1/19/2013 Sabbath Broadcast Transcript
"Precepts & Principles of the Torah – It’s our Right, but is it Right to bear Arms?"
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Glad you’re with us. And we’re looking forward to sharing another segment in our Precepts in the Torah series.
The Torah is the Hebrew word for the Law…the Law of Yahweh…specifically Genesis to Deuteronomy…although that also includes Genesis to Revelation. That’s all Yahweh’s teaching; that’s all His law.
And as we looked at last week there are over a thousand laws mentioned in the New Testament. A thousand commands in the New Testament. And someone counted over 600 in the Old.
So, the New Testament is full of laws and commands. But people don’t look at it that way cause it’s not directly from Yahweh, as in…’Thou shalt…’, or those kind of things. But they are written by the apostles, and the Messiah Himself. Give a lot of ‘be-not’s and ‘sustain from’….and ‘do not do’s, and ‘do this’, and ‘don’t do that’.
So, what we want to do is bring what is commonly thought to be two opposing viewpoints…one in the Old Testament and one in the New, and show how they come together as one sweet, unified word of truth.
So, we want to do that, and one of the hot topics right now in current news…current events is the restrictions on guns. And it’s a big, hot topic because of the murders that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut a few weeks ago. Children were gunned down mercilessly by a man who was…had lost his mind, apparently.
And so, now the president of the United States, Barak Obama, led a commission where they’re going to really crack down on certain kinds of guns they call assault weapons; and other kinds of limitations on a number of bullets you can included in your clip.
And even New York has passed a law limiting the number of rounds allowed to be in your clip to seven. If you have more than 7 bullets in your chamber then you’re violating the law. It’s a misdemeanor. Of course, if you’re really a crazed lunatic, you don’t really care what’s a misdemeanor when you’re in the middle of murdering people.
So, it’s…the world has no solution other than, you either try to get rid of the guns. Or ,on the other side is, as the NRA stated recently, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is if there’s a good guy with a gun there to stop him.
But all these things, you know…the National Academy of Science, they reviewed some 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 different publications, and asserted that we have 83 different gun control laws, and also its own independent study… and they could find no link whatsoever between restrictions on gun ownership and lower rates of crime or firearms violence, even in accidents with guns.
So the real issue is that we have an increasingly immoral society. When the people of the nation that we live in walk away from biblical principles, even 60 or 70 years ago a child could bring their dad’s latest gun to school, and it’s for show and tell…but you can’t do that anymore.
Because children are out of control, and when they become adults, they become adults who are out of control. And there’s more and more mental illness; and maybe some of the pharmaceuticals people are taking are messing with people’s minds and producing some of the violence we see.
Almost every one of the mass murderers we hear about were on some form of pharmaceuticals...some kind of mind altering drug…whatever it was. I don’t even know what the concoction was they were taking.
But now they have to actually… they’re required now, at least one of the drugs they’re taking, to include as a side effect…homicidal tendencies, or something along those lines. And of course, suicide is a major side effect, also, of taking these pharmaceutical drugs.
And I’m convinced that there’s a higher percentage than most people would like to acknowledge…people are committing suicide. And it’s a direct result of taking these pharmaceuticals.
Anyway, we want to ask the question…how do we look at the question of taking up arms? Taking up arms…guns, and weapons, and stuff. We know that in our country, this country that we live in, we do have the right to bear arms…in the United States.
And so, it is our right. But the question really is…is it right to bear arms? We know it’s our right, but is it right?
Some people, particularly the Amish, Mennonite, Anabaptist variety, believe it’s always wrong to defend yourself against crimes in a way that would be hurtful to another person. Their perspective is called ‘non-resistance’.
Even if a man came into your home in the middle of the night, to rape, rob, and murder… you’re not supposed to defend yourself, at all but just let them do whatever they want.
And the other extreme would be…you know, you got a gun in your hand, you carry a gun with you, and you’re ready to shoot anybody who looks at you wrong like they might be threatening.
So, where is scripture taking us in this?
Well, the next scripture we need to discuss, as we’re going through the Torah here, it is…
Exo 22:1-2 – “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep. If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.
