Judge Not, but… You Will Know Them By Their Fruit

The Torah Portion for this week 48 is named “Judges” because of it’s first verses,

https://www.119ministries.com/resources/torah-portion/t48-shoftim/

You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment. You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 16:18‭-‬20 NKJV

In Jesus’ day and today rabbis used four teaching techniques, one is called remez “a hint.” A word, phrase or other element in the text hints at a truth not conveyed by the p’shat “literal meaning.” The implied presupposition is that God can hint at things of which the Bible writers themselves were unaware. Or they would use part of a scripture passage, assuming their audience’s knowledge of the Bible would allow them to deduce for themselves the fuller meaning of the teaching. Jesus, who is The Word of God made flesh and the Greatest Teacher who Ever Lives, used this method often. A “remez” goes beyond the literal meaning of a word, phrase or topic but it requires you to use the brain God gave you.

Three (3) of the 4 types of Jewish teaching methods, remez, drash and sod obviously express God’s omnipotence, but they also express his love for humanity, in the sense that he chooses out of love to use extraordinary means for reaching people’s hearts and minds. A remez recognizes that God wired us with associative memories. Who can read “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” and not think of Jesus, His virgin birth, and the fact that He was God among us? The Holy Spirit does not work just on the left brain. He also works on the right brain: he sparks our imagination, causes us to rejoice, laugh, sing, and create. How can you read this from Genesis and not think “communion” thousands of years before “communion” was established by Jesus.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. (Genesis 14: 18)

84 times in the gospels Jesus refers to Himself as the “Son of Man” to those listening to Him speak. Why? In Jesus’ day and even today the Jewish people that seek God teach their children to memorize scripture, the entire Torah being memorized is a goal. What was the “remez,” the hint or clue Jesus wanted to be understood each time He called Himself the “Son of Man.”

Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.

This remez was told to Caiaphas the high priest as Jesus was being accused in this weeks Torah Portion also, and Caiaphas knowing the scriptures surely caught the hint by his reaction.

Matthew 26:64 KJVS
Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?”

Some of the “remez’s” are easy to catch if you know the scripture they apply to like this one.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Even though Genesis 1:1 is partially quoted, “hint hint,” I guess John wanted to make sure they understood Jesus IS God so he continues,

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus taught us some things that we must try to understand how to apply correctly and not just make blanket statements that cover “everything” without the need to use the brain God gave us. Hopefully the Holy Spirit will be alongside to lead and guide us through these dichotomies.

Matthew 7:1  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

That sounds simple enough if you just stop reading there but Jesus didn’t stop teaching there, He continues,

Matthew 7:5-6 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Jesus said in verse 1 “Judge not” but by verse 5 He suggests that after you can see clearly you might be able to help a brother see more clearly also. Maybe that could be done without forming any judgement but a judgement would need to be determined to rate someone as a “dog or a swine” don’t you think. You need to have some track record or history of the person to base that harsh of an evaluation on someone.

What Jesus teaches us next almost seems like we fell asleep and woke up after Jesus had moved on to another totally different subject, but did He?

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Matthew 7:7-12  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Up until this point Jesus has been teaching about “behaviors,” ours and that of others. These last verses are usually taught as though they are concerning material things but up until this point Jesus is talking about “behaviors.” What if Jesus was teaching us that we need “discernment” from Father God and to “ask and seek” it from Him to NOT waste the “Holy” things God puts into our care on “dogs and swine.” Jesus even gives us the “rule book” to use to base our judgements by, “the Law and the Prophets.”

In the next verses Jesus seems to get back on the first train of thoughts again, “behaviors.”

The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

I truly believe Jesus didn’t change gears in the middle of these verses concerning our need to observe our and other peoples behavior and for a moment got off into how to ask Father God about “material things.” That’s NOT Rational thinking and these verses are teaching us that we need to use our God Given Brains with the best information available and the aid of Discernment from God to make Holy and Righteous Judgments.

Let me present a simple example. You want to go into business but don’t have enough capital to get started so you look for a “partner” to join you in your venture. You have a wealthy friend or acquaintance that you know has filed bankruptcy a few times, or he’s done jail time for embezzlement or maybe he just likes to brag about how many women he’s cheated on his wife with in the last few months. Are you to just rehearse Matthew 7:1 “Judge not that you be not judged” in your mind over and over and make him your partner trusting that God will have your back and not let this guy ruin you and your families hope and dreams of a better future? Or maybe God expects us to make a righteous judgment of this person’s character by the “fruit of his lips and life he has lived up until this point.”

