“LET HIM WHO IS BLAMELESS . ….” 15.11.18
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
“Stop judging, so that you may not be judged.
2 For with the judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the beam in your own eye?
4 Or how will you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, the beam is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite, first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
While God’s Word counsels otherwise, fault-finding, striving, offending, competition, and all manner of dysfunctional dynamics are rampant amongst God’s people. Let us identify, and wrest the beams out of our own eyes and cast them into the fire of God, instead of being quick to identify those of others.
In the situation where the woman was caught in the act of adultery, “So when they continued asking Him, He lifted Himself up and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”” (John 8:7). How quickly people are to rise up in self-righteousness, spewing out condemnation and contempt, without ever considering what secret sins they themselves may be harbouring! Although we are to have discernment and spiritual wisdom to know what is unacceptable behaviour, fault-finding and finger-pointing is not our responsibility. It is not up to us to look for faults, flaws, and be critical of others. We are to look inward, and focus on putting to death our own fleshly flaws, not focus on the weaknesses, flaws, and faults of others.
In addition to this, Jesus/Yeshua, instructs/teaches how to respond to situations of conflict, unethical, immoral, inappropriate behaviour within the believing community: “Now if your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault while you’re with him alone. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen, take with you one or two more, so that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand.’ But if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to Messiah’s community. And if he refuses to listen even to Messiah’s community, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector” (Matt.18:15-17). Replace gossip, slander, rumors, with direct communication, problem-solving, peaceful resolution, wherever possible.
When it comes to those whom God has granted an anointing, a position of authority, God’s Word takes it to another level, cautioning us to be very careful of how we approach, in either action, or words, whatever we may deem as being “wrong” with our leaders, or any of those in positions of authority, carrying out God’s work. “Touch not My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm,”(1 Chron.16:22); and again, in Ps.105.15, these same words bear this out.
Scripture provides many examples of God’s wrath being released upon those who have violated this command:
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on account of the Cushite woman he married, because he had married a Cushite woman.
2 They asked, “Has Adonai spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t He also spoken through us?”
Adonai heard it.
3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.
4 Immediately, Adonai said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “The three of you, come out to the Tent of Meeting.” So the three came out.
5 Adonai descended in a column of cloud, stood at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and called to Aaron and Miriam. The two of them stepped forward.
6 “Hear now My words!” He said. “When there is a prophet of Adonai, I reveal Myself in a vision, I speak to him in a dream.
7 Not so with My servant Moses. In all My house, he is faithful.
8 I speak with him face to face, plainly and not in riddles. He even looks at the form of Adonai! Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”
9 Adonai’s anger burned against them, and He left them.
10 When the cloud lifted up from above the Tent, behold, Miriam had tza’arat(leprosy), like snow! As Aaron turned toward her, behold, she had tza’arat!
Yahweh, the Great I Am, did not mince any words in His admonishment of their criticisms of His faithful servant, Moses, regardless of any errors Moses might have made.
So also in the situation where Korah organized a protest against against Moses and Aaron and began complaining, blaming, and lashing out: “They assembled against Moses and Aaron. They said to them, “You’ve gone too far! All the community is holy—all of them—and Adonai is with them! Then why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of Adonai?” (Num.16:3). Moses instructed them to take this to the Lord, and “In the morning Adonai will reveal who is His and who is holy” (Num.16:5). Yahweh brought severe judgment/punishment upon those who had attempted to usurp and rebel against God’s anointed leaders: “As soon as he finished saying all these things, the ground split under them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, along with all their households, all of Korah’s people and all their possessions. They went down alive into Sheol, they and everything that was theirs. The earth closed over them and they were gone from among the community” (Num.16:31-33). “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb.10:31). Buried alive in response to their rebellious attitudes, their disrespect towards God’s anointed servants.
When King Saul overreacted to David, misperceiving David’s intentions, and imagining him to be a threat, even when David was being so unjustly persecuted, to the point of near death, he still would not break his loyalty to Saul, God’s anointed. So he said to his fellow men, “Adonai forbid that I should do such a thing to my lord, Adonai’s anointed, stretching out my hand against him—for he is Adonai’s anointed” (1 Sam. 24:6); “But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! For who can lay his hand on Adonai’s anointed and be guiltless? . . . Adonai forbid that I should lay my hand on Adonai’s anointed! Now, just take the spear that is at his head and the water jar and let’s go. . . . . This thing that you’ve done is no good. As Adonai lives, all of you deserve to die, because you have not kept watching over your lord, Adonai’s anointed” (1 Sam.26:9,11,16). Some today may believe that David was overreacting, and taking this matter a bit too seriously; however, in today’s believing circles, it is likely not taken seriously enough. There is no fear of God.
I wonder just in how many situations, where leaders/leadership may be in partial error, are God’s people too quick to lay blame, false allegations, condemnation, and judgment against God’s anointed. I wonder in just how many ways the heart of God is grieved. I wonder in just how many ways, situations, and instances, God’s wrath awaits those who are too quick to judge, criticize, complain, and lay blame, “For we know the One who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” and again, “Adonai will judge His people”(Heb.10:30).
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