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Yahweh's Justice
'The Oppressed Shall be Vindicated!'

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"Yahweh is one, who Executeth Righteousness, Yea Vindication [mispat] for all the Oppressed" (Ps. 103:6). This article is written to give comfort to those who have endured without vindication, malicious injustice from nonchristians and Christians; the comfort being, 'Your oppressors will be judged by Yahweh and they will pay for the injustice done to you.' This hope can give you comfort, when it appears that they will not have to pay for their injustices; "for it is written—Mine, is avenging, I, will recompense; saith Yahweh (Rm. 12:19)! Yahweh's justice is one of the themes throughout Yahweh's Word, including the Age of Grace. The man-made doctrines of Hell and Purgatory attempted to address man's injustice but are not founded in the Word of Yahweh. Yahweh, as Judge, proclaims to mankind that the law breakers will be penalized and in addition, the innocent party shall receive restitution (shalam), from the oppressor, where the injured party is, as much as possible, mentally, physically and financially restored, leaving them whole (in peace, shalom), knowing that the oppressor has paid the price for their wickedness.

(This article will not focus on the sinner's sin and forgiveness but rather on the vindication of the victims, which will come from Christ very possibly, during his 1,000 year reign on the New Earth. (For more information on Forgiveness, read the article, 'Re-examining our Understanding of Forgiveness in the Light of Justice,' in Vol. 1 of the Teleios Books.) Also, I will not address those who are not written in the Book of Life; those who will partake of Yahweh's just vengeance for their wickedness, after which they will perish by being thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is also called, the Second Death.)

Justice in this Life is Expected and Demanded!
Why not in the Next Life?
In our present life, we expect and demand justice from our legal system; why would our next life be any different. If a Christian steals $100,000 from me, but then says he is sorry, does his response negate him paying me back the money? None of us would accept this outcome but rather we would take him to court, seeking justice, whether he was a Christian or unbeliever. Yahweh agrees! Ezekiel 33:14-16 declares, "And, when I say to the lawless man, Thou shalt, surely die, but he shall turn from his sin, and do justice [mispat] and righteousness: The debt-pledge, the lawless man shall restore, Plunder, shall pay back [shalam], In the statutes of life, hath walked, so as not to commit perversity, He shall, surely live, he shall not die; None of his sins which he hath committed, shall be called to mind against him,—Justice [mispat] and righteousness, hath he done, He shall, surely live." Why would we expect anything different on the New Earth, where Christ, our Righteous Judge, is reigning. If the above incident happened and justice was never received from the oppressor, where this loss of money resulted in me losing my business, placing me into poverty, resulting in my child dying because I could not now afford a surgery that would have saved my child's life, would we not demand justice be served to the oppressor and myself on the New Earth?

Some Yahweh followers, Christians included, maliciously harm other followers and unbelievers by stealing from them and even murdering them. Three of Yahweh anointed kings will be our examples. King Saul, a righteous man, a follower of Yahweh, chosen and anointed by Yahweh to lead the Israelites, which he did for many years. But this same man had a change of heart and had Yahweh's priests, women and children murdered (1 Sam. 22:16-19). King David had Uriah murdered. King Solomon, who Yahweh appeared to twice, rebelled against Yahweh, doing wickedness in the eyes of Yahweh (1 Kgs. 11).

Let us not talk about Saul's, David's and Solomon's sins but rather let us address the harm done to their victims. What does Saul owe to the families he had murdered? What does David owe to Uriah, his parents, brothers and sisters, who were all deprived, when Uriah was murdered? What does Solomon, as a leader, owe to the children who followed his abominable example, by worshipping the foreign gods he had erected in Israel? If they were all alive today, would a court of law require Saul, David and Solomon give restitution to their victims? We would expect nothing less! How much more would Christ, the Righteous Judge, vindicate these innocent parties. Does Yahweh care for the oppressed? Psalm 72 answers this question, by proclaiming to the oppressed, "May he [Yahweh] judge, Thy people with righteousness; And thine oppressed ones with justice; May he, Vindicate the oppressed of the people, Bring deliverance to the children of the needy, and, Crush the oppressor" (Ps. 72:2, 4).

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(When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words
Yahoshua (yeh-ho-shoo’- ah) for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and ruah for pneuma (spirit).)

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