The Real Story Of Christmas

On December 24, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

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Are We To Obey The Laws of This Land?

On December 23, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

The Turah (Torah) is silent on this because Yashara'al was to obey the laws of Yahuh in the land given to them by Yahuh. We see in Daniel chapter 3 that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar the king because in doing so they would have violated the laws of Yahuh.

But what if the laws of the land do not violate the laws of Yahuh?

Romans 13:1-7
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which Yahuh has established. The authorities that exist have been established by Yahuh. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what Yahuh has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is Yahuh's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is Yahuh's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are Yahuh's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

1 Peter 2:13-17
Submit yourselves for YHUH’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is YAH’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as YAH’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear Yahuh, honor the emperor.

Should we disobey the laws of the land?

Acts 5:27-29
Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 'We gave you strict orders not to teach in this Name,' he said. 'Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood.' Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey Yahuh rather than men!' It is clear that as long as the law of the land does not contradict the law of Yahuh, we are bound to obey the law of the land. As soon as the law of the land contradicts Yahuh's command, we are to disobey the law of the land and obey Yahuh's law.

Acts 5:40-42
His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Yahusha, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Yahusha is the Mashiyach.

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You Shall Not Bear False Witness

On December 19, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Titus 1:2
In hope of eternal life, which Yahuh, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for Yahuh to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Revelations 22:12
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

There is a serious need to address Yahuh's requirement for righteous judgment amongst his people.

Today, we live in a society of instant everything. Everything from instant meals to instant news and information. With this is a tendency even among brethren to be too instant in judgment of others. The danger of this is bearing false witness against our neighbor. This is an important matter--important enough to be included in the Ten Commandments

Of course, many of us have been taught that to bear false witness means "Not to lie". But while this is true, we will see that this commandment has a shade to it that is more precise than just telling a lie.

Exodus 20:16
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

What does it mean to be a false witness against our neighbor? Here is one example in scripture:

Deuteronomy 19:16-21
"If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 "then both men in the controversy shall stand before Yahuh, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 "And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 "then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 "And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you. 21 "Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

To be a false witness against our neighbor basically means to falsely accuse someone else of wrongdoing. In the Torah, false witnesses were dealt with very harshly. We see in the above verses that if a person was found to be bearing false witness against another person, they would be given the punishment that the other person would have received if the witness was true! With such a righteous law, we can understand why 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses' every matter truly was established. If anyone rose up as a false witness, they would be given the same punishment they thought to give to their neighbor.... risking their own life! With such a thing facing them, they would be very careful, yes?

Notice that the judges were required to make 'diligent inquisition', meaning that they were to be very careful and search diligently before making a judgment. We see this in other instances as well:

Deuteronomy 13:12-15
If you hear someone in one of your cities, which Yahuh your Alahiym gives you to dwell in, saying, 13 'Corrupt men have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of their city, saying, "Let us go and serve other Alahiyms" ' -- which you have not known -- 14 "then you shall inquire, search out, and ask diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination was committed among you, 15 "you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword -- utterly destroying it, all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword.

Deuteronomy 17:2-5
If there is found among you, within any of your gates which Yahuh your Alahiym gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of Yahuh your Alahiym, in transgressing His covenant, 3 "who has gone and served other Alahiym and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded, 4 "and it is told you, and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination has been committed in Israel, 5 "then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and shall stone to death that man or woman with stones.

So we see in these verses the importance of making diligent inquiry before judging that someone has done wrong or evil. While it is true that the context of these cases would be in a court of law, it is also true that judgment begins at the household of Yahuh:

1 Peter 4:17
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of Alahiym; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of Alahiym?

1 Corinthians 6:2
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

The principles of judgment are the same. Yahuh's will concerning judgment of matters is consistent throughout all of scripture. A DILIGENT inquiry must be made before making any sort of judgment or being a witness against another. If this is not done, and a false witness speaks...there are very serious consequences. It is a grievous sin in the eyes of Yahuh and he is not pleased.

People are very quick to judge the character of another person or even what they believe, with hardly any inquiry at all!

