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Walking Righteously Among The Unrighteous

We will be focusing on one of the most challenging behaviors we need to acquire through our study of the covenant and our diligence to remain disciples of righteousness,¬†YAH’s expectation on how we are to interact with people who are not walking in the covenant and the ones who claim to be friends but are adversaries, not because they despise¬†Elohim directly, but because they have become the servants of jealousy, vanity, greed, envy, pride, and any other character flaws that inhibit righteous development and collective cohesiveness. Our objective is to answer the following questions.

  • How do we interact with those living outside the covenant?
  • What role does wisdom and prudence play in relating to others?
  • Who should we consider an enemy?
  • Who are the ones considered unclean?
  • How do we show our commitment and love to Elohim?
  • Who should we help and show compassion to?

We will examine this topic through the law, the prophets, new testament disposition, and a limited analysis of where we are with regards to Elohim’s directions and expectations.

    He who gives answer before he hears, that is folly and shame to him. (Pro 18:13 RNWEB)

We should never try to answer a question until we have heard it completely and understand what’s being asked.

The scriptures teach us how to live within the world system. They show us how to live righteously with a sense of comfort and stability, and how to resolve issues, so we can obtain peace.

    “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the donkey of him who hates you fallen down under his burden, don’t leave him, you shall surely help him with it. (Exo 23:4-5 RNWEB)

Our enemy could be anyone that’s confrontational toward us in anyway. It could be someone that’s attacking our character maliciously, spreading roomers, or hates us for whatever the reason. It does not matter how we feel toward these people, it’s more important to know and do what Elohim expects from us in these situations.

We can’t pick and choose, we must be diligent to keep the whole covenant which includes how we interact with those who are unclean. Those who are unclean or unrighteous are those who don’t practice the covenant, and those considered clean are those who do. In other words anyone that’s not obedient to YAH’s laws, precepts, and statues, would be unclean, this includes angels.

We cannot be a son of Sinai, unless we follow the precepts and examples set forth by Elohim. This includes a code of conduct on how to interact with the people around us, those who are clean and unclean, liked and disliked. We have to remember that Elohim is the father of us all, clean and unclean, and he governs us similarly to the way a father would that has young children together in a household. The father loves all his children, he may show favor to those who are obedient by following his laws of sanctification, however it does not mean he loves those who don’t any less. What parent doesn’t show favor to a child that’s pleasant and obedient in comparison to one that’s rebellious and causes discomfort? The obedient one will reap benefits that the rebellious one cannot until his character flaws are dealt with, and he obeys the rules of the house.

    You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely bring them again to your brother. (Deu 22:1 RNWEB)

Moshe is saying “brother’s,” however the law passed down at Sinai said “enemy,” as we previously read, which means we must treat friends and enemies the same with regards to there well being and their possessions.

    If your brother isn’t near to you, or if you don’t know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother seek after it, and you shall restore it to him. So shall you do with his donkey; and so shall you do with his garment; and so shall you do with every lost thing of your brother’s, which he has lost, and you have found: you may not hide yourself. YOU SHALL NOT SEE YOUR BROTHER’S DONKEY OR HIS OX FALLEN DOWN BY THE WAY, AND HIDE YOURSELF FROM THEM: YOU SHALL SURELY HELP HIM TO LIFT THEM UP AGAIN. (Deu 22:2-4 RNWEB)

We cannot ignore or hide ourselves from the obligations Elohim expects from us. Everything in life is a test to see whether we will be faithful to the covenant, if we breach the covenant we will not inherit the Kingdom. We must understand it’s not important how people perceive us and our views, but it is important how Elohim perceives and feels about us. The only way we can please the father is by being obedient to his word, which is the laws, precepts, and statues given to us in the first five books of the bible, we must walk in this truth, and hold dearly to all it’s precepts, including how we interact with others.

