh views the world today.

I think it’s 14 or 15,000 murders now, happening every year in the United States. How does Yahweh view this?

Now getting back to Exodus 21…

Exo 21:20-21 And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished. Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property.

Now, what should be the punishment for beating a slave to death? Someone looked at this verse and thought maybe it’s some kind of punishment that’s less than the death penalty. But what do you do with…

Gen 9:6 - Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of Elohim He made man.

Are slaves any less human that regular people? Obviously not… So, this verse here in Exodus 21 should not be read in such a way as to somehow devalue the slave into being less than a man, or less than a woman…any less than one created in the image of Elohim.

Actually, if we understand it correctly, it upholds the life of a slave to be just as important. They’re just as much created in the similitude of Elohim as anyone else. Because, what it says in context, is this…

Exo 21:12-14 He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.

This is the heading right here. This is the main point. If you strike a man so that he dies (the slave of a man) shall be surely put to death.

(13) - However, (and He gives exceptions) if he did not lie in wait, (then there’s a different sentence) but Elohim delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. (14) - But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die. (So he gives an exception here in verse 13).

Exo 21:18-19 If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed,

Alright, so this is not a murder, but this is a case where ones injured.

if he rises again and walks outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed.

And it goes on to say…

Exo 21:20 And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished.

In other words…just because they are a male or female servant doesn’t mean that you don’t put the man to death for having killed someone. He should surely be punished, just as anyone else was being punished.

And that’s why the punishment is not even spelled out as to what kind of punishment…because the punishment was already given back in verse 12. And so, the punishment…I mean, what he’s basically saying is, just because of a female or male servant, does not mean they can get off scot-free for having killed somebody.

Now, I want to back up here and look at this…verse 15.

Right in here with all the other commands dealing with murder, He has a more weighty punishment for one who would strike his father or his mother; and that is… death penalty.

Exo 21:15-17 – And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death. And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

 

And so the person that would try to hit one of his parents… that would be punishable by death. In fact, if a man was to even curse his father or his mother they would also be put to death.

Why is that more important? Why is it more important that we don’t do this to our parents? …Because if you undermine parental authority, you destroy a nation. If you uphold parental authority, you teach a child from the time that they’re born, to uphold the rule of law…to uphold authority…. Then, when they are in society, they will have developed habits (as children) to uphold Yahweh’s law.

If you don’t have parents in a position of honor, in a household, it’s undermining the whole nation…because when the house goes, so goes the city; as the city goes, so goes the county; as the county goes, so goes the state; as the state goes, so goes the nation; as the nations go, so goes the world…and it all starts with home.

And so, Yahweh is upholding the need to treat the parents with respect and honor.

Here we have the cases for injury…and then we go into this verse here about the slave being punished just like anybody else.

Exo 21:20-21 And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished. Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property.

If he’s going to live a day, or two, he’s going to make it. Now I’m sure a person can say, ‘Well, he lived 48.1 hours and then he died. Oh, I think…The law says…a day or two. 48 hours have passed so, there he is…he died’.

No, that’s not the way it works. Yahweh’s law is not written to be a law that, you know…like American. Where lawyers come in and do ‘loopholes’. There were righteous judges in the land, who would determine the principle in the Torah is that you don’t kill another man.

So what we see here is that a slave owner was permitted to beat his male or female servant with a rod. I have to acknowledge to you, when I read that… I just cringe.

But think for a moment here with me, as to the implications…. If a slave owner was not able to make his slave do anything, the slave could just sit back and do nothing for six years, and wait for the year of his release, and have no real consequence. …And what can you do about it?

So the solution here… and we see this also in the New Testament. Is that…

1 Pe 2:18-19 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward Elohim on endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

1Pe 2:20-21 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before Elohim. For to this you were called because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

So, even In the New Testament we see the scourging of slaves not be condemned, unless it’s done for reasons that are no fault of the slave. There are some slave owners that are good and gentle, and there are some slaves owners that are simply harsh.

You know, it’s no different in the nations of our world…there are some governments who are good and gentle, and there are some governments who are harsh. Does that mean that Yahweh would allow there to be no governments on the earth because of the potential of harshness being done by a government? No.