So... so often, I have seen quick, snap judgments and accusations that another person has or is doing something wrong when the person has truly done nothing at all! Indeed.. so often I have seen one person assassinate the character or reputation of another person based on suspicions and phony spiritual discernment when in reality there is an unclean spirit that is bringing these things to their mind. What's more, such accusations are often done privately and without the other person's knowledge.

Let me speak to you freely and bluntly to inform you that anyone practicing such things is bearing false witness and is imitating the accuser/adversary/devil!

Luke 16:1-2
He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 "So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'

The word that is translated "Accused" in verse 1 is "diabollo" (#1225), from where we get "Diabolos" (Devil). Letting the context in this verse offer a good definition of "diabollo", we can see that "accused" would be a pretty good translation. Why is it that the adversary is called "accuser"?

Revelation 12:9-11
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our Alahiym, and the power of His Messiah have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our Alahiym day and night, has been cast down. 11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Genesis 3:1-5
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which Yahuh Alahiym had made. And he said to the woman, "Has Alahiym indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Alahiym has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 "For Alahiym knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Alahiym, knowing good and evil."

Part of the temptation that the adversary offered was a "subtle" accusation toward Alahiym. The accusation was that Alahiym was withholding wonderful things from Eve and the reason Alahiym didn't want Eve to eat from the tree was because Alahiym wanted to keep her from being like He is. The "subtle" implication is that Eve could be just like Alahiym and not be under His yoke/authority anymore.

Consider also the exchange between satan and Yahuh in the book of Job:

Job 1:8-11
Then Yahuh said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears Alahiym and shuns evil?" 9 So Satan answered Yahuh and said, "Does Job fear Alahiym for nothing? 10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"

This was an accusation from the accuser/adversary stating that Job only served Yahuh because Yahuh blessed and protected him. After Job didn't curse Yahuh as the adversary had falsely predicted, the following happened:

Job 2:3-5
Then Yahuh said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears Alahiym and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause." 4 So Satan answered Yahuh and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 "But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"

So the adversary once again made the accusation that Job would curse Yahuh to His face if Yahuh permitted bad things to happen to him. We can see some consistency in the spirit of the adversary. It is a spirit of false accusations. If you continue reading the book of Job, you will see that this same spirit later influenced Job's three "friends" to accuse him of wrongdoing. They continuously tried to say that Yahuh was punishing him for his sins, but it was all false. The enemy was using these men to coerce Job into sin.

Yahuh later rebuked these three "friends":

Job 42:7-8
And so it was, after Yahuh had spoken these words to Job, that Yahuh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

It is very important that we are not influenced by this same spirit in any way, shape or form. We do not want to be like the adversary. Instead, we need to be like Yahusha! We know that Yahusha came to this earth where He was often accused, but He never falsely accused anyone. He was smitten, spit on, mocked, and tortured to death:

Mark 15:19-20
Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. 20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.

With all they had done to Him, one would think that He had every reason in the world to accuse these people to the Father and seek their destruction. But Yahusha, being wise, understanding and full of compassion, said:

Luke 23:33-34
And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Yahusha said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.

We must seek the wisdom, the understanding and the truth of Yahuh before we set out to accuse another. If Yahusha lacked Yahuh's wisdom, it would have been easy for Him to judge their motives as being purely evil and wrong. But He understood that they simply didn't know what they were even doing. Even when a person has done a wrong, we should seek Yahuh's wisdom and understand where mercy comes in. Yahusha prayed that Yahuh would forgive them because they were ignorantly doing evil. It is too often the case that when a person does wrong and deserves mercy--or even when they haven't done wrong--a whispering accusation is spoken in the ears of another.

Scripture says:

Psalm 101:5
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.

Notice that pride was associated with the slander? Often a major reason behind such things is to feed one's own pride by putting another person down. Many seek to peer down at another person and make judgments about them (real or imagined) so that they themselves might seem to be above them!

But The Writings say:

Philippians 2:3
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

False accusers are among the evil traits of those who we will come to find in the last days:

2 Timothy 3:1-3
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

We certainly do not want to have any of these characteristics, including being a false accuser. These are characteristics of evil, not good. We must realize the importance of not being a false accuser!

Today, entire ministries are based on false or unproven accusations.

