Welcome to #KingdomManna on #InspireAfricaProject! To accurately interpret and apply the Bible, there are factors you must consider. One of the major factors is to look at every portion of the scripture dispensationally! There are seven major dispensations in the Bible, and each dispensation has a lead character. We have the Dispensation of Conscience and Innocence, and the main character was Adam.
The third Dispensation is Human Government. The lead character was Noah. The fourth Dispensation is Promise, and the lead character was Abraham. The fifth Dispensation is Law, and the lead character was Moses. The sixth Dispensation is Grace, the initiator is Jesus Christ. You can attend Uncommon Wisdom Academy to learn the rest and grab the full information about each dispensation.
Whenever you are trying to build a doctrine or apply a portion of the Bible, you must consider what happened in that dispensation and what the lead character said. You cannot take what Moses said in the dispensation of Law and apply it in the dispensation of Grace without considering what Jesus, whose death established the dispensation of Grace said! That teaching must go in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Lets look at some of the major portions of the scripture we usually lay emphasis on whenever we want to kill our enemies. “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. “But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die. “And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. “He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death. “And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
“If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed, if he rises again and walks about outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed. “And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished. Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property. “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” Exodus 21:12-25
Look at where some people got the concept of Holy Ghost fire from. “Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly. Then all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up also!” And a fire came out from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.” Numbers 16:31-35. These and more especially from the book of Psalms are where we got the concept of killing our enemies.
Let’s look at what the Person (Jesus Christ) who established the Dispensation of Grace said about our enemies. “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:51-56.
Jesus was indirectly saying, “I don’t want you to replicate what Elijah did because where you are operating from is a better covenant! I did not come to kill or destroy lives and destinies, but to save them!” We were not saved to kill our enemies, but to save them! Look at how Jesus gave the law Moses established in Exodus 21 a New Testament perspective.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?” Matthew 5:43-47.
Jesus did not destroy the Law, but He readjusted it to fit into what He came to do on earth. The Dispensation of Law says we should return evil for evil, but the Dispensation of Grace replied, love those who hate you! Many Christians are struggling to come to terms with this simple transition. I struggled with it for many years. In fact, I used to be very angry whenever someone say we should not to kill our enemies. But one day, I told myself that the words of Jesus is the conclusion of any scriptural argument, and I surrendered to Jesus’ admonition.
Am sure some of us might be saying, are you telling us to discard the Old Testament? Not at all. In fact, I teach and preach from the Old Testament, especially from the book of Genesis all the time. But whatever I say must be in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ. My interpretations and applications must not be in conflict with the Dispensation of Grace!
If you were the younger brother of the Egyptian task-master that Moses killed, what will you do? I guess you will declare twenty-one days fasting and prayer on the mountain to kill Moses. But I can guarantee you that when your prayer gets to the throne of God, and He looks down from the balcony of heaven to see whom you want Him to kill, He will see Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy that are trapped inside Moses. So while you are sending fire to kill Moses, God is seeing a deliverer and a prolific writer!
I know some of us might say, what if my uncle is an occult grandmaster and has vowed to kill me, what will I do? We Africans misunderstand warfare prayer. Your uncle is not your enemy, it is the devil that is using him. Jesus never used prayer to kill people, rather He usually command the spirits that is using them to get out! I don’t call people’s name and command them to die, I deal with the spirits, demonic forces, kingdom’s, altars, deities and covens that have empowered the individual.
Because of this gospel of hatered, Christians suspect everybody. If you go for prayer today, the revelation will always be that somebody is holding you, and that’s one of the reasons why many families are thorn apart. A prophet told a man that his wife was possessed and she was the one who pulled down his business. Meanwhile, the man was sitting with his wife when this demonic prophecy was released and the man said that the marriage was over! How can the same Jesus who said, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate,” sanction a prophecy that will separate a marriage?
If the woman is possessed, please cast out the demons! She is not your enemy, it is the devil who is manipulating the daughter of Zion! Most times we focus on people and the devil will be laughing at us. The Saul you are sending fire to kill today because he supervised the killing of Stephen can become the writer of half of the New Testament tomorrow. Saul is not your enemy, but the spirit that is using him. Welcome to the week of supernatural interventions!
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