    It happened, when Shaul was returned from following the Pelishtim, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of `En-Gedi. Then Shaul took three thousand chosen men out of all Yisra’el, and went to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats. He came to the sheep pens by the way, where was a cave; and Shaul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were abiding in the innermost parts of the cave. The men of David said to him, Behold, the day of which YAH said to you, Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Shaul’s robe secretly. (1Sa 24:1-4 RNWEB)

David had not done anything to King Shaul, Samuel anointed him as the next King because Shaul was transgressing the law. Shaul took every opportunity to express his fears, jealousy, envy, and grievances, by taking them out on David.

    It happened afterward, that David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off Shaul’s skirt. He said to his men, YAH forbid that I should do this thing to my master, YAH’s anointed, to put forth my hand against him, seeing he is YAH’s anointed. (1Sa 24:5-6 RNWEB)

Shaul was a handsome and just man when he was anointed king, however, like many men he became corrupted with power, pride, and the accolades of the masses. A lot of attention can puff up an individual and cause them to defile themselves.

    So David checked his men with these words, and didn’t allow them to rise against Shaul. Shaul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Shaul, saying, My master the king. When Shaul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth, and did obeisance. David said to Shaul, Why listen you to men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeks your hurt? Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that YAH had delivered you today into my hand in the cave: and some bade me kill you; but [my eye] spared you; and I said, I will not put forth my hand against my master; for he is YAH’s anointed. Moreover, my father, behold, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand; for in that I cut off the skirt of your robe, and didn’t kill you, know you and see that there is neither evil nor disobedience in my hand, and I have not sinned against you, though you hunt after my life to take it. YAH judge between me and you, and YAH avenge me of you; but my hand shall not be on you. As says the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be on you. After whom is the king of Yisra’el come out? after whom do you pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea. YAH therefore be judge, and give sentence between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand. It came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words to Shaul, that Shaul said, Is this your voice, my son David? Shaul lifted up his voice, and wept. He said to David, You are more righteous than I; for you have rendered to me good, whereas I have rendered to you evil. You have declared this day how that you have dealt well with me, because when YAH had delivered me up into your hand, you didn’t kill me. For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away unharmed? Therefore may YAH reward you good for that which you have done to me this day. Now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Yisra’el shall be established in your hand. Swear now therefore to me by YAH, that you will not cut off my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father’s house. David swore to Shaul. Shaul went home; but David and his men got them up to the stronghold. (1Sa 24:7-22 RNWEB)

Lets see if Shaul’s words were sincere, this is one of the things we have to learn when referring to our adversaries. If we have anything against someone we should ask ourselves if they have done anything to harm us, if not, we need to ask ourselves why were mad or upset with them? The law says that we shall not hate or hold a grudge against a brother without a cause. We were created better than the animals because we can reason, compromise, negotiate, and suffer wrong for the sake of peace. Animals are instinctive, they go to battle until someone runs away or dies. We were given dominion over animals, yet in many instances our actions are no better than there’s, reacting by the same instinctive response instead of using our superior intelligence to try to keep the peace whenever possible.

    The Zifim came to Shaul to Gevah, saying, Doesn’t David hide himself in the hill of Chakhilah, which is before the desert? Then Shaul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Zif, having three thousand chosen men of Yisra’el with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Zif. Shaul encamped in the hill of Chakhilah, which is before the desert, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Shaul came after him into the wilderness. David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Shaul was come of a certainty. David arose, and came to the place where Shaul had encamped; and David saw the place where Shaul lay, and Aviner the son of Ner, the captain of his army: and Shaul lay within the place of the wagons, and the people were encamped round about him. Then answered David and said to Achimelekh the Chittite, and to Avishai the son of Tzeru’yah, brother to Yo’av, saying, Who will go down with me to Shaul to the camp? Avishai said, I will go down with you. So David and Avishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Shaul lay sleeping within the place of the wagons, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Aviner and the people lay round about him. Then said Avishai to David, Elohim has delivered up your enemy into your hand this day: now therefore please let me strike him with the spear to the earth at one stroke, and I will not strike him the second time. David said to Avishai, Don’t destroy him; for who can put forth his hand against YAH’s anointed, and be guiltless? (1Sa 26:1-9 RNWEB)

We need to be careful on how we deal with people and get involved in their matters, Elohim may be working with an individual in ways we cannot perceive. The animosity and hatred Shaul had for David was most likely orchestrated by Elohim as a test for David to see if he would respond in accordance with the covenant.

