Friday, July 30, 2010
What the Bible says: Two or Three Witnesses against those who Intentionally Murder
Two or Three Witnesses
Abortion is the intentional murder of an innocent child (or children if there are twins in the mother's womb.)
In Numbers 35:16-21, 29-31 the duty for “The murderer shall surely be put to death” is commanded NINE times.
In verse 19 it is given that “The avenger of blood himself shall put the murderer to death ...” The Geneva Study Bible notes that the ‘avenger of blood’ is a member of the victim’s family customarily designated to avenge the victim’s death by killing the manslayer.
“Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty.” Numbers 35:30
“Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, & afterwards the hands of all the people.” Deuteronomy 17:6-7
Two or three witnesses must agree and be sincerely convinced of the guilt of the bloodguilty because they must be there and willing to take part in the stoning.
This duty is part and parcel of fulfilling the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves and: “You shall not murder”. While shedding innocent blood is prohibited, the implicit duty of this commandment is to love and protect your neighbor and to prevent any harm from coming against an innocent person.
Since pure religion and undefiled is described as visiting the orphans in their affliction, we see a particular imperative to protect the little ones imperiled by abortion. These are the children who are orphaned by their mothers and fathers and family.
This duty is also related to love of justice and fulfills Jesus’ positive command to us to ‘judge righteous judgment’ (John 7:24)
“It is not good to show partiality in judgment. He who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous,’ him the people will curse; nations will abhor him. But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.” Proverbs 24:23-25
Showing partiality or preference to the guilty mother over the innocent child is biblically understood as a sinful offense to God and man.
“You shall do not injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor ... You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of him.”
“You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid of any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s.”
We should consider the wee innocent children, who, being weak & helpless cannot speak for themselves. When witnessing for Christ & against the murder of babies we must guard against having & showing partiality to the 'greater' in might & power, which is the mother.
“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...”
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Let us ask the Lord to lead and direct us, praying with the psalmist, “O Lord, according to Your Word, teach me good judgment and knowledge ...” (Psalm 199:65,66)
“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.” James 2:13
We must go forth humbly, knowing that out of the Lord’s grace for us we warn the wicked mothers & fathers & companions (& the abortionists & clinic workers as well), lest by their stubborn refusal to show mercy to their infants, God withholds mercy from them in the day of judgment. Thanks be to God for the friend who shared the moral Law and this Gospel warning with us, that we might repent to the saving of our souls through the truth as it is in Jesus Christ.