means to return things to the way they were (or should
be) according to what is righteous and honorable
before YHWH and His Mashiyach. As human beings we
all have limitations and blind spots and at times it's impossible
to bring reconciliation and restitution on our own
strength, but with YHWH all things are possible. Avinu Malkeinu
(our Father and King) YHWH
in His Mashiyach has the
power to bring restitution of all things, and will. It is
through our Heavenly Father that we are able to make restitution for
things we've done against ourselves and others, there is no other possible
way to bring justice to this world except by and through the Author
Restitution is judged by YHWH
according to several factors including the intention of
the heart, the amount, the timeframes, the effectiveness
in restoring and bringing
atonement between parties. As
imperfect beings we all make mistakes, oftentimes we don't understand
how far reaching the consequences of our actions are.
But, we must learn to apply Torah in this life
and not lessen the requirements needed for restitution. If we lessen the requirements we
cheat the offender from understanding the consequences
of his or her actions, and learning the disciplines of making full and
proper restoration to his or herself and others.
In the religious
worlds offences are often covered up and left
unresolved. Religious leaders are rarely held
accountable for offences against their communities, most
people never even seek restitution because they have no
place to turn to, we live in a world where there is no
justice. Money and power and religion and influence
corrupted our "justice system" on all levels, inside the
Churches and Synagogues, in businesses and in governments.
The time and costs of going to court are
restrictive for so many people that they don't have the time
or money to fight for their YHWH given rights.
On the other hand
perhaps you or someone you knows hurt someone and wants to make restitution, but are not sure how to go
it without suffering a potential lawsuit because of acknowledging
the failings. These are only a few
of the matters that YHWH requires us to address and
establish restitution for.
"Whosoever shall exalt
himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble
himself shall be exalted."
WOE unto you who shut up
the kingdom of heaven against men: you don't enter
yourself, neither do you allow others to enter.
WOE unto you who take
widows' houses, and make a show of your religion with
your long prayers.
WOE unto you hypocrites
who compass sea and land to make one proselyte into a
twofold more child of hell than yourselves.
WOE unto you blind
guides, which teach men to shall swear by their
religious denominations, instead of obeying the Torah of
YHWH as your Authority.
WOE unto you hypocrites
who pay tithes but have made void the TORAH, MISHPATIM,
CHESED, and EMUNAH: all are required, but you blind
leaders, strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
WOE unto you who put on a
show on the outside, but inside are full of extortion,
gossip and excess. First cleanse your heart and
mind, then the outside of will be clean as well.
WOE unto you who are like
white washed tombs, you look clean on the outside, but
inside you are full of rotten bones, outwardly you
appear righteous, but inside you are full of hypocrisy
WOE unto you hypocrites
who tell others that you are like the righteous prophets
of YHWH, I send out prophets, and wise men, and scribes:
and you kill and crucify them; you scourge them in your
synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mashiyach is the author of Justice. His Teaching is
centered on repentance and entering into the Kingdom of
Elohim. Many false leaders have used the beauty of
the Salvation message to fill their pockets with mammon,
yet it is the responsibility of each one in Yeshua to uphold
the values and teachings of Yeshua as Holy. It is
each one of our responsibilities to make a clear
distinction between paganism and Truth. The
leaders glory in the flesh of those who uphold their
authority, they are the first to condemn others who
expose the lawlessness within their churches,
synagogues, temples or mosques. Those who would
protect their religious icons are the first to crucify
the messengers of Freedom in Torah and Mashiyach.
The greatest loss to the household of Faith is never
monetary, it is when religion and politics divides
YHWH's people against themselves, so
they cannot find their way into the Kingdom of
YHWH and experience His Peace and Joy.
The Beit Din of YHWH requires the guilty
to make restitution to the innocent. Innocent parties must give
their witness and consent to the Beit Din before
the guilty part has discharged their obligation to the
victim by making restitution. Petitions to the Beit Din are made only after the injured party
has sought reconciliation directly with their accuser and
attempted to establish reconciliation. Before
one enters into any congregation or covenant with
another, it is wise
to determine if there will be a Beit Din of men who are
Mighty in Scriptures and have the discernment of the Ruach HaKodesh of YHWH,
to help bring about righteous counsel and make
restitution according to the Word of
YHWH. Without a Beit Din there is no
accountability, no counsel, and no reconciliation
allowing wicked people to abuse others and wreak havoc in
Yeshua says that in the last days, "because Torahlessness
shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." Matthew
24:12. The love of many certainly has "waxed cold"
in these last days as Torah has become a curse word for
many people, but YHWH is also raising up a people unto
Himself who are having His Torah written upon their
hearts. Our hearts and souls are being enlarged as
we apply Torah and walk in Mashiyach by the authority of
the Word of YHWH.
Yeshua says, "You have heard it said, you shall love
your neighbour, and hate your enemy. But I say
unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you; That you
may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the
good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love them which love you, what reward have
ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if you
salute your brethren only, what do you more than others?
do not even the publicans so? Be you therefore
perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is
Our calling requires us to expect
that all souls will desire to enter into the Kingdom of
Elohim, although this is often not the case. But only
YHWH knows who will enter into Life and who will not.
Love requires that we respect the lives and souls of others, we must not lower
the standards of Torah, no one will be saved in their
sins. Our Saviour and Redeemer came to save us FROM
our sins. Loving our enemies and blessing them
that hate us means that we apply Torah to the
fullest extent we can in Yeshua.
It means we
uphold Torah, we give witness to others about YHWH and
His Torah and the righteous requirements for Salvation.
Yeshua said, "And I will give you the keys of the
kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will
be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will
be loosed in heaven". Matthew 16:19. The Hebrew meaning of
bind means to forbid, loose means to
permit. Yeshua gave his Talmidim the authority to
establish halakha (authoritative decisions) within the
community, but these decisions require a Beit Din, where
two or three are gathered in His Name. The Ruach
HaKodesh is given to guide the Beit Din to make
decisions according to what HaMashiyach counsels His
people. The Torah requires that we not have
unequal balances when establishing restitution with
those who are either within or outside of our community,
each one must be treated as equal before YHWH.
"Beloved, let us love one
another: for love is of Elohim;
and every one that loves
is born of YHWH, and knows YHWH."
"For this is the love of
Elohim, that we keep his commandments:
commandments are not grievous."
"Now I request of you not
as though I wrote a new commandment unto you,
which we had from the beginning, that we love one
And this is love, that we walk after his
This is the commandment, That, as
you have heard from the beginning,
you should walk in