Episode ThemeJustice-Seeking: 6th Commandment. What does murder mean?
You shall not commit murder.
In the 10 Commandments, Number 6, “Do not Murder,” seems like an easy commandment to obey. Is it? What does “murder” mean? The dictionary says murder means “the killing of a human being under certain conditions under the law.” Can you pick out murderers? Test yourself with this quiz. Murder: Yes or No! You be the Judge!
- Cain kills his brother Abel after feeling jealousy and anger towards Abel. (Genesis 4)
- Gossiping about a classmate.
- King David sends a soldier to the front lines to be killed because David likes the man’s wife. (2 Samuel 11)
- Getting revenge on a bully.
- Saul holding coats for other men as they stone Stephen to death for talking about Jesus. (Acts 7)
- Feeling happy when a pain-in-the-neck kid gets laughed at.
How did you do? Which of these scenarios involved murder? The answer is…all
of them! Why? The Bible says murder isn’t just the physical killing of a human, it is more than that. The apostle John wrote “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in Jesus.” (1 John 3:15)
The verdict is guilty! Every time we hate someone, use mean words about someone, even think nasty thoughts about someone, we are guilty of murder and have broken the 6th Commandment.
What is the anti-dote to murder? John also wrote “We should love one another…This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3: 11, 16). How do we lay down our lives for others? Confess our sin of hate to God, ask God for strength to abandon our hate and for opportunities to do good to those we don’t like. Only God is powerful enough to turn murder into love!
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