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Victimization – Part 5 – Joseph and True Forgiveness

VICTIMIZATION

Part 5

Joseph and True Forgiveness

Ephesians 2:14-16, “For He is our peace, who has made both one (echad), and has broken down the wall of separation between them, 15in His flesh He has caused to cease the enmity due to the (manmade) laws in regulations, that He might in Himself create the two into one new man, making peace, 16and He reconciled both in one body to Yahovah and destroyed the enmity through the crucifixion.”

1 Corinthians 10:6-13, “But these things became examples for us, so that we may not be lusting after evil, even as those indeed lusted. 7Neither be idolaters, even as some of them, as it has been written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” (Ex. 32:6) 8Nor should we commit fornication, as some of them fornicated, and twenty three thousand fell in one day. 9Neither let us tempt the Messiah, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. 10Neither should you murmur, as also some of them murmured, and perished by the hand of the destroyer. 11And all these things happened to those as examples, and it was written for our warning, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12So that he that thinks he can stand, let him be careful that he not fall. 13No temptation has taken you except what is human; but Yahovah is faithful, who will not allow you to be tested above what you are able. But with the trial, He will also make the way out, so that you may be able to bear it.”

You have probably read the story of Joseph, Jacob’s son, a few times in your life. I recommend you go back and read it again. Start in Genesis 37, “1And Jacob lived in the land of his father’s travels, in the land of Canaan. 2These are the generations of Jacob: Joseph, a son of seventeen years, was feeding the flock with his brothers, with Bilhah’s sons and with Zilpah’s sons, his father’s wives. And he was a youth. And Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father. 3And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was a son of old age to him. And he made a coat of many colors reaching to the feet. 4And his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him. And they were not able to speak to him for peace.” Joseph’s brothes hated Joseph because he was a snitch, a dreamer, and their father’s favorite. They were envious, jealous. They were haters! You know the story, Genesis 37:17-18, “And the man said, They have left here, for I heard them say, Let us go towards Dothan. And Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. 18And they saw him from a distance. And before he came near to them, they plotted against him, to kill him.” Joseph was victimized! Reuben was able to keep the bros from killing Joseph, but they still threw him into a pit. Judah also kept them from killing Joseph, but he thought of the plan to sell him to the Ismaelites. Joseph was sold as a slave and ended up working for Potiphar, a eunuch of Pharaoh. Joseph was victimized, again!

Yahovah was prospering the slave Joseph. Potiphar’s wife wanted to have sex with Joseph, but when he wouldn’t do it, she plotted and had Joseph arrested for assault and sent to prison (Genesis 39), where he spent the next few years. Joseph was falsely accused and sentenced to prison; he was victimized, again! But Joseph did prosper, even in prison. Genesis 40:23, “And the chief of the cupbearers did not mention Joseph, but forgot him.” Joseph was victimized, again! Joseph spent two more years in prison after he interpreted the chief cupbearer and chief baker’s dreams. But then Pharaoh had dreams and Joseph was released in one day to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. Genesis 41:14, “And Pharaoh sent and called Joseph; and they rushed him from the dungeon. And he shaved and changed his clothing and came in to Pharaoh.” After Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and spoke his plan for saving Egypt, Pharaoh promoted Joseph to second in command over all Egypt, Gen. 41:39-44. Verse 46 shows Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharaoh. That means Joseph had just endured 13 years of victimization! After Joseph was set free from prison, he was again prospering in Egypt, with a wife and two sons. The seven years of plenty came and went, then the seven years of famine came, and all the world came to Joseph for food, including his estranged brothers. He recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.

Joseph wisely tested their integrity through a series of character challenges. And please notice we haven’t yet touched on the victimization of Jacob, Benjamin, or Simeon in this post. The brothers finally acknowledged their sins against Joseph and repented before Joseph, before Joseph revealed himself to them, see Genesis 44-45. Gen 45:5-11, “And now do not be grieved, and let no anger be in your eyes because you sold me here, for Yahovah sent me before you to save life. 6For the famine has been in the midst of the land for two years. And there are still five years in which no plowing and harvest will be. 7And Yahovah sent me before you to put a remnant in the land for you, and to keep alive for you a great deliverance. 8And now you did not send me here, but Yahovah. And He has placed me for a father to Pharaoh, and for a master in all his house, and a ruler in all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, So says your son Joseph, Yahovah has placed me as a master to all Egypt. Come down to me, do not delay. 10And you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your sons and sons of your sons, and your flocks, and your herds, and all you have. 11And I will nourish you there, for there are still five years of famine; lest you be made poor, you and your house and all which abides with you.”

