Thursday, June 7, 2018

Is the Church Guilty of FAKE NEWS (Slander)?





In the Book of Numbers chapter 13, we find that the Israelite people finally arrived to the point where they were going to be able to enter the land that God had promised them (Exodus 3:8; Exodus 3:17; Exodus 6:8; Exodus 13:5) .  Knowing the hearts of the people, God told Moses to send men to spy out the land.  Twelve men were chosen.  Upon their return, ten of the men gave this report: 

Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. Numbers 13:31-32 (ESV)

"Bad report" in Hebrew is dibbah, which means "evil report, slander, defamation". 

 FAKE NEWS! is the modern day cry for a bad report and/or slander.

Ten men chose to slander (spread FAKE NEWS) the land that God had promised to give to them!  A land "flowing with milk and honey" (see references shared above).  Now these ten men did not deny the fact that the land was "flowing with milk and honey".  Back in verse 27 they affirmed that it was indeed just as God had described!  The slander came in when they voiced their fear and doubt: 

"Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are." (verse 31) 

In the book Kol Dodi, Seasonings of the Torah by Rabbi David Feinstein, it says concerning Numbers 13:31: 

"The word mim-men-nū מִמֶּֽנּוּ can be translated either as 'than us', as in the plain meaning of our verse, or as 'than him'."  So, without saying so directly, "the spies meant to say that the Canaanites were stronger than Him." (p 182)

When we read on into Numbers chapter 14, we see where the people chose to believe this fake news against God.  They cried and wept all night, and the following day they began to grumble against their leaders, Moses and Aaron.  

But what about the other two men?  These two men, Joshua and Caleb, chose to trust in the LORD! They tried to remind the people of His promises and His power to fulfill what He promised them.

"The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”  

Joshua and Caleb exhorted the people to remember who God was, what He promised, and who they were as His people.  They were basically trying to get the people to take their thoughts captive! (2 Corinthians 10:5) Unfortunately, the people chose to believe the slander, thus exhibiting their lack of faith. 


Today, the Church by and large is guilty of the same thing.  Believing an evil report, believing slander, believing the FAKE NEWS that has been spoken against 
His Word - His Law - His Torah! 

 Most people in the Church are taught and are teaching that the Law of God has been "done away with".  

Yet, Yeshua (Jesus) Himself said:  

He did NOT come to do away with the Law or the Prophets! Matthew 5:17-18 (ESV)

We have been taught that His Law is a "burden". 

John, Yeshua's disciple said: 

His commandments are NOT burdensome. 1 John 5:4 (ESV)

We have been taught that it is "not possible to keep it". 

But the Scriptures say: 

The Law is NOT too hard and you CAN do it.  Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (ESV)

We are taught that it was "nailed to the cross". 

Yet those words refer to our record of debt! Hallelujah!

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross
Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV)

Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Yeshua Himself  broke the Law! 

Yeshua said: 

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. John 15:10 (ESV)

We have been told that Yeshua came to "give us something better".  

Yet the Scriptures say: 

The Law of the LORD is:
  • PERFECT
  • reviving to the soul 
  • sure
  • making wise the simple.  
  • truth
  • enduring FOREVER
Psalm 19:7 (ESV) Psalm 119:160 (ESV)

Dr. David Jones with Ruach Ministries, pointed out in his teaching on this passage in Numbers, that "The attitude of how you approach something greatly affects the situation." Twelve men were sent to check out the Promised Land. Ten men chose to have the wrong attitude and returned with a slanderous report.  Two men chose to keep their eyes fixed on the Author and Finisher of their faith (Hebrews 12:2).  Guess who entered into the Promise

Dr. David Jones also said, "To reject the Word of Yahweh is to deliberately break it."  Numbers 15:30 backs up his statement: 

But the person who acts defiantly, whether native or foreign resident, blasphemes the LORD. That person is to be cut off from his people.  
(HCSB)

And the writer of Hebrews reiterates this in Hebrews 10:26-31. 


 Church, it is time to stop believing the slander that has been spread about 
God's Law!  

It is time for an attitude adjustment and it is time to take our thoughts captive!

From now on when you read your Bible, notice how consistently it talks favorably about the Law.  Let me give you this suggestion: put Paul's letters to the side for a while.  I am not saying to totally dismiss them, or that they are of no value - they are very valuable!  However, Paul's letters are always the reason people think that God's Law is no longer applicable.  Peter addressed Paul's writings: 

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 2 Peter 3:15-17 (ESV)

I especially encourage you to read through Psalm 119 over and over until it really sets in just how special God's Law really is!  Read Yeshua's words and how He emphasizes hearing and doing what the Father has commanded.  

Church, we need to remember what God has said about His Law and we need to remember that Yeshua came in the flesh to show us how to live it out! Take captive those evil and slanderous reports about the Law! Hear and obey! Live as Yeshua lived, walk as He walked! 

CHOOSE LIFE! 


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