timeless truths about testifying

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timeless truths about testifying

Deuteronomy 17:6-7

Deuteronomy 17:6 The one condemned to die is to be executed on the testimony of two or three witnesses. No one is to be executed on the testimony of a single witness.
Deuteronomy 17:7 The witnesses’ hands are to be the first in putting him to death, and after that, the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from you.

timeless truths about testifying

Verse four had mentioned the need for a thorough investigation. These verses elaborate on that. First, someone who sees something wrong (in this case, a person inciting rebellion against God and in favor of idolatry) must find one or two others who can verify the charge. A single witness is not enough. Going out and finding a mob looking to stone someone is not enough. A person’s life is at stake. God will not tolerate mob rule.

Secondly, the person who makes the accusation had better be sure enough of what he saw that he is ready to let his hands confirm what his eyes saw. The witnesses’ hands are to be the first in putting the rebel to death. If my hands are not willing to get sullied, then perhaps my eyes did not see what they thought they saw. If I am not willing to live my testimony, then people are not going to trust what I say I believe.

Thirdly, the community must join the witness in disposing of the rebel. A crime against God is a crime against the congregation. God intends that the testimonies of his people be nurtured and backed-up by the congregation. It takes a congregation to purge the evil from a community. One individual cannot do it alone.

It should be obvious that God does not want us to take up this practice today. The covenant in which stoning rebels was a part is no longer in effect. Jesus commands us to love our enemies — even God’s enemies. But there are some principles about testifying that are brought out in today’s text. These principles are timeless truths, and can be applied to our testimony about Christ.

In case you missed them the first time, here they are in essence:

1. A single testimony is not enough.
2. Live what you say you experienced.
3. It takes a congregation to back-up a testimony.

Lord, make us people who are willing to live what we say we have experienced, and give us congregations who will encourage and back-up our testimonies.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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