Let's return to sound doctrine and let the truth of Yahuh's word speak! We really don't need to spend all our time trying to keep up with what satan is trying to do next. We need to spend our time seeking what Yahuh is doing!

You see, it is the enemies and adversaries of Yahuh that are the false accusers. Yahusha encountered some who made a number of attempts to accuse him:

Matthew 12:10
And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" -- that they might accuse Him.

And again..

Matthew 27:12
And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

And again..

Luke 11:53
And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.

In the end, it was the false accusation of blasphemy that sentenced Him to death. It is so important to not falsely accuse! False accusation is what brought Yahusha to be sentenced to death!

Matthew 26:64-66
Yahusha said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 "What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death."

Never underestimate the power of a false accusation.

The apostles were also accused:

Acts 24:5-8
For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. 6 "He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law. 7 "But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands, 8 "commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him."

It is the enemies of Yahuh that spend their time falsely accusing the brethren. It surely should not be that the brethren are falsely accusing one another! Neither do we need to be spending our time finding the latest thing to accuse various world leaders. We need to be spending our time, on our knees... praying for these leaders:

Jeremiah 29:7
And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to Yahuh for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

1 Timothy 2:1-2
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all Alahiymliness and reverence.

Be assured, we will be falsely accused by the world. But Kepha/Peter wrote that we are to live our lives in such a way that our works bring shame to those who falsely accuse us:

1 Peter 3:15-17
But sanctify the Master Alahiym in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Messiah may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of Alahiym, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

And again..

1 Peter 2:11-12
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify Alahiym in the day of visitation.

Younger women are encouraged to live likewise:

1 Timothy 5:14-15
Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 15 For some have already turned aside after Satan.

Paul, when writing to Titus wrote about the necessity of a leader being without fault:

Titus 1:5-16
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you -- 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of Alahiym, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. 10 For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. 15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know Alahiym, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

"To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled." This is so true, and it is often the one whose mind is so focused on evil and wrong that is quick to accuse others of doing evil and wrong.

But we should not be among the false accusers. If it is we who have to deal with false accusers, then we should surely not be like them! Rather than responding with a false accusation of our own, we should simply live our lives so that our conduct reproves those who accuse us. Daniel was an example of that:

Daniel 6:3-4
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 4 So the governors 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.

Matthew 5:11
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Do we see the battle lines drawn? It is the adversary that is seeking to bring accusations upon the innocent. He did so with Yahusha and we can expect it to be done to us:

Matthew 10:24-25
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 "It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!

Now it is important to note that accusing is not necessarily inherently evil. It is a necessary part of judging wrongdoing. We just need to be VERY sure we are on the right side of Yahuh's judgment when we choose to accuse.

Proverbs 17:15
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to Yahuh.

Therefore, let's flee from abominations and lets embrace the wisdom and understanding of Yahuh. Let's seek to abide in Yahuh's holy hill:

Psalm 15:1-3
Yahuh, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? 2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;

Therefore, let's be sure that we refrain from evil speaking and let's embrace mercy and truth:

James 4:11-12
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

Ephesians 4:31-32
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as Alahiym in Messiah forgave you.

So often, false accusations between two persons are actually rooted in bitterness. When two people are at odds over something, false accusations are too often flying back and forth. Why? Because each person believes the other is a person of poor character, suspicions of wrongdoing . An innocent action is perceived as an evil action simply because one person doesn't believe the other person believes. But this ought not be so! We must be a true witness in every matter and not let the defiling work of bitterness cloud and defile our judgment!

If our brother sins against us, we should be reading and following Matthew 18:15-17 rather than slandering them everywhere we go.

Matthew 18:15-17
Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 "But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' 17 "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

If we follow these steps, we may even find out we totally misunderstood and were totally wrong! This is probably one reason why Yahusha said we should go to them personally first. Such bitterness also can occur in a marriage, especially if there have been marital troubles. Husbands (the authority in the home) are particularly warned about this:

Colossians 3:19
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

Bitterness a husband holds against the wife for past wrongs will too often result in future false suspicions of wrongdoing.. and consequently, false accusation. When such accusations are exposed as false, I believe husbands must repent and seek forgiveness rather than just brushing it off and ignoring the fact that a sin was just committed. If we hear an accusation, a report of evil about anyone (brethren, leaders of congregations or nations) and we are uncertain of the matter... we must be extra sure that we are not spreading it:

Exodus 23:1 -
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

And just because everyone else is accusing, that doesn't make the accusation correct.