No guilt… so if a thief decides to break into your house, under specific circumstances if you were to kill him, there is no guilt. You are not guilty. And it says here, though…
Exo 22:3-4 – If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
And we’ve already discussed this part here…the slavery question. …But what about this? If the sun is risen on him, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. If he has nothing, then he would be sold. But he needs to make restitution…
If the theft is certainly found alive in his hand, whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep, he shall restore double.
But if it died, as we read earlier, it would be four sheep for a sheep and five oxen for an ox. So, some sliding scale of how terrible it was to lose that particular item…to lose an ox was more of a major deal.
So we see here, at least in Torah, there is a place for self-defense...but not just if they want to steal from you. The only time that self-defense is warranted, particularly self-defense that would involve death of the other person...the thief,…the only time it may be warranted is if they sneak in and you’re not sure of what their intentions are. And you can’t see what is going on.
You don’t know if they are going to steal you, or kill you, or what their plan is…and so the principle that we see here is that we are permitted to defend ourselves from people who attack us for the purpose of murdering us. That’s the principle we’re seeing here in Exodus.
But we’re not to kill those who just wanting to take our stuff. That’s not justifiable. That’s homicide…considered murder. So, if they’re only there to steal from you, don’t kill them. You may restrain them, you may stop them, but we’re not to kill them.
And actually, biblically speaking let them have it if they need it. And contrary to what some believe, this is actually Yahushua Himself actually taught. He did allow for the use of a sword in self-defense.
Luk 22:31-33 – And the Master said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” But he said to Him, “Master, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
Luk 22:34:36 – Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” so they said, “Nothing.” Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
Luk 22:37-39 – “For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.” So they said, “Master, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.” Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.
And that’s when he was betrayed by Judas.
Now, some of the non-resistance folks feel that Yahushua commanded them to do this because he needed to make sure His disciples weren’t transgressors…and so He told them to bear swords…but that would be very wicked for any person to tell another person to sin.
That would be wrong to do that. And Yahusha would never tell anybody to sin, for any reason. Otherwise He is like Satan, the devil, who tempts men to sin. But Yahushua would never do that.
So he did say, ‘he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one’. So the question becomes ‘Why’? Why would Yahushua tell them that?
Well, during this time Yahushua’s going to be in the tomb. He was numbered with the transgressors. There was two others that were crucified…put to death right next to Him. And so He was numbered as if he was just one of the many transgressors there in the land.
And He instructed His disciples to keep a couple of swords with them to guard themselves… why else? …Against those that might want to kill them next.
And so Yahushua had a purpose for them, and He did not want them to be put to death for following Him, at that time. And when Judas left to betray Yahushua, he made sure that….Judas made sure that he would bring armed men with him, probably knowing that they would be armed.
Joh 18:3-4 – Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Yahushua therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”
Joh 18:5-7 – They answered Him, “Yahushua of Nazareth.” Yahushua said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
See…they didn’t need any weapons.
Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Yahushua of Nazareth.”
Joh 18:8-9 – Yahushua answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”
Who? His disciples, let these…that’s the disciples…‘Let them go their way’…don’t bother them.
…that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
So he wanted His disciples to be let free… You’re looking for me, so let the others go. You’re only looking for me.
And this was a saying He said earlier in His prayer to Yahweh…
Joh 17:12 – While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Joh 18:10-12 – Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. So Yahushua said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My father has given Me?” Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Yahushua and bound Him.
So, there was no doubt that the people who were present at that time, when Yahushua spoke those words and they fell backwards on the ground, there was no doubt whatsoever….Yahushua could have easily defended Himself against them.
And in fact, we read in another verse that the ear that was cut off…Yahushua placed his hand on it and said permit even this, and He healed the man’s right ear that was cut off.
So, these men who came and took Him had to be completely obstinate. I mean, they had to be completely…I mean, this man is healing...we’re being thrown backwards by His words. Yet, they apparently had no fear of Elohim.
But you know, Peter…with this use of the sword, must have thought maybe they should take up arms and defend Yahushua. He said, you know, there’s 2 swords. That should be enough.
But this was not Yahushua’s purpose for the two swords. He came into this world to be the king, and he had to give the existing governments opportunity to willingly receive Him. But if Yahushua and His disciples had to take it by force, that would have been proof that they were not really receiving Him, at all.