If we see something unrighteous taking place, we have an obligation to step in and give advice and direction or whatever may be necessary within the dictates of the law. This does not mean we can take it upon ourselves to act as a mediator between two parties, unless we have been asked.

It’s important we can properly discern a situation before taking action, frequently the predators are those who are unclean and those emotionally wounded who seek out the righteous to devour them because they are stable, bold, and confident. We may work, fellowship or even sleep with individuals that do this, but we must learn to relate and associate with them in accordance with the laws, precepts, and statutes of Elohim, especially in close quarters. Relational situations similar to what occurred between Kayin and his brother Abel aren’t unusual, they can occur between any two parties, generally on account of jealously, degradation, and a degenerative type of environment. These types of situations should not occur between people who are walking in the covenant, they are generally related to worldly issues among those who are unclean.

    David said, As YAH lives, YAH will strike him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall go down into battle and perish. (1Sa 26:10 RNWEB)

We don’t need to render evil for evil, if we are in covenant with Elohim we can bring are needs and situations to him, he will deliver us from our adversaries, as long as there has been no ill will in our mind toward them.

    YAH forbid that I should put forth my hand against YAH’s anointed: but now please take the spear that is at his head, and the jar of water, and let us go. So David took the spear and the jar of water from Shaul’s head; and they got them away: and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither did any awake; for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from YAH was fallen on them. (1Sa 26:11-12 RNWEB)

A deep sleep from YAH fell on King Shaul and his men, was this so David could kill Shaul or was it a test to make sure David wouldn’t? YAH was testing David to see if he would revere him with his obedience in an adverse situation. Elohim tries us in adversity to see what were really made of, and if we have the fortitude to remain faithful to the covenant and address our grievances, problems, and challenges as the covenant has instructed.

    Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of the mountain afar off; a great space being between them; and David cried to the people, and to Aviner the son of Ner, saying, Don’t you answer, Aviner? Then Aviner answered, Who are you who cries to the king? David said to Aviner, Aren’t you a [valiant] man? and who is like you in Yisra’el? why then have you not kept watch over your master, the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king your master. This thing isn’t good that you have done. As YAH lives, you are worthy to die, because you have not kept watch over your master, YAH’s anointed. Now see where the king’s spear is, and the jar of water that was at his head. Shaul knew David’s voice, and said, Is this your voice, my son David? David said, It is my voice, my master, O king. He said, Why does my master pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand? (1Sa 26:13-18 RNWEB)

When we’re in adverse situations we should not blame it on anyone else, we need to take responsibility and try to fix it, many of us have acted like Shaul to some degree or another. This happens due to mental inhibitors, so for many people the quickest solution is to blame someone else, rather than have to admit their own faults and deal with them. Many of these people will become our adversaries, not because we have done anything wrong, but because of issues within themselves. It’s important we learn to deal with these people in a righteous manner because Elohim requires it. We should also be very careful to analyze ourselves to make sure we are not one of them.

    Now therefore, please let my master the king hear the words of his servant. If it be YAH that has stirred you up against me, let him accept an offering: but if it be the children of men, cursed be they before YAH: for they have driven me out this day that I shouldn’t cling to YAH’s inheritance, saying, Go, serve other elohims. Now therefore, don’t let my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of YAH: for the king of Yisra’el is come out to seek a flea, as when one does hunt a partridge in the mountains. Then said Shaul, I have sinned: return, my son David; for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. David answered, Behold the spear, O king! let then one of the young men come over and get it. YAH will render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; because YAH delivered you into my hand today, and I wouldn’t put forth my hand against YAH’s anointed. Behold, as your life was much set by this day in my eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of YAH, and let him deliver me out of all oppression. Then Shaul said to David, Blessed be you, my son David: you shall both do mightily, and shall surely prevail. So David went his way, and Shaul returned to his place. (1Sa 26:19-25 RNWEB)

Notice, even though Shaul was telling David to return home, he didn’t do it, he knew Shaul’s mindset and properly discerned his intentions, he was able to hear the deceit in his voice. We need to develop discernment and learn to quickly read someone’s intentions.