Joseph is now 39 years of age; over 20 years has passed since he was first sorely victimized by his brothers! Did Joseph truly forgive his brothers for their many sins against him? Yes, he did. How do we know? Look at verse 10. Joseph not only forgave his brothers, he was reconciled to his brothers. He desired to live again with them and their entire families! Do you realize this is the first instance in Scripture of the forgiveness of men by another man? And what is the main theme of this forgiveness? RECONCILIATION!! The law of first mention is heavy in this story. Joseph is truly a type of Messiah Yeshua. Yeshua was victimized much more savagely than Joseph, yet Yeshua also forgives all those who repent of their sins and turn to Him for salvation and cleansing by His precious blood! Joseph wrought a great salvation for the tribes of Israel, so Yeshua could later be born of the tribe of Judah! Judah’s faithfulness and integrity was tested right here in the story of Joseph. That may be why chapter 39 is stuck right in the middle of this story as well. Joseph brought about a temporal physical salvation, while Yeshua brings us eternal soul salvation from all our sins!!

So, let me ask you this. If Joseph had told his brothers he forgave them from the depths of his heart, but then threw them all in prison for life, or had them all executed as spies, would he truly have forgiven them?

On the way down to Egypt, Yahovah spoke to Jacob in a dream, Genesis 46:2-4, “. . .and He spoke, Jacob! Jacob! And he answered, I am here. 3And He said, I am Yahovah, The Divine One of your fathers. Do not fear to go down into Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. 4I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely return you. And Joseph shall put his hand on your eyes.” Once they arrived and settled in Egypt, Gen 47:7-10, “And Joseph brought in his father Jacob and placed him before Pharaoh. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8And Pharaoh said to Jacob, How many are the days of the years of your life? 9And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my camps are a hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life and they have not reached the days of the years of the life of my fathers, in the days of their camps. 10And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.” Jacob was victimized almost as much as Joseph, but both these men knew Yahovah’s guiding hand was upon their lives. Much evil to both, but much grace also. They knew they walked inside of Yahovah’s sovereign plan for their lives. Peace and joy in your soul often rest in knowing you are in the sovereign will and overall redemption plan of Yahovah. Relax, Yahovah has you in his hands, even when you are being victimized by Satan and evil men.

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Victimization – Part 4 – Lot’s in a Lot of Trouble

Victimization

Part 4

Lot’s in a Lot of Trouble

1 Corinthians 10:6-13, “But these things became examples for us, so that we may not be lusting after evil, even as those indeed lusted. 7Neither be idolaters, even as some of them, as it has been written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” (Ex. 32:6) 8Nor should we commit fornication, as some of them fornicated, and twenty three thousand fell in one day. 9Neither let us tempt the Messiah, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. 10Neither should you murmur, as also some of them murmured, and perished by the hand of the destroyer. 11And all these things happened to those as examples, and it was written for our warning, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12So that he that thinks he can stand, let him be careful that he not fall. 13No temptation has taken you except what is human; but Yahovah is faithful, who will not allow you to be tested above what you are able. But with the trial, He will also make the way out, so that you may be able to bear it.”

Well, we’ve explored some interesting stories from the Bible in this series. Today, we will explore one more. We may get back to Job, but I make no promises. In today’s study we will examine a little of Lot’s life, the nephew of Abraham. After Abraham and Lot parted ways, Lot eventually settled in Sodom. Read all of Genesis 18 and 19. Yahovah had decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham had interceded for the cities. Let’s pick up the story where the two angels had arrived to rescue Lot and his family, Genesis 19:1-13, “And the two cherubs came into Sodom at evening. And Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. And Lot saw, and he rose up to meet them and bowed his face to the earth. 2And he said, Behold, now, my masters, please turn in to your servant’s house and lodge, and wash your feet; and rise early and go to your way. And they said, No, for we will lodge in the street. 3And he much urged them, and they turned in to him and came into his house. And he made a feast for them. And he baked unleavened matzos, and they ate. 4Before they had laid down, even the men of the city, the men of Sodom, circled the house; from the young to the aged, all the people from its limits. 5And they called to Lot and said to him, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them. 6And Lot went out to them, to the door, and he closed the door behind him. 7And he said, My brothers, please do not act evilly. 8Behold, now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please let me bring them out to you and do to them as you see fit; only do not do a thing to these men, on account of this they came into the shade of my roof. 9And they said, Stand back! And they said, This one came in to visit, and must he always judge? Now we will do evil to you rather than to them. And they pressed on the man, upon Lot violently, and drew near to break the door. 10But the men put out their hands and brought Lot in to them, into the house, and shut the door. 11And they struck the men at the door of the house with blindness, from the small to the great; and they struggled to find the door. 12And the men said to Lot, Who still is here to you? Bring out of this place your sons and your sons-in-law and your daughters, and whoever belongs to you in the city. 13For we are about to destroy this place, for the cry of them is great before Yahovah, and Yahovah has sent us to destroy it.