Exodus 23:2 -
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Exodus 23:7 -
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

When we think evil of another and we really do not know for sure, we are wise to not assume the thought to be true. And we are wiser still not to condemn them, especially if we have our own things to overcome.

Matthew 7:1-5
Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Yes, so often a person thinks or says evil of another but they themselves are guilty of the same or even greater sins. They are knocking everyone over with the huge timber in their eye while they accuse another person to make themselves feel better!

Consider this: The minute you judge another's salvation for his own lack of understanding in a matter.. you are endangering yourself because who knows if you might be ignorant on another matter? We need to be wise, understanding and merciful... just as Yahusha was who was so very merciful:

Matthew 5:7 -
lessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. We are far better off not to accuse another of wrongdoing in our minds or with our mouths unless we are 100% sure of the matter. If we are unsure, we can choose to investigate and make diligent inquiry. If we find it to be so, we should take it to that person rather than whisper it to someone else. For what good does it do to tell everyone else about a person's sin? It doesn't help or love the sinner. It would be an act of love to tell the brother who sinned:

Leviticus 19:17-18
You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 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 Yahuh.

James 5:19-20
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Proverbs 18:17
The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.


2 Timothy 2:24 - 3:1
And a servant of the Master must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if Alahiym perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

And again..

James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.When we are meek, we won't be so quick to wrongly judge another. When we aren't so quick to judge another, we are ourselves spared from judgment.

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You Shall Not Commit Adultery

On December 15, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

"Divorce" and "Put or Send Away" are not the same thing but they can be one in the same if followed correctly in a process. A man who wanted to divorce his wife had to do three things. #1. Discover uncleanness (Sexual Immorality) #2. He had to write her a bill of divorcement and then #3. send her away or put her away. A divorced woman can be a "driven out" or "put away" woman but a "put away" woman may not necessarily be a divorced woman

Let The Scriptures Speak!
Let's be clear. What was the penalty for adultery?
Leviticus 20:10
And the man that committs adultery with another man's wife, even he that committs adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Gen 21:10
"Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out (garash H1644) this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.""

Leviticus 21:7
"They shall not take a wife who is a harlot or a defiled woman, nor shall they take a woman driven out (garash H1644) from her husband; for the priest is holy to his Alahiym."

Leviticus 21:14
"A widow or a driven out (garash H1644) woman or a defiled woman or a harlot; these he shall not marry; but he shall take a virgin of his own people as wife."

Leviticus 22:13
"But if the priest's daughter is a widow or driven out (garash H1644) , and has no child, and has returned to her father's house as in her youth, she may eat her father's food; but no outsider shall eat it."

Numbers 30:9
"Also any vow of a widow or a put away (garash H1644) woman, by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her."

Deuteronomy 22:19
"and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name on a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he cannot put her away (shalach H7971) all his days."

Deuteronomy 22:29
"then the man who lay with her shall give to the young woman's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife because he has humbled her; he shall not be permitted to put her away (shalach H7971) all his days."

Deuteronomy 24:1-2
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, and goes and be another man's wife.

What is uncleanness?

Leviticus 18

[1] And Yahuh spake unto Moses, saying, [2] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am Yahuh your Alahiym. [3] After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. [4] Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am Yahuh your Alahiym. [5] Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am Yahuh. [6] None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am Yahuh. [7] The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. [8] The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness. [9] The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. [10] The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness. [11] The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. [12]Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

[13] Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman. [14] over the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. [16] Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness. [17] Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. [18] Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time. [19] Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. [20] Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

[29] For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. [30] Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am Yahuh your Alahiym.

Back to the lesson on adultery ....