    Listen, my son, and receive my sayings. The years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom. I have led you in straight paths. When you go, your steps will not be hampered. When you run, you will not stumble. TAKE FIRM HOLD OF INSTRUCTION. DON’T LET HER GO. Keep her, FOR SHE IS YOUR LIFE. (Pro 4:10-13 RNWEB)

The commandments of Elohim are the instructions being referred to, she is our life, we must embrace, defend, and protect her. The instructions of the commandments will never fail us.

The scripture says Elohim is the word and the law, and he loves them who love him. The only way we can show our love for him is by following his instructions and keeping his commandments.

    Don’t enter into the path of the wicked. Don’t walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, and don’t pass by it. Turn from it, and pass on. For they don’t sleep, unless they do evil. Their sleep is taken away, unless they make someone fall. (Pro 4:14-16 RNWEB)

We need to use discernment to make sure we are not dealing with people who are volatile, insecure, or covetous. People with these types of issues are like wounded animals and become adversarial very quickly.

    Woe to those who devise lawlessness and work evil on their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, BECAUSE IT IS IN THE POWER OF THEIR HAND. (Mic 2:1 RNWEB)

They choose to practice lawlessness because they can.

    They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. (Mic 2:2 RNWEB)

Before someone steals something they will first covet, coveting is an intangible, it’s a spiritual transgression because it begins in the mind, then an emotion of desire is created, and the emotion generally leads to the physical work or action. Elohim tells us that we should not even let the thought become an emotion, were told not to desire anything that belongs to someone else.

    He who hides hatred has lying lips. He who utters a slander is a fool. (Pro 10:18 RNWEB)

This is what David saw in king Shaul, anyone who hides hatred will lie to cover it up.

    A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways. (Pro 14:15 RNWEB)

People who are naive believe everything that there told, but the wise, well judged, and sensible carefully considers his ways. David wasn’t naive, Shaul told him to come home and everything was alright, however David was prudent, and judged the situation correctly by staying away.

    A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it. (Pro 22:3 RNWEB)

A wise, clever, and sensible man sees trouble coming and protects himself, but those who are foolish don’t and pay a heavy price.

    YAH, my Elohim, I take refuge in you. Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, lest they tear apart my soul like a lion, ripping it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. YAH, my Elohim, if I have done this, if there is lawlessness in my hands, if I have rewarded evil to him who was at peace with me (yes, if I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary), let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah. Arise, YAH, in your anger. Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries. Awake for me. You have commanded judgment. Let the congregation of the peoples surround you. Rule over them on high. YAH administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, YAH, according to my righteousness, and to my integrity that is in me. Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous Elohim. My shield is with Elohim, who saves the upright in heart. Elohim is a righteous judge, yes, a Elohim who has indignation every day. If a man doesn’t relent, he will sharpen his sword; he has bent and strung his bow. He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death. He makes ready his flaming arrows. Behold, he travails with lawlessness. Yes, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He has dug a hole, and has fallen into the pit which he made. The trouble he causes shall return to his own head. His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head. I will give thanks to YAH according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of YAH Elyon. (Psa 7:1-17 RNWEB)

Were talking about our adversaries, enemies, and those who violate Elohim’s covenant with issues they refuse to fix, and due to their inhibitions and character flaws they now impact our lives in a negative way.

