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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbour

A Bird of Praise

A Bird of Praise

The baggage called mischief

What does bearing false witness mean to me? The words of law explain itself. What is considered a false witness? The emphatic of this premise resides and focuses mostly on who bears false witness, not on what are they bearing false witness about. Is anyone exempt when it comes to matters of keeping law?

No, no-one. Or will one need or can they attempt confirmed biases to justify the stance? Let your yea be yea and nay be nay concerning fulfillment of the law. It is written that Jesus came not to do away with the law, but to fulfil it. The law was given through Moses, nevertheless it was given, and it is here to stay, grace and truth are guides in how to understand and perform it correctly and love the results, not to rebel against self, but rather help self to rise properly.

Although Psalm 1, is addressing man, it indirectly counsels womanhood as well. So everywhere man or men may be a she must translate it into the law of woman (one) and women (many). This is a concern regarding women to be careful in bearing false witness, selah is suggested, please pause think about or to at least give it some thought towards fulfilment. Counselors are not just people, they are words, in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Think of words as counselors purposed to enrich the mind, to aid the body towards the wholeness it needs and wants.

1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)


Physical sensitivity is not of soul or spirit

The senses can and do prove witness, ears can prove hearing, eyes can prove seeing, touch can prove touching, the nose can prove smelling, and the mouth can prove tasting, therefore naturally speaking senses can prove natural things. The senses are supposed to tell me the truth, and not a lie. Sin and unrepentance make this a difficult and tedious task, this is when the Spirit raises the standard to spirit.

Who is a neighbor? A neighbor can be anybody, and everybody that you meet. Gossip, tale-bearing, backbiting are ways to bear false witness with or against a neighbor. If someone tells me about something which occurred regarding someone else; and I was not present; if I transmit that along to anyone else; I can be accused of bearing false witness against a neighbor, because I was not present to witness the event and told someone else of this matter which I cannot prove: and I can be considered a repeat offender. I offended myself, I offended the one not present indirectly, and I offended the one who told me, moreover, I offended the Most High, because the law warned me that this was possible. The thing to bear in mind is that the focal point is the issue, not the person. or neighbor, and what did I see or hear; and is it true or false? It could be true and it could be false, but is it correct?

Bearing false witness is a serious matter as the law judges, and admonishes, that it is. Confronting this issue is not an easy task, however, it is a directive which has to be considered, and corrected, in order for change to be progressive, mature, and continuous.


Pleading the fifth

There has been a lot of emphasis over the years concerning the fifth amendment. One may say, “I plead the fifth”. In other words I have nothing to say regarding the matter, because anything I say could be held against me, and defame another, therefore, I will not volunteer any information regarding the issue, because you who neither saw nor heard it was present.

If who is asking for the information was not present all that it amounts to is hear say. For the person hearing what I say, if they comment on it, and they were not present, they will be bearing false witness based on what is told to them. Jesus challenges this idea in Luke 8, he admonishes, to take heed how you hear. Third party information generally stirs up much commotion, and combative thinking, and how did you hear it? Was the information obtained correctly?

An eye witness is someone who saw the event, if I did not see it and they tell me about it, I cannot prove what they witnessed, only what they said they saw, only they hold the facts to the matter.

What is ascertained as being a credible witness? a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place, is called an eye witness, they are called upon to tell of what they have witnessed. Judgment discerns and is needed to determine whether I think or believe that they are telling the truth or bearing false witness. The tricky thing about witnessing something is the accusation of it being false, even when the eyes say that it is true and it has happened, but proving it would be virtually impossible to someone who did not witness the same event, or even if they did, they could provide a different account of the event.

Communication that takes place to witness an event must be of truth, in a court of law the question to a witness is do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God. So truth is the precedent, or forerunner of communicating. Who qualifies if one tells the truth? If one cannot tell the truth to their own self, I do not think they have the capacity to tell me the truth. “To thine own self be true”.


Life struggles to live

Truth is at stake, or a false witness will be formed and reformed. The incentive, or commandment infers what should not be done, what? bear false witness, but the law of what is being said is, just tell the truth, give the words you speak foundation. This is a pandemic today, that is subtle, It may begin its series with gossip, and backbiting. I do not desire being a busybody in affairs that do not concern me directly, I can only pardon or excuse my conduct by dealing with the topic or issue only, leave the person out of it or there may be a grudge springing up. Scripture instructs if one has ought or a grudge to go to the individual, and attempt to resolve the matter, not to the person who is not the who it pertains to.

Maturity instructs me that everything should, and can be examined under a microscopic probe for solutions, and answers, but leaving the neighbor out of the tale is a better approach, but how realistic is that? When it is considered tale-bearing, or storytelling, it requires people, not merely stories. As a young child I thought telling a tale, or story was considered lying. If you ever had an elder tell you to stop telling tales or stories, the intent behind it wasn’t that you were some promising composer, you were considered a suspect for telling lies.

