Tuesday, April 3 2012
The English word "innocent" originated from a compound Latin word, innocentis, which means no hurt, or not harmful. It is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced naw-kee, which means clean, as in without blame.
While, by definition, the "innocent" are themselves not hurtful to anyone, the use of the word is almost always found, in the Holy Scriptures or elsewhere, when the innocent themselves are hurt - the term "innocent" is otherwise unnecessary. The core principle is that an innocent "lamb" is always the prey of a "wolf."
"23:7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous [see also Can You Inherit Righteousness?] slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked." (Exodus 23:7 KJV)
"19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee. 19:11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities: 19:12 Then the elders of his city [see also What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?] shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 19:13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee." (Deuteronomy 19:10-13 KJV)
"27:25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen." (Deuteronomy 27:25 KJV)
"21:14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; 21:15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day. 21:16 Moreover Manasseh [see Manasseh Of Judah] shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD." (2 Kings 21:14-16 KJV)
"10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 10:5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 10:6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity [see Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall]. 10:8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor." (Psalm 10:4-8 KJV)
"59:1 Behold, the LORD hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
59:5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence [i.e. violation; see Violence] is in their hands. 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace." (Isaiah 59:1-8 KJV)
"I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it"
One of the greatest ironies (among many) of the execution of the "Lamb of God" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) was that practically everyone knew that He was innocent. Everyone.
After admitting that Jesus of Nazareth was of God, the men who had taken control of Judah's religion resorted to lying witnesses to falsely accuse Him of wrongdoing.
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews [see The Passed Over Pharisees]: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." (John 3:1-2 KJV)
"26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 26:60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days [i.e. an actual three days and three nights in the Tomb; see Why Observe The True Sabbath? to understand that vital Truth]." (Matthew 26:59-61 KJV)
The traitor Judas Iscariot (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy) knew that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent - even later admitting "I have betrayed the innocent blood."
"27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty; also Legions Of Men And Angels].
27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 27:8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 27:10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." (Matthew 27:1-10 KJV)
The Roman thug Pontius Pilate knew that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent - and publicly declared Him so. When the mob demanded that he execute an innocent man anyway, Pilate ordered the crucifixion to be done (see The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?). The religious authorities, the Roman occupation government, the traitor, and the general public all knew that they were shedding innocent blood. To top off the legal abomination, they released a known murderer, Barabbas (not to be confused with Barnabas, a later associate of the apostle Paul), in place of the man that they knew was innocent of any wrongdoing.
"27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?
And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
27:12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 27:13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
27:20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
27:21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?
They said, Barabbas.
27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
27:23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?
But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified." (Matthew 27:11-26 KJV)
Fact Finder: Who was born as a man and Crucified for His innocent blood?
See What Does Word of God Mean To You? and Appearances Of The LORD God
This Day In History, April 3
1043: Edward the Confessor was crowned the King of England.
1189: Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Clement III resolved their disagreements and signed the Peace of Strasbourg (see Emperors and Popes).
1531: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet (the term for a legislative assembly in some countries) of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany).
1559: Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending nearly 60 years of war.
1721: Sir Robert Walpole was appointed first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, effectively Britain's first Prime Minister.
1756: The Marquis de Montcalm sailed from France for Canada, where he would later die at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (a battle that decided Canada's political future, which up to that time had been contested between Britain and France). The British commander, General James Wolfe, was also killed in the battle, near Quebec City on September 13 1759.
1885: Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.
1930: Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
1933: Royal Air Force Lt. David McIntyre and the Scottish Marquess of Clydesdale, flying 2 open-cockpit Westland aircraft, completed the first overflight and aerial photographic survey of Mount Everest.
1936: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted kidnapper and killer of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's infant son, was executed.
1949: Transjordan signed an armistice with Israel (which was actually the return of the southern kingdom of Judah; see The Southern Kingdom and The Gathering of Israel and Judah) that had become an independent nation (again) the year before (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1996: Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in Montana as the terrorist "Unabomber."
1996: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all 29 passengers and 6 crew were killed when a U.S. government aircraft crashed in Croatia.