    The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:1-2 RNWEB)

This scripture is often related to financial prosperity, however money is never mentioned. There are many ways to be prosperous that has nothing to do with money and which have far more benefits. It’s more important that we prosper in righteousness and our understanding of the word of Elohim. Don’t let those who make the word of Elohim into merchandise and center most of their doctrine around financial gain mislead you. The Torah and books of the prophets say if we OBEY Elohim we will prosper, live long, and receive peace. The only way we can obey him is by being obedient to his word, he has provided the instructions and rules for life in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.

    For I rejoiced greatly, when brothers came and testified about your truth, even as you walk in truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth. Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you accomplish for those who are brothers and strangers. They have testified about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of Elohim, because for the sake of HaShem they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn’t accept what we say. Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly. (3 John 1:3-10 RNWEB)

Diotrephes has issues, this is an ecclesiastical leader that’s promoting his own agenda. He is displaying an attitude that he is better than everyone else, he is making false accusation against the others, and if someone in the assembly doesn’t obey him, he throws them out. His position as head of the assembly makes no difference, he is an adversary, we must judge all things by through the wisdom of the law, a disciple or teacher should have a meek and contrite spirit submitting themselves to righteousness. First from Elohim by through the Torah and then from a brother that communicates or speaks righteousness in the absents of righteousness.

    Beloved, don’t imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of Elohim. He who does evil hasn’t seen Elohim. (3 John 1:11 RNWEB)
    By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep his commandments. For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:2-3 RNWEB)

If we love Elohim were not going to pick and choose what commandments to follow, we will obey them all. None of the commandments are burdensome, and one of his commandments states if we see and adversary in some type of disorder, we should not refrain from assisting him if possible.

    Jacob lived in the land of his father’s travels, in the land of Kena`an. This is the history of the generations of Jacob. Yosef, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. YOSEF BROUGHT AN EVIL REPORT OF THEM TO THEIR FATHER. (Gen 37:1-2 RNWEB)

These brothers did not do very well righteously, we can see that one is talebearing on the others.

    Now Yisra’el loved Yosef more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. (Gen 37:3 RNWEB)

Yosef was loved more than the others, favoritism is ok, however we can’t love one child more than another. If Yosef received a coat the others should have also, these types of displays can only cause jealousy, hurt, and division.

    His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn’t speak peaceably to him. Yosef dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Gen 37:4-7 RNWEB)

Yosef came to his brothers while wearing his coat of many colors which was already a point of contention and tells them that he seen them bending down to him in a dream. When situations arise in our own lives where we know that there may be a problem with an individual or a group we have to be wise enough to stay away, interactions should be kept to a simple hi and bye, we can’t put ourselves in a position of exasperating the problem further.

    His brothers said to him, “Will you indeed reign over us? Or will you indeed have dominion over us?” They hated him all the more for his dreams and for his words. (Gen 37:8 RNWEB)

Yosef was only seventeen years old and lacked the wisdom to know or understand how his brothers felt about him. He should have kept the peace and not invaded their territory.

    He dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.” He told it to his father and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?” His brothers envied him, but his father kept this saying in mind. His brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shekhem. Yisra’el said to Yosef, “Aren’t your brothers feeding the flock in Shekhem? Come, and I will send you to them.” He said to him, “Here I am.” He said to him, “Go now, see whether it is well with your brothers, and well with the flock; and bring me word again.” So he sent him out of the valley of Chevron, and he came to Shekhem. A certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, “What are you looking for?” He said, “I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, where they are feeding the flock.” The man said, “They have left here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dotan.'” Yosef went after his brothers, and found them in Dotan. They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him. They said one to another, “Behold, this dreamer comes. Come now therefore, and let’s kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, ‘An evil animal has devoured him.’ We will see what will become of his dreams.” (Gen 37:9-20 RNWEB)

This is what happens when many different issues fuel the fires of jealously, depravation, and envy. The brothers are looking for a way to nullify these painful feelings, and they determined the best way to do this is to remove the cause, Yosef. Remember these men are unclean, there not following the code of ethics of Elohim.

