Moses' Seat!

Doc Judges!

“Yahweh knows how to deliver the holy out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment to the day of judgment;

but chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, AND DESPISE GOVERNMENT. Daring, stubborn, they tremble not to rail at dignities:

whereas angels, though greater in might and power, bring not a railing accusation against them before Yahweh.

But these, as creatures without reason, born mere animals to be taken and destroyed, railing in matters in which they are in ignorance, shall in their destroying surely be destroyed,” (II Pt 2:10)

 

A notable failure in almost all the Sacred Name movement organizations is that of not following the true Biblical form of government. So often we hear from those proclaiming to have the kingdom message, yet they neglect the concept of proper kingdom government from that message. Any kingdom of necessity must have a government. The word “Kingdom” comes from King’s Domain if you follow the origin and etymology of its meaning!  Perhaps the ideas from living in our “free” society have influenced the thinking of most individuals. Most it seems approach this subject as the world does, with the belief in rule by committee. There seems to be an animosity (even fear!) toward a Biblically based (or oriented) government where there is a single individual functioning at the top. Statements like “absolute power corrupts absolutely” promote a fear of authority. Certainly, it can be said the authority given him as “all judgment was given him by the Father” did not corrupt Yahshua! The Apostle Peter wrote warning of those, who in their evil character “despise government.”

 

Perhaps this is the result of seeing so much corruption in today’s government officials, and this has lead many to distrust leadership. This is particularly obvious where a single individual has the final authority in important matters. Nonetheless, we cannot allow fear to rule our lives but the Sacred Scriptures must be the final answer in all matters. (Deut 8:3)

 

How is the organization of the Kingdom government set up? Does committee or council control it? Does Almighty Yahweh work through a single individual in His system of government? Has He in the past worked through a single individual? Let us be as the noble Bereans and search the Word of Yahweh for the answer.

 

In opening the scriptures, we find the concept of rulership from the top-down.

I Cor 11:3 “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is Yahweh.”  From such a passage we can see there is in fact, a “headship” or order of government beginning with our creator Yahweh, and then down to the Messiah, then to the man and finally to his wife. But besides this, we also have a government that does function within the congregation of Yahweh as well.

 

A good place to begin with is in Exodus 18:13-27. Here Moses was seated to judge the children of Israel after they recently came out of Egypt. One can only imagine the burden this presented to Moses as he sat in judgment over literally thousands of people and instructed them in the kingdom way, and solving their problems. All of Israel was under a single judge, called and appointed by Yahweh. The burden was indeed heavy and Moses father-in-law understanding the logistics of the problem gave wise counsel to Moses. He said to appoint assistants to aid him in the judgment process. As Yahweh’s representative, Moses would be over those judges of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. His assistants would judge the small matters and the larger and more serious matters would be brought directly to “Moses seat” for judgment. But, at no time did Moses relinquish his authority over Israel to these assistants. Moses remained judge over Yahweh’s people. Although it can be said, the supreme judge would be Yahweh himself by His Word (Deut 1:17), there still is always a representative present to dispatch that judgment according to the Word. Even in Yahshua’s time (and during the apostolic times) this system still continued to function.

 

Moses Seat

“Then spoke Yahshua to the multitudes and to his disciples,

saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat: all things therefore whatever they bid you, these do and observe: but do not you after their works; for they say, and do not. (Matt 23:1-3)

 

Moses Seat refers to a position of authority where judgment is rendered. Consider for example, Deut 22:15 where the elders would “sit in the gate” and render judgments from the law of Yahweh. To sit in “Moses Seat” would mean a position of authority and judgment on this earth. Also consider Prov 31:23 “Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.” This refers to the position of a magistrate who deals with civil matters. These positions are still valid today for those who choose to follow the kingdom government. Today there must still be one individual who stands as judge over all Spiritual Israel today to render judgment according to the Torah.

 

Rulership From the Top-Down?

 

Deut 17:8-13 explains just how the chief judge is to function. “If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates; then shall you arise, and go up to the place which Yahweh your Elohim shall choose;

And you shall come to the priests the Levites, and to the judge that shall be in those days: and you shall inquire; and they shall show you the sentence of judgment.

And you shall do according to the tenor of the sentence which they shall show you from that place which Yahweh shall choose; and you shall observe to do according to all that they shall teach you:

According to the tenor of the law which they shall teach you, and according to the judgment which they shall tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the sentence which they shall show you, to the right hand, or to the left.

And the man that does presumptuously, in not listening to the priest that stands to minister there before Yahweh your Elohim, or to the judge, that man shall die: and you shall put away the evil from Israel.

And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.”

 

In difficult matters that cannot be solved at the lower levels, the matter is brought to the priests and to “THE (single) judge that shall be in those days” so the law of Yahweh can be applied to the situation. There is no mention of review by any council or a consensus vote taken. The judge weighs the evidence against the Word of Yahweh and renders a final decision accordingly. In addition, instruction and teaching is also involved, to show that this decision comes not arbitrarily from the mind of man, but in fact is the instruction from the written Word. Notice how all Israel was responsible to follow to the letter, the judgment rendered by the chief judge of Israel. This system is also found in the New Testament as well.

