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6TH COMMANDMENT EXODUS 20:13 “DO NOT MURDER”

June 22, 2010

EXODUS 20:13 YOU SHALL NOT MURDER

INTRO: NOTICE PROGRESSION OF EXPANSION: GOD, HOME, NEIGHBOR

1)      WHAT DOES  THIS COMMANDMENT TEACH ME ABOUT GOD? HOW DOES IT RELATE TO THE NATURE OF GOD?

  1. GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF LIFE BEC HE HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF
  2. GOD IS THE JUDGE…HE DECIDEDS WHO AND HOW LIFE IS TO BE TAKEN
  3. GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE – BLESSING TO OTHERS TO LIVE, EXTENDS HIS LIFE TO THEIRS
  4. GOD LOVES COMMUNITY – HE WANTS LIFE TOGETHER
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2)      WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE IDEA OF MURDER IN GOD’S  COMMANDMENT?

  1. PREMEDITATED PHYSICAL KILLING

                                                               i.      OF ANOTHER

  1. INCLUDES CRUELTY/VIOLENCE THAT WEAKENS/SHORTENS ANOTHERS LIFE
  2. By taking away that which is necessary for the support of life; as to take away the tools or utensils by which a man gets his living. ‘No man shall take the upper or the nether millstone to pledge, for he taketh a man’s life.’ Deut 24: 6
    1. Taking millstones as security on a loan would amount to taking the owner’s own life in pledge, since the millstones were the owner’s means of earning a living and supporting his family.
    2. APPLICATION: LIFE SUPPORT? BANKRUPTCY LAWS?

                                                             ii.      OF ONESELF

  1. SUICIDE
  2. Lifestlye falls under the 6th commandment: gluttony  THOMAS WATSON  “Many dig their grave with their teeth”, NOT USING THE MEANS OF MEDICINE IN LEGITIMATE PLACE,  sedentary lives, abuse of our bodies (even Christians w/ prescription drugs), etc
  3. PREMEDITATED SPIRITUAL KILLING

                                                               i.      TONGUE – GOSSIP, TEARING DOWN ANOTHER’S REPUTATION…TO TALK TO OUR SPOUSES IN UNLOVING WAY, TO ALLOW KIDS TO TALK EVIL ABOUT KIDS AT SCHOOL OR SIBLINGS…TO SPEAK EVIL ABOUT YOUR LEADERS OR CHURCH MEMBERS

                                                             ii.      HEART – BITTERNESS, UNWILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE (DON’T FORGIVE UNTIL REPENT BUT HAVE DISPOSITION WILLING TO FORGIVE), DESIRING THEIR HARM/FAILURE OUT OF ENVY (NOT BEC OF THEIR WICKEDNESS)

  1. COMMON EXAMPLE OF  HEART MURDER: PORNOGRAPHY, LUST

                                                            iii.      1 JOHN 3:15 ‘EVERYONE WHO HATES HIS BROTHER IS A MURDERER AND YOU KNOW THAT NO MURDERER HAS ETERNAL LIFE”

  1. SOMEONE’S DEATH THROUGH NEGLIGENCE OR INACTIVITY

                                                               i.      ROOF LAWS DEUT 22:8; BULL LAW

                                                             ii.      ABORTION – SITTING SILENTLY BY? CF. NAZI GERMANY WHEN JEWS WERE BEING SHIPPED TO DEATH CAMPS, CHURCH GOT LOUDER SINGING SONGS WHEN TRAIN CAME BY

                                                            iii.      ‘AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? YES, YES YOU ARE.’ AKA GOOD SAMARITAN…BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR IS PROTECTING LIFE, NOT SIDESTEPPING ISSUES TO BE/STAY COMFORTABLE W/ YOUR NORMAL LIFE!!!