    Re’uven heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, “Let’s not take his life.” Re’uven said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”–that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. It happened, when Yosef came to his brothers, that they stripped Yosef of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it. They sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a caravan of Yishme`elim was coming from Gil`ad, with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, and let’s sell him to the Yishme`elim, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh.” His brothers listened to him. Midyanim who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Yosef out of the pit, and sold Yosef to the Yishme`elim for twenty pieces of silver. They brought Yosef into Egypt. Re’uven returned to the pit; and saw that Yosef wasn’t in the pit; and he tore his clothes. He returned to his brothers, and said, “The child is no more; and I, where will I go?” They took Yosef’s coat, and killed a male goat, and dipped the coat in the blood. They took the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, “We have found this. Examine it, now, whether it is your son’s coat or not.” He recognized it, and said, “It is my son’s coat. An evil animal has devoured him. Yosef is without doubt torn in pieces.” Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. He said, “For I will go down to grave to my son mourning.” His father wept for him. The Midyanim sold him into Egypt to Potifar, an officer of Par`oh’s, the captain of the guard. (Gen 37:21-36 RNWEB)

If Yosef had some discretion and prudence, he would have backed away from his brothers and been very careful what he said to them. We know Elohim was involved in this situation because a prophecy had to be fulfilled, however there is wisdom that can be derived from this for our normal day-to-day situations. We need to be very careful what we do and say around those living unrighteously.

    Then Yosef couldn’t control himself before all those who stood before him, and he cried, “Cause every man to go out from me!” No one else stood with him, while Yosef made himself known to his brothers. He wept aloud. The Egyptians heard, and the house of Par`oh heard. Yosef said to his brothers, “I am Yosef! Does my father still live?” His brothers couldn’t answer him; for they were terrified at his presence. Yosef said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” They came near. “He said, I am Yosef, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Now don’t be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for Elohim sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years, in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. Elohim sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance. So now it wasn’t you who sent me here, but Elohim, and he has made me a father to Par`oh, master of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. (Gen 45:1-8 RNWEB)

Yosef saw a blessing in the deceit and betrayal of his brothers, he could have easily held animosity against them, but he is a different man now, who was tried by many different circumstances through which he gained maturity, wisdom, and humility. There are a number of things that will happen and manifest for the righteous if we receive retributions from those who are unclean in righteousness. This is how we, as the sons of the covenant have to look at all things, however we don’t try to run toward adversity and embrace it, we flee from it, and handle the adversity and problems we find ourselves confronting in righteousness.

    Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife. A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers. The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but YAH tests the hearts. An evil-doer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. (Pro 17:1-5 RNWEB)

We must be careful in how we speak about the poor, those who like seeing others suffer calamity will not be left unchastened.

    Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls. Don’t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown; (Pro 24:17 RNWEB)

We are all the sons and daughters of Adam and children of Elohim, we must show compassion for all people, those that are clean and those who are unclean.

    lest YAH see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Pro 24:18 RNWEB)
    “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him; (Job 31:29 RNWEB)

Job is talking about his righteousness and telling us all the things that are unrighteous that he has not done. It’s not acceptable under the law to rejoice is someone else’s destruction no matter who they are.

This is the same thing it says in proverbs. When we lift ourselves up when someone is going through calamity, we are exalting ourselves over them, we cannot do this and remain righteous. We will find Elohim turning his attention toward us because we put ourselves in a position of being no better than those who are unclean. Elohim has made it clear he does not like this type of demeanor or behavior when he exacts judgment on those who are unrighteous, which may even be being done on our behalf, we cannot take any pleasure in their adversity. We all need to remember where we came from and the things we may have done before coming into the knowledge of the covenant. Elohim only wants us to feel remorse over someone else’s calamity.

    (yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse); (Job 31:30 RNWEB)

Job wrote this before Sinai, we cannot allow ourselves to sin by wishing a curse on another. (For ex. I hope you lose your job, I hope you lose your house, I hope you …)

    if the men of my tent have not said, ‘Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?’ (the foreigner has not lodged in the street, but I have opened my doors to the traveler); if like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my lawlessness in my heart, (Job 31:31-33 RNWEB)

Adam blamed his issues on Eve and tried to hide his own lawlessness, however he was the head and should have taken full responsibility for what was done.