In verse 5 we see that the men of Sodom were so corrupt that they wanted to Sodomize, or victimize, the two angels from Yahovah. Lot tried to protect the angels by talking to the men of Sodom and offering up his daughters to them instead, but they would have none of his talk. Unfortunately, Lot was willing to sacrifice the virginity of his daughters to save a couple angels. In our eyes that was not a wise move on his part. Lot’s daughters would have been victimized if not for the help of the angels. Lot was willing that his daughters be defiled and dishonored, rather than angels of Yahovah! Had Lot read Yeshua’s words where He taught that we are to love Yahovah and His kingdom more than our own family? Apparently, Lot knew the Law of Yahovah, better than most living today.

Then the men of Sodom tried to rape Lot in verse 9!! The angels had to rescue Lot from his compromised position. Lot was about to be victimized by those sodomites! The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were sexual perverts, deviants deserving destruction from Yahovah. They did get their just dues.

So the angels brought Lot and his family out of Sodom, but unfortunately, Lot’s wife was disobedient and looked back and became a pillar of salt. Lot was having a rough day! He must have felt like this was the end of the world, at least the end of his world. Lot was allowed to go to the little town of Zoar, but was still afraid Yahovah might destroy that city also, so he moved into a cave in the mountain nearby. But his troubles had only just begun! Genesis 19:30-38, “And Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the mount. And his two daughters were with him. For he feared to live in Zoar. And he lived in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31And the first-born said to the younger, Our father is old, and there is no man in the land to come in to us as is the way of all the earth. 32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him, that we may keep alive seed of our father. 33And they caused their father to drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. And he did not know when she lay down nor when she rose up. 34And on the next day it happened, the first-born said to the younger, Behold, I lay with my father last night. Let us cause him to drink wine tonight also. And you go in and lie with him, so that we may keep alive seed of our father. 35And they caused their father to drink wine that night also. And the younger rose up and lay with him. And he did not know when she lay down, nor when she rose up. 36And both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father. 37And the first-born bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of Moab to this day. 38And the younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites to this day.”

Lot’s future sons-in-law had refused to escape Sodom with Lot and their fiancees, so they remained behind and were destroyed with the Sodomites. Lot’s daughters were concerned about the future of their family line, so they were willing to commit incest with their Dad to continue the lineage of Lot! My, what poor decisions this family of Lot was making. Lot himself may have been a righteous man, but his entire family was making poor decisions that week. Lot was seduced and raped by his own daughters! A terrible sin with long lasting consequences, for the Moabites and Ammonites caused much harm to the tribes of Israel, and continue harming Israel to this present hour. Lot did not want to be victimized by the Sodomites or his daughters, but he was victimized over and over, even losing his precious wife in the process.

Yahovah was testing Lot and it may appear to us that he failed his tests, but look what Apostle Peter says about him in 2 Peter 2:6-9, “and covering the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with ashes, He condemned them with an overthrow, setting an example to men intending to live unholy lives. 7And also delivered righteous Lot, who was tormented with the filthy conduct of the lawless; 8for that righteous one living among them day after day, in seeing and in hearing, his righteous soul was tormented with their lawless deeds. 9But Yahovah knows to deliver the righteous out of temptation, and to keep the unjust to be punished at the judgment day,”

Lot’s sons-in-law may have failed their test. Lot’s wife may have failed her test. Lot’s daughters may have failed their test. But Lot apparently did not fail his test! Peter called him a righteous soul! But Lot was victimized!! By whom? By Satan. Satan set Lot up in Sodom in order to cause him to fall, but Lot did not fall! Lot was an overcomer! Where did he learn to overcome? Through the discipleship of his Uncle Abraham! Lot may not have discipled his family as well as he could have, but they were making their own decisions, many poor choices in the crunch time! But Lot himself was a righteous man. He loved Yahovah. He loved Abraham. He loved his family. Lot suffered a lot at the hand of Satan that Yahovah allowed to happen.

Lot was trying to protect his daughters by moving into that cave, but he unwittingly set himself up to be seduced and raped. Was that his fault? Possibly. Could Lot have prevented this situation? Probably. Yahovah would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of 10 righteous people that Abraham had asked for. Poor Lot couldn’t pull together 10 family members and future in-laws to get out of town. How many of us could find 10 righteous people in our city today to prevent it being destroyed by Yahovah? I shudder to contemplate it.

If you look up incest in Nave’s topical Bible, you will find many instances of incestual relationships in the Scriptures, even close of kin marriages. Incest is another sin that must be repented of before Judgment Day arrives. We need to repent of every sin that the Holy Spirit convicts us of. We are racing toward Judgment Day. It is scheduled on Yahovah’s calendar. Please get right with your Creator today. Time is rapidly slipping by us. Turn to Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, today. Ask Him to save you from your own sin through His precious shed blood.

