The Ten Commandments, Part 6
I. What Does the Sixth Commandment Clearly Teach?
A. The Hebrew word for murder doesn't only entail maliciously, pre-meditatively killing one; it includes the unlawful killing of anyone.
1. Meanwhile, not all homicides ate prohibited by the sixth commandment.
a. Such examples include homicides that come by way of self-defense in war or protecting of your self of family, by way of executing the death penalty, or by way of a car accident [excluding drunkenness].
i. Cf. Gen 9.5-6. — This principal institutes the death penalty [from God]. By doing so it shows the value of human beings who were made in the image of God.
II. What Else Should Be Known About Murder?
A. According to Matt. 5.21-22, at the very root of murder is anger.
1. Jesus taught that anger revealed some great things about the human heart.
i. The righteous anger of a man proves his love for the object being threatened (i.e., a man is righteous in his anger if he becomes infuriated when another man threatens his wife).
i. The danger of anger is that moment when someone walks away from the individual harming itself (i.e., a person who refuses to consider helping an addict because they've shifted blame of the condition to the being altogether).
III. How Do We Cure Such Anger?
A. The answer to curing such anger is to love your enemies, Rom 12.20.
1. The best way to grasp this concept is to see yourself as the enemy as opposed to the offended in the scenario.
a. Cf. Romans 5.8
i. While we were enemies of God, Christ gave us the ultimate food (bis body to eat) and the ultimate drink (his blood to drink).
ii. From this recognition of God's
Grace leading us unto repentance, we are forced to realize the power of grace shed on others. We enable others to be freed from their own hate by lovingly shedding grace on them.
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