Today’s Biblical Definitions are judgment and rebuke. Today, we have twisted and confused the differences in these words to the point that Christians think rebuke is not allowed and an act of hatred. Let us let the Bible define these terms.
Exo 18:15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
Exo 18:16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
Exo 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
Exo 18:22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
Exo 18:23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
Deu 1:16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
Deu 16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
Deu 16:20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Deu 17:8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;
Deu 17:9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:
Deu 17:10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:
Deu 17:11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.
Deu 25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.
Deu 25:2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.
Deu 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.
Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Mat 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Joh 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
So, we see here that judgment is an act conducted by appointed elders to settle disputes according to the laws of Moses to establish peace among believers. Judges have no authority of their own, and must carry out sentencing according to what YHVH already prescribed in the Torah of Moses. We do not have the liberty to add or remove from the instructions, and we do not have the liberty to show partiality between men no matter what their usual character, status, or reputation may be. A judgment cannot be made by a single person alone, because at the testimony of two to three witnesses can all matters be established. What judgment is not, is correcting a sin. Today many believe if a man corrects His Brother for a sin, he is “passing judgment” and it is frowned upon in many “Christian” doctrines. This is a man- made notion and has absolutely no scriptural support. However, there is a term used to describe the correcting of sin, and that is the next word of the day, rebuke.
Lev 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
Lev 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
Pro 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Pro 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Pro 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
Pro 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Pro 24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
Pro 24:25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
Pro 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
Pro 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Ecc 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Luk 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
1Ti 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Tit 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Tit 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
So, here we have the correcting of sin described as rebuke. It is commanded and every believer is responsible for this act of love. Not to rebuke and let your neighbor continue in ignorant sin is considered an act of hate, and heavily frowned upon. Rebuke is the correction BEFORE a judgment is made. If a rebuke occurs, and the person repents, no need of judgment, you have gained your Brother, but if he does not repent, you then must start the judgment process, it is essential in keeping sin and false doctrine out of the Body of Messiah. Today’s doctrines in most Christian circles do not look at rebuke in the loving manner as the Bible teaches, and because of this precept confusion, sin runs ramped in the Churches, as does false doctrines and heresies.There are so many people getting hurt in the Churches because some things that are not sin are taught as sin, and some of the worst sins are allowed and sometimes even part of the Church doctrine, no righteous judgment can be made because there is no standard to judge righteously, every man is doing whatever is right in his own mind. Sin is defined as, 1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. We must judge according to the righteous and perfect judgements of the Torah, this is the only way every single believer can be held to the same righteous standard, we do not have liberty to add or remove, nor do we have liberty to show partiality in judgment or rebuke.The confusion of these key precepts have turned the Body of Yeshua into a weak, thin skinned, sin filled sickly body with no vision, purpose, or intent. We must restore righteous judgment and rebuke sin in our Brothers and Sisters, it is the only defense we have against Satan. I pray this has edified, Shalom, and keep defending the Faith once delivered to the Saints