Treason

“Hanging” was brought up the other day. 

I’ve given it some thought in the following context.

Under English common law, punishment for treason generally included drawing, hanging, beheading, and quartering. As with other crimes carrying sentence of death, those adjudged guilty of treason and finally sentenced were considered attaint, or stained, meaning dead in the eyes of the law—even before execution. Once attainder was established, the attainted forfeited his real estate to the crown—a requirement symbolizing lack of entitlement to the benefits of society.  Source: The Heritage Foundation

Is the subject taboo?

“Hanging” for committing treason against the king was considered viable.  The founding fathers of America were not cowards—their statues aren’t shameful.

What is treason?

Some definitions

1: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family

2: the betrayal of a trust: TREACHERY

Does God deal with treason differently?

Some accounts that come to mind…

We read the account in the Book of Esther of Haman maliciously attempting to destroy Mordecai, Esther the queen, and the rest of the Jews… God’s people.  Haman erected gallows to hang Mordecai.  Esther petitioned king Ahasuerus to expose the deception.  He saw it and ordered Haman to hang on his own gallows he built to hang Mordecai to satisfy his wrath.  The tables turned on Haman.  Mordecai was set over the house of Haman (Esther 3-8).  In context of the definition, did not Haman commit treason against God by trying to exterminate His people… His wife… His family?

Judas betrayed the Only Begotten Son of God, Jesus.  In context of the definition, did not Judas commit treason against God?  With the guilt of, and not repenting and submitting to God’s will, Judas hanged himself (Matthew 26; 27:1-5).

The leaders that were God’s enemies were sometimes hung by His leaders (Joshua 8:28-29; 2 Samuel 21:1-9).

Then… there’s the account of God’s Law…

Deuteronomy 21 22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Why this discussion?

Are we not all guilty of committing treason against God?  According to God’s Law, do we not all deserve the death penalty for treasonto be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree? Because of our sin, are we not all accursed before God, which deserves hanging… he that is hanged is accursed of God

It all started with Satan committing the offence of treason, and convincing Adam and Eve to.  The offense was the desire to become their own god and act on it.  Because we’re lineage of the first parents of mankind, we’re all guilty of having transgressed against God with the same from our mother’s womb—we all deserve… hanging for treason against God.

The judgment and penalty have not evaporated with time… God still demands justice for disloyalty against Him.

However… God is good and merciful.

By the God of Israel’s mercy and grace, He became a man and took this penalty for treason against Him on Himself.  He allowed men to hang Him on the Cross to satisfy God’s wrath for man’s treason against God.  Just like the account in Esther, with king Ahasuerus and Haman, where hanging was required to satisfy the king’s wrath.

So… before you get on your box and lash out destroying the lives and property of others for injustices against you and your supposed “group”, remember this.

At one time conscience prevailed when Jesus said… He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (John 8:1-11)?  Are we justified casting stones at others and their property… or supporting them that do?  Toppling or defacing a statue, destroying the flag of, or a building representing my country is also… destroying my property.

What’s the answer?

I’ve accepted God’s payment for the satisfying of His wrath on me for my treason against Him (sin)… fulfilling His Law according to Deuteronomy 21 quoted previously.  Jesus Christ shed His Blood on the Cross… He was resurrected and He ascended into Heaven.  He is seated at the right hand of the Father God in Heaven as the only Begotten Son of God and the only High Priest over the House of the God of Israel.

My penalty for treason against God has been paid.  I’m now reconciled back to God… His justice for treason (my sin) has been satisfied.  When I do sin, I can confess, admit it, to God before His Throne in Heaven.  I petition Jesus Christ’s grace for forgiveness… and for Him to continue to work in my heart through His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, transforming me into His image—growing the Holy Spirit in me… growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  I’m washed clean by His Blood for my sins (1 John 1:6-10; 2:1-4).

I want to remain faithful to my Savior, Redeemer, and Lord… Jesus Christ.  I don’t want what Haman, Judas, and the evil leaders received… hanging for treason (Isaiah 66:22-24; Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 3:12; 10:28; 25:41; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:10-15; 21:8; 22:14-16)..

Isaiah 66 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

So…

Which is greater… treason against the all powerful God of Israel or the sins of history?  Before you draw blood for vengeance, or march with those that want to, think about this.

Matthew 18 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Before you commit, or support, murder of untold millions of babies and children, who are created male and female in the image of God, through abortion, child abuse, and LGBTQ… think about this.

Matthew 18 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!…              10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

No matter our “skin color”, we all could reach in our back pocket and pull out an “invoice” for the wrongs committed against us, starting with Adam and Eve.  It’s just not wise to do so… or support those that do.  To get into an “owing” war does no one any good because our greatest crime, treason against God (sin), remains un-forgiven (Nahum 1:2-3; Hebrews 10:30-31; 12:14-16; 1 Peter 3:9-11; Mark 11:25-26; Matthew 6:12-15).

Why?

We lose sight of… the only valid payment for treason against God… that any man can receive.  To receive this Grace of God, we’re now able to value and treat each other as… male and female created in the image of God (Romans 13:8-10).

You can ignore this and continue on with your acts of treason… and, think you’re getting away with it.  No one may even step-up to stop you giving you the false notion that your self-righteousness justifies your acts of violence (2 Peter 3; Psalm 37).

You may dismiss all of this… however…

I encourage you to think about Haman and Judas… then, think about Jesus Christ.  Think about His payment for your and my treason (sin) against the God of Israel. 

When we accept Jesus Christ’s payment of hanging on the Cross, as an accursed man while still being God, and remain faithful growing in Him, power over committing the acts of treason against God and man (sin) will increase. 

Why?

The vicious cycle of sin… guilt… more sin… more guilt… is interrupted.

God’s wrath on us for our treason against Him has been stopped—our conscience has been cleared of the guilt of our betrayal. 

Guilt-free from the sins of our history and the cleansing and forgiveness for the sins of our present and future, we now have fellowship, friendship, and grace with the God of Israel… if we continue in fellowship with Him.  We’re a citizen, or subject, of His Kingdom—a kingdom of Peace, Love and Justice… forever.

Why fight for man’s attempt to create their own version of God’s Kingdom… their own kingdom… where “social justice” is fake and incomplete and ultimately becomes our nightmare?

If you reject all of this… you will face eternal death as a criminal committing crimes, offenses, or treason against the God of Israel… against His Kingdom.

Luke 23 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

He’s God… I’m not.  I can’t save you… you can’t save me.  Only Jesus Christ can save and redeem us both!

Courtesy of G.J. Lingus-Music