Scourging, in and of itself, is not necessarily inhumane. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Now, before you hit the stop button on the video, bear with me here…

Pro 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.

So there’s a place here for a rod to be used on a fool. It says…

Pro 20:30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

And some examples of where…. and please don’t hit the stop button here… some examples of where Yahweh Himself allowed for and permitted scourging is here in Deuteronomy 25…

Deu 25:1-2 If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked, then if shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows.

And there’s a limit…

Deu 25:3 Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother be humiliated in your sight.

Now, what they were doing to Messiah wasn’t just taking a rod to his back. They were taking…they had these little sharp edges at the end of a whip… ripping shreds of skin off of His back.

That is not what Yahweh is talking about here. We’re talking about someone being scourged…not in this ridiculously, humiliating way…but being scourged; being unpleasantly whipped.

 I don’t know if it was for certain… quite possibly… in order for a slave to be scourged he may have had to take this to the judges. And they would hear the case and say, ‘yes, the man was not obeying your orders, or whatever, and therefore should be scourged.’

I’m not 100% sure that, just any old time you see the slave, ’Oh, don’t like you today’…and whip him into shape. It may have been something like we see here, for it does say here that…

Deu 25:1-2 - If there is a dispute between men,

And of course, a slave is a man or a women…

and they come to the court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked,

Then scourging may take place. And it might even be that this is the only instance where scourging does take place. I don’t know. But the context here… it’s all about context….

then it shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows.

Let’s go back to Exodus 21. It says…

Exo 21:18-21 - If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed, if he rises again and walks outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed.

Alright, so here we’re talking about the loss of time. Because a man can’t work, so he has loss of time.

And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished. Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property.

He can’t repay the man for the loss of time. Why?  …Because he is the man’s property, and therefore he can’t be punished like he was before where he has to pay for the loss of time and he has to provide for the healing, (although he should provide for the healing…he’s part of his household). He doesn’t have to pay the slave anything, because he is his property. He’s not saying… ‘Oh, because he is your property, therefore you can beat him to death’…or, ‘Therefore you can whip him anytime you want to’. That’s not the way I’m reading it.

Exo 21:26-27 “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.

Now, a permanent injury of any kind would be covered here. Because whether it’s an eye, (which is probably one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable part of our body…is our eyes), or the least important parts of our body… being a tooth eye. We can survive if we lost one tooth.

So, when we read this an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we’re talking about the lesser parts of the body being permanently injured or damaged, or the greater parts of the body being injured or damaged.…And everything in between.

And so, if that particular whipping, or whatever, caused any kind of permanent injury, then the one that is doing that deed would need to let the slave go free.

The scourging that does take place has to be a humane type of scourging. Unlike slavery in American, there were consequences for slave owners that mistreated their slaves.

Now scourging… just that alone seems in the mind of many to be cruel and unusual punishment. One man being able to control another man that way would seem to be, in the eyes of many, oppressive.

But you realize, all of us are subject to authority, whether we realize it or not. We are all under the control of other men…. you, me, everybody…because we have a government. We don’t live in anarchy, we live in a government.

In other nations today, if we disobeyed that governmental authority, we would be taken (forced) against our will, taken from our homes, and locked up in a small room behind bars….potentially for many years. So, there we are… someone controlling another person.

Now, ask yourself this…What would you rather have? Someone to scourge you in a humane way, a number of times, or lock you up in a jail cell for years? …Where you have little or no access to your family, to your children, to the enjoyment of freedom. And you were unable to be a productive member of society, and instead you were a drain on it.

What would you rather have? I’d take the scourging. If you want to sit in a jail cell and rot for a couple of years, you go ahead J….I’ll take the scourging.

So, there was no prison system in Israel. There was none! Yahweh never says build a jail cell. In Yahweh’s eye’s that was terribly inhumane. It’s a terrible place. And so, consequences for sin, instead of go rot in jail for 5 years, was be scourged. Or if it was a serious, serious crime…be put to death.