One point I want my dear readers to understand from this series is that you will be victimized in this life. But you must realize that Yahovah is in control of your life. He allowed you to be victimized. You must continue to live righteously, love Yahovah and worship Him. You must overcome the victimization and continue to walk with Yahovah. Trust Him that He will work it out to your good. He is refining your character to become like Yeshua. Yeshua was the ultimate victim, yet He overcame and was exalted to the highest position in the Kingdom of Yahovah. Will we, as seemingly innocent victims overcome and forgive our very abusers, torturers, or murderers? Yahovah wants to promote us in His Kingdom, but we have to learn to walk as Yeshua walked. When you are being stoned or beheaded for your preaching or stance with Yeshua, will you be able to forgive as Stephen did in Acts 7:59-60, “And they were stoning Stephen while he prayed, and he said Our Master Yeshua receive my spirit. 60And after he kneeled down, he cried in a loud voice and said, Our Master, do not cause this sin to stand against them! And having said this, he fell asleep.”?

We as parents and grandparents must always do everything we can to protect our children and grandchildren from victimization. But at the same time we must trust Yahovah for ultimate protection. The child Yeshua would have been slaughtered with the rest of the babies in Bethlehem if Yahovah had not guided Joseph through a dream. Had all the other parents in Bethlehem not protected their children adequately from the Roman army? Should they have known they were going to be attacked? Do we condemn all those other parents in Bethlehem for not protecting their children? Were the parents just as much victims as the babies? Will you be able to protect your children from a S.W.A.T. invasion of your home? Can you really protect yourself and your family from a home invasion or terrorist attack? Must we not ultimately trust Yahovah for our family’s safety?

Read Genesis 20 and see how Yahovah protected the evil pagan king Abimelech from sinning against Sarah, Abraham, and Yahovah. Genesis 20:6, “And Yahovah said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the honor of your heart, and I also withheld you from sinning against Me. On account of this I did not allow you to touch her.” Yahovah is in intimate control of your life. No one, not even Satan, can cross that line unless Yahovah allows it. Yahovah has great plans for your life. Trust Him to take you to the highest heavens in the Kingdom. Why did David never lash out and kill King Saul? Because he knew Yahovah’s protection was REAL. Saul could NEVER harm David, unless Yahovah allowed it. David had a real living trust in Yahovah. We all need to live like David.

Victimization – Part 3 – Victimized Over and Over?

Victimization

Part 3

Victimized Over and Over?

Let’s continue with the life of Job, for there is much to learn from this great man of Yahovah.

Job 2:1-13, “And it happened that a day came when the sons of The Divine Ones came to present themselves before Yahovah. And Satan also came among them to present himself before Yahovah. 2and Yahovah said to Satan, From where have you come? And Satan answered Yahovah and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it. 3And Yahovah said to Satan, Have you set your heart on My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, fearing the Divine Ones, and turning away from evil? And he is still holding to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to swallow him for nothing. 4And Satan answered Yahovah and said, Skin for skin. Yea, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5But indeed put out Your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse You to Your face. 6And Yahovah said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but preserve his life. 7And Satan went out from before the face of Yahovah. And he [Satan] struck Job with bad burning ulcers from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. 8And he took a broken piece of pottery with which to scrape himself. And he sat down among the ashes. 9And his wife said to him, Are you still holding fast to your integrity? Curse the Divine Ones and die! 10But he said to her, You speak like the foolish ones speak. Also, shall we receive good at the hand of The Divine Ones, and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips. 11And three friends of Job heard of all this evil that had come on him. And they each one came from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite; Bildad the Shuhite; and Zophar the Naamathite. And they had met together to come to lament with him, and to comfort him. 12And when they lifted up their eyes from a distance and did not recognize him, they lifted up their voice and wept then. And each one tore his robe. And they sprinkled dust on their heads toward the heavens. 13And they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights. And no one was speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.”

Dear readers, please do not miss this point. Go back and re-read Job 1:6-8. Job 2:1-3 is AT LEAST THE SECOND TIME that a heavenly council was held concerning Job’s life. But also notice that Yahovah is in ultimate sovereign control over Job’s life. Yahovah keeps Satan on a tight leash, verse 6. Satan cannot do anything to you unless Yahovah gives him permission/authority to do so. Satan personally struck Job with a terrible disease, but Satan WAS NOT allowed to kill Job, though he desperately wanted to.

This is at least the second major testing period in Job’s life. He was set up again by Yahovah to be attacked directly by Satan. But verse 10 reveals that Job is still walking in his integrity. Let’s skip ahead in the story and notice that Job understands this repeated testing is Yahovah’s way. Job 9:16-18, “And if he deigned to answer my citation, I cannot believe he would listen to what I said, 17he who crushes me for one hair, who, for no reason, wounds and wounds again, 18not even letting me regain my breath, with so much bitterness he fills me!” Job 10:16-17, “Proud as a lion, you hunt me down, multiplying your exploits at my expense, 17attacking me again and again, your fury against me ever increasing, your troops assailing me, wave after wave.”

