GIVE US BARABBAS! Part One!
"But they cried out all together, saying, Away
with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: --
one who for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison." Luke 23;18-19
Each human being has two separate natures, the human nature and the sinful nature. The ‘spilt personality’ referred to by psychologists and psychiatrists are a part of every single person - it is no anomaly. The human nature is that part of us that desires to do that which is good. The human nature is the receptacle of noble sentiments, high ideals, our sense of justice, compassion and the conscience. In contrast, the sinful nature can simply be defined as “That capacity and potential for evil which resides in every human being.” The sinful nature is the source of mans inhumanity to man.
Yahweh created man in His own image as a free moral agent. Adam had a choice. When the first man sinned, he willingly forfeited the nature of Yahweh, and took on the sinful nature of the serpent - the devil. It is called the first or ‘original sin’. Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve, but Yahweh held each one of them personally accountable and; responsible. Men and women have been shifting the blame ever since Genesis chapter 3. Just as the decisions we make virtually always affect (impact) others in some way, Adam’s choice affected the entire human race. This started (the impact of Adam & Eve's sin) when one of his sons murdered the other, and the consequences continue to this day.
And Yahweh said to Cain, Where is your
brother Abel? And he said, I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?
And He said, What have you done? The voice of the blood of your brother cries to Me from the ground. Genesis 4:9-10
Life is composed of choices; we can choose good or we can choose evil. When the people of Yahshua's time were offered a choice between good (Yahshua) and evil (Barabbas) they chose evil. Likewise Cain choose to murder his brother Abel, and; the parallel is intended to point to another incident that would be more than similar. The two incidents are depicting several thoughts. One; that evil slays the righteous. Two; carnal man prefers the murderer over the non-murderer. Yahweh allowed Cain to live to perpetuate the evil murdering line so man could choose between the two. One was allowed to test the other. Evil tests good!
State of mind should be considered in both of these incidents. What were they thinking? What motivated Cain? In criminal law there must be at least three things evident that will consign the event to a criminal act, in this case; murder. "Conventional legal wisdom holds that the conceptual essence of crime consists of three conjoined and essential elements: (1)the criminal act (which, in legal parlance, is termed the actus reus , (2) a culpable mental state (mens rea), and (3) a concurrence of the two." (Schmalleger, 2002:49) What was Cain's state of mind prior during and after the killing of Abel? Also; what happened that incited the people to demand Yahshua's death and preferring Barabbas over the Messiah? Weren't these people religious? Didn't they go to the temple to offer sacrifices for their sins? What was their mens rea? Abba Yahweh will consider this at the tribunal of Revelation chapter 20.
" Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery,
and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other elohim that
you have not known,
and come and stand before me in this house?" Jeremiah 7:9-10
"But the governor answered and said to
them, Which of the two will you that I release unto you? And they said, Barabbas.
Pilate says to them, What then shall I do to Yahshua who is called Messiah? They all say, Let him be impaled.
And he said, Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out exceedingly, saying, Let him be impaled.
So when Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; you see to it. And all the people answered and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Matthew 27:21-25
The blood of Abel was upon Cain and the blood of Yahshua was upon those who called for; and; demanded his death! When Almighty Yahweh judges the earth's inhabitants for their transgressions; will state of mind enter the decision? The decision to either exonerate or to cast into the lake of fire that is! How does mind state affect the criminal non-criminal mentality? Where does crimes like murder originate?
"But the things which proceed out of the
mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.
For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings:" Matthew 15:18-19
"For from within, out of the heart of
men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
covetings, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness:
all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man." Mark 7:21-23
The potential for criminal activity resides in the mind. The thought followed by actions result in committing the evil or resisting the evil. What satisfies the legal requirements for charging someone with say; murder? Let's look at the elements required!
Murder: The unlawful killing of a human being
by another with malice aforethought, either express or implied. The crime is
defined by statute in most states (e.g. Calif. Penal Code, § 187). The Model
Penal Code definition is as follows:
Criminal homicide constitutes murder when: (a) it is committed purposely or knowingly; or (b) it is committed recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life. Such recklessness and indifference are presumed if the actor is engaged or is an accomplice in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit robbery, rape or deviate sexual intercourse by force or threat of force, arson, burglary, kidnapping or felonious escape. Model Penal Code, § 31.10.B.
Do you think Cain committed the act of murder with Scienter?
"And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why are you angry?
and why is your countenance fallen?
If you do well, shall it not be lifted up? and if you do not well, sin crouches at the door: and to you shall be its desire, but you should rule over it.
And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and killed him. Genesis 4:6-8
"This is the message that you have heard
from the beginning: We should love one another.
Do not be like Cain, who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's were righteous.
So do not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love one another. The person who does not love remains in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him." 1 John 3:11-15 INV
Clearly in context we can determine that the
murder of Abel was intentional, was planned, was carried out in hatred, and;
with malice aforethought! The antithesis of love is hatred as depicted in
this 1 John 3:11-15 passage. Hatred becomes a serious motivator
towards murder or assault with intent. Crimes of this genre begin in the
mind with hatred towards your fellow man, and; if the thoughts are not
controlled or abandoned altogether; they will be acted upon eventually! In
this example; Cain harbored evil in his heart and killed his brother because of
this evil thought process that consumed him!
Next; in part two we will examine the mindset of a murderer!
Yours in Yahshua, Hawke
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