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Friday, April 12 2019
A Bible Journey, 174: The Kingdom Of Justice For All
"So shall I keep Thy Law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Thy precepts"
The English-language word "justice" originated from a compounded-word Latin term that meant the rights of man..
From the most-distant of ancient times (see also What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?) to the present, many countries have legislated certain "rights" for its citizens - regardless if they are right, as in righteous, in the eyes of 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). For some, freedom is a "fool's paradise" of lawful lawlessness (see the Fact Finder question below).
God's Law was proclaimed to the ancient Israelites as a prophecy of the time when the Kingdom of God is fulfilled and salvation will be determined by genuine right (see also A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual).
The ancient Israelites, being yet composed of imperfect citizens, were given many circumstantial examples, often with ceremonial hearings, of how the Law was to be applied. For example, the principle below involves the determination of which "county" a murder was committed in - in the Kingdom of God, there will be only one country, everywhere (see also God The Father In Law).
"21:1 If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him: 21:2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain: 21:3 And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke; 21:4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley: 21:5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried: 21:6 And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: 21:7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them. 21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD." (Deuteronomy 21:1-9 KJV)
Captives of war could become Israelites, according to the custom of the time (see A Bible Journey, 173: The Army Of God).
"21:10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, 21:11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; 21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; 21:13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. 21:14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her." (Deuteronomy 21:10-14 KJV)
The rights of the firstborn were actually the responsibilities of the firstborn. The custom was established for a purpose (see also The Firstborn Of Passover).
"21:15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: 21:16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: 21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his." (Deuteronomy 21:15-17 KJV)
Rebels were regarded as liberal misfits (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).
"21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear." (Deuteronomy 21:18-21 KJV)
Executed people were to be promptly buried - a prophetic law and principle that remained at the time of the Sacrifice of the Messiah (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand).
"21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance." (Deuteronomy 21:22-23 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does "iniquity" mean?
This Day In History, April 12
238: After the end of the three Punic Wars between the budding empire of Rome and Carthage in north Africa from 264 BC to 146 BC, the Battle of Carthage between victorious Rome's own military. The forces of Gordian II were defeated by Numidian forces of Maximinus Thrax. Gordian II was killed in the battle and his father, Gordian I, committed suicide.
240: Shapur I became king of the Sasanian Empire - the last Iranian empire prior to the invention of the Islamic religion in the fifth century.
467: Anthemius was proclaimed Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1204: During the Fourth Crusade, Constantinople was taken from the Muslims by the Crusaders (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantinople was founded in 330 by the Roman Emperor Constantine, after whom the city is named (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Centuries later, the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1606: King James of England (after whom the King James Bible is named) ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George of England and St. Andrew of Scotland. The origin of the Union Jack.
1654: The Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.
1782: The British, under Admiral Sir George Rodney, won a naval victory in the West Indies over the French off Dominica.
1796: Napoleon Bonaparte's forces defeated the Austrian and Sardinian armies at the end of the Battle of Montenotte. It was Napoleon's first significant victory (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1861: The U.S. Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.
1877: The United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal of South Africa.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), four divisions of the Canadian Army captured Vimy Ridge (France) from the German Sixth Army.
1928: The Bremen, a German Junkers W33, departed on the first successful transatlantic flight from east to west.
1945: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63. In his last weeks, he had reportedly turned "anti-Zionist" after a meeting with Arabian King Ibn Saud after the Yalta Conference. The "pro-Zionist" Presidential assistant, David Niles, later asserted: "There are serious doubts in my mind that Israel would have come into being if Roosevelt had lived" (Mr. Niles overestimated Roosevelt and the late-comers who became involved in what others had built - nothing or no one could stop the fulfillment of the prophecy of Judah's return; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1955: The polio vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective.
1955: German-born Albert Einstein collapsed at home in Princeton, New Jersey from a ruptured aortic aneurysm; he died in hospital 3 days later (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).
1961: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space when he completed the first manned orbital flight aboard Vostok 1.
1981: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, the Columbia. The vehicle completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry on its 28th flight, on February 1, 2003. Seven astronauts, including the first Israeli astronaut, were killed.
The U.S. often sought to overshadow important dates of Russia's space accomplishments by choosing specific "cover up" dates whenever possible - there are too many for it to have been mere coincidence. Examples: the first U.S. space shuttle launch was deliberately chosen to be on the same date as Russia's putting Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, 20 years earlier (see entry of 1961, above) and Sally Ride was made the first U.S. woman in space on June 18, 1983 - exactly 20 years to the day after the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16-19 1963.
"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)
1999: U.S. President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court for testifying "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
2002: A 17 year old Palestinian (see Where Is Palestine?) female suicide bomber murdered 7 people and wounded 104 at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market.