         

Acts 15:1-21 confronts an issue that came to light as new proselytes came into the faith and has been fallaciously used by some groups in attempt to show judgment by council in the apostolic assembly. Nothing could be further from truth. The question arose over whether the new converts must be circumcised physically in order to obtain salvation. This created a great controversy in the Assembly. They then brought the matter to Jerusalem where the matter was discussed among the elders and apostles AND the bishop Jacob.  Although they all gave their witness and counsel on the matter (reviewed the doctrine) Jacob rendered the final judgment on the matter in verse 19, where it states, “Therefore my judgment is...” This is a perfect example of what we read in Deut 17. They came to the elders and the judge who rendered the final answer. But in most Sacred Name organizations, there is great resistance, even rebellion, to the concept of any single individual having such authority in spite of the Word.

         

Consider also the evidence given in Ecc. 12:11 “The words of the wise are as goads: and as nails well fastened are the words of the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.” For Yahweh’s true faith to remain viable it must be unified in sound doctrine. Everyone in the true leadership positions must be speaking the same thing and having the same mind (I Cor 1:10). So just as in Acts 15, the bishop must be the ONE shepherd in whom all the leadership turns to for purity and unity of doctrine. Therefore the office of bishop carries a great deal of weight with it.

 

When looking at the Sacred Name movement, we can see such a variety of erroneous doctrines expressed (and barely lived by) in just one single group! There must be one who stands guard to ensure that false doctrine does not invade the faith. “You offer polluted bread (leavened bread or corrupt doctrine) upon my altar. And you say, In what [way] have we polluted you? In that you say, The table of Yahweh is contemptible. And when you offer the blind for sacrifice, it is no evil! And when you offer the lame and sick, it is no evil! Present it now unto your governor; will he be pleased with you? Or will he accept your person? Says Yahweh of hosts. And now, I pray you, entreat the favor of El, that he may be gracious unto us: this has been by your means: will he accept any of your persons? Says Yahweh of hosts.

Oh that there were one among you that would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says Yahweh of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.” (Mal 1:7-10)

 

There is a popular misconception, particularly in the splinter organizations, where all (or everyone in leadership positions and in some cases this includes everyone in that organization) in the administration of Yahweh’s congregation are at the same level. According to scripture this is not the case. Therefore the lesson of Korah should never be far from the minds of Yahweh’s people.

 

Numbers 16:1-3 “Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the congregation, called to the assembly, men of renown:

And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much upon you, since all of the congregation are holy, every one of them, and Yahweh is among them: why then do you lift yourselves up above the assembly of Yahweh?”

 

We need to notice that these renegades where the princes of the congregation. In the Strong’s Concordance the term princes here is # 5387. nasiy', naw-see'; or nasi', naw-see'; from H5375; prop. an exalted one, i.e. a king or sheik; also a rising mist:--captain, chief, cloud, governor, prince, ruler, vapour. These were people who were of respected position in the assembly who erroneously thought they were of the same rank and caliber as Moses or Aaron. These rebels thought to take the priesthood by force! After all, 250 men of renown could not be wrong, could they? (The answer is YES from the rest of the chapter) These were men who were thought to be of good stature in the Assembly as we can see by the definition Heb #8034. shem, shame; a prim. word [perh. rather from #H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; comp. H8064]; an appelation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by impl. honor, authority, character:-- + base, [in-] fame [-ous], name (-d), renown, report. (Strong’s) These rebels received the judgment of destruction from Yahweh himself! It is very serious to challenge Yahweh’s appointed authority on earth.

         

However, this was not the only time the chief judge Moses’ authority was challenged. Number 12:1-15 is an illustration of Moses’ own family turning against him. Even though they were older, they were still responsible to Moses authority. Yet, they wrongfully thought that they too held the same position as Moses or perhaps were his equals. They could not have been more wrong! Because of their rebellion Yahweh’s anger was kindled against them and Miriam received the evidence of that anger in becoming leprous and had to remain outside the camp for seven days. Aaron was quick to repent of his evil actions and begged Moses that he intervenes on her behalf. It is a shame that such a spirit of infidelity and rebellion is still very much in evidence today. Would you wish to be associated with such anarchist?

 

One should beware of organizations that promote fear of scriptural government headed by a single individual. This places them in the anti-messiah position, as Yahshua is the head of the body. You can believe that these organizations have an agenda working underneath. Like Korah, they want something (usually power or money) and they will go outside the rules (Torah) to get it!

 

The Scriptures speak clearly (if we let them) that there is a physical representative over Israel. This representative at the top of the administration here on earth is the bishop of the Yahweh’s true congregation. Moses Seat therefore is not a nebulous reference to the act of personal judgment but is a real position of authority that comes down from Yahweh through Yahshua the Messiah. In addition, if Yahweh is truly at the head of the organization, then no one need fear that head of the organization as he is responsible to his head, the Messiah and will be functioning under the power of His Holy Spirit. (Col 1:18) The fruits of that power will be exhibited in his life. The bishop that sits in Moses Seat will not be a man given to ways of violence or materialism but will be teaching the pure doctrines of the Word. (I Tim 3:1-6)

Beware of any organization that will not teach or follow the sound Biblical form of government found in the Sacred Scriptures and that teach doubt and fear toward scriptural authority.

"If you cannot follow Yahweh's representative,

then you will not follow Yahshua in the kingdom to come"

These are they that despise government. They are weighed and found wanting!

THE BLACK STONE!

And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; Elah hath numbered your kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; You art weighed in the balances, and are found wanting. Daniel 5:25-27

 


 

 

 

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