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Listener - Buy Weapons? In listening to a lot of people around me and their expressions of buying a weapon to use in the coming times. I have questions and concerns of where we stand in defending ourselves. My concern is not walking in His righteousness when hard times come. I remember Peter, Kefa raising his sword and cutting the guard’s ear. Yahshua said to Kefa put down your sword. I realize there are people being martyred ever day because of His name. Why should we in America be different? But the American side of me says to fight it out or at least defend myself and family. But deep down I feel this isn’t what Yahshua wants us to do. I know we should seek His path in all things! But when it comes to life sustaining situations I am unclear as to the truly biblical way. Sorry but this just bothers me and I get uncomfortable about talking to others when it comes to weapons. I am not looking for a personal view I am looking for the truth in the Word. Can you help me get a grip on this, please? (Revelation 13:10, Leviticus 24:17)
Tsiyon Answer - My I know many people wonder about these questions. I'm happy to share my personal conclusions with you regarding this subject. I say personal view, because I recognize that there is latitude here for varying personal decisions.
In the USA, the country where I live, every citizen is said to be guaranteed the right to "keep and bear arms" according to the Constitution. There are multiple reasons why people may want to have weapons, including as collector items, recreational use, hunting, self-defense etc. Further, the Scriptures do not prohibit keeping and bearing arms. That makes the keeping and bearing of arms a personal decision. Some people "don't like guns," which is fine, they aren't required to own them. However, they have no right to impose restrictions against gun ownership upon responsible gun owners. I say all of this to say this: I recognize the right of other people to responsibly own and use weapons and nothing I say here should be construed to interfere with the rights of all such people to make their own decisions about keeping and bearing arms.
Having said all of that I say this about myself. So far as Messiah is concerned I feel that I do not have any rights. Now, the Scriptures do support individual rights in regard to one another, but that's not what I'm talking about here. What I'm saying is this: as a bondslave of Messiah I have willingly religuished all personal rights, indeed all I am and possess, over to Him. My great concern in all my conduct is to obey Him, to please Him, to promote His Kingdom and to do the Father's Personal will in my life. I NEVER say to Him - "I have a RIGHT to do this or that." That simply is not in keeping with the role of a bondslave, in my view.
Messiah allowed weapons to His disciples. The context indicates this was with reasonable self-defense against outlaws and wild beasts in mind. This indicates to me that Messiah recognized the need of a man to defend himself and his family against ordinary attack, in the event that such should occur. Luke 22:36-38
That statement is very different than supporting the taking up of arms to overthrow or support the government - or even to defend the Kingdom. On that score I look to these words of Y'shua; "My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn’t be delivered to the Judeans. But now my Kingdom is not from here." John 18:36
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Kingdom of Heaven need not be defended by force of arms, nor can it be. On the other hand, governments and revolutions of this world must be secured through violence to prevail. Here, for me, two paths diverge. One path says I belong to the Kingdom and am no longer of this world. Since that is true, I have no need to "fight." The other path involves upholding or overthrowing a government of this world, it matters not which. In either case it involves supporting a cause of this world - not the Kingdom. Regardless of what others choose to do, I have long ago rejected that path of fighting for a cause of this world. The world is soon passing away. Why should I waste my life fighting against some segment of this world to uphold some other segment of it? That is a vain thing in my mind, since this world will soon come to nothing anyway, with no help from me. If some take up arms for or against governments of this world they make themselves targets and they will likely be killed in the effort. I think that is what Rev 13:10 is speaking of when it says "if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed."
I wish to kill no one, nor do I wish to be killed for a vain purpose. I have pledged to spend my life for the Kingdom. That involves blessing people - not killing anybody. If an enemy comes for me because of the Kingdom, and YHWH provides a peaceful means of escape for me and those with me, we will take it. If no peaceful escape is possible, then they will have no need to expect a violent response from me, because I am not a violent person. If in that case they were confronted with violence that rachets up the anxiety and someone is much more likely to get hurt or killed. I don't want that. I'll go quietly if called upon to do so, and trust in YHWH for His will to be done. Surely, He has the power to deliver me and all my house, if that is His wish. If that is not His wish then there are no guns with sufficient firepower to change His will. Either way, a violent response will not help, but could get me, my family or another person killed. No thank you. He is my defense, my shield and my strong tower. I don't have, do not desire and do not need a plan B.
Here is the way of the Kingdom:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven." Matt 5:43-45
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations. But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most certainly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come." Mat 10:16-23
Concluding thoughts from Eliyahu ben David:
The new Torah Year is now upon us, marking the start of a new 7-year cycle of years, called a "shebuah" in Hebrew. This can refer to any cycle characterized by 7, whether refering to days, years, decades - whatever. The start of a shebuah is the time to lay a right foundation for the rest of the shebuah period.
I say all of that to say this: This new Torah Year is a time to consider the foundations in our lives. Take stock of what is solid and buildable in your life, you don't need to worry about that. You are successfully building on those areas already. Are there areas where the old foundation needs to be repaired - or even torn out and re-built? This year is the best time for that. New challenges will be coming down the road as we progress in this new shabuah, and you will want a solid foundation in your life from which to respond to those challenges!
At Tsiyon we are thinking and praying about the foundations of the Spiritual Temple. We believe this new year will be a preparatory year, making way for growth of the Spiritual Temple in the years ahead. Many times building work begins by demolition and clean-up on the building site. There will likely be a lot of that this year in the lives of believers and non-believers. Such times of upheaval and clearing out of the debris can be a bit daunting. It is a time to be in prayer, and in step with the will of the Father, and busy about His business.
Be aware, a fire is coming that will test how each man has built:
"But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; each man’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man’s work is." 1 Co 3:12-15
May your life and mine be built up with the spiritual treasures equivalent to "gold, silver" and "costly stones" that your building may glorify God - even through the fire!
Blessings and Shalom in Messiah.
Eliyahu ben David
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