I repeat, you can’t throw out “blanket statements” of scripture and make them a one size fits all scenario. God gave us a brain and all it’s faculties that scientists still don’t fully understand to use to the best of our ability and to “Seek Him for Discernment” at ALL times because, Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

If you desire above ALL Else to be led by God’s Spirit in everything you do, there is a very good chance you won’t have to hear the words Jesus said next in his teaching on our and other people’s behavior.

I Never Knew You
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

We can’t “Do The Will of Our Father in Heaven” if we never stop long enough to ask for Him to reveal that will to us. Running off and doing things without giving thought of God’s desire in it is just not good, even good things like Jesus speaks of in verse 22.

Jesus taught us that we shouldn’t just believe a person’s words but that there should be some evidence, “fruit” in their life, character, accomplishments to backup what they are professing,

Matthew 15:8 These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

A couple mornings ago after reading devotionals, praying and writing in my blog,  I dictated a memo to myself. It was a thought that lead to a prayer.

“Jesus said, Father, Not My will but Yours be done. Jesus could have called multitudes of angels to establish His Kingdom on Earth. He “Chose” NOT to “Choose” His will but He “Chose” to Follow the Father’s will. Father, help me to remember to always seek Your Will First NO Matter how pleasing my will seems to be. Father help me NOT to justify my will in Your Eyes but DO Justify Your Will in my eyes and in my mind in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Also in this weeks Torah Portion, Jesus teaches of how a brother who offends another brother (those in the church, not those of the world), should be judged and clearly sets the protocol of how it should be done.

Dealing with a Sinning Brother
Matthew 18:15-15  “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

I believe that from listening and reading the Torah Portions for each week for the last few years I have grown as a Christian gaining discernment. Those that include portions of scriptures from the New Testament bring with them the application and principles that were intended to be understood. There are common themes that run through them bringing a balanced “whole counsel” approach that the Holy Spirit can bring us discernment through God’s Written Word. God’s Word NEVER, NEVER, NEVER violates or contradicts itself. There are 2 more segments of scripture from this weeks Torah Portions that address the proper way and need of “judging others IN the church.”

1 Timothy 5:19-22  Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. 20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. 21 I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality. 22 Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.

Hebrews 10:26-31  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

We are no longer under the Law of Moses that called for immediate “death” to a person deemed guilty at the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses. We live in the dispensation of God’s Wonderful and Unmerited Grace. How did Jesus teach us to make use of His Grace? What did Jesus tell EVERY sinner that was brought to Him or who came to Him for help? “Go And Sin NO More.” Sometimes adding, “Less a worst thing come upon you.” So are we to ignore a brothers backsliding or living a life of willful open sin? I don’t think so. HOW Much Less in the life of a minister of God’s Word who contributes to leading them astray from God’s Narrow and Strait Way? Shouldn’t someone lead them back to Life?

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For almost 3 years Donald Trump has had a motto, MAGA, “Make America Great Again.” Israel’s government has declared him another Cyrus, and I like many Christians believe God has appointed him for this time to be president of the USA, but probably not for the same reasons. I have a very strong conviction that God gives people the rulers they deserve and to accomplish His Will. One day faithful Christians will have the Ruler they deserve, the others will also.

The following information is readily available on the internet and are things I recently learned in news stories I heard. Links are provided to confirm where possible. That I noticed these things in itself impresses me because I give very little time to reading or listening to the news anymore. I was very addicted to the news until about a year ago. For a long time I even considered putting a tv in our bathroom not to miss certain news programs. Now I only check out headlines I see that I deem important to our immediate future as a nation.

On Sept. 4, 2019 Donald Trump said this,  “Let me tell you, if I wanted to do nothing with China, our stock market, our stock market would be 10,000 points higher than it is right now but somebody had to do this,” the president told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “It was out of control and they were out of control.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-04/trump-says-dow-would-be-10-000-points-higher-without-trade-war

I’m not an economist by any stretch of the imagination but I always thought a “strong US Dollar was a ‘Good Thing.’ ” He made the following statement in 2017 also.

August 6, 2019 – Trump wants a weaker US dollar – here’s why https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/trump-weaker-us-dollar

The current info of the US vs China and the predictions for next year by the IMF don’t look so “Great” for the USA, as for China they don’t look so bad. Trump says he’s got China right where he wants them. Really???