Now the prophets predicting that he would be rejected, he would be despised, he would be killed, and for that reason Yahweh would raise Him up and give Him power over heaven and earth.
And He’s waiting now for that time to come…when its obvious man is ready to destroy himself, through following the alternative kings that man has chosen for himself.
And when it comes to the point where almost no flesh will be saved, then he will come, He will judge the wicked, He will save the world from utter and complete destruction. And He will bring His reign to the earth.
But for now, His kingdom is not of this world.
John 18:33 -34 – Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Yahushua, and said to Him, “Are You the king of the Jews?” Yahushua answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
Joh 18:35-36 – Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Yahushua answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
So, He intentionally instructed His disciples to put away their swords, to demonstrate His kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom is of the age to come.
John 18:37 – Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Yahushua answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.
And so it’s very evident that we do not take up arms in order to set up Yahushua’s kingdom on the earth. That’s not what He was doing then; it’s not what He’s doing quite yet. The kingdom we are following is not of this world. It’s not from here.
Now, for self-defense purposes, if an evil person is trying murder us, or if someone comes into our home in the middle of the night and we don’t know what their intentions, we are free to defend ourselves.
If it’s daytime and he just wants to take what belongs to us, don’t kill him. That’s against the Torah. And it’s also against what Yahushua taught in Matthew 5…
Mat 5:38-40 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you 0on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
See, by doing these things it will become quite evident, that the kingdom that you value is not the kingdoms of this world, with all its trappings…but that you know that man does not live by bread alone, or by clothing, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh.
And so the practice Yahushua is condemning here, is the practice of taking vengeance. Someone slaps you…oh, you slap him right back.
And so, the actual precept in the Torah that He’s quoting here…this ‘eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ is found in the Torah as sentencing guidelines for judges of Israel.
What is the righteous judgment if someone was to come to you and say, ‘Well, this man…he knocked my tooth out. The correct judgment would be to have their tooth knocked out. So, that would be a deterrent. Unless you want to lose your own teeth, don’t knock your enemies’ teeth out.
And so, that was the Torah principle.
Mat 5:41-42 – “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
His purpose in saying this is that we would not use that verse to take personal vengeance on another person. In fact, do more than what they ask for. Do the opposite.
Whereas the Torah, the context of it…
Lev 24:19-20 – If a man causes disfigurement of his neighbor, as he has done, so shall it be done to him—‘fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has caused disfigurement of a man, so shall it be done to him.
That is righteous judgment, but that’s not something we take into our own hands. They go before the judges…the judges make a determination of what ought to be done.
And so, please understand…Yahushua is giving us the correct interpretation of this verse, which is not to use this verse to get personal vengeance on somebody. In fact, the Torah itself forbids using anything to take personal vengeance.
Lev 19:18 – You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am Yahweh.
Are you getting this? We’re not to take vengeance. Don’t take vengeance; don’t bear a grudge; but instead…what? …L O V E. Rather than taking vengeance; rather than bearing a grudge; choose to love them. Choose to love them.
And so the Torah teaches, even towards those who’ve done us wrong and we want to take vengeance…we’re not to take vengeance; we’re not to bear a grudge; we’re suppose to love them instead.
It’s no different than what Yahushua was saying…someone slaps you, someone wants to take from you, someone wants to hurt you in some way…choose to love them. Don’t take vengeance; don’t try to get back at them; love them anyway.
And that’s also found…other verses…
Rom 12:18-21 – If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says Yahweh. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
And so this is… actually he’s quoting from the Old Testament here…this verse here is a quotation from the book of Proverbs. And so it’s not some brand new, hot off the press idea that Yahweh inspired Yahushua to speak about. It’s the same thing that has always been spoken of in Scripture.
And actually there’s a scripture in Jeremiah…I don’t have it posted here. It says actually in Lamentations 3:30…it says, ‘Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes.’ Let them be filled with themselves.
And so He’s just repeating the principles found already in the Old Testament.
And so, what about this…someone compels you to go with him one mile, go with him two?
I read where some of the authorities would actually force the Jewish people to do certain tasks. Soldiers would make them carry their gear a mile, or the Persian authorities would require/force people to take messages.