What we have today is, instead of scourging, which people view as cruel and unusual… (which certain kinds certainly would be), but I can tell you right now, if some of the crimes that are out there today that people commit, if scourging was the punishment rather than sitting in prison, it would actually be… a lot less of that particular crime.

…Because what you have is swift and quick judgment. When someone is sent to prison, its ok at first, but overtime it eventually gets gnawing at you and it’s just…it’s horrific.  Like a slow wound that never heals, and is always a dull ache or a long ache,

I would rather have a lot of pain right now and get it over with, than sit here and ache and ache and ache a long time. And so, I don’t believe prison systems were ever inspired by Yahweh. They were done by heathen nations. They were nations that didn’t want to do what the scriptures say, which is…

Ecc 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

And so, you have a very long, slow judgment happening dungeons and prisons. But what you have is very swift judgment happening with scourging.

I mean, a man commits a crime…so far, in America, we don’t have much of a way of a speedy trial, but…he’s supposed to have a speedy trial. And then immediately he gets to be scourged, and he’s scourged for whatever he did… rather than sitting there (which I feel is even worse).

Before the man is even proven guilty until, he’s locked up. He’s locked up in prison for three, four, five, six months, until the attorneys get their act together. And then, if he ends up being innocent… all that jail time, for nothing. There’s a lot of injustices like that going on.

But the goal in Israel that Yahweh had for Israel is that they would be a righteous nation…a holy nation. And with the death penalty, being a real possibility for a number of crimes, the possibility of beaten with a rod for acting wickedly to other men…I would say there would be far, far fewer crimes if these kinds of penalties were in place today. Now, I’m not suggesting, in our court systems that we have today, which are terribly unjust…that’s not necessarily my recommendation at this point.

But, nipping evil in the bud so others will hear and fear, is far more effective than this delayed judgment that we see happening today. I’ll get more into that a little bit later...

Exo 21:22-25 “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

And so, if you hurt a woman with child, even if no harm follows, then there’s still a punishment that is imposed…because you hurt the woman.

But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Now the obvious principle here is whether the harm was to the woman, or if it was to the child. The life of the unborn child and the life of the woman were considered to be equally important.

Now today, the life of unborn children, are not even considered to be a life… even valuable at all. Today, persons who happen to be dwelling inside the womb of their mother are reduced to this title called a ‘fetus’. But we see in the scripture is that the woman is with what? …With child…with child.

And this is how scripture describes the unborn. This is a child.

This is, sadly, in the eyes of many people in the world today…babies are just this fetus...this blob of tissue. Well, come on. We’re all blobs of tissue. We’re all a bunch of cells, and everything. So there’s no difference…one or the other. In fact, a baby’s heart beat starts…I think it’s three weeks gestation. I don’t know…something like that.

But this is how scripture describes the unborn…as being one with child. And one who would harm the child, or harm the mother, would be life for life, eye for eye…no matter what. If you damage, you will get damaged.

But today…can you believe this? I was taken aback by this statistic. Worldwide…one out of 4 women who are with child, who have a pregnancy, successfully murder their baby. They may hire a hit man, called a doctor, but they murder their own baby.

They got these statistics…as of 2008, 32 abortions are performed for every 100 live births. Thirty-two abortions for every 100 births, that’s going to bring it to about one out of four.

Now, in certain areas of the world, it’s even worse than that. Eastern Europe: their using it like birth control over there. About half of all children conceived in the womb are murdered. In the United States, about one out of five children who are conceived are murdered in the womb.

Now, think about this… Name one place in the United States today where you would choose to live, and you would have a one out of five chance…1 out f 5 chance that you would be murdered there. There probably isn’t any place that you would go…and 20% chance you were going to die…(and get murdered). Who would want to live in such a place?!

But sadly, the most dangerous place to live in America is not in the ghettos and gang-infested neighborhoods. The most dangerous place to live in America is inside mommy. And in the United States there is no punishment for destroying the life of an unborn child.

