(10/08/2015) The Death Penalty?

Posted: October 8, 2015 in Atonement, Death, Divine Order, Judgment, Law, Mercy, Repentance, Righteousness, Scriptures, The Ten Commandments
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Divine law, judgment, and the death penalty are topics, today.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (the required profile info has not been shared) posted the following:

Is the death penalty an act of murder as defined by “Thy Shall Not Kill” in the bible?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation.  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.  (Exodus 34:  6-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014)

“Anonymous”, because the death penalty expresses the wrath of GOD against sin, it must be acknowledged as a manifesting of divine presence, an outcome of ongoing spiritual processes, a further act to fulfill eternal purpose, and the further revelation of the character, makeup, and nature of divinity.  Death put forth by the law upholds the accomplishment of life.  While Creation may be thought of as displaying the breadth, depth and inventiveness of the divine mind, and Salvation be seen as demonstrating the immensity of divine love, it is Judgment—that also embraces correction, forgiveness, mercy and opportunities for repentance—that most completely exhibits the righteousness of Deity.  The consequences, influence, and substance of murder are more than simply carnal, material and social effects.  It is not immediately visible to created beings and living creatures, yet, the impact of murder is upon divine order on a cosmic and spiritual scale.  Murder not only pollutes the physical place where it occurs upon the earth, it also pollutes the Sanctuary of the Temple in heaven.  Consider again the instruction for Christian believers from the Holy Bible:

(1.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-21. King James Version (KJV):  20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.  The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  21 But is the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.)  Numbers 35:  33-34, KJV:  33 So shall ye not pollute the land wherein ye are:  for blood it defileth the land:  and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed thereon, but by the blood of him that shed it.  34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell:  for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.

Of course there is far more to be said, considered, and properly understood.  For example (4.)  Genesis 9:  3-7, KJV:  3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you:  even as the green herbs have I given you all things.  4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.  5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.  6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:  for in the image of God made he man.  7 And you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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