He says, ‘don’t go one mile go two’. But we’re not to use ‘eye for eye tooth for tooth’ scripture for the purposes of resisting an evil person. Rather, we’re told to serve them and bless them instead.
Now the obvious purpose here is that we would show love to someone who’s showing hatred to us. And by doing that….and this applies, not just when someone’s robbing you, or stealing from you, or whatever, but just an overall principle in human relations.
When you choose to do good to someone who’s doing wrong to you, they can no longer find justification for having done the wrong. And then their conscience, if they have any left, their conscience will begin to bother them about the wrong that they just did to you.
Whereas if you fight back and you get them back, then…ok… they’ve done this much evil and now they’re going to do that much evil and they’re going to do this much evil, and it’s just going to keep escalating. And when does it end? …Until somebody really gets hurt.
But this is not a foreign concept to the New Testament. It’s not found in the New Testament only, I should say. It’s also found in the Old.
Gen 26:19-21 – Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also.
Did he fight back? No.
So he called its name Sitnah.
Gen 26:22 – And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, Fr now Yahweh has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
…Not a new idea. Don’t fight with those who want to take from you.
Now Isaac could have fought with him and said, ‘Yahweh’s given us this land. It’s a promise given to Abraham… so it’s our well. But instead, he chose not to resist. He just kept digging wells until the people were too ashamed to argue with him again. It was very hard to dig in the ground and find water in Israel.
And Jacob…Jacob also practiced non-resistance. He patiently bore the unjust treatment from Laban. And to Esau he gave all his possessions.
And Abraham, he practiced non-resistance. In Genesis 13 he said to Lot…
Gen 13:8-9 – So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
Yahushua is teaching the same thing. If people want to go to law over your belongings…just give it to the. Give them something extra too. And bless them rather than fight with them.
Love your enemy rather than bear a grudge or take vengeance. …Straight from the law of Yahweh. (Lev 19:18)
The problem was the people were using eye for an eye as justification for taking vengeance and fighting with others. But the principle in the Torah is, love your enemies.
Exo 23:4-5 – “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it.
So the principle here is love your enemies.
Now, Yahushua never said that if someone wants to take your life, and the lives of your family members, just sit there and let them. Human life is precious to Yahweh.
And possessions...Yahweh owns the cattle on a thousand hills. We are charged not to worry about what we will wear, what we’ll put on, what well eat. Yahweh will provide.
The only time we would not offer physical resistance then…I should say the only time we would offer physical resistance is when we are being murdered for some selfish meaning on the part of the person.
Now an exception is, if they are trying to kill us because of our faith in obedience to Yahweh’s commands. I mean, Yahushua did not take up arms against Rome; His disciples did not take up arms against Rome; but they did try to flee persecution.
Act 9:22-25 – But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Yahushua is the Messiah. Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became know to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.
So they flee. They flee at the persecution. In Matthew 10:23 Yahushua instructed His disciples…
Mat 10:23 – “When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
This is when he sent them out. And Yahushua Himself escaped many times.
Mat 12:14-15 – Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Yahushua knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
So you learn about a plot against you in your life, just because you’re killed for your faith… doesn’t mean just sit there and let them do it. Do what you can to escape. But never, never try to offer physical resistance to someone who wants to, (particularly a government…especially a government), who wants to destroy you because of your faith.
Act 16:22-24 – Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
This was Paul and Barnabas in prison…(should say Silas).
Act 16:25-26 – But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to Elohim, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately al the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Act 16: 27-28 – And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
Act 16:29-31 – Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Master Yahushua Messiah, and you will be saved, you and your household.
Act 16:32-33 – Then they spoke the word of Yahweh to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
And so, what I see…an underlying principle, a recurring thing that we need to look at is… our goal is to do whatever it takes to bring salvation to the souls of other people.
Whether it be give to those who ask, whether it be do good to those who do evil to you, whether it be…
In this case they could have gone out and said, ‘Divine intervention. Here we go’. But they were sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and they were going to see that Phillipian jailer end up getting saved as a result.