Oh, there’s penalties though, if you were to grab an eagle egg and throw it on the ground and destroy the life of an eagle egg. A little baby eagle inside an egg…there’s stiff penalties for that. Three years in prison…$5,000 fine. Destroy a human life though…no punishment.

So the priorities of the world we live in are completely perverted. When our laws value the life of an eagle, over the life of a little baby boy or girl that hasn’t yet been born.

You know, in the liberals of this world today, they say a woman ought to have a right to choose what they do with their own body. Women’s right advocates consider it to be a violation where governments come in and tell me what to do with my body… ‘Oh, you’re not going to do that to me’.

That’s not their body they want to abort, is it? If they want to abort their own body, go right ahead. J I mean its suicide, but that’s not your body you’re aborting. It’s another person’s body. It’s another person’s life that you’re seeking to end.

And what about the woman, the female that happens to be inside the mommy, what about her right to live? Shouldn’t she also have the right to not just have somebody come in and rip them out and murder them?

The text of the United States ‘Declaration of Independence’ says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created…” (Get that? Created) “…created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness:”

So, we have a document, enacted by the originators of our constitution, that…unalienable right is…that we would have the right to life. But they do not afford that right to a child that happens to be inside mommy, and that’s a contradiction.

And it’s when the United States departed for that particular principle that they failed. They failed to uphold the idea that all men were created equal when they mistreated and downgraded the life of people who have African descent…the sons and daughters of slaves back in the 1940’s and 50’s, and so on. Until a very, very good speaker named Martin Luther King came in and set the world straight. And I thank Yahweh for him.

So we have this departure from these unalienable rights…these rights that we all should have. And as a result, we have unborn children today who need to have their rights upheld, which is the right to live.

The legalization of abortion in America has resulted, since 1973… 55,000,000 murders! Fifty-five million baby murders. That’s a log of innocent blood being shed. And innocent blood being she in a land is very serious in the eyes of Yahweh. Consider what he commanded here…

Due 19:1-3 When Yahweh your Elohim has cut off the nations whose land Yahweh your Elohim is giving you, and you dispossess them and dwell in their cities and in their houses, you shall separate three cities for yourself in the midst of your land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you to possess. You shall prepare roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you to inherit, that any manslayer may flee there.

Deu 19:4-5 And this is the case of the manslayer who flees there, that he may live: whoever kills his neighbor unintentionally, not having hated him in time past—as when a man goes to the woods with his neighbor to cut timber, and his hand swings a stroke with the ax to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies—he shall flee to one of these cities and live;

Deu 19:6-8 –  lest the avenger of blood, while his anger is hot, pursue the manslayer and overtake him, because the way is long, and kill him, though he was not deserving of death, since he had not hated the victim in time past. Therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall separate three cities for yourself.’ Now if Yahweh your Elohim enlarges your territory, as He swore to your fathers, and gives you the land which He promised to give to your fathers,

Deu 1:9-10 and if you keep all these commandments and do them, which I command you today, to love Yahweh your Elohim and to walk always in His ways, then you shall add three more cities for yourself besides these three, lest innocent blood be shed in the midst of your land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you as an inheritance, and thus guilt of bloodshed be upon you.

Deu 19:11-13 But if anyone hates his neighbor, lies in wait for him, rises against him and strikes him mortally, so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities, then the elders of his city shall send and bring him from there, and deliver him over to the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.

So, He is very focused. He does not want the guilt of innocent blood being upon Israel. That’s a very serious crime, in His eyes. In fact, Yahweh destroyed Jerusalem and sent the Israelites into exile because of the innocent blood that was shed. And it says…

2 Ki 24:1-2 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And Yahweh sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of Yahweh which He had spoken by His servants the prophets.

2 Ki 24:3-4 –  Surely at the commandment of Yahweh this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which Yahweh would not pardon.

So, innocent blood being shed is a very, very significant crime in the eyes of Yahweh. Now, how can you get more innocent than a child living in a womb? It just doesn’t get more innocent than that.

This is a tough subject for me…

Psa 106:35-38 But they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works;

Here we are…this is like the United States of America.

they served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood.

