Torah Thoughts - Shoftim (Judges) - The Righteous Judge

Torah Thoughts – Shoftim: Righteous Judge

Parasha:  Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9

1st Aliyah:  Deuteronomy 16:18 – 17:13


Righteous Judge
This Torah portion talks about the judges and the offices that are to be appointed, throughout the tribes, to judge the people with just (righteous) judgement.  It is the mandates to the judges, followed by the promise of YHVH to them.


Revelation 5:10 (KJV) tells us that WE, the people of YHVH, are appointed to be Kings and Priests…and we “shall reign on the earth.”  The Torah is our instruction on how to walk this out, and we had the perfect role model in Yeshua, Amen?


There is a specific example that comes to mind.  Remember in John 8:1-6, there is the story of when Yeshua came down from Mt. Olives to teach and was confronted by the scribes and Pharisees.  They brought before Yeshua a woman who was discovered in the act of adultery.   They were preparing to stone her, and they asked Yeshua, “Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?


It was a set-up from the get-up.  They were attempting to tempt Him so they could accuse Him, but remember, Yeshua responded to their question by bending down and wrote on the ground with His finger.  It appeared as though he were ignoring them, but they continued to press Him for an answer.


Then Yeshua lifted himself up and said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”  He resumed writing on the ground and the accusers became convicted and left, one by one.  Finally, Yeshua was alone with the woman.  Yeshua stood up and said to the woman, “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?” 


Can you just see this woman, bruised, maybe bloodied, trembling, afraid, disheveled and ashamed, her cheeks stained with tears?  When she confessed that there were no accusers left, Yeshua compassionately reassured her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”  Imagine being in that woman’s place.  Actually, we were…


This is such a beautiful picture of what Yeshua was being prepared to do for us, a sort of rehearsal, if you will. 

When Yeshua came down from the Mt. of Olives to teach and was confronted with her (OUR) sin, He stooped down to meet her (us) in the place of sin as if to meet her(us) in the place of sin, in the dirt.


Yeshua stood up for her (and us) when no one else would and He took our penalty.  He willingly laid down His life on the crucifixion stake, for her and us.   Yeshua was not afraid of our sin…He died for it.


He also met with the accuser’s sin.  John 12:32 says, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL people to myself.”


Yeshua came down from the anointed place, with the anointing, as the anointed one…The Christ (Our Messiah).  He humbled Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Gethsemane is derived from an Aramaic word meaning “oil press” and indeed He was pressed.


He humbled himself when He took on our sin – stooped down in the dirt.  He stood up for righteousness, confronted our sin, He was lifted UP on the crucifixion stake (cross).  He stooped down again, died for our sin and was put into the grave …was lowered into Hell, but was raised up again, resurrected and ascended back into Heaven where he prepares a place for us.  And in so doing, He won US the Victory! HalleluYah!


He did not judge her…He did not judge them…He does not judge you now but has worked out the path of redemption for you.  


You have the choice whether to receive it, or not, before that Last Great Day!  So, brother, sister, where are your accusers?


As a King and Priest, we are assigned with the task of judging righteously.  And as Kings and Priests, you may rule over nations one day and to do so righteously, you must study the word…His word! Amen?


Deuteronomy 16:20, “That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God (YHVH), giveth thee.”


You can watch the teaching entitled Righteous Judge by clicking here:

Love and Blessings,

 David Salinas

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