In our study
of the Ten Commandments we have discovered,]
Commandment – The Preeminence of God - Jehovah God is preeminent
because there is no other God.
He, and He alone is God.]
Commandment – The Living
God – Jehovah God is the only living God. Because there are no
other god’s. Our Heavenly
Father is Jealous for our souls that we might walk with him.
Idols or false god’s will only alienate us from God and rob
us of the eternal life He reserves and desires for each of us.]
Commandment – A Worthy
God – Jehovah God, as the only living God, is worthy of all my
honor, and praise. He is
jealous for me that my soul and spirit might be saved and in eternal
harmony with Him.]
Commandment – A Renewing God – Keeping the Sabbath holy reminds
us that our Heavenly Father desires deeply to keep our relationship
with Him fresh and intimate.]
Commandment – Honor
Starts At Home – Honor and respect are the foundation of all of
our relationships. Honor and
value your parents and family and you will find it easy to honor the
people in your life.]
[Now, we come to the sixth commandment.
While it is one of the two shortest commandments, simply
Thou shalt not kill.]
[It is a command that is imbued with some critical
building blocks for a godly and successful life.
What we learn from the basic principles of this command are some
of the essential building blocks that will guide us throughout the rest
of our lives.]
Commandment We Discover,
Value Of Life (Exo 21.12-15; Num 35.15-25; Deut 19.4-6; Gen
9.1-6) [- There is no doubt that life, all life is miraculous.
Mankind has endeavored through his architecture, engineering, and
inventions to show God that we can be as creative as Him.
Yet everything that mankind builds or creates are merely dead
machines. Mankind has
discovered many ways to manipulate existing life, but mankind has yet to
build, manufacture or create a life.
When we look at life, any and all life, whether human beings,
animals, plant life, and even micro-biological life we must take a step
back and solemnly pronounce, its amazing.]
- Which brings us to our command,
Thou shalt not kill.
Many in our culture have struggled to understand this commandment.
I’m not sure why. It
seems quite clear to me. I
went on Goggle and did a search of
thou shalt not kill.
I found atheists who claimed that this commandment breaks the
back of Bible believing people because we quote it and continue to kill.
I found Vegans or Vegetarian groups who quote
Thou shalt not kill as their
anthem to convince Bible believing people that they ought not to kill
animals for the sake of eating meat, but if you follow the argument to
its logical end, isn’t it killing to eat vegetables, they are alive and
miraculously so. I even
found a web page that pitted Catholics and Lutherans against each other
because one denomination teaches that all killing is sin, while the
other recognizes a distinction between Manslaughter (accidental murder)
and Murder (premeditated murder). I even found one atheist that accused
God of breaking His own command, after all God rendered many judgments
in the Bible that cost people their lives.]
Bible – Perhaps the best way to understand God’s command, and
the only real way to understand God’s command is the let God Himself
explain it. Which He does!
The Word of God says,]
He that smiteth
so that he die, shall be surely put to death.
13 And if a man lie not in wait,
but God deliver him
into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.
But if a man
come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile;
thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
15 And he that smiteth his
father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.]
These six cities shall be
a refuge, both for the
children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among
that every one
that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.
16 And if he smite him with an
instrument of iron, so that he die, he
is a murderer: the
murderer shall surely be put to death.
17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he
may die, and he die, he is
a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
if he smite him with an
hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he
is a murderer:
shall surely be put to death.
19 The revenger of blood himself
shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.
if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he
die; 21 Or in enmity smite
him with his hand, that he die: he that smote
him shall surely be put
to death; for he
is a murderer:
the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.
22 But if he thrust him suddenly
or have cast upon him any thing
of wait, 23 Or
with any stone, wherewith a man may die,
him not, and
cast it upon him, that
he die, and was not his
enemy, neither sought his harm: 24
Then the congregation shall judge between
and the revenger of blood ccording to these judgments:
25 And the congregation shall
deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the
congregation shall restore him to the
city of his
to a prison of sorts, a penalty is required]
whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high
priest, which was anointed with the holy oil. ]
is the case of the
slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his
neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;
5 As when a man goeth into the
wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with
the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and
lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of
those cities, and live: 6
Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot,
and overtake him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he
was not worthy of
death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past.]
[God distinctly recognizes the difference between a
Murder and a Slayer or Manslaughter.