    The vision of `Ovadyah This is what YAH Elohim says about Edom. We have heard news from YAH, and an ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, “Arise, and let’s rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have made you small among the nations. You are greatly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’ Though you mount on high as the eagle, and though your nest is set among the stars, I will bring you down from there,” says YAH. “If thieves came to you, if robbers by night–oh, what disaster awaits you–wouldn’t they only steal until they had enough? If grape pickers came to you, wouldn’t they leave some gleaning grapes? How Esav will be ransacked! How his hidden treasures are sought out! All the men of your alliance have brought you on your way, even to the border. The men who were at peace with you have deceived you, and prevailed against you. Friends who eat your bread lay a snare under you. There is no understanding in him.” “Won’t I in that day,” says YAH, “destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mountain of Esav? Your mighty men, Teman, will be dismayed, to the end that everyone may be cut off from the mountain of Esav by slaughter. FOR THE VIOLENCE DONE TO YOUR BROTHER JACOB, SHAME WILL COVER YOU, AND YOU WILL BE CUT OFF FOREVER. IN THE DAY THAT YOU STOOD ON THE OTHER SIDE, IN THE DAY THAT STRANGERS CARRIED AWAY HIS SUBSTANCE, AND FOREIGNERS ENTERED INTO HIS GATES, AND CAST LOTS FOR YERUSHALAYIM, EVEN YOU WERE LIKE ONE OF THEM. (Oba 1:1-11 RNWEB)

The book of Obediah is about prophecy concerning the 6th century BC when Nevukhadnetzar came in and sacked Yerushalayim and made war against Judea. This prophecy is against Esav, the tribes of Edom, Jacobs brother, because they aided Nevukhadnetzar and others as mercenaries in uprooting their brother Judah out of the land.

Judah deserved theocratic punishment due to idolatry and all types of whoredom’s. However, Esav helping and rejoicing in Judah’s calamity is an act of lawlessness also, which we just read about in Proverbs and Job. Now Elohim has turned his retribution on Edom on account of these transgressions against their brothers.

    But don’t look down on your brother in the day of his disaster, and don’t rejoice over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction. Don’t speak proudly in the day of distress. Don’t enter into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity. Don’t look down on their affliction in the day of their calamity, neither seize their wealth on the day of their calamity. Don’t stand in the crossroads to cut off those of his who escape. Don’t deliver up those of his who remain in the day of distress. For the day of YAH is near all the nations! As you have done, it will be done to you. Your deeds will return upon your own head. For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so will all the nations drink continually. Yes, they will drink, swallow down, and will be as though they had not been. But in Mount Tziyon, there will be those who escape, and it will be holy. The house of Jacob will possess their possessions. The house of Jacob will be a fire, the house of Yosef a flame, and the house of Esav for stubble. They will burn among them, and devour them. There will not be any remaining to the house of Esav.” Indeed, YAH has spoken. Those of the South will possess the mountain of Esav, and those of the lowland, the Pelishtim. They will possess the field of Efrayim, and the field of Samaria. Binyamin will possess Gil`ad. The captives of this army of the children of Yisra’el, who are among the Kena`anim, will possess even to Tzarfat; and the captives of Yerushalayim, who are in Sefarad, will possess the cities of the Negev. Saviors will go up on Mount Tziyon to judge the mountains of Esav, and the kingdom will be YAH’s. (Oba 1:12-21 RNWEB)
    If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink: for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and YAH will reward you. (Pro 25:21-22 RNWEB)

Solomon is repeating by the Spirit what’s already been written in the law. Were all created in the image and likeness of Elohim so we all have a humanitarian obligation to help one another regardless of situations or circumstances .

