Restitution means to return things to the way they were (or should be) according to what is righteous and honorable before YHWH and His Mashiyach. As human beings we all have limitations and blind spots and at times it’s impossible to bring reconciliation and restitution on our own strength, but with YHWH all things are possible. Avinu Malkeinu (our Father and King) YHWH in His Mashiyach has the power to bring restitution of all things, and will. It is through our Heavenly Father that we are able to make restitution for things we’ve done against ourselves and others, there is no other possible way to bring justice to this world except by and through the Author of Justice.
Restitution is judged by YHWH according to several factors including the intention of the heart, the amount, the timeframes, the effectiveness in restoring and bringing atonement between parties. As imperfect beings we all make mistakes, oftentimes we don’t understand how far reaching the consequences of our actions are. But, we must learn to apply Torah in this life and not lessen the requirements needed for restitution. If we lessen the requirements we cheat the offender from understanding the consequences of his or her actions, and learning the disciplines of making full and proper restoration to his or herself and others.
In the religious worlds offences are often covered up and left unresolved. Religious leaders are rarely held accountable for offences against their communities, most people never even seek restitution because they have no place to turn to, we live in a world where there is no justice. Money and power and religion and influence (bribery) has corrupted our “justice system” on all levels, inside the Churches and Synagogues, in businesses and in governments. The time and costs of going to court are restrictive for so many people that they don’t have the time or money to fight for their YHWH given rights.
On the other hand perhaps you or someone you knows hurt someone and wants to make restitution, but are not sure how to go it without suffering a potential lawsuit because of acknowledging the failings. These are only a few of the matters that YHWH requires us to address and establish restitution for.
Yeshua taught us,
“Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
WOE unto you who shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: you don’t enter yourself, neither do you allow others to enter.
WOE unto you who take widows’ houses, and make a show of your religion with your long prayers.
WOE unto you hypocrites who compass sea and land to make one proselyte into a twofold more child of hell than yourselves.
WOE unto you blind guides, which teach men to shall swear by their religious denominations, instead of obeying the Torah of YHWH as your Authority.
WOE unto you hypocrites who pay tithes but have made void the TORAH, MISHPATIM, CHESED, and EMUNAH: all are required, but you blind leaders, strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
WOE unto you who put on a show on the outside, but inside are full of extortion, gossip and excess. First cleanse your heart and mind, then the outside of will be clean as well.
WOE unto you who are like white washed tombs, you look clean on the outside, but inside you are full of rotten bones, outwardly you appear righteous, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and Torahlessness.
WOE unto you hypocrites who tell others that you are like the righteous prophets of YHWH, I send out prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and you kill and crucify them; you scourge them in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mashiyach is the author of Justice. His Teaching is centered on repentance and entering into the Kingdom of Elohim. Many false leaders have used the beauty of the Salvation message to fill their pockets with mammon, yet it is the responsibility of each one in Yeshua to uphold the values and teachings of Yeshua as Holy. It is each one of our responsibilities to make a clear distinction between paganism and Truth. The false leaders glory in the flesh of those who uphold their authority, they are the first to condemn others who expose the lawlessness within their churches, synagogues, temples or mosques. Those who would protect their religious icons are the first to crucify the messengers of Freedom in Torah and Mashiyach. The greatest loss to the household of Faith is never monetary, it is when religion and politics divides YHWH’s people against themselves, so they cannot find their way into the Kingdom of YHWH and experience His Peace and Joy.
The Beit Din of YHWH requires the guilty to make restitution to the innocent. Innocent parties must give their witness and consent to the Beit Din before the guilty part has discharged their obligation to the victim by making restitution. Petitions to the Beit Din are made only after the injured party has sought reconciliation directly with their accuser and attempted to establish reconciliation. Before one enters into any congregation or covenant with another, it is wise to determine if there will be a Beit Din of men who are Mighty in Scriptures and have the discernment of the Ruach HaKodesh of YHWH, to help bring about righteous counsel and make restitution according to the Word of YHWH. Without a Beit Din there is no accountability, no counsel, and no reconciliation allowing wicked people to abuse others and wreak havoc in their communities.
Yeshua says that in the last days, “because Torahlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12. The love of many certainly has “waxed cold” in these last days as Torah has become a curse word for many people, but YHWH is also raising up a people unto Himself who are having His Torah written upon their hearts. Our hearts and souls are being enlarged as we apply Torah and walk in Mashiyach by the authority of the Word of YHWH.
Yeshua says, “You have heard it said, you shall love your neighbour, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Our calling requires us to expect that all souls will desire to enter into the Kingdom of Elohim, although this is often not the case. But only YHWH knows who will enter into Life and who will not. Love requires that we respect the lives and souls of others, we must not lower the standards of Torah, no one will be saved in their sins. Our Saviour and Redeemer came to save us FROM our sins. Loving our enemies and blessing them that hate us means that we apply Torah to the fullest extent we can in Yeshua.
It means we uphold Torah, we give witness to others about YHWH and His Torah and the righteous requirements for Salvation. Yeshua said, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”. Matthew 16:19. The Hebrew meaning of bind means to forbid, loosemeans to permit. Yeshua gave his Talmidim the authority to establish halakha (authoritative decisions) within the community, but these decisions require a Beit Din, where two or three are gathered in His Name. The Ruach HaKodesh is given to guide the Beit Din to make decisions according to what HaMashiyach counsels His people. The Torah requires that we not have unequal balances when establishing restitution with those who are either within or outside of our community, each one must be treated as equal before YHWH.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of Elohim;
and every one that loves is born of YHWH, and knows YHWH.”
“For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep his commandments:
and his commandments are not grievous.”
“Now I request of you not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you,
but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning,
you should walk in it.”