Sunday, 9 August 2020
Title : DNAA
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Until two weeks ago I didn’t know the meaning of DNAA. Well I am sure majority of us do not know what it stands for except those in the legal fraternity. The magistrate in the Tampin court in Negri Sembilan handed down this decision to me – Discharged Not Amounting to Acquittal – DNAA.
Before you imagine what big trouble I got myself into please let me explain.
Some four weeks ago my older brother told me he went to attend court albeit naively on my behalf. I had no prior knowledge about this impending court case. My good brother thought he could handle it himself. It was related to a summons issued by the local council for not keeping our acre of hometown land tidy. Bushes and trees sprouted over the years. I should have known better that this is against Section 81 of the Local Government Act.
The land, inherited from my late father, is co owned by me and my older brother. For reasons best known to the council I was the only one named in the summons but it wasn’t served on me. Naively my brother attended court as co owner but because I was not present, a warrant of arrest was issued on me. This was getting serious!
In my anxiety and shame, I shared with the church leadership team and my care group and asked for prayers. Next I consulted my lawyer classmate in Tampin and he went to obtain an extract from the court records on the case. That was the first time I came across the legal term on the court Notes of Evidence – DNAA – Discharged Not Amounting to Acquittal. Glory to God – He answered our prayers and intervened! The millstone was lifted from my neck and now we need to upkeep the land and make it tidy!
As I reflect on the episode, I think about our Heavenly Judge and I am so very grateful that in the divine court of law, DNAA doesn’t exist.
Last Sunday we sang a beautiful song in church as we celebrated Holy Communion. The first stanza goes like this :
What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.
When we come before God and repent of our sins there is no such thing as discharged not amounting to acquittal – we are totally forgiven, discharged and acquitted.
King David who had fallen into the deep pit of sin with Bathsheba knew there is no pit too deep God’s mercy cannot reach and that is why he wrote:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
We have all sinned and deserve eternal punishment from a holy God. Jesus took that punishment on our behalf and whoever believes in him for salvation is forgiven, totally discharged and acquitted for all our sins, past, present and future.
Lord, I thank you that your forgiveness is complete when we repent of our sins. Because of your abundant mercy we are spared of eternal punishment. Because of your amazing grace we are given eternal life.
I pray for all who do not know You that they will also experience such wonderful blessings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
两周前我还不知道DNAA的含义。我敢肯定，除了处在法律界的人以外，我们大多数人都不知道DNAA代表什么。 森美兰洲淡边法院的法官不久前对我下此判定 – 豁免不等于无罪释放-DNAA
我非常焦虑和羞耻，也与教会领导层和我的关怀小组分享并祈求代祷。我也咨询了我在淡边的律师同学，他去提取了该案的法庭记录。那是我第一次看到法庭的法律条款 – 证据注解-DNAA- 豁免不等于无罪释放。荣耀归于神—他回答了我们的祈祷并介入了这件事！重担脱落了（石磨从我脖子上提开），现在我们需要做的就是滋养并整洁这块土地！
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