Self Defense is biblically supported. We hear all types of doctrines today. I recently heard one tell a congregation that we are not to defend ourselves with force. These type people are leading people astray and making such followers easy prey for the enemy. When it comes to The WORD we have two basic levels - Physical and Spiritual.
The Word encourages both Physical (Eze.33:6/...)and Spiritual Defense (Eph.6:10-17/ Ps.91/2 Cor.10:4 ..) against the enemy.
One common area perverted by the masses is: Matt.5:39 (Lk.6:29) Matt.5:38-39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. _________________________
The concept spoken of here is to not to take your own vengance but rather to seek to be in harmony with God's will with such virtues as patience, forgiveness, humbleness, and understanding. "Evil" here is obviously a mis-translation and should be Hardships (Harm). This hardship is because it would be human nature to lash out on one who Has obviously done you wrong, the context comes to close with Matt.5:44. (the suggested responce should cause the aggressor to rethink his actions)
Love is the number one virtue of a member of Spiritual Israel, and is to be used with all others including Discernment and Rebuke. Matt.5 in no way was speaking against self defense seeing as the wrong doing had already taken place to strike back wouldn't be moveing towards a postive solution. (Rom.12:17) (Christians are concerned for all but not taught to be doormates for the enemy, tough love is love all the same, and God is known to chastise those he loves)
Vengance belongs to The LORD: Ps.94:1/ Rom.12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord./ 2 Thess.1:8/ (Ps.11:5-7) Judgement is to be carried out according to God's will not mans.
In Judges 4-5 we are told of a woman (Deborah) that lead Israel into war when no man would. Instead Israel had become so pacifist that worship of other gods was within the gates and violence had infested the area where there was no protection (Judges 5:8). There nothing more the enemy would like than easy targets. It's no secret that within the Tanach (O.T.) we have many examples of God not only with Israel in war but also ordering them into battle for the promised land (Deut. 1:8; 3:27, 28; 9:3-5) according to His will.
David slew Goliath 1 Sam.17/ 1 Sam.25:13 David knew the importance of self defence for the nation of Israel but we can learn even more from David's life. He served as an example of what not to do as well, cause he gave place to his own misguided feelings when it came to the battle field. (2 Sam.11:14-25) David sets up Uriah's murder because of his own lust. David was given the knowledge that taking personal vengance was wrong 1 Sam.25:33/ 1 Chr.22:8; 28:3/ (Proverbs 3:29-35)/ Tit.1:7 God doesn't only fight with his people in spiritual war! Ps.144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: (Saddly its often the innocent that are killed during war)
* Ps.18:34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. _________________________
* Ps.44:6-7 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us. (Walking with The LORD makes all the difference) / 1 Sam. 17:47
* Neh.4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. (Neh. 4:20) _________________________
* Esther 8:11-12 (Esther 9:1-5) Self defense for Jews
Matt 26 and Lk 22 show that the disciples were aremed. Who told them to acquire these weapons?
Yeshua (The Christ) did. (Lk.22:36). Afterwards:He told them to sheath their weapons (give "Place" here is sheath (Jn.18:10-11) and not the same term as used in vs.36."Take the sword" on their own accord /Rom.13:4) Matt.26:52-54 (Lk.22:35-39) 52Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Lk.22:49-53)
The Point is that it was God's will that Christ become the Passover sacrifice and taking a sword to physically fight that would not be embracing God's will but your own. All those who were resorting to their own justice by the sword were embraceing their own demise (*Rev.13:10) rather than redemption from YHVH!
Throughout The Word we are told Not To Avenge ourselves. That is the difference between Murder and kill.
Matt 5 tells the disciples how to conduct themselves and carring out your own Vengance isnt part of it. There is a big difference between taking vengance and self defense. Anyway,
Matt.5:39 (Lk.6:29) Matt.5:38-39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matt 5:38-39 resist not hardships ("evil"/ harm) cause it would be human nature to strike someone back when they slap you. However if your priority is edification in the name of Yeshua (the ministry) then its more edifying if you look them in the face and allow them to continue in what then obviously becomes seen as senseless violence. In the same area Yeshua says its lawful to strike them back but he is stressing a great cause (that of serving God). Many pervert this passage to claim we arent to protect ourselves which insults any concept of law and order. We have people who would enjoy bringing terror and murder to your family and if you were to just let them do it you are enabling the works of HaSatan. A man that would stand by and allow his family to be murdered is no man. Neh.4(:14) says something i wouldnt have to be told if someone came to harm 1 of my loved ones "fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses". On the spiritual level I hope you acquire The Sword!
Note the difference in Murder and kill within the Hebrew and Greek scriptures
Ecc.3:1-3 to everything there is a season........... a time to kill, and a time to heal......
Captial punishment?/ death penalty? blog- Thou shalt not Murder- Ex.20:13/ Ex.21:14/ Deut.19:11/ Num. 35:16/ to lay in wait and to take personal vengance as to smite with intent to, or to cause death.) Not the same as kill.
Rom.12:17-19 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Self Defense is NOT taking personal vengance (wrath). In no way would it please the Father for you to sit back and allow the rape or murder of innocence in His name. That would be like someone taking the living Bread literally and claiming we dont need to go to the grocery store or eat cause God will fill our stomachs. That lack of knowledge would certainly lead to physical death. To live by the sword is not self defence (robbing, murdering,....).
Now if you are of the understanding that The Father changes not and that His word doesnt contradict itself throughout the bible then Compare Joshua 10:13-14 to Rom.12
"And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves ( H#5358/ 341) upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel"
Here in Joshua, its the LORD's will that the Amorites fall and that Israel defend its self.
Ex.22:2-3 If a thief is caught in the act of breaking in it is legal to execute him (for his intentions are not good) but not afterwards.
When it comes to war you should not fight someone elses battles. You had best know in your heart that you are standing according to God's WORD or you shall surely fall. Beware of false peace as well.
Elijah summoned fire down from heaven upon those who stood against God's WORD (2 Kings 1:10). Daniel was spared in the Lion's den and his friends Shadrach, Meshach. and Abednego in the fiery furnace. If God be with you who can be against you. We aren't to fear those who can kill our physical bodies but rather reverance him who can kill the physical and cause the spiritual to perish (Lk.12:4-5/ Matt.10:28)/ (Matt.16:25/ Mk.8:35/ Lk.9:24/ Lk.17:33/ Jn.12:25)/ (Rev.6:10-11)/ . Lk.6:27-30 (Proverbs 1:16/ Rom.3:15) Rev.1:16;2:16; 19:15
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