Elders have a way of communicating to the younger as if they would understand what their frame of references allude to, without substance or instruction in how to think on the level they are on, to make a descent perhaps to when they were that age group in order to get an ascent to the point they are making. Ascension and descent are two extremes. Ascension requires a rise, and descent requires not rising, or in another sense falling. It appears that human nature accepts the fall and complaints about it rather than the solution to rising up. The fall is merely something that we have to tolerate, but do not have to accept it as a normal way to live.

Mainly because of who created it all, this is where hope begins, it is the genesis of trust, that will never be in people, but exclusively towards the Creator. Genesis or beginnings, start with Creation and end with formation, creation doesn’t hold the same end form does.The form recognizes death, creation does not know death.

Nature may play a large part in the tolerance of the idea of the fall, especially trees and seasons, tumultuous weather which produce falling leaves. The other seasons besides Autumn, when the trees undergo a type of sadness, and the leaves begin to turn and change colors just to fall to the ground until next year. The other seasons are safe from tumbling leaves to the ground. It is very confusing to behold such splendor and beauty and before you know it, the leaves have disappeared and those leaves will not be returning to the tree.

Correct communications are one of the most necessary features of having living breath in a body. Effectual and fervent communication of right speech avails much in addition to prayer, especially when it is the fruit of the practice of repentance to and for the doing of prayer, to pray as we ought. "Thou shalt not" speaks of what should not be done, it aligns and makes accusations towards bearing false witness. What should be done is the most important part of the commandment. It mentions what should not be done, but didn't infer what should be done in the statement as an emphatic.


Being the doer of the work

What work? not just serving my hearing only. Learning to command the thou shalt not within me in order to perform what I must to do to correct anything; to free the thou shall bear true witness. Free truth, let the false go! from falsehood turn away, the work is in turning. If you see something with your eyes, or hear it with your ears only then can you bear witness for yourself, not when it is a third party scenario, it is considered alleged. (Allege is of an incident or a person) said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality: or it is just hear say, he said that he said, as you hear you say, were you there to hear or did someone say, and you heard and believe. Alleging is the slippery slope used to bear false witness. It may be alleged and determined to be a fact, but is it the truth?

Jesus cautioned to take heed how you hear, and understanding lends me a meaning, that how I heard it is just as important, as what I heard. It is slippery to respond to something someone has told me, versus something I am the witness of or to, there is a drastic difference. How do I judge something I have not heard or seen myself? It registers as factual, but I cannot in honesty register it as truth. If I lean to understand it at the time that someone else is telling me it.

This becomes second hand information that they may be seeking resolve for, but, only the law can remedy the issue as to whether it is right, or wrong. No law, no reply, there has to be law to judge what is witnessed. Isn’t that what eyes do, see. What I see requires judgment, as to what it is I am seeing, I need to qualify the thing for its validity. Acknowledge, and qualify its use, there are steps towards judgment. How does one determine someone is self righteous without self judgment; isn’t judgment needed to determine righteousness according to law.

The Spirit (breath) of the law has already been judged righteous prior to the given and receiving of the law, it corrects me I don't correct it, my feeble attempt is to understand it better, after I have fumbled so much of it in my lifespan, of which I repent. How can I bear witness to myself without repentance, and not be bearing false witness against myself, by allowing anyone to speak of something they say I have done, without repentance.


The Offering - Repentance

To accuse or excuse oneself repentance has to be offered. Repentance is an offering. In the house of prayer for all nations, it should be the first fruit in offerings. Offerings and tithe are not just monetary. People tithe prayer and time to do all, even when they do not have money, repentance for the altar is a must because prayer is the main reason to be in the house of prayer. Intercessions are being made there.

The idea of the pew is passe because things have changed in the orchestration. One day I thought about the word usage of pew, and Pepe le pew came to mind. Pepe le pew is a skunk, it is alleged that skunks have an odor, I do not have any experience with smelling a skunk to know, It is just interesting that the seat used in the church was called a pew. Amazing grace had a way of showing a sinner its own pew, because your own sin will find you out, where? In the house of prayer for all nations. The (seat) the pew is where you acknowledge your own sin as you sit and hear the law of the word, if the repentance to freshen up is offered before you arrive, during and after you depart there should be a sweet smelling savor which abides with you.

PERSPICUOUS, adjective Transparent; translucent.

Clear to the understanding; that may be clearly understood; not obscure or ambiguous. Language is perspicuous when it readily presents to the reader or hearer the precise ideas which are intended to be expressed. Meaning, sense or significance if perspicuous when it is clearly and easily comprehended. The law must be clearly communicated to be understood or the result is disaster and chaos. The past mistakes acknowledged concerning history provide the correction necessary for the present and the future to be successful.

Habakkuk 2:1-3, "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry".

The commandments are coming alive as to how and what they intend for me to think and do in this present time. I can’t really speak on what I think it meant back then, but today because of the happenings perception grants understanding and the need for self examination and correction. I repent because I am so guilty of everything I have written, but I am encouraged towards integrity and honesty.

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