  1. WHAT ARE THE ISSUES ‘MURDERING’ OUR COMMUNITY? DRUGS, ABORTION, GLUTTONY, SUICIDE? WHERE CAN YOU MINISTER TO THEM?

                                                           iv.      WHAT WE COULD DO TO RELIEVE AND RESCUE AND YET DO NOT!!  CF. GERMAN CHURCH AGAINST NAZIS…DIDN’T DO ANYTHING…WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROTECT LIFE? HOW CAN WE? CF Matt.25, 42f.: I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink

  1. THINGS THAT MAY BE LEGAL ACCORDING TO MAN, BUT MURDER TO GOD

                                                               i.      ABORTION – ABORTION – CF EXODUS IF SOMEONE HIT WOMAN AND KILLED BABY, THEY WERE EXECUTED.  CF. ARGUMENT ON DIFFERERNCE BETWEEN FUNCTIONAL AND INTRINSIC ASPECTS THAT DEFINE ‘HUMAN LIFE’…GOD’S IS INTRINSIC AS BASIS FOR HUMAN LIFE; GOD IS FUNCTIONAL AS WHEN THEY BREAK HIS LAW….HUMANISTS ARE OPPOSITE: FUNCTIONAL TO DEFINE ‘HUMAN LIFE’, AND INTRINSIC IN WANTING TO PROTECT THE MURDERER ON DEATH ROW.

                                                             ii.      EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE – ‘LEGAL IN DENMARK’

                                                            iii.      STEM CELL RESEARCH – CF. SNOW FLAKE MINISTRY

3)      WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE IDEA OF MURDER IN GOD’S COMMANDMENT?

  1. KJV TRANSLATION ‘KILL’ SHOULD BE ‘MURDER’
  2. SELF DEFENSE – Nehemiah 4:13 then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows. (Neh 4:13 NAU) Nehemiah 4:14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” (Neh 4:14 NAU)
  3. JUST WAR  – JUST WAR THEORY “ALL PREVIOUS THINGS TRIED, WAR BECOMES THE ONLY OPTION THAT WILL ACTUALLY SAVE MORE LIVE THAN IT TAKES.”  WARNINGS: 1) SOME WILL USE TO FOREVER PERPETUALLY DELAY 2) EVEN AS A LAST OPTION, IT’S ‘LEAST EVIL’ OPTION…
  4. ACCIDENTAL KILLINGS
  5. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

                                                               i.      GEN 9:6 Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. (Gen 9:6 NAU)

                                                             ii.      ROMANS 13:4 Romans 13:4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Rom 13:4 ESV)

                                                            iii.      DEUT 19:21 ‘YOUR EYE SHALL NOT PITY, BUT LIFE SHALL GO FOR LIFE.”  CF TO ‘REHABILITATIVE VIEW OF JUSTICE  ….because human life is so sacred, the murderer himself forfeits his own life….MURDER IS 1ST AND FOREMOST AN AFRONT AND ATTACK ON THE NATURE/PERSON OF GOD…

                                                           iv.      By not executing the law upon capital offenders. A felon having committed six murders, the judge may be said to be guilty of five of them, because he did not execute the felon for his first offence.  – THOMAS WATSON

                                                             v.      To kill an offender is not murder, but justice.

4)      WHAT LEADS MAN TO THE BREAKING OF THIS COMMANDMENT?

  1. HIS NATURE

                                                               i.      ENVY – CF. Romans 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (Rom 1:28 ESV) Romans 1:29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, (Rom 1:29 ESV)

  1. HIS NATURAL FATHER, THE DEVIL – ‘YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, FOR HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING.”   JOHN 8:44
  2. INJUSTICE HAPPENS TO YOU: YOU CAN EITHER FORGIVE, GIVE ROOM FOR “VENGEANCE IS MINE I WILL REPAY SAYS THE LORD’, OR MURDER…NO OTHER OPTION.
  3. THE ‘DEATH OF GOD’ …..W/OUT FIRST 5 COMMANDMENTS, LAST 5 ARE NEGOTIONABLE BEC THE DEFINITION OF MAN AND WHAT (OR WHO WE SHOULD SAY) HE ULTIMATELY RELATES TO IS UP FOR DEBATE…CF. CONSTITUTION ‘ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR W/ CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS: LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND THAT TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN”…NOTE THE ORDER!! 