Job knew that it was Yahovah’s hand that was directing these assaults against him, yet he never cursed Yahovah or charged Yahovah with sin. Job realized that he was being tested repeatedly; he was victimized over and over. I believe he was bracing for a lifetime of repeated victimization. Would you or I be able to take this many severe trials and testings and still worship Yahovah? Still walk in our integrity? I surely hope so, because the Great Tribulation has not even started yet, so get ready for some real testing and trials up ahead.

Job’s life shows us that we are repeatedly repetitiously victimized continuously throughout our lives. Do not get too comfortable in this flesh life. Yahovah is much more interested in your spiritual character being conformed to the image of Messiah Yeshua. You are Yahovah’s pot of clay and He will mold and make you and fire you until the light and life of Yeshua shines through you in pure holiness and righteousness!! You will act more righteous as you learn to react properly to Yahovah’s tests. Yahovah doesn’t want a kingdom full of whiny fleshy baby believers, he wants strong, mature believers who have worshiped Him through all the trials of life. Yahovah will pay back Satan his due wages for his sin in trying to destroy you. But Yahovah is not out to destroy you, He’s trying to grow you into a fruitful vine. When Yahovah lets Satan cut you down to the ground, let your roots grow ever deeper into the heart of Yahovah and His Kingdom.

Learn to release other people’s sins from your life by forgiving them. Don’t let other people’s sins stick to you. Forgive others sin debts and set yourself free. John 8:36, “Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.”

Victimization – Part 2 – Victimized By Whom?

Victimization

Part 2

VICTIMIZED BY WHOM?

I recently had a disturbing conversation with one of my children. I was trying to explain to her that we are constantly being set up for victimization. Our life is a test. We are in boot camp training. She thought I was nuts, would I want my granddaughters to be constantly raped? NO! Of course not. But as we’ve seen in my last post, a father or grandfather cannot really protect his children or grandchildren. Not really, though he does his best. She didn’t let me finish the conversation, so let’s continue that conversation here. Who better to use for an illustration than Job?

Job 1:1-22, “There was a man in the land of Uz, his name was Job. And this man was perfect and upright, and fearing the Divine Ones, and turning away from evil. 2And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3And his possessions were seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-donkeys, and a very great household, so that this man was greater than all the sons of the east. 4And his sons feasted in the house of each one on his birthday. And they sent and called their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5And it happened, when the day of feasting had gone around, Job would send and sanctify them. And he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt sacrifices according to all their number. For Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed the Divine Ones in their hearts. This, Job always did. 6And a day came when the sons of The Divine Ones came to present themselves before Yahovah. And Satan also came among them. 7And Yahovah said to Satan, From where have you come? And Satan answered Yahovah and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8And Yahovah said to Satan, Have you set your heart on My servant Job because there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, fearing the Divine Ones and turning away from evil? 9And Satan answered Yahovah and said, Does Job fear the Divine Ones for nothing? 10Have You not made a hedge for him, and for his house, and for all that is his all around? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have increased in the land. 11But put out Your hand now, and touch against all that is his, and see if he will not then curse You to Your face. 12And Yahovah said to Satan, Behold, all that is his is in your hand! Only, do not lay your hand on him. And Satan went out from the face of Yahovah. 13And a day came when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their brother’s house, the first-born. 14And a messenger came to Job and said, The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys were feeding beside them. 15And the Sabeans fell on them and took them away. And they killed the young men with the mouth of the sword; and I, I alone have escaped to tell you. 16While this one was still speaking, this other also came and said, The fire of the Divine Ones has fallen from the heavens and has burned up the sheep and the young men. And it has consumed them; and I, I alone have escaped to tell you. 17While this one was still speaking, this other also came and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands and swooped down on the camels. And they have taken them away. And they have killed the young men with the mouth of the sword; and I, I alone have escaped to tell you. 18While this one was still speaking, this other came and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their brother, the first-born. 19And, behold! A great wind came from the wilderness and touched the four corners of the house. And it fell on the young men and they died; and I, I alone have escaped to tell you. 20And Job rose up and tore his robe, and shaved his head. And he fell down on the ground and worshiped. 21And he said, I came naked out of my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. Yahovah gave, and Yahovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Yahovah. 22In all this Job did not sin, nor charge wrong to the Divine Ones [the Trinity].”

Remember, dear readers, Job chapter 1 is the BEGINNING of Job’s troubles! Job was blessed with being the greatest man in the East. Large family and household. Great wealth. Good health. We see in verse 10 that Satan understands that Yahovah blesses and protects His children. We see in verses 20-22, that Job also understands that Yahovah is the Blesser and Protector of His children. Friends, that is the first lesson we need to learn today. Yahovah is THE Protector and Blesser of all mankind! Your hands did not make you rich, wealthy, healthy, or wise. Yahovah has done that for you. Humble yourself and thank and worship Him for that. You can try to bless and protect your family and friends, but Yahovah is the Ultimate Blesser and Protector of humankind in general and on a personal individual level.