Even an accidental slaying requires a penalty, but not capital
punishment. The murder is
to suffer the penalty of capital punishment.
So, God is very clear about what
Thou shalt not kill means.]
– Now, I know that there are different levels of animal lovers here in
our congregation. Most of
you who know me, know that I am not much of an animal person.
However, I also know that there are those in our midst whose
animals are like family to them.
As I mentioned earlier there are those in our community who think
that the command thou shalt not
kill should extend beyond human beings to all animals.
I think this is more the result of our current, erroneous
cultural teaching that we human beings are nothing more than highly
evolved animals. Therefore
we should extend our human rights to every animal too.
I think this is utter foolishness.]
[Concerning Meat and Animals God has said,]
And God blessed Noah and his
sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth. 2 And the fear of
you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and
upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth
upon the earth, and
upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I
given you all things. 4
But flesh with the life thereof,
which is the blood
thereof, shall ye not eat. 5
And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of
every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of
every man's brother will I require the life of man.
man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God
made he man. ]
[Personally, I don’t have any problem with someone being a vegetarian if
they wish to be one, but please don’t try to make me out as a sinner for
liking a good thick steak.
I also don’t have any problem with people loving their cats, dogs, and
other curious creatures, but when someone calls a cow uncle Joe, I just
have to object.]
[God has clearly defined the command
Thou shalt not kill.
A couple of quick things come to my mind based on what God
teaches revolving around this commandment,]
Uniqueness of Human Life (Gen 9.6) – Through this commandment and
its explanation we discover the unique creation that human beings are.
Understand it clearly,
HUMAN BEINGS ARE
NOT ANIMALS! In
Genesis 1-2 God spoke and either created or formed everything in
creation with His spoken command.
But when God formed mankind,]
And the LORD God formed man
of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul.]
[This is why God said that he would hold every
creature responsible for the death of any human being (Gen 9.5).
Human life is unique life, specifically created by God, and
directly protected by God.]
Image of Human Life – Mankind is absolutely unique because mankind
was created in the image of God.
Mankind was made in the likeness of God.
But don’t think
that we are currently in the likeness of God.
This creation was marred by sin and we are now a corrupted image
of God. Adam and Eve in the
garden of Eden were very different than they were after their fall to
sin. In studying the
effects of the fall on Adam and Eve we learn that their,]
was changed by sin – They didn’t look the same anymore.
They were no longer shrouded by robes of brilliant light.]
was changed by sin – they didn’t think with the pure thoughts they
once held. They began to be
selfish rather than selfless.]
were changed by sin – They were no longer living in eternity, they
became mortal and corruptable.]
[Freedom of Choice, and the ability to choose
for our selves is what makes us more like God than any other Creature.
conscious thought, and we have creative thought.
But those very things that make us most like God, in our fallen
condition are the most likely things that will separate us from God if
we are not careful and conscious about God, his purposes for us, and the
evil that tempts us.]
Vestige Of Life (Matt 5.21-22; Gen 9.5-6) [– By the vestige
of life I mean what is the evidence of your views about life?
What do you think about your fellow man?
According to my
Thesaurus a vestige is an indication, evidence, or sign.
Hence, the vestige of life in you will be evidenced in the things
you do. There are many
today who evidence, by their lives, that there are some they value and
will protect in life, but there are others that they can do without and
may even be willing to see taken out of this life.
Perhaps this is one of the natural affects of war.
But we must guard how we view and value all life carefully.
How you view life and the lives of those around you will be
evidenced in your conduct.]
[Our Lord Jesus Christ elevated this command when he
Ye have heard that it was said
by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall
be in danger of the judgment: 22
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother
without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall
say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but
whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. ]
mōrós (Gk) ;
mōrón, adj. Silly,
stupid, foolish, from which the Eng. word “moron” is derived. Used
of persons meaning morally worthless (Matt. 5:22).
It is a more
serious reproach than
(4469), raca, which scorns a man by calling him stupid, whereas
scorns him concerning his heart and character.
Used of things (2 Tim. 2:23 “foolish and ignorant questionings” [a.t.];
Titus 3:9). In Matt. 5:13 and Luke 14:34, it refers to salt that has
lost its flavor, become tasteless (mōraínō
[Our Lord raised the moral bar for us when He spoke of
this sixth commandment.