                                                              i.      John Quincy Adams also accurately describes where America now finds itself: Three points of doctrine . . . form the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of a God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve [any] of these articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark.

                                                            ii.      The transcendent values of Biblical natural law were the foundation of the American republic. Consider the stability this provides: in our republic, murder will always be a crime, for it is always a crime according to the Word of God. however, in a democracy, if majority of the people decide that murder is no longer a crime, murder will no longer be a crime.

  1. EVOLUTION’S VIEW OF LIFE/MURDER: “I COME FROM NOTHING, I AM GOING TO NOTHING, ERGO I AM HERE FOR NOTHING.”
  2. MURDER CONNECTED W/ PURSUIT OF IDOLS/IDOLATRY – Jeremiah 7:9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, (Jer 7:9 ESV) Jeremiah 7:10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’–only to go on doing all these abominations? (Jer 7:10 ESV)… Matthew 27:18 For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over. (Mat 27:18 NAU) THEY WANTED HIS FAME, POWER, RESPECT IN THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE…

5)      OBJECTIONS

  1. “GOD OF OT IS DIFFERENT FROM GOD OF LOVE IN NT” REALLY? SEE REV 19-22
  2. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE ‘KILLINGS/GENOCIDE’ SANCTIONED BY GOD IN THE BIBLE?

6)      WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MURDER?

  1. Murder has a defiling effect upon more than just the murderer. Notice in the first recorded murder, Genesis 4:6-12 where the blood of an innocent man cries up to God from the ground. Later Jesus imputes the death of the innocent from Abel to Zechariah upon the generation who conspired to murder the prophet whom Moses promised.
  2. Notice also in Deut. 21:1-9 that the murder of the innocent has a defiling effect upon the land. Doing nothing about the shedding of blood does nothing to remove the defilement. When God declares that He demands a reckoning for shedding blood unto death, and the basis for the command is theological (not cultural) we cannot dismiss the reckoning as cultural and appeal to our modern opinions and expect anything other than a defiled land.
  3. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil. (Ecc 8:11 NAU)

7)      HOW DOES THE GOSPEL RELATE TO THIS COMMANDMENT?

  1. GOD’S PATIENCE WITH MY SIN HAS NOT LEAD TO MY EXECUTION YET. BUT I DARE NOT PRESUPPOSE UPON THE MERCY OF GOD.
  2. THINK LONG ABOUT GOD’S PATIENCE TOWARDS YOU. HOW SHORT, IMPATIENT WE ARE WITH OTHERS. WE BEGIN TO HATE, DESPISE, MURDER IN  OUR HEARTS AND YET GOD EXTENDS MERCY, PATIENCE TO US IN CHRIST.
  3. COMMANDMNET ISN’T JUST ABOUT NOT KILLING/HATING, BUT ABOUT LOVING! John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. (Joh 15:13 NAU)
  4. HE ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE MURDERED SO YOU AND I COULD LIVE AND LOVE GOD AND ONE ANOTHER!
  5. JOHN 10:10 “I’VE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY.”
  6. SATAN DESIRES TO SEE YOU MURDERED (LOSE YOUR OWN LIFE), YOU NATURE THE SAME, BUT CHRIST *COMES TO GIVE YOU LIFE BY HAVING LAID DOWN HIS! WHAT A SAVIOR!
  7. THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST, FAILING TO SHARE THE GOSPEL IS MURDEROUS NEGLECT BECAUSE ONLY THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST CAN GIVE LIFE…TO NEGLECT IS TO PARTICIPATE IN…
  8. WARNING – Rev 21: 8: ‘Murderers shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’ We read of ‘fire mingled with blood.’ Rev 8: 7. Such as have their hands full of blood must undergo the wrath of God. Here is fire mingled with blood, and this fire is inextinguishable. Mark 9: 44. Time will not finish it, tears will not quench it.
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