. You know, today man has become his own idol. He’s a follower of humanism…where man is the center of everything. He sacrifices his own sons and daughters on the altar of ‘convenience’. In my mind, that’s worse. That’s worse than what they were doing here in Israel.

I mean, its one thing to be deceived into thinking you’re doing something that will appease an idol that you happen to think is real. That idol you think demands human sacrifice…so you give your son and daughter.

But it’s another thing…to so cheapen human life…that you think it’s ok to murder somebody because it’s more convenient not to have the child.

And so it’s an abomination to so cheapen human life. And even contraceptive pills have been invented that, after allowing a life to be conceived in the womb, cause the fertilized egg to have no place to attach…and so an abortion is induced.

And so, how many more abortions could we count because of ‘birth control’ pills? …And ‘morning after’ pills? And it’s all because man demands his own sexual freedom… to do however, whenever, why-ever, wherever, or whomever. And that is very, very abominable.

Now we see in scripture, that Yahweh highly values human life. And that human lives are precious to Him. Not something to be thrown away. We were created in His image like we said…I said earlier.

Yahweh is forming…He formed Adam from the dust of the ground. And then an enemy, whether man or beast, comes along and kills Adam…that would be a personal attack on Yahweh Himself.

So whether Yahweh is creating a man from the dust of the ground, or creating a life within the womb of the mother…to do such a thing is to attack Yahweh Himself.

I don’t even know if I can read this…

Psa 139:13-14 - For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Psa 139:15-16 – My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

So, brothers and sisters, I say these things… and I know I’m being very hard on somebody right now. But we have to realize the gravity of what’s going on in the world today. What it does for me, is cause me to see how much this world needs Yahushua, and his righteous law, and how we all need His forgiveness.

I’m thankful to Yahweh I never, when I was an unbeliever… I never told anyone nor thought it was right to abort a child. But with a little child it will be ok. It will be ok.  But to attack a little child…we see 20 murders at this elementary school. We’ve had…I mean, how many murders every day? Thirty-six hundred in the United States...and few people blink an eye. It’s hypocrisy.

Exo 21:28-29 If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be acquitted. But if the ox tended to thrust with its horn in times past, and it has been made known to his owner, and he has not kept it confined,

And we see a responsibility on the part of the owner of the animal, to keep it confined.

so that it has killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.

This is another difference that we have in our laws in the United States today, where you have people who have dangerous animals…dog’s and different things… that kill people. And to what extent is the owner of the dog responsible?

Well, Yahweh tells us. The owner of the animal is completely responsible if it’s known that animal is dangerous. And we see here…

Gen 9:5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

And so we see this verse here, about how the ox would be killed. And so, if you are the owner of an animal that might be dangerous, you have the responsibility before Yahweh, to ensure the safety of other individuals who might come in contact with it and be hurt, or killed.

And say you had a dangerous bull on your property. You would be responsible for keeping that confined in such a way that it would not attack other people. And if you have a dog known to bite people, you have a responsibility for what that dog, or animal, does to others.

And so, the owner would be responsible for the blood being shed. Now if it only injures a person, certainly the principle would apply that the owner is still responsible and would have to pay compensation, as we read earlier,

Now in this instance, we don’t have premeditated murder going on. Yahweh allowed, (it was through carelessness) yet Yahweh did allow a person to, who was otherwise be put to death, to redeem his own life.  

Exo 21:30-32 If there is imposed on him a sum of money, then he shall pay to redeem his life, whatever is imposed on him. Whether it has gored a son or gored a daughter, according to this judgment it shall be done to him. If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Now, this last verse does not mean that the death penalty did not apply in the cases of slaves. It’s only saying that if a person was to redeem his own life, he would redeem whatever is imposed on him.

Son or daughter… same thing, according to this judgment is to be done. If a person wanted to redeem his life because of a male or female servant was gored, then he would have to pay the master 30 shekels of silver.

So, the death penalty would apply, if the man did not have the thirty shekels of silver to redeem himself. And probably in all likelihood he would sell himself for thirty shekels of silver to become that man’s slave….But, just some examples.

