This is the rule concerning anyone who kills a person and flees there for safety—anyone who kills a neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought. For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life. Otherwise, the avenger of blood might pursue him in a rage, overtake him if the distance is too great, and kill him even though he is not deserving of death, since he did it to his neighbor without malice aforethought.

Deuteronomy 19:4-6

The difference between sin and transgression is illustrated through this commandment.

The world itself is well aware that certain crimes deserve to be tried under certain mitigating circumstances. Indeed, crimes committed with or without premeditation, deliberately or unintentionally cannot be judged on an equal footing. In the case of a fault committed in a non-deliberate manner, the penalty is more lenient and instead of a prison sentence, we generally get away with a fine in order to compensate the victim.

If we are already in Christ, and have the Holy Spirit, the meaning for us is this: We can make mistakes and we will break the law. Although forgiveness still applies in all cases when it comes up against our will. When we transgress a rule that we do not yet know, or that has not yet been engraved on our hearts, the grace of Christ continues to take place in the life of his already born-again disciples.

It also happens that for reasons beyond our control, we still remain partially under foreign domination and the spirit thus bound in us still manages to deceive and tempt us in order to make us stumble. These areas of our spirit which are not yet entirely under the rule of Christ must precisely be revealed by these transgressions. The fault is the signal that a transfer of power here or there must still take place as soon as possible so that our sanctification goes on.

Christ himself is our city of refuge. He protects us from the consequences of any transgression we commit in ignorance or immaturity. We indeed often find that we make mistakes, but we do not suffer the consequences, apart from the pain that comes from recognizing these mistakes.

However, going against laws we already know, thereby consciously returning to a state of sin from which the Savior has already once delivered us, can lead to the loss of salvation.

So do not rebel any longer against the action of the Holy Spirit who does nothing but revive the Commandments in our heart so that they can no longer judge us and thus lead us to death.

Let’s stop saying, “God is love”, for He (Elohim) is Love indeed, but He is also Righteousness, and He is above all HOLY.

Let us remember that this Righteousness and Holiness are in perfect harmony with the entirety of His Word, of which are part the Commandments that Yeshua, the Word who became flesh, has fulfilled and not abolished on the Cross.

Let us also remember that nowhere in the New Testament did the apostles ever proclaim the Gospel by beginning their speech with “God” is love, but rather with “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”. Each of their ministry began by unveiling sin and the divine wrath that results from sin in order to break the hardened hearts of sinners so that they could ask for forgiveness and receive Grace. It is only at this very precise stage that Love, Mercy and Forgiveness were also preached to them.

As long as we tell sinners that Jesus loves us as we are and that he is with us, sinners will remain in their sins and continue their lives idolizing the distorted image of a false human shaped Jesus and will never meet the true Messiah.

Again, let’s avoid taking biblical verses out of context, but let’s try to get the whole picture of the Word, even if we like some passages less than others. Otherwise, the gospel that we would announce would be false.

RichardSipos/Z.Shlomo/2022/09/04

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