Beit Din is Hebrew for “house of judges”, it is a Scriptural requirement for every community who are entering into the Kingdom of Elohim. Y’shua taught about the Beit Din when he said; “And if he does not listen to you, take with you one or two others, because of the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word is established.” (Matt 18:16) The Beit Din originated in Deut 19:15, “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”
YHWH instructed that a Beit Din be available to reconcile conflicts and differences within the Body, many congregations currently have active elders who provide this service to the congregation. However, some congregations have Rabbis, Pastors or board members who exercise veto authority and utterly disallow the function of a Beit Din. Scripture refers to such control freaks as “hirelings” and “false shepherds”. Such leaders are not accountable for their actions, nor are they able to provide spiritual discernment or counsel for many vital issues in the congregation, they simply do what is right in their own eyes.
In such cases a ceiling is put on the whole congregation, the hierarchy is one man or woman who refuse to grow up spiritually, they cap themselves, they are not teachable nor are they accountable to any peer group. It’s a very dangerous thing, based on the fear of man, it is a form of idolatry or “man worship” and millions of people are entrapped in these kinds of churches and communities. One man shows also plague what is known as the Hebraic Roots and Messianic movement, many leaders who call themselves Torah observant have no respect for YHWH’s Commandment regarding the Beit Din.
Justice and Fairness are the foundation of the original Faith. YHWH promises to oversee all matters of Justice between His people, but oftentimes Justice is a long time coming when false shepherds refuse to apply righteous Torah principles in Mashiyach.
To the Apostles Y’shua taught, “And truly I say to you, that any thing that you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you should agree on earth concerning every desire they might ask, they will have it from the presence of my Father who is in heaven. Wherefore two or three are assembled in my name, there I am also among them” Matthew 18:18-20. However many unlearned and carnal men are in religious leadership believe they can tell heaven what to do, and their followers believe them.
Y’shua taught the importance of a Beit Din according to Num 35:30, Deut 17:6 and 19:15 where two or more parties petition YHWH with prayer and fasting to obtain His Judgment. We also find references in 1 Cor 14:27, 29; 2 Cor 13:1; 1 Tim 5:19; Hebrews 10:28, see also Beit Din in the Appendix of the Aramaic English New Testament.
Although we are an online community, living great distances from one another, we as a Body must uphold this beautiful and unifying element of Scripture together as One people. All Judgment belongs to YHWH. As followers of Mashiyach (Messiah) each of us is called to be knowledgeable about the Beit Din and it’s purpose, and seek the help of a Beit Din or possibly be called to serve on a Beit Din when necessary.
Our growing communities are constantly becoming more equipped in Mashiyach to bring reconciliation within the Body. By serving one another in prayer and fasting we witness our Heavenly Father YHWH provide for all our needs as One People. As followers of Mashiyach each of us look forward to helping our brothers and sisters to move forward in the Power of Elohim, and we understand how very vital it is that each one can hear YHWH’s voice for discernment to make the right decisions for their lives.
In John 7:24 we are called to judge according to “righteous judgment” rather than according to appearance. In Psalms 37:30-31 we are instructed that “The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment. The Torah of his Elohim is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”
Our community that upholds the Living Torah seek to apply practical elements of the Word of YHWH regarding the Beit Din. We shall always maintain and encourage righteous conduct among each soul to the Honour and Bless the Name of YHWH and His Anointed Y’shua Mashiyach, King of all Kings.
YHWH be with you,
Baruch ben Daniel