Sometimes we read these things…I think Yahweh gave me this cause I was looking at this all week….Why would Yahweh allow the life of a slave, (you know, instead of the person being put to death for goring a regular person)…somehow if it gores a servant, or a slave, that’s less than a person that wouldn’t be put to death?

But if you look here at the context, again, you’ve got to look at context… This giving to their master thirty shekels of silver has to do with the redemption here. …The person paying to redeem his life.

And so, thirty shekels of silver is, incidentally, what Messiah was paid…they valued that to be Messiah’s life, also.

Mat 26:14-15 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

So I think there is a spiritual meaning here, too.

Exo 21:33-34 And if a man opens a pit, or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in it, the owner of the pit shall make it good; he shall five money to their owner, but the dead animal shall be his.

And we see here the responsibility…if an animal (another person’s animal) falls into a pit, the responsibility of the person who dug the pit would be to cover it.

And so, if the ox falls in the ditch there on the Sabbath day...Let’s just cover it up, or put a fence around it, or something, so it doesn’t go in there. Otherwise, you’re going to have to re-compensate the owner of it.

So, we see this again, similarly, in…

Due 22:8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you may not bring guilt of bloodshed on your household if anyone falls from it.

You get this? …Guilt of bloodshed. Yahweh is very, very concerned about blood-guiltiness. And the principle here is that, we are responsible for conducting ourselves in such a way that we do not create an unsafe situation for other people.

Ancient Israel…rooftops were flat. It would be a good gathering place for people. It might even be where they put their tent during the Feast of Tabernacles…we read that in either Ezra or Nehemiah. But, putting a parapet around it would prevent accidental falls.

And so, the principle here isn’t just… you don’t just look at the dos and don’ts of the Torah and say," Well, we don’t have flat roofs. That doesn’t apply to us.” We got to look at what Yahweh is trying to teach, because the Law is… the word Torah means…’teaching’.

What is He teaching us? He’s teaching us to conduct ourselves in a way that is not unsafe for other people…anything from drunk driving or driving dangerously… anything that would endanger another person.

Traffic laws we have today, such as speed limits, turn signals, stop signs, red lights, brake lights on the back of cars… all these things are for safety.

Work places more and more (I’m glad it’s this way) more and more are focused on safety… and requiring hard hats, safety goggles in construction environments, and employees who get injuries have to be paid workman’s compensation.

That’s a righteous thing. These are wonderful laws. I appreciate them. OSHA regulations have saved countless people from injury…a loss of limb, a loss of life. And they are, for the most part, very biblical and very righteous.

We also have electrical codes, safety codes, when it comes to building our homes. Code enforcement…if a home is built in such a way that it’s not safe…and that’s the spirit there in Deuteronomy 22 verse 8.

We want to have a safe code environment. And as long as the codes aren’t abused, which they often are today, many of the codes, I think are a good thing.

I mean, who would want to be the builder of a house that eventually caught fire and killed man, woman, children…because you did not wire the house in a safe way?

And so, we all are our brother’s keeper. And we all have a responsibility to live our lives in such a way as to not endanger the life of another person.

When I did heating and air-conditioning work, years ago, I did repairs and it always held very, you know …a lot of gravity in my mind. Here I am working on somebody’s furnace. And if I was to do something to the furnace that would potentially cause a fire, then that would be blood-guiltiness on me.

And so, you have to be very careful and make sure you don’t do something…I mean, I always thought about… one day if I read about, or get some kind of news report, something on the news, or whatever… Here a house I just worked on, the furnace caught fire. That was something that always concerned me.

And you know, and it’s a good concern to have.  Not that we walk around in dread and fear, but we care about the life of others.

Alright now, I want to talk a little bit more about the cities of refuge. It says…

Num 35:10-12 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there. They shall be cities of refuge for you from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment. 

Num 35:13-15 And of the cities which you give, you shall have six cities of refuge. You shall appoint three cities on this side of the Jordan, and three cities you shall appoint in the land of Canaan, which will be cities of refuge. These six cities shall be for refuge for the children of Israel, for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills a person accidentally may flee there.