In essence our
Lord challenges us to think carefully, very carefully, about how we view
our fellow man. How
you view and think about your fellow man will clearly impact how you
live with your fellow man]
(Indication) Of Our Culture – One local radio station, that I listen
to occasionally, has been airing a commercial that gives a warning to
all who are listening. It
essentially warns every citizen who is walking down a street, if they
approach a group of teenagers or young adults to avoid that group.
Cross the street, go into a store or building, but be careful and
protect yourself. Why?
Because of the gang related robberies and murders that have been
occurring in our cities in recent days.]
[Most of us are aware of the gang related beating
death of an honor student in the Chicago area in recent days.
I may be mistaken but I think I recall that eight youth and young
adults have been arrested and charged with the beating death of this
young man. We take a step
back and wonder, How could this happen?
How could these young men do this kind of thing?]
[It is the result of a lost understanding about human
life and the value of life.
Our public schools and colleges have worked very hard to convince all of
us that we are nothing more than highly evolved animals.
In the eyes of many animal rights activists in our day, many
people have fewer rights than a cow or pig on a farm.
It matters how
you think about human life. It
will change how you treat the people around you. It will even change how
you work with and toward your enemies.]
(Indication) Of Your Care – I want you to think for a moment about
what has been shaping the way you think about people.
What are the sources of the entertainment you enjoy?
What do you watch on television?
What movies do you watch?
What video games do you play?
What do you look at on your computer?
What music do you listen to?
Do the things that are influencing you heighten or lessen the way
you think about people.]
[Be reminded my friends,]
And surely your blood of your
lives will I
require; at the hand of every beast
will I require
it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's
will I require
the life of man. 6
Whoso sheddeth man's blood,
by man shall his
blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.]
you view human life the way God views human life?
Is every person’s life valuable to you?
If not then you need to change the way you think about the people
Victory Of Life (1 Tim 2.3-6; Heb 9.27; John 3.18) [– Why
does God put up with sinful mankind?
Why does God put up with young men like those who brutally
murdered that young man in Chicago?
[1 Timothy 2:3-6
is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour; 4
Who will have
all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the
truth. 5 For
there is one God, and
one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for
all, to be testified in due time. ]
[God puts up
with wicked people because,]
[Human Life is Enduring Life – Christians often talk about eternal
life, and seem to imply that only saved people have eternal life.
However, the truth is that everyone has eternal life.
Every human being has an enduring soul, a soul that will live on
into eternity. Hence, the
And as it is appointed unto men
once to die, but after this the judgment: ]
human soul is enduring in nature.
When this mortal life ends the human soul steps into eternity.
For those who step into eternity without the Lord Jesus Christ,
they step into eternal condemnation.
He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he
hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ]
[If you are here today, and you have been
living a sinful wicked life.
Don’t think in yourself that you are okay.
Don’t think in yourself,
“Well, God hasn’t judged me yet.
Why, I’m not even sure if God is watching me.”
They only reason God hasn’t judged you yet is because He wants
you to have another chance to receive the Lord Jesus Christ and get your
life right. Why?
Because God wants you to be saved!
God wants you to repent and get your life right with Him!
Why? Because your
soul is eternal and God wants to save you!]
[Now, Christian, how do you think about the
sinners all around you? How
do you think about the enemies our country is at war with?
Now, I’m not saying God is against war.
God expects a country and people to defend themselves.
But how do you think and feel about those enemies.
Do you value their eternal soul as God does?]
[If you valued your fellow man the way God
values them then you would do something to reach out to them.
You would try to win them to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why does God allow wicked people to continue to live?
Because God wants to save their eternal soul.
Why does God leave born again Christians in this world?
To win the lost to Jesus!
So if you are thinking what God is thinking then you will win
them to the Lord Jesus Christ.]
Life is Eternal Life (John 3.16) – The ultimate victory in life, and
God’s goal in life is that all men, women and children might be
For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.]
[Our Heavenly Father, who saved us through the blood of our Lord Jesus
Christ, wants every living soul to be born again.
This is the whole purpose of this sixth commandment.
Thou shalt not kill is
ultimately about the eternal value of every human being.
It is about you and I recognizing the divine value of every life
and being sure that we think rightly about life.]
yourself, How do you think about life?]
October 18, 2009