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Sunday, January 12 2014
Deuteronomy 19: Innocent Unless Proven Guilty
"Be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"
Satan is the greatest liar and fraud (see also Satan's Masquerade). He is the spiritual "father" of all liars - religious or otherwise.
"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." (John 8:44 KJV)
Satan is also the greatest accuser. His name, from the Hebrew word pronounced saw-tawn, literally means adversary. The word itself is not evil, nor is a person who rightfully brings a charge against a criminal, but for the Devil it is used in the context of a false accuser, or blasphemer (see also Blaspheming The Name Of God).
Some translations use the literal meaning of his name in place of the name itself i.e. in the verse below, instead of "Satan the devil" it has "adversary the devil."
"5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)
The liar-accuser is also used for people e.g. Haman, who, through false accusations, sought to kill all Jews in the Persian Empire in the time of Esther (see Esther: The Lots Of Purim). The very same name used for "Satan" is also used for people who behave, most particularly speak, like the Devil.
"7:6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman." (Esther 7:6 KJV)
The system of justice that was established by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) was designed to punish the guilty and to protect the innocent. As seen throughout human history, a hot-headed vigilante or the frenzy of a lynch mob serve the way of Satan, not the way of truth and justice. For that reason, the LORD established "cities of refuge" throughout the land of Israel where an accused person could seek refuge until a fair and legitimate trial.
"19:1 When the LORD thy God hath cut off the nations, whose land the LORD thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses; 19:2 Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. 19:3 Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither.
Witnesses (not necessarily eye witnesses e.g. someone who saw injuries suffered by an assault victim also qualified as a witness) were the basis of any accusation. False witnesses were given the same sentence as a guilty person would have received e.g. someone who falsely accused someone of murder would be executed just as a murderer would have been executed.
"19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Fact Finder: Did the Messiah receive a "fair trial"? Or was He lynched by religious authorities and politicians who knew that He was innocent?
This Day In History
This Day In History, January 12
475: Basiliscus became the Byzantine Emperor during a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Roman Catholic Church; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1519: Maximilian I, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, died. The actual official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica - "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1539: The Treaty of Toledo was signed by King Francis I of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
1598: Pope Clement VIII seized the duchy of Ferrara on the death of Alfonso (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1806: The French evacuated from Vienna.
1816: France decreed that the Bonaparte family should be excluded from the country forever.
1820: Britain's Royal Astronomical Society was founded.
1848: The revolution against Ferdinand II, king of the Two Sicilies, began.
1879: The Zulu War began between the British of the Cape Colony and the natives of Zululand.
1897: Isaac Pitman died at age 84. The English educator was the inventor of the "Pitman Shorthand" system that was named after him.
1908: A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1920: 29,000 Jews were reported killed in the 1919 Ukraine pogroms.
1928: Ruth Snyder, the first woman to die in the electric chair, was executed in New York.
1938: Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.
1950: A Swedish tanker struck the British submarine Truculent during the submarine's trials in the Thames River. Only 15 of the 70 men on the submarine survived.
1967: James Bedford, 73, became the first human deliberately frozen with the hope of restoring him to life at some point in the future (it will happen, but the freezing was completely unnecessary - see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
1967: The Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches announced the "first step toward restoring full unity" after the separation 400 years before in the time of King Henry VIII.
1970: Biafra surrendered, thereby ending the Nigerian civil war.
1977: Anti-French demonstrations took place in Israel after France released Abu Daoud, who was responsible for leading the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.
1990: Romania banned the Communist Party, the first former Warsaw Pact member to do so.
2004: The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.
2010: An earthquake in Haiti killed over 300,000 people and destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince.