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Wednesday, April 10 2019

A Bible Journey, 172: Who Stalks The Innocent?

"Be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"

The English-language word "innocent" originated from a compound Latin word, in, meaning not, and nocens, which means to hurt ("noxious" originated directly from that word). "Innocent" literally means not hurtful, or not noxious.

"Innocent" is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced naw-kee, which means legally or morally clean, as in blameless. There should of course be no difference between legally or morally clean, but in the present world of man's "laws" there are many things that are legally clean to man but legally and morally filthy in the sight of the LORD (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy).

The perverted fool now known as Satan (see The First Narcissist: Satan's Psychiatric Disorder and Hell Fire - Satan's Door To The Abyss) is the greatest liar and fraud (see Satan's Fake News Broadcast). 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)

"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)

False Witnesses

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 The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) 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 (see the Fact Finder question below).

Ironically, but purposefully, the Messiah Himself did not flee to any of the cities of refuge that He, as the LORD God, had established for the innocent (see Innocent Blood).

Cities Of Refuge

"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.

19:4 And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past; 19:5 As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live: 19:6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past. 19:7 Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.

19:8 And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers; 19:9 If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three: 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 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.

19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it." (Deuteronomy 19:1-14 KJV)

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.

19:16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong; 19:17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days; 19:18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; 19:19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you. 19:20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you. 19:21 And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." (Deuteronomy 19:15-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the LORD establish cities of refuge?
See A Bible Journey, 152: The Cities Of Sanctuary And Judgment


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This Day In History

This Day In History, April 10

428: Nestorius became the Patriarch of Constantinople (the city was named after Constantine; see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Among the teachings of Nestorius was his rejection of the Church of Rome's title of Theotokos ("Mother of God") for the Virgin Mary (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).

879: Louis III and Carloman II become co-reigning kings of the Western Franks..

1512: James V of Scotland, who allied his country with France against the English, was born. He became king at the age of 17 months.

1606: The Charter of the Virginia Company of London was established by Royal Charter by James I of England (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named) with the purpose of establishing English colonial towns and settlements in the wilderness of North America. The English investment and development continued for about 170 years until the rebellion by a militant minority of the colonists against the laws, that were legislated by a majority of the democratically-elected Parliament, in the name of the King that represented the nation. It was that colonial work that established and built the cities and civilization where only wilderness existed before i.e. the elected Members of Parliament created the legislation that produced the development of the wilderness and the defense of it - not a "dictator king."

The United Empire Loyalists were patriotic conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).

United Empire Loyalists

A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:

"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of


Who, after the Declaration of Independence, came into British North America from the seceded American colonies and who, with faith and fortitude, and under great pioneering difficulties, largely laid the foundations of this Canadian nation as an integral part of the British Empire.

Neither confiscation of their property, the pitiless persecution of them by their kinsmen in revolt, nor the galling chains of imprisonment could break their spirits, or divorce them from a loyalty almost without parallel.

No country ever had such founders --

No country in the world --

No, not since the days of Abraham."

1741: Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa's forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia.

1809: Austria declared war on France.

1814: Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the British and Spanish at the Battle of Toulouse. It resulted in Napoleon's abdication and exile to Elba (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).


1858: The original "Big Ben" bell for the Palace of Westminster was cast.

1864: Archduke Maximilian of Austria took the throne of Mexico.

1875: The Northwest Mounted Police (which later was included in the formation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the "Mounties") received government authorization to build a post that would later become the city of Calgary.

1912: The Titanic set off on its first, and only, voyage.


1919: Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and killed by government troops in Mexico.

1922: The Genoa Conference opened to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).

1932: In Germany, Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in the presidential elections, beating, for the time being, Adolf Hitler's 13 million votes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1938: In a referendum, 99.75% of Austrians voted for a merger with Germany (Adolf Hitler was born in Austria).

1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), U.S. troops occupied Greenland to block German military control of the north Atlantic island.

1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), a British mini-submarine entered Bergen harbor in Norway and sank the German ship Barenfels.

1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), the Allies liberated the Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald. It is estimated that nearly 57,000 people (mostly Jews) were killed in its gas chambers during its 8 year existence.

1963: The U.S. atomic submarine Thresher was lost in the Atlantic off Cape Cod; the 129 crew were lost.

1972: More than 50 countries signed a treaty outlawing the stockpiling of biological weapons. As might be expected, the U.S. and a few other countries that already had the greatest stockpiles of such weapons refused to sign the treaty.

1974: Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party. She was succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin.

Golda Meir

1980: Britain and Spain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed in 1969.

1989: Intel announced the release of the 80486 processor.

2010: A Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashed near Smolensk, Russia. Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people aboard the aircraft were killed.




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