The Need to Testify
“If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his inequity.”
Let me give a brief explanation of what this verse just referenced because this is huge in our lives. Basically, there comes a time when the community is asking for someone to testify to something, and you have a person who is able to testify, who’s a witness to something, but they stay silent when they’re being asked to testify. When they are required, in a sense, to testify, for the good of the community, and they don’t speak, it is sin.
We are called, equipped, and empowered by the very Spirit of Yahweh to testify to the goodness of Yahweh and His gospel. Yahweh help us not to sin with our silence.
Take that picture, fast forward, like we need to do with all of these pictures in the Old Testament, and specifically the Book of Leviticus. Fast forward to the New Testament and think is there any picture of sin in which we have seen something, witnessed something, and are supposed to testify, but we don’t? I think there’s probably a variety of examples and maybe the most prominent one is the proclamation of the Gospel. We are, in the New Testament, called, equipped, empowered by the very spirit of Yahweh to be witnesses. We have seen, we’ve come to know the One who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave, we know where eternal life is found. We are witnesses of Yahshua. He has changed our lives. All of us who are in Christ have something to share, we have testimony to give, and if we stay silent, we sin.
Is it sin? Is it sin not to share the Gospel? Absolutely, it is sin not to share the good news of how people can be saved from their sins for all of eternity! Clearly, it is the command, it’s the will, it’s the purpose of Yahweh! Acts 1:8 says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you so that you will be My witnesses. In Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, the ends of the earth, you will be My witnesses.” For every one of us who are believers are witness of Yahweh and a witness of the Gospel of Yahshua. Therefore, you and I must speak.
Think about this today, we have been given news to share, we’ve been called to share it today, this week, in our spheres of influence, so let’s be faithful to do it. Let’s not sin with our silence. Yahweh help us not to sin with our silence. I think about people in my sphere of influence that I can share the Gospel with. I think about a couple of people in particular that I want to share the Gospel with.
Oh Yahweh, let me not be silent. Help me to speak. I pray for boldness to speak the Gospel to them, to share the Gospel with them. I pray that they would come to Yahshua through my testimony. I pray this for others who are reading this right now. Yahweh help us not to sin through our silence with the Gospel. God help us to be proclaimers of the Gospel. Help us to take advantage of opportunities around us to share the good news of eternal life in Yahweh, with others. Yahweh may it not be said that we sinned by not speaking the greatest news in the world that we are witnesses to.
I encourage you to pray specifically for individuals that you can share the Gospel with, that you can witness to. Yahweh help us to be faithful, to share this good news, to testify to Your grace, and we pray, that as we do that You would draw people to faith in You. We ask that You help us to be faithful to bring forth the prophetic words that You give us to others. In the name of Yahshua, let it be so. We will no longer be silent and will testify of the goodness of Yahweh!