(36) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (37) Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (38) Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find no crime in him. John 18:36-38 ASV
Revelation 17:11-17 ASV(11) And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goeth into perdition.(12) And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.(13) These have one mind, and they give their power and authority unto the beast.(14) These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and faithful.(15) And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.(16) And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her utterly with fire.(17) For God did put in their hearts to do his mind, and to come to one mind, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God should be accomplished.
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 KJV
learn to do good; seek judgment, reprove the oppressor. Judge the orphan, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 MKJV
learn to do good; seek judgment; restore unto the oppressed; hear the fatherless in right judgment; protect the widow. Isaiah 1:17 JUB
Learn to do good, seek justice, straighten the oppressor, judge the orphan, strive for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 KJ3
Learn to do good; seek judgment, reprove the oppressor. Judge the orphan, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 AFV 2011.
learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. Isaiah 1:17 ESV
learn to do well: seek judgment, gladden the oppressed, do justice to the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 Darby
Leave off the evil! Learn to be good! Inquire for judgment! Make happy the wronged! Judge the orphan! Contend for the widow! Isaiah 1:17 CLV
Seek judgment, make happy the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, strive for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 YLT
learn to do well; diligently seek judgment, deliver him that is suffering wrong, plead for the orphan, and obtain justice for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 Brenton
Learne to do well, applie your selues to equitie, deliuer the oppressed, helpe the fatherlesse to his ryght, let the widdowes complaynt come before you: Isaiah 1:17 Bishops, 1568 AD.
Learn [good to do]! Inquire of equity! Rescue the one wronged! Judge for the orphan! and do justice for the widow! Isaiah 1:17 ABP
Seek judgment, make the oppressed blessed, || Judge the fatherless, strive [for] the widow. Isaiah 1:17 LSV
Learn to do good; search for justice; set right the oppressor; render judgment for the fatherless boy; plead the cause of the widow." Isaiah 1:17 NW
The translations of the Bible had been used even as a foundation to establish slavery as a Jesus sanctioned culture even though the same Bible calls for death penalty for anyone who captures another man with the mere intention to sell him into slavery (Exodus 21:16); even though Jesus always commanded the Jews not to oppress anyone because they had been oppressed in Egypt as slaves.
And he that steals a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, dying he shall die. Exodus 21:16 LITV
If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you. Deuteronomy 24:7 KJVA
The question that remains is 'did Jesus or His Apostles join a group of His time to march with them for justice?' Was Jesus or His Apostles part of Barabbas's freedom or justice movement for his citizenry? If Jesus did not take part in any such movement, may we view the nature of the mission of Jesus as the reason why He did not oppose the Romans in any way, which, mission or reason, is different from our mission as Christians today? May a Christian engage in any movement which Jesus Himself will not join?
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in much affliction with joy of holy spirit, 1 Thessalonians 1:6 CLV
(13) And therefore we also are thanking God unintermittingly that, in accepting the word heard from us, from God you receive, not the word of men, but, according as it truly is, the word of God, which is operating also in you who are believing." (14) For you became imitators, brethren, of the ecclesias of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus... 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14 CLV
As Witnesses of Jesus of Nazareth, we may not engage in politics to turn any of the Bible principles into the law of any land because the kingdom of Jesus, our kingdom, is not of this world (John 18:36) and because Jesus was not involved in any politics while He lived on earth under the brutal Roman rule of Israel. Rather, Jesus knocks on each heart personally (Revelation 3:20) through our witnessing (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:47-48) to not participate in injustice.
Barabbas, not Jesus and His disciples, was championing the cause for justice for the Israelites, most likely not as Jesus would have willed because the Israelites chose Barabbas over Jesus who was content of the various Romans who believed in Him and showed astonishing faith which is not found in Israel.
Jesus never told Barabbas and his followers to stand down and be oppressed. He did not join their cause either because He was ministering to the hearts in all camps, no matter how precarious the situation may be on the ground.
The commission of disciples, apostles, or witnesses of Jesus is to proclaim the Gospel to both the oppressed and the oppressors. Those who follow Jesus cannot be part of tearing down and shedding blood. If you would get to know Jesus you would come to understand that Jesus would not have approved His own for what is involved in matters of political elections. Jesus will not be involved in the disenfranchisement of anybody. For now until the end of time when judgment has come, He respects our individual voice and choice (Deuteronomy 30:11-20).
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