If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns YHWH, ton ELOHIM gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of YHWH, ton ELOHIM in violation of his covenant, and contrary to my command has worshiped other elohim, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky, and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.

Deuteronomy 17:2-5

Another death sentence.

As we discussed in another article, death penalty is more valid than ever. However, in Christ it is complemented by the possibility of Grace. Mercy, on the other hand, is not a substitute for carrying out the death penalty, since mercy only works if someone dies for sin. On the one hand, Jesus died on the cross for us. But acceptance of his death, resurrection, and reign also presupposes the death of our inner old man.

Grace always results in the execution of the old man of the redeemed person. Thus even this seemingly most cruel command is fulfilled in Christ.

If our old self dies and we become a new creation, we can go on living physically on earth until the first death, the death of our body occurs.

The second death, on the other hand, does no longer have dominion over us, since the blood of the Lamb is on our hearts and our foreheads.

We were all once under the dominion and worship of the sun, stars or any other deity and spirit. Those who are still on this path should know that this law must be applied.

The question is, will you allow Christ to execute judgment on your old man right now, so that you receive new life and can continue to live in your body, with a renewed spirit, the reward of which is eternal life ? Or are you going to remain under foreign dominations in which case, on the day of judgment, the second death will take you away with them?

Jesus still lives and reveals himself today. He always answers the questions and prayers of those who seek Him with a pure heart and realize that they need someone to redeem them from this corrupt world.

So go and seek Him. And to help you find Him also look for those who are already in Him and who will be able to bear witness to you.

See also: Death penalty (where life begins)

RichardSipos/Z.Shlomo/2022/09/04

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