But you know, at the same time we don’t want to compromise. You know, we don’t want to be a people that say, ‘We’re going to do what the government tells me, or what my boss at work tells me to do. My boss at work tells me I need to work on on Sabbath. I believe I shouldn’t but I have to do what my boss says.
Or, if the government comes along and says, ‘You must go and do this, and then you believe it’s wrong to do that…You should never say, “I’m going to compromise’. Yahweh… He put me in this position. I have to feed my family. But the scripture says, ‘Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and then all these things will be added to you.’
Act 5:27-29 – And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey Elohim rather than men.
So in that sense, we always resist. Now if they want to kill us, we flee as much as we can…being wise as serpents and harmless as doves. This is the way the prophet Daniel lived his life while in Babylon.
Dan 6:1-2 – It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss.
Dan 6:3-4 – Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.
…Because he was faithful.
Dan 6:5 – Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his Elohim.”
And so the story goes, they did find fault with him in that he would only worship Yahweh. And that’s how others should see us, as well. We should not be a people that go around breaking the ordinances of men, which don’t transgress Yahweh’s laws.
1 Pe 2:13-15 – Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Masters sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of Elohim, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—
We’re supposed to submit our self to every ordinance of man for the Master’s sake, no matter what the government tells you. …With one exception: if they tell you to disobey Yahweh.
1 Pe 2:16-17 – as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of Elohim. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear Elohim. Honor the king.
Do we do this? Do we submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Master’s sake? So that by doing good we may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men…
Or are we among those who are getting pulled over by the cops because we’re speeding or disobeying other traffic laws. …Something to think about.
At one time I was the person that did a lot of speeding, but I read these scriptures and it convicted me. And so, we have to take all of scripture as applicable for us…whether it’s New Testament, Old Testament… whether it’s said once, twice, or three times. In this case, we see it multiple times.
Rom 13:1-2 – Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is not authority except from Elohim, and the authorities that exist are appointed by Elohim. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of Elohim, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
Paul when he was writing to Titus said…
Tit 3:1-2 – Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
So don’t speak evil of anyone… particularly authorities. No one! …A lot of that going on today. Even though we’re not to do so… I see it often.
Jer 27:16-17 – Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people saying, “Thus says Yahweh: ‘Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, “Behold, the vessels of Yahweh’s house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon; for they prophesy a lie to you. Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city be laid waste?
Yahweh’s telling them to do this.
Jer 29:4-6 – Thus says Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel, to all who were carried away captive,
That’s after they were carried into exile.
…whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters’ and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished.
Jer 29:7 – And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to Yahweh for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
We see Yahweh’s will here… Yahweh didn’t tell them to take up arms; fight against the Babylonian government. Even in those days when they were in exile. They were to wait for Yahweh and His leading. And after seventy years he opened the door for them to return peaceably.
Pay attention to this. It says…pray to Yahweh for that city that you dwell in. Pray to Yahweh for it. Do we do that? Do we pray for the places in which we reside?
1Ti 2:1-4 – Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks
Even giving of thanks be made. …For what?
…be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness (righteousness) and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of Elohim our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
See… Yahweh wants all men to be saved. So we pray for these men. Pray for them! This is an Old Testament and New Testament principle.
We are not instructed to insult the president of the United States; to mock him, to revile him….we are not instructed to dishonor them, we are instructed to honor them… and pray for them, and make intercession for them, so that we may live a quiet and peaceable life. This is the good and acceptable will of Yahweh.
Yahweh wants even Barak Obama to humble himself and receive Messiah and the Torah. Imagine that…See, He wants all men to be saved. Isn’t that what it says here? …All men, even Barak Obama.
He wants all men to be saved, and for Barak Obama to start keeping Sabbath, and the feast days, and call upon the name of Yahweh. That’s what and He wants. Now before you laugh too hard...it may sound far-fetched, but listen, Yahweh can reach anyone.
Remember how pompous the king of Babylon was…You know, Daniel was praying for the man. You know he was. And Yahweh humbled the king of Babylon, even causing him to lose his mind, and graze on grass like a cow, until he acknowledged that Yahweh was in charge.
Dan 4:30-31 – The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!
Dan 4:32:33 – And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
…Even Barak Obama.
That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like bird’ claws.