Num: 35:16-17 But if he strikes him with an iron implement, so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death. And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand, by which one could die, and he does die, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.      

Num: 35: 18-19 Or if he strikes him with a wooden hand weapon, by which one could die, and he does die, (…that’s a rod…) he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death. The avenger of blood himself shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.

Num 35:20-21 If he pushes him out of hatred or, while lying in wait, hurls something at him so that he dies, or in enmity he strikes him with his hand so that he dies, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.

Num 35:22-24 However, if he pushes him suddenly without enmity, or throws anything at him without lying in wait, or uses a stone, by which a man could die, throwing it at him without seeing him, so that he dies, while he was not his enemy or seeking his harm, then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood according to these judgments.

Num 35:25-26 So the congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall return him to the city of refuge where he had fled, and he shall remain there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil. But if the manslayer at any time goes outside the limits of the city of refuge where he fled,

Num 35:27-28 – and the avenger of blood finds him outside the limits of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood, because he should have remained in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession.

So we see here, about the closest thing you’re going to find to Yahweh giving anybody prison time…it’s not really prison-time. In this case…it all has to do with blood-guiltiness. Who is guilty of shedding the blood of another man?

In the case of one doing an accidental killing, there was still blood being shed…there’s still innocent blood being shed, and so the requirement for them was to dwell in these cities of refuge, until the death of the high priest. …Which might seem a little bit mysterious…Why the high Priest? What if he dies in 2 years, or 10 years, or 50 years?

Well, the requirement for them to dwell there until the death of the high priest…I think first of all, shows how precious life is…(innocent men who had their lives taken through accidental means). And it would seem to me, it might have to do with the high priest being the one actually responsible for the decision that this was not a murder. This was just innocent blood accidentally being shed.

And so, if the high priest was wrong, and especially if the man knew he was wrong (he was just judging falsely) perhaps Yahweh would kill the High Priest. I mean, I don’t know…but he would hold the high priest responsible for that decision that was made. And therefore, the death of the high priest could…we have the innocent blood still being avenged.  

Yahweh is very sensitive about innocent blood being shed in a land. We see this over and over and over.

Now, if a person really was guilty, it would be a good thing he’s in a city of refuge cause where’s he at? He’s with these priests, these Levites, and he might let something slip out maybe, that betrays his innocence.

Or, he would be around those who have devoted their lives to keeping Yahweh’s law, and teaching it. And perhaps they would learn upright behavior by spending years in a priestly city.

There’s nothing wrong…no one said that he can’t bring his wife, his children, his family there….into that city of refuge. There’s nothing against that.

So, it’s not quite like prison time. It’s quite different than prison time. And Jewish tradition held that the man would be supplied by the tithe that came in.

But, just to show you how serious it is that no innocent blood be shed in a land. Look at this verse here. (And you can continue reading numbers if you like but…)

Due 21:1-3 If anyone is found slain, lying in the field in the land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him, then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance from the slain man to the surrounding cities. And it shall be that the elders of the city nearest to the slain man will take a heifer which has not been worked and which has not pulled with a yoke.

Deu 21:4-6 The elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with flowing water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and they shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley. Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for Yahweh your Elohim has chosen them to minister to Him and to bless in the name of Yahweh; by their word every controversy and every assault shall be settled. And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley.

Deu 21 :7-9 Then they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it. Provide atonement, O Yahweh, for Your people Israel, whom You have redeemed, and do not lay innocent blood to the charge of Your people Israel. And atonement shall be provided on their behalf for the blood.

Of course, that’s being a picture of Messiah…

So you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you when you do what is right in the sight of Yahweh.

And we see here again, how sensitive Yahweh is about innocent blood being shed in a land. And those who are guilty of death, not being punished adequately, does not adequately avenge the shedding of innocent blood.

We look at the United States and the whole world now, with all the innocent blood being shed through abortions. Yahweh just…His restraint is amazing….His restraint. His mercy is absolutely amazing.

Now, if we only look at things…you know, there are a lot of things in scripture requiring the death penalty. And we’re going to go into this a little bit next week as we continue this study.