Job was concerned for his children’s welfare. He was very much concerned that his children might sin, therefore he sacrificed and prayed for them, especially when they were partying! So, why did Job’s children die? Did they die because they sinnned? Did Yahovah kill them? Did Satan kill them? Did “mother nature” kill them? Look at the audacity of Satan in verse 11, tempting Yahovah to harm Job! Did Yahovah cave in or did He see an opportunity to test Job and reveal Job’s heart to Satan and to all in the Kingdom of Heaven? Yahovah already knew Job’s heart was upright, as revealed in verse 1. If all your children were wiped out today in a “natural” disaster, and you were wiped out financially, would you bow and worship Yahovah your Creator? Or would you whine and curse Yahovah and die? I would hope that we all would bow and worship and not charge sin against Yahovah.

Study verse 11. Satan knew Yahovah was on Job’s side. Yahovah would have to fight against Job to harm him! So, did Yahovah crush Job, or did Satan crush Job, or did nature and circumstances crush Job? Does it matter? We’ve talked about that before. It really doesn’t matter where our trouble comes from, we overcome through Yeshua and the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Was this just random acts of circumstance against Job, or was Yahovah testing Job? Read the whole book of Job. Job’s heart is revealed to Job! That is one of the greatest results of our testing. We see our own heart. Can and will we be crushed and still bless Yahovah? The harder you crush the olive, the more pure the oil you produce! Yahovah is out to refine and purify our character, to make us like Yeshua. That is what life is all about. It’s not about getting rich and having piles of stuff, or using people to get what you want. It’s all about learning to worship Yahovah from a pure holy humble heart, no matter your circumstances.

You see in Job that Yahovah does not have to poke you in the eye personally, he USES Satan to accomplish His testing of you. YAHOVAH SETS YOU UP TO BE TESTED THROUGH AND BY SATAN. This is why your tests and trials seem so evil, Satan is evil. He’s out to destroy you, but he cannot do more to you than Yahovah allows. These tests and trials are Yahovah’s permissive will, they are His PLAN for refining and redeeming you. None of your tests or trials take Yahovah by suprise, He knows everything that is going on in your life. Many of our tests and trials are a result of our own sinning. James summed it up well in James 1:12-15, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved he will receive the crown of life which Yahovah promised to the ones loving Him. 13Let no one being tempted say, I am tempted from Yahovah. For Yahovah is not tempted by evil, and He tempts no one. 14But each one is tempted by his own lusts, he covets and is seduced by them. 15Then having conceived lust brings forth sin. And sin being fully formed brings forth death.” Job understood this truth, we need to get a hold of it. We victimize ourselves and Satan victimizes us. We are constantly set up for testing/victimization. We need to stay tuned in to the Holy Spirit to hear if He wants to teach us something through each test and trial.

But in all of this Yahovah is blameless. His hands are pure and clean. But Satan’s hands are not, because he loves to sin, he loves to trash Yahovah’s children. Satan will be destroyed for his sin, because he is non-redeemable. He is a liar, thief, and murderer from the beginning. The Lake of Fire is being prepared for him and his demons, not for you. Humans must repent of their sins and turn back to Yahovah through the blood of Yeshua, or they will also be destroyed in the Lake of Fire.

So look at all examples in the Bible. Was Adam able to protect his son Able from his murderous brother Cain? No. Was Jacob able to protect his daughter Dinah from being raped? No. Was David able to protect his daughter Tamar from being raped? No. Was David able to protect his son Amnon from being murdered by Absalom? No. Was the early Spirit-filled church protected from Saul? No. Can the police or military protect you from a terrorist attack? No. Without Yahovah’s protection and mercy, we are all doomed to destruction. But in Yeshua, we are all victors and overcomers, no matter what happens TO us. Your circumstances do not determine who you are. Let Yeshua mature your character today. Join me in blessing Yahovah for all eternity, no matter what!!

Victimization – Part 1 – Perversion in the Palace

VICTIMIZATION

Part 1

Perversion in the Palace

David’s Culpability

The Torah teaches in Leviticus 20:17, “And if a man takes his sister [incest], the daughter of his father or daughter of his mother, and he has seen her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a shame. And they shall be cut off before the eyes of the sons of their people; he has uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity [perversity, moral evil].” Notice the punishment for incest is bearing your perverse iniquity, being cut off from your people, not death, like for adultery or for being a spiritual medium. You are to be ostracized from your clan, tribe, or family. There is no time limit delineated in the Scriptures, so it must be for life.