Deuteronomy 24:1
"When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, [2] "when she has departed from his house, and goes and becomes another man's wife,

Deuteronomy 24:3
"and the latter husband hates her and writes her a bill of divorce (keriythuwth H3748) and puts it in her hand and sends her out (shalach H7971) of his house; or if the latter husband dies, he who took her to be his wife"

Deuteronomy 24:4
"her former husband, who sent her away (shalach H7971) may not take her again to be his wife after she is defiled. For that is hateful before YAH. And you shall not cause the land to sin, which YAH your Alahiym gives you for an inheritance."

Isaiah 50:1
"So says YAH, "Where is your mother's bill of divorce (keriythuwth H3748), whom I have put away (shalach H7971)? Or to which of My creditors have I sold you? Behold, you were sold for your iniquities, and your mother is put away (shalach H7971) for your sins.""

Jeremiah 3:1
"They say, If a man put away (shalach H7971) and she goes from him and will be for another man, will he return to her again? Would not that land be greatly defiled? But you play the harlot with many lovers; yet come back to Me, says YAH."

Jeremiah 3:8
"Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away (shalach H7971) and given her a certificate of divorce (keriythuwth H3748); yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also."

The following verse in Ezekiel was for the priest only.

Ezekiel 44:22
"They shall not take as wife a widow or a driven out (garash H1644) woman, but take virgins of the descendants of the house of Israel, or widows of priests."

Hosea 9:15
"All their wickedness is in Gilgal, For there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds I will drive (garash H1644) them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes are rebellious."

Malachi 2:16
"For YAH Alahiym of Israel says That He hates the putting away (shalach H7971), For it covers one's garment with violence," Says YAH of hosts. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously."

Matthew 1:19
"Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to put her away (apoluo G630) quietly."

Matthew 5:31
"Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever puts away (apoluo G630) his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce (apostasion G647).'"

Matthew 5:32
"But I say to you that whoever puts away (apoluo G630) his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is put away (apoluo G630) commits adultery."

In the following verses the Pharisees test or try to trick the The Messiah in a matter of Law. Notice how they begin by talking about putting away a wife and then switch to divorce.

Matthew 19:3
"The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away (apoluo G630) his wife for just any reason?"" 4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' 5 and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what Alahiym has joined together, let not man separate."

Notice that the The Messiah correctly answered their question based on the Law. A put away wife without a bill of divorcement was merely separated from her husband. They were still married. Now the Pharisees change the subject to divorce. In verse 8 he answers their question. In verse 9 he teaches more about the "putting away".

Matthew 19:7
They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce (apostasion G647), and to put her away (apoluo G630)?"

Matthew 19:8
He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to put away (apoluo G630) your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

Matthew 19:9
And I say to you, whoever puts away (apoluo G630) his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is put away (apoluo G630) commits adultery."

As you can see in Matthew 19:8 The Messiah said that from the beginning it was not so. What was not so? Divorce for any reason was not from the beginning because the Law says that a man must find some uncleanness in her, Deuteronomy 24:1. It is permitted to divorce a woman in whom is found an uncleanness. YAH wrote a bill of divorcement to the house of Israel even though she was guilty we should follow His example.

Mark 10:2 The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away (apoluo G630) his wife?" testing Him. 3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"

Mark 10:4
They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce (apostasion G647), and to put her away (apoluo G630)."

Mark 10:11
"So He said to them, "Whoever puts away (apoluo G630) his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.

Mark 10:12
And if a woman puts away (apoluo G630) her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

Luke 16:18
"Whoever puts away (apoluo G630) his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is put away (apoluo G630) from her husband commits adultery."

Remember why all this putting away caused the sin of adultery? Because putting away is the same as separation. Without a bill of divorcement the man and woman are still lawfully married.

1 Corintians 6:9-11
[9] Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of Alahiym? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, [10] nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of Alahiym. [11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of Yahusha and by the Spirit of our Alahiym.

1 Corinthians 7:11
"But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to put away (aphiemi G863) his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:12
But to the rest I, not YAH, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not put away (aphiemi G863) her.

1 Corinthians 7:13
And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not leave (aphiemi G863) him."

Summary: 2 Corinthians 14-18
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath The Messiah with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of Alahiym with idols? for ye are the temple of the living Alahiym; as Yahuh hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Alahiym, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith Yahuh, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith Yahuh Almighty.

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