Dan 4:34-35 – And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar,
Look at this. This is the king of Babylon writing some scripture here for us.
lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”
Dan 4:36-37 – At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
See… maybe the problem is that we’re not doing enough to pray for the leaders of the nations that we live in.
If He was able to humble a demon-worshipping king of Babylon, surely He can bring those in authority here, in this age, to a place of humility. Don’t say Yahweh’s not able to put them down, because He is.
And we need to have faith in that. Maybe we’re too busy complaining, and not busy enough praying. Maybe we’re too busy pointing the finger and accusing, and not busy enough on our knees…praying for the peace of the nation that we live in and for all that are in authority.
And, you know, we have a home. We look at the things of this earth and we say this is where we live… but this is not really our home, anyway. And so we don’t need to be so uptight about the things that are going on here. It’s all predicted. It’s all going to happen.
We want to do whatever we can to cry and lament and speak against all the unrighteousness. But we don’t have to get bitter at the United States government, or any other government, or any world leader. We need to pray for them.
And we also need to pray for the peace of Yerushalayim. Other governments…
Psa 122:6-7 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within y our walls, prosperity within your palaces.”
You know brothers; there is something special about the city of Jerusalem. Something special about it… something about it that Yahweh loves.
Psa 132:13-16 – For Yahweh has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
Psa 132:17-18 – There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon Himself His crown shall flourish.
You know, and those who lived there…there was a deep affection for the place.
Psa 137:1-3 – By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
Psa 137:4-6 – How shall we sing Yahweh’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Wow. And that place is our future home. Do we share in Yahweh’s affection for the land?
Let’s pray for the peace of it. Knowing that peace will not actually reign there until Messiah returns.
So when we pray for the peace of Yerushalayim, we’re praying for the peace of our future home…We’re actually praying for the Messiah to return.
And there’s a heavenly Jerusalem also, that will come down and rest upon a new earth.
Rev 21:1-3 – Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “behold, the tabernacle fo Elohim is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Elohim Himself will be with them and be their Elohim.
Rev 21:4-5 – “And Elohim will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
So after the one thousand year reign of Messiah…. we reign with him for a thousand years…this New Yerushalayim will be our home. Now I have a reason for sharing these things.
You have come…
Heb 12:22-23 – But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living Elohim, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to Elohim the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24-25 – to Yahushua the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
Heb 12:26-27 – whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Not this, “Yet once more”, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28-29 – let us have grace, by which we may serve Elohim acceptable with reverence and fear. For our Elohim is a consuming fire.
You see the more we look at this right here, the more we behold the promises of Yahweh, the more we focus on the joy that’s set before us, the less important the worries of this age will be.
Our lives here are just a vapor that appear for a little time and then vanish away. The age to come is where it’s at.
So when people want to mistreat us… when people of this world want to take our worldly belongings away from us… when people of this world want to cast our names as evil… we’re going to be too focused on the promises of Yahweh and the joy that’s sitting in front of us, to let these things really bother us.
‘Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken’ …Yahushua Himself did the same thing.
Heb 12:1-2 – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Yahushua, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.
Heb 12:3-4 – For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
See… it’s those who are ‘this world-minded’ that spend all their time worrying about the future. Worrying about what they can gain, or what they might lose in this age. Yahushua said don’t do that. He says…
Luk 12:22-23 – Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
See, Yahweh has everything under control. And it’s with this mentality that the Messiah had, we also need to have.
And so if somebody wants to hurt us because of our faith and obedience to Yahweh…it’s not anything to fret over. I mean we do what we can to avoid…flee from it… that’s ok. But if we are so focused on Yahweh’s promises, we won’t worry about it.
A lot of people right now are very worried that the United States government is going to come in and take our guns away…so they can disarm us and conquer us.
Now, I’m all for gun ownership, as long as it’s the guns used for the right reasons…as long as it would be used in a biblical context. But we certainly don’t need to let the fear of losing our guns take over our lives.
When Yahushua was about to be betrayed, He admonished them…bear the sword for protection for anyone who would abuse you.
But earlier when they went on their missionary journey to the various cities, they didn’t even take a money bag. There was nothing for anyone to steal from…except the clothes on their backs. They did not need a sword for personal protection. They didn’t have anything for anyone to steal.
