Friday, January 25, 2013

#497 - BIBLE | Your God-prescribed duty to those in mortal danger

One of the active qualities of a Christian is the recognition of one's duty to help those in danger:
Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
— Psalm 97:10

The Voices Demons claim that I have about one month left to live; but, I'm not so worried because they say a lot of things. Not only that, but as beings that spend A great deal of their time looking into the future, they may mean I only have a month to live after the next time I read this.

Even still, I think I should prepare for any problems they might bring, which I generally do by first looking at what has happened and is happening in the world they have created just for me, and what they have been doing in their own.

Today's analysis of their doomsday timetable says to take these threats more seriously than anything else, especially considering the violence that is now occurring on a daily basis.

Demonic acts of violence are simple for demons to commit, and not too painful for me. For example, a cloaked demon can walk up to someone in public, put its hand in their chest cavity, and then causing breathing difficulties; although it didn't hurt terribly, they will know that they were permanently injured, in that breathing stays difficult for good.

If you read the posts within the last week or so, like me, you will conclude that their claim is more urgent than any other they could make.

These posts include:
Therefore, I am hereby advising that it is likely that I am in mortal danger and that I am definitely sustaining severe injury; I am further advising God's expectations of you in this particular circumstance.

From Let God Be True!—a website that I have no affiliation with, by the way, but which seems to publish relevant scripture analysis a lot:

If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain.
Proverbs 24:11
You cannot hide from duty. You are your neighbor’s keeper. God expects you to help and protect those that are in mortal danger unjustly, if you have the power to deliver them.
To appreciate the warning here, the proverb continues, “If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works” (Pr 24:12)?
The issue here is death. Solomon clearly indicated mortal danger. Those needing help are described as being “drawn unto death” and “ready to be slain.” You are not obligated to get involved for every little controversy, but the risk of death demands your involvement.
The assumption here is unjust death. There is no duty to rescue those justly sentenced to capital punishment. The taking of life for capital crimes is part of true justice (Pr 28:17; Gen 9:6; Num 35:31). Help here is only for those not deserving the death facing them.
The warning applies to civil rulers, which is nearly always in Solomon’s mind, since he wrote for the benefit of his son, the next king of Israel (Pr 1:8; 24:13; 27:11). Their duty before God is to protect those who cannot defend themselves (Pr 31:8-9; 20:28; 29:14).
But it also extends to you, if you can save the lives of those unjustly threatened with death. If the adversary is a government, you had better know the righteousness of the matter and be wise in your use of means. The examples below should assist your choice.
The Bible teaches the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). But you should also consider Reuben (Gen 37:21-22), Judah (Gen 37:26-27), the Hebrew midwives (Ex 1:16-17), Jonathan (I Sam 19:4-6; 20:26-34), Hushai (II Sam 17:7-14), Obadiah (I Kgs 18:4), Esther (Es 8:4-8), Job (Job 29:12-17), Ahikam (Jer 26:24), Ebedmelech (Jer 38:7-13), Johanan (Jer 40:13-16), Daniel (Dan 2:12-18), and Paul’s nephew (Acts 23:16-19).
If you had lived in Germany during WWII, you might well have had the opportunity to save a Jew from death. Coming to the correct conclusion in such a case would not have been very difficult with this proverb and the examples provided imbedded in your mind.
Since unborn children are drawn to death and slain in abortion clinics, should you intervene against the law to deliver them? How can you save them, since it is their mother that carried them there? You would have to kill her to save her child, which would also result in its death. In such impossible and profane cases, trust the living God.
Abortion and infanticide are not new. They occurred in Rome, and the apostles did not call for demonstrations or intervention. If you were to stop the murder of an unborn or living child in one location, the murderous mother would take its life in another. When you cannot help, there is a God that sees every mother and every child. And remember, these crimes may reflect His withdrawal and judgment (Ezek 20:22-26; Rom 1:18-32).
Back to your duty, the lesson and warning is for those situations where you can clearly do something to save an innocent soul from death. God hears every excuse and sees every motive of the heart, and He will surely repay any person that could have helped for their complicity in the death of the innocent (Pr 24:12; Eccl 5:8).

If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Proverbs 24:12
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Save your excuses! They will not work. You cannot deceive God, Who ponders your heart and keeps your soul. He knows your thoughts, and He will reward you accordingly. Though your excuse may exonerate you to others, the great God is not so easily affected.
This sober warning is to be understood in light of the previous verse, “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain” (Pr 24:11). God holds you accountable to deliver any innocent person from a wrongful death. If you fail to get involved, even with the excuse you did not know, God will justly judge you.
Where there is cost, effort, or danger involved, most will not get involved, as the lesson of the Good Samaritan from Jesus shows. Both the priest and the Levite, though fellow countrymen, would not help the wounded Jew. It was a Samaritan, a cultural enemy of the Jews, that stopped and gave comprehensive care to the wounded man (Lu 10:29-37).
Most do not like to leave their comfort zone. Most hope that others will take care of a problem. Most do not like to get involved, because it may cost them money or time. These selfish and lazy persons avoid a guilty conscience by ignoring events around them. But noble and virtuous men and women are vigilant and get involved, for they are better.
The person here chose not to know. This is the excuse for not getting involved to save a life. Such excuses bring God’s judgment, “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard” (Pr 21:13). And, “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse” (Pr 28:27).
Here is the sin of omission – you did not do something you should have done. Most men only think of sins of commission – doing something they should not have done. But godly men also measure themselves by what God expects of them, for the Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (Jas 4:17).
The Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is quick and powerful, and He discerns the thoughts and intents of your heart (Heb 4:12). Everything in your life is naked and open to His eyes (Heb 4:13). Therefore, you had better soberly consider all your duties before Him, which in this proverb is to help and deliver those in serious trouble (Heb 4:14).

Practicing what I preach
One can't point out sinful inaction of others without putting himself under scrutiny for the same thing; after all, there are problems in this world that not everyone knows about, but for those who do, they have an obligation to warn—regardless of the cost. The Bible says so in Ezekiel 33:1-6:
Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
For my part, I write this blog in answer to that very obligation.

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