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I realize Donald Trump couldn’t be totally responsible for the 2 following items but in 3 years it’s gotten worse,

For the 1st time since the early 1990’s when official records of the Global Fortune 500 list has been kept and probably since WWII America is NOT holding the most positions of the Global Fortune 500 List of Companies. That honor has gone to China with 129 companies on the list compared to America’s 121.

https://en.businesstimes.cn/articles/115759/20190723/chinese-firms-outnumber-us-companies-on-fortune-500-for-first-time.htm

When it comes to the wealthiest banks in the world and where they are located, a bad trend has been established, the 2018 list from this website,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_banks

Banks Total Assets

And the country with the most banks of the Top 100 that year,

Number of Banks

This was a 2017 list.

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Donald Trump’s “MAGA” plan isn’t hitting it’s stride yet from the looks of things comparing the US’s banks world wide ranking and the IMF’s current or projected growth for next year to that of China. On the other hand, China seems to be making strides in it’s “Make China Great Again” plan. Maybe you haven’t heard of it but it’s been out there since 2015.

In 2015 China made a plan they named, “Made In China 2025” and this year, 2019, the “CFR” Council on Foreign Relations took note of it as a “Threat To Global Trade” in this article on their website,

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/made-china-2025-threat-global-trade

From the statistics previously stated it looks like their “Make China Great Again” plan is on track, enough so that the powerful people of the world are taking note and are “up in arms.”

There’s one more website I’d like to draw your attention to. It’s a website that’s linked to Edwin Deagle. Deagle was Undersecretary of the Air Force under President Bill Clinton. He later became Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense under Clinton in 1994.

Edwin Deagle is also listed as an active member of the CFR.

Perhaps most telling of all is the interesting fact that Deagle is the Director for International Relations for the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the leading eugenic supporters in the world. The website is heavy with information of military sales and the resources of militaries all over the world.

Like China, Deagle.com also has a 2025 prediction model. I will put the 2017 stats and then their prediction of what the world’s economies and populations will look like in 2025. That’s only 5 years away and they haven’t changed their model much in the 3 years or so I have been checking up on this website.

2017 Numbers, USA GDP $19.3 million, Population 326.6 million, 1st place. http://www.deagel.com/country/

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2025 Forecast, USA GDP down to $2.4 million, Population down to 100 million (what do they think will happen to 227 million people?), down from 1st to 6th place globally.  http://www.deagel.com/country/forecast.aspx

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If you are a lukewarm Christian NOW would be a Good Time to stop playing around in your relationship with God. Our Heavenly Father is a Good Good Father and as the Book of Daniel predicts, Jesus will come back some day in the clouds, the way He left.

Daniel 7:13 “I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.

Blessing and Honor, Glory and Power, Be Unto the Ancient of Days,

P.S. Sept. 6, 2019 4:30am, the morning after posting this around 9pm last night.

The 3 Bible verses of the day I read for today are the following,

From You Version Bible app, scriptures I used in this post, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/mat.7.13-14.NKJV

From My Daily Bible app, Paul calls for us to “make a judgment”   “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due (G2398 – pertaining to self, one’s own) season (G2540 – kairos – an appointed time) we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity (G2540 – kairos – an appointed time), let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV)
#Bible https://www.mydailybible.org/dv/nkjv/2019-09-06.htm

From Tecarta Bible app, Paul again calls us to “make a judgment” of the behavior of people.

2 Timothy 4:18 KJV
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
https://tbibl.es/8B5W

Of Demas, Paul says,  for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica 2 Timothy 4:10

Of Alexander, Paul says, make a judgment, “beware of him”  14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. 2 Timothy 4:14-15

The Apostle Paul starts out this chapter “charging,” Timothy and all believers to not only “make judgments” of the behavior of people but also to be instant (KJV), Be ready (NKJV), “take a stand” for those judgments he calls believers to make. Don’t stick your head in the sand and just shut your mouth to only watch people lead or be led astray.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 I charge (G1263 – to attest or protest earnestly) you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season (G2122 – eukairos – a convenient opportunity)  and out of season (G171 – akarios – a inconvenient, inopportune time). Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap (G2002 – to accumulate further that is, seek addition) up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

The Gift of Discernment from God to do what Paul is commanding all believers to do is an absolute necessity. Prayer and careful thought is needed to respectfully help a brother or sister stay in the “narrow gate and the difficult way that leads to everlasting life.”

We need the Holy Spirit in these “kairos, eukairos, and akairos” moments, the appointed times of our lives. Whether they are personally pertaining to us, or pertaining to others at convenient or at inconvenient times, God still expects us to keep these appointments. Jonah ran from his until there was no place to run or hide.

Hebrews 4:4-7 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

In this dispensation of God’s Wonderful Grace that will end some day, we get to “judge ourselves.” Some day we may loose that opportunity. The “other 1:9”

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

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