But once they returned from the missionary journey, at some point later, they must have picked up a couple of swords because they did have a couple swords with them already…when He said, ‘Do you have anything?’ ‘Oh yeah. We have a couple of swords here.’ ‘Ok. That’s enough. But you know, the disciples were confused about when and where to use it. They did not understand the times.
We read…Yes, at that time they went out as laborers into the harvest
Luk 10:1-2 – After these things the Master appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Master of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
… they went two by two into every city. And the purpose of that was…Go therefore bring the kingdom of Elohim to all the nations, let the laborers do the labor.
But later, in Matthew 26, here we are…
Mat 26:51-52 – And suddenly, one of those who were with Yahushua stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Yahushua said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Mat 26:53-54 – “Or do you think that I cannot now ray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels: How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”
And so Peter, the one who did this, did not understand the time and context of using a sword. This was not the time to use a sword. And Yahushua rebuked Him for using it saying, ‘All who use the sword will perish by the sword.’
He said He didn’t need Peter’s sword. All He had to do is pray to Yahweh, and there would be twelve legions of angels to help Him out. Didn’t Yahushua just advise them earlier to make sure they had a couple of swords with them? Yes. But they’re not to be used in this context.
With all of this, maybe it could be easy to become confused about when to use weapons and when not to use weapons. Especially when Yahushua plainly says, ‘All those who take the sword will perish by the sword.’
What did Yahushua mean by this?
Well, let’s consider the example of David…David and the Philistine giant. The Philistine had his weaponry. I mean, he was armed. Plus, he had an armor-bearer in front of him. And he was very confident in his ability to use that weaponry.
But David knew better than that…
1Sa 17:45 – Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1Sa 17:46-47 – This day Yahweh will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a Elohim in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that Yahweh does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is Yahweh’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
And so the reality was, the Philistine was trusting in his ‘guns’…his swords and spears… and his size, to be what delivers him. But David was trusting in the name of Yahweh.
Psa 20:7 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of Yahweh our Elohim.
Our confidence is in His name. We call upon His name in the day of trouble…
Pro 18:10 – The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Now, that’s not to say we never use weapons.
We need to remember with David, a man of faith and who had unwavering confidence in the power of Yahweh’s name, the only weapon he needed was one pebble from the brook. And that glorified the power of Yahweh, rather than the swords of men.
Yahushua also took that mentality. You know, it was for that reason Yahushua said to His disciples, ‘Two swords are enough.’ …Didn’t have to get some advanced swords…the latest weaponry available in Israel. …A couple of swords to defend eleven men. Two were plenty.
They had weapons, but weapons were not their confidence. I mean, Yahweh made the Messiah invisible, at times…passing through the midst of them He went on His way. They tried to attack Him. He disappears from the angry mobs.
And so, I want to make myself as clear as I can. It appears to me, looking at all the scriptures on this (Old Testament and New), weapons are a last resort because if our faith is in Yahweh, many times we don’t even need them at all.
And I respect the right to bear arms, but sometimes there are often more effective ways of defense. Scripture says…
Proverbs 24:6 – For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
You know, wisdom from Yahweh can actually be more effective than an MK47. You know, seeking peace with our enemies can be an effective way of preventing violence from them to begin with.
Rom 12:18-21 - If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says Yahweh. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Choosing to love your enemies is a powerful defense, because that causes their conscience to rise up…to be awakened. As we read in this verse earlier.
Now I’m not against someone using force to defend themselves against murderers who try to break into their houses, and so on. But you know, as we proclaim the Kingdom to everybody, I seem to recall Yahushua taught His disciples to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. And there is a connection between that and what we should be doing today.
Mat 10:16-18 – Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore
Make sure you have 10 swords with you?…No….
be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Use wisdom for a weapon.
But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
He’s projecting into the future here. This is not just a mission for the seventy. This was how they were use to conduct themselves when going out and doing evangelism.
Mat 10:19-21 – But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your father who speaks in you. Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
Mat 10:22-23 – And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Now you notice Yahushua is making connection from the time He sent out the seventy and the future role of …go therefore.
So we don’t worry about weaponry…we go.