Leviticus 18:6, 9, “None of you shall draw near to any relative of his flesh to uncover [disgracefully denude] their nakedness [blemish their pudenda]; I am Yahovah. . .9You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister [incest], the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, born at home, or born away; you shall not uncover their nakedness.”

Deuteronomy 27:22, “Cursed is he who lies with his sister [incest], his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter! And all the people shall say, Amen!” Was David’s son Amnon cursed for being the perverted perp?

Ezekiel 22:11, “And a man has done abomination with his neighbor’s wife, and a man has defiled his daughter-in-law in unchaste acts. And in you a man has humbled [incestuously raped, or had sex with] his sister, his father’s daughter.”

Amnon’s deed is designated as חסד, ḥeṣedh, indicating the degradation of the tenderness natural between brothers and sisters into a tenderness of an immoral character (2 Samuel 13). The crime of sexual relation of persons within the degrees of relationship forbidden by the Levitical law,” ISBE.

Culpability means a state of guilt. Culpable means deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious. Was David culpable in the incestuous rape of his daughter Tamar by his son Amnon? Could David have protected his daughter from this crime? Let’s read the story and find out.

2 Samuel 13:1-39, “And afterward it happened that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister, and her name was Tamar. And Amnon the son of David loved her. 2And Amnon was distressed, even to becoming sick, because of his [half]sister Tamar. For she was a virgin, and it was hard [literally means to speak to authority, Amnon was fantasizing about whether or not he had authority as the King’s son to do anything to her!] in the eyes of Amnon to do anything to her. 3And Amnon had a friend [cousin, acting as a shepherd watching over Amnon], and his name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. And Jonadab was a very shrewd man. 4And he said to him, Why are you, the king’s son, so lean morning by morning? Will you not tell me? And Amnon said to him, I love Tamar, my [half]brother Absalom’s sister. 5And Jonadab said to him, Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And your father will come in to see you, and you shall say to him, Please let my sister Tamar come in and give me food to eat. And she shall make the food before my eyes, so that I may see and may eat from her hand. 6And Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. And the king came to see him. And Amnon said to the king, Please let my sister Tamar come, and she shall make two cakes before my eyes, and I shall eat from her hand. 7And David sent home to Tamar, saying, Please go to the house of your [half]brother Amnon and make food for him. [Notice, David believed his devious son Amnon and virtually ordered his daughter to her downfall, this is his culpability.] 8And Tamar went to her [half]brother Amnon’s house. And he was lying down. And she took the dough, and kneaded it, and made cakes before his eyes, and baked the cakes. 9And she took the baking pan and poured out before him. But he refused to eat, and Amnon said, Cause every man to go out from me. And every one of them went out from him. 10And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into the inner room, and I shall eat from your hand. And Tamar took the cakes that she had made and brought them in to her brother Amnon, into the inner room. 11And she brought near to him to eat. And he lay hold on her, and said to her, Come lie with me, my [half]sister. 12And she said to him, No, my brother, do not humble [rape, the Hebrew indicates that instead of raping Tamar, Amnon should have been watching over her as though she was a sheep in his flock, looking out for her welfare.] me, for it is not done so in Israel. Do not do this foolishness. 13And I, where should I cause my disgrace to go? And you, you shall be as one of the fools in Israel. But now, please speak to the king; for he shall not withhold me from you. 14But he was not willing to listen to her voice. And he was stronger than she, and humbled her, and lay [raped, copulated] with her. 15And Amnon hated her with a very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, Get up and go! 16And she said to him, No, for this evil is greater than the other that you have done to me, to send me away. But he was not willing to listen to her. 17And he called his young man who attended him, and said, Now put this one out from me, and bolt the door after her. 18And a long tunic was on her, for so the virgin daughters of the king usually dressed. And his attendant brought her robes outside, and bolted the door after her. 19And Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore the long tunic on her, and put her hand on her head, and left; going on and crying out. 20And her brother Absalom said to her, Has your [half]brother Amnon been with you? But now, my sister, keep silent. He is your [half]brother. Do not set your heart on this thing. And Tamar lived in the house of her brother Absalom, but she was desolate [lost her dignity and identity as a virgin in Israel!]. 21And King David heard all these things, and it angered him very much. [King David’s culpability, again. No record of David correcting or punishing Amnon for his wicked act.] 22But Absalom did not speak either good or evil with Amnon, for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had humbled [raped] his sister Tamar.