I feel that we need to go into that. But I felt really strongly today that I needed to cover this topic of blood-guiltiness because we really, if you think about it, we are living in a nation that is just ripe for judgment.

We live in the United States here, we live in a nation that as its foundation, called upon the Creator, and said we have the inalienable right to life…and all these things are going on.

And so, what can we do as people of Yahweh, to bring righteousness back to the land? What can we do as people of Yahweh?

What we need to be doing…it says in proverbs, ‘Deliver those that are drawn towards death…rescue those.’

And so, we do have some Christian organizations…Right to Life, Operation Rescue, and these others who have been demonized in the media.  

But what do we do as Yahweh’s people? How can we deliver those drawn toward death? Do we start doing the ridiculous? You know, going and shooting abortion doctors?

No. I think abortion doctors should be tried in a court of law. And of course, they would be found worthy of death, and then they should be…you know, it should go through the due process.

So, what do we do? …One soul at a time. We try to reach the people around us, the people we are in contact with….with the good news of Yahushua, who bore our sins. That’s what we need to do.

 And we need to also, stand for life of our neighbor. Stand for the life. Be that voice of the unborn child who cannot defend themselves. And seek to be a people who uphold righteousness.

A few years ago – 2010…my family and I went on this ministry trip, and had a great time. And one of the things that we did was, we made these signs we held up at abortion clinics, and it was amazing. How the hand of Yahweh was with us when we did this.

We didn’t stand up there and post another ugly abortion picture. Which I know is common. What we did is, we made these signs and they said, ‘We will take your baby, until you want it back’…basically.

In other words, if you don’t want the baby, we’ll take her, or we’ll take him, until your able to take care of it. No strings attached. We’ll just take guardianship and whenever you want the baby back…ok.

Its better that the child is born and it’s not murdered; and maybe we would have the baby (and we had several families who were lined up to take this responsibility)…it was better that the child at least live and have an opportunity to have a right to life…to live, than for the child to be murdered.

If the child was outside the womb, would you not take the child in…even if you would lose it later? Certainly! So why would we make a distinction when the child’s inside the womb?

And we held these signs up, in front of New Orleans…one place in particular. In New Orleans we walked back and forth, and had the signs up.

And would you believe? One of the people came out of the abortion clinic. And she was the person who counsels with the women who are trying to decide whether or not they’re going to abort.

And she, in so many words, I don’t remember the exact words…I wasn’t there for the whole thing, but my recollection is that she was incredulous that we’d be willing to do this.

Because, what will happen? We might have the baby for three, or four, or five years, and never have the protection of adoption and then give it back. And she says, “You would really do that?”

And she wanted to know…what’s the name of our organization? What are we about? And we said, ‘Well, we’re just some families that, you know…we had pre-approval, and one’s a foster family, and we’re willing to do it. And so, she took our phone number and said maybe someone would want that option.

And so here was, when we really value life like we say we will, and put our actions where our mouth is…number one, we command respect from even those who are guilty of the murders. …And to the extent that they’re willing to offer this option to them.

Now the most amazing thing happened that day. Because right at that exact day that we were there they pouring a new sidewalk...in front of the abortion clinic. And, I couldn’t resist… In the wet sidewalk I wrote… ‘Choose Life’. And, to my knowledge, it’s still there to this day.

So, Yahweh was with us. And if we are willing to be the ones who stand in the gap, who are willing to intervene for the lives of these children, then Yahweh will not consider us to be among the guilty parties when He avenges this world and this nation for its wickedness.

Instead we, like those in Ezekiel, stand up and cry out for the abominations in the land that we have today.

And one of the greatest abominations, maybe the greatest abomination that this nation we live in… and many nations around the world are doing…including Israel. Israel does do abortions. When Yahweh avenges the blood of the innocents, He will set a mark on us, and we will not be judged.

So brothers and sisters, let’s stand for the life of our neighbor. Let’s stand for the life of the unborn. And let’s have Yahweh’s perspective when it comes to blood-guiltiness.

And as we stand for what’s right, may Yahweh bless you and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.

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