See, the picture Yahushua wanted others to have about believers was not some gun-toting warrior ready to defend with threats of violence and destruction when provoked. That’s not the picture he wants us to display to the world.
The picture He sought to establish is that we are harmless; a people who often give of ourselves; even willing to lay down our lives for others, if necessary. He wanted them to use wisdom. …Being wise as serpents, harmless as doves.
May Yahweh give us the wisdom to know what to do in these circumstances that arise in the future days, and open up all of our eyes to see …number one, guns going to save us. They can out gun us.
I know people who’ve joined militias, and they got all these fancy weapons and everything. I mean, all the government’s going to do is fly over with a bomb…(sound of explosion)… everybody’s destroyed.
I mean, that’s not what we’re about. We want this world to willingly, of their own free choice, choose what is right.
And wisdom might actually be better than any weapon we might have….
Ecc 9:18 – Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.
We need that wisdom though. We need to apply that wisdom.
Psa 111:10 - The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those
…who do what?
who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
You got to do them. Then you’ll get the understanding.
Deu 4:6 – Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
It is your wisdom to observe the commandments.
Now the context of that Ecclesiastes verse was this…
Ecc 9:14-16 – There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man. Then I said; “Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
And so, this is the poor man in Ecclesiastes.
You know, we can use wisdom… instead of weapons. And the reason why weapons are inferior to wisdom is this:
Why Wisdom is Better than Weapons
1. It can result in peace rather than war when we chose to overcome evil with good.
2. No lives are lost
3. By extending their lives, and being an example to them, their soul might be saved!
And wisdom is better because of those reasons.
Let’s suppose for a moment. Let’s suppose that an intruder entered your home, and we found that there would be a place that we could safely exit and not be harmed. Wouldn’t that be better than killing them? I mean, our goal is not to be vindictive. It’s to love even the enemies.
I mean, Yahushua… I know He loved us while we were His enemy, seeking to spare our lives when we didn’t deserve it. He is our example and I would want to be very careful that I am doing exactly what He would do in every situation.
Would He carry a gun and shoot people who attacked Him? I mean, we need to be sure that we are doing what He would do.
And so, my brothers and sisters, let’s remember that while Yahweh might have us use a weapon for self defense from a senseless intruder coming into our home just to mow us down, or with unknown intentions, it would not be wrong to take their lives… even if our own lives were threatened.
But when it comes to others, especially governments who want to judge us and take our lives because of our faith and obedience to Yahweh, we need to be like Messiah most definitely was. Escape if possible, but be willing to be like him and lay down our lives for the faith.
For to this you were called.
1Pe 2:21-23 – For to this you were called, because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
And he taught…
Mar 8:34-35 – When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (stake), and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Mar 8:36-38 – For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
We need to be sure that we are willing to lay down our lives as He was, under the right circumstances.
And so brothers and sisters, with Yahweh’s Spirit to guide us, and teach us what to do in all circumstances, and with the wisdom found in His word as a foundation for all of our understanding, let’s be prepared to lay down our lives, if necessary. Because this world needs to know…Yahushua is real.
And it is through our choice to love, rather than avenge…to love, rather than bear grudges that we not only demonstrate the love of Messiah to everyone but it’s also a demonstration that we are followers of the Torah. …To not take vengeance and not bear a grudge, but to choose love instead.
May Yahweh give us the strength to choose love in the face of hatred, that the Torah of Messiah might clearly be seen in us; knowing that our kingdom is not of this world and our future home is Yerushalayim.
And when that day occur…finally, finally, finally…no more swords…no more weapons, because it will come to pass…
Isa 2:2-3 – Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of Elohim of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
Isa 2::4 – He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
That is our aim. That is the time period we have our eyes set upon.
And so let it be that our confidence is in our King…Yahushua the Messiah, our example. May Yahweh give us the discernment to pray for, rather than hate our enemies. To pray for, rather than grow bitter toward governmental authorities that do wrong.
Choosing to bless rather than curse; choosing not to overcome evil with evil of our own; but instead, choosing to overcome evil with good. Because good is greater than evil.
So we seek to follow that example, brothers and sisters. As we do may Yahweh bless you and have mercy on us all.
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