23And after two years it happened that Absalom had shearers in Baal-Hazor, which is beside Ephraim. And Absalom called to all the sons of the king. 24And Absalom came to the king and said, Behold, your servant now has shearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant. 25And the king said to Absalom, No, my son, let us not all go now, and we shall not be too burdensome on you. But he urged him, and he was not willing to go, but he blessed him. 26And Absalom said, If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said to him, Why should he go with you? 27And Absalom urged him, and he [David] sent Amnon with him, and all the king’s sons. [King David’s culpability, again. David should have had a feeling something was up, but he apparently did not.] 28And Absalom commanded his young men, saying, Now watch when Amnon’s heart is glad with wine, and when I say to you, Strike Amnon, you shall kill him. Do not fear. Did not I command you? Be strong, and be valiant. 29And the young men of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom commanded. [Absalom harshly defended his sister’s honor, but he went beyond the Torah’s instructions. David apparently did nothing to defend his daughter’s honor, David’s culpability.] And all the king’s sons rose up, and they each rode on his mule, and fled. 30And it happened while they were in the highway, even the report had come to David, saying, Absalom has stricken all the sons of the king, and not one of them is left. 31And the king rose up and tore his garments, and lay on the earth [The King did not correct or punish Absalom for his wicked act, maybe because Absalom did what King David should have done, executed justice for the innocent victim, Tamar, even though Absalom went beyond the Torah!]; and all his servants were standing by with torn garments. 32And Jonadab [Amnon’s cousin buddy who conspired this entire rape plot!] the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, answered and said, Do not let my master say, They have killed all of the young men, the king’s sons; for only Amnon is dead. For it has been settled by Absalom’s command from the day of his humbling [raping] of his sister Tamar. 33And now, do not let my master the king lay the word to heart, saying, All the king’s sons have died; for only Amnon has died. 34And Absalom fled. And the young man who was watching lifted up his eyes and looked. And, behold! Many people were coming by the highway behind him, by the side of the hill. 35And Jonadab said to the king, See, the sons of the king have come; as the word of your servant [Now that Amnon is dead, Jonadab is sucking up to his Uncle King himself!! What a jerk!], so it has been. 36And it happened as he finished speaking, behold, the king’s sons came. And they lifted up their voice and wept. And also the king and all his servants wept with a very great weeping. [David mourned and grieved over his lost son Amnon and over Absalom’s rebellion.] 37And Absalom fled, and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son all the time. 38And Absalom had fled, and had gone to Geshur, and was there three years. 39And King David determined to go out to Absalom, for he had been comforted for Amnon, for he had died.”

Absalom was King David’s prodigal son and David wanted him back in his home, in his life, even though Absalom had murdered one of David’s sons!!

Did King David have family problems or what? When did his family troubles begin? When he committed adultery with Bathsheba and then murdered her husband, Uriah. From that day forward, David’s family fragmented and began to fall apart.

Did David know his son Amnon was going to rape his young virgin daughter Tamar? No. Should King David have known this? Probably. Did King David know Absalom was going to murder his son Amnon? No. Should he have know this? Probably. This is David’s guilt, this is David’s culpability. He was a negligent father and could not protect his own virgin daughter within his own family setting! Was this a sin of commission or omission? I believe it was a sin of omission, for he failed to see the evil intentions of his sons and then take appropriate action. Notice, the King did not consult Yahovah through the prophets before making simple family decisions that ultimately destroyed members of his own family. Sad, true, heartrending. Real life.

There is no Scriptural record that Yahovah ever rebuked David for sending Tamar to Amnon’s house into a compromising situation where she would be brutally raped, or for sending Amnon to his death at Absalom’s house. David was blinded by his love for his children. He never dreamed that one of his beloved children would harm another of his children, though you would think he should have had a clue when he sent Amnon to his death. Love seems to be blind. David could not see into the evil heart of either of his sons. The great billionaire King of Israel could not protect his children from his other children. He could not even protect himself from his children, i.e. Absalom.

The Scriptures do not say why a prophet of Yahovah did not burst in just in time to save Tamar’s virginity or Amnon’s life. We know David had the discernment of the Holy Spirit, just read on in chapter 14 and you can see that David knew that Joab had sent that woman of Tekoah to him. Even when Absalom was allowed to return to Jerusalem, the only punishment from David was that Absalom must stay home and not see the King’s face. Sounds very lenient in our day, a murderer under house arrest. There were many witnesses to Amnon’s murder, why was Absalom not stoned to death? I don’t know. Why did not David punish or even correct Amnon during the two years from the rape to his murder? I don’t know, the Scriptures do not say. But here is what the Scriptures say later, when David’s army went in pursuit of his rebellious son Absalom, “For my sake deal gently with the young man, with Absalom.” 2 Samuel 18:5b. That is a father’s heart. David did not make excuses for his sons, but he did seem very lenient when it came to discipline and punishment of his own royal children. That is David’s culpability.

Why did David not seek or execute justice on Amnon for his daughter Tamar’s sake? According to Torah, he had every right and duty to punish Amnon. Amnon should have been cut off from the King’s family. Why could David not do it? Was his love for his children so great that he was willing to violate Torah, not once (Amnon the rapist), but twice (Absalom the murderer)? Apparently.