    “But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (Luk 6:27 RNWEB)

This is referring to the same thing we just read in proverbs.

    bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don’t withhold your coat also. Give to everyone who asks you, and don’t ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again. “As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them. IF YOU LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU, WHAT CREDIT IS THAT TO YOU? FOR EVEN SINNERS LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE THEM. IF YOU DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO DO GOOD TO YOU, WHAT CREDIT IS THAT TO YOU? FOR EVEN SINNERS DO THE SAME. IF YOU LEND TO THOSE FROM WHOM YOU HOPE TO RECEIVE, WHAT CREDIT IS THAT TO YOU? EVEN SINNERS LEND TO SINNERS, TO RECEIVE BACK AS MUCH. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Elyon; FOR HE IS KIND TOWARD THE UNTHANKFUL AND EVIL. Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful. Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you.” He spoke a parable to them. “Can the blind guide the blind? Won’t they both fall into a pit? A DISCIPLE IS NOT ABOVE HIS TEACHER, BUT EVERYONE WHEN HE IS FULLY TRAINED WILL BE LIKE HIS TEACHER. (Luk 6:28-40 RNWEB)

Elohim is kind and merciful to those who are wicked, all of us should know this having been considered wicked and unclean before we came into the covenant. The scripture is telling us that as children of the covenant we are expected to manifest the image and likeness of Elohim by exhibiting his characteristics and fruit. In other words, we need to show compassion, mercy and grace to others as he has shown it to us. We should be manifesting divine attributes by our words and works.

If we exhibit the mercy and compassion of Elohim to our neighbors and enemy’s with sincerity the same will be measured back to us good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Therefore, if we are whole heartedly following Elohim’s tenets of righteousness, he will reward us without measure.

    Why do you see the speck of chaff that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye? Or how can you tell your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck of chaff that is in your eye,’ when you yourself don’t see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck of chaff that is in your brother’s eye. For there is no good tree that brings forth rotten fruit; nor again a rotten tree that brings forth good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For people don’t gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings out that which is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings out that which is evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks. (Luk 6:41-45 RNWEB)
    Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits. Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. (Rom 12:14-18 RNWEB)

We need to humble ourselves, be at peace with all men and be very discerning concerning all matters.

    Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to Elohim’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says YAH.” Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” DON’T BE OVERCOME BY EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. (Rom 12:19-21 RNWEB)

Our responsibility is to keep the conduct and ethical code of Elohim, showing mercy and compassion to all, and if someone is doing evil to us, we just need to petition Elohim and he will assist us with the problem.

    Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of YAH may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you; and THAT WE MAY BE DELIVERED FROM UNREASONABLE AND EVIL MEN; FOR NOT ALL HAVE FAITH. (2Th 3:1-2 RNWEB)

Shaul is saying deliver us from unreasonable and evil men, they’re a hindrance not just to the growth of society but to ours also if we embrace them.

    But YAH is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one. We have confidence in YAH concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command. May YAH direct your hearts into the love of Elohim, and into the patience of the Anointed. Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Master Yahshua the Anointed, that YOU WITHDRAW YOURSELVES FROM EVERY BROTHER WHO WALKS IN REBELLION, AND NOT AFTER THE TRADITION WHICH THEY RECEIVED FROM US. For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn’t behave ourselves rebelliously among you, neither did we eat bread from anyone’s hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you; not because we don’t have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us. For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: “If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.” For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don’t work at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in Master Yahshua the Anointed, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But you, brothers, don’t be weary in doing well. IF ANY MAN DOESN’T OBEY OUR WORD IN THIS LETTER, NOTE THAT MAN, THAT YOU HAVE NO COMPANY WITH HIM, TO THE END THAT HE MAY BE ASHAMED. DON’T COUNT HIM AS AN ENEMY, BUT ADMONISH HIM AS A BROTHER. (2Th 3:3-15 RNWEB)

We shouldn’t keep company with a disobedient brother, however we should not count him as an enemy either, but be there to help restore him if possible.

    If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. But now faith, hope, and love remain–these three. The greatest of these is love. (1Co 13:1-13 RNWEB)
    When a man’s ways please YAH, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Pro 16:7 RNWEB)

 

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