He . . . called me through His Grace, . . . to reveal His Son
in me, that I might preach Him . . . "  Gal 1:15b-16a


The Sixth Commandment Thou Shall Do No Murder

Exo. 20:13

"You shall not murder.” NKJV

Introduction

Why do I read this command as “You shall not murder, rather than like the KJV where this command reads: “Thou shalt not kill” Why is there a difference?


It is because the HEBREW Word most correctly means murder or manslaughter and not just killing. I will site some verses where the KJV translates this word as murder or manslaughter. In fact out of the 47 times this Hebrew Word is used it is only translated to include the word kill three times.


Look at this verse as an example: Nu 35:16 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. KJV


Now you may say by what authority do I say these things.

I simply site the information I have given. In addition let us look at the words of Jesus in, Mt 19:17-18 as Jesus quoted the Old Testament. 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, KJV


It is important to emphasize this use of the Hebrew word Because: This Command does not Forbid Several Actions that Some Suggest It Does. Follow These thoughts.


There are several misconceptions


 

1.       This Command does not forbid : Capital Punishment.


            Look at Gen 9:5-6 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man's brother

I will require the life of man. 6 "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. NKJV


TLB Ge 9:5-6 5 "And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person's life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. 6 If anyone takes a human life, that person's life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image. TLB


 

2.       This Command does not forbid Defending Your Home. Ex 22:2 If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. NKJV

3.         This Command does not forbid Killing In War.

            Joel 3:9-11 9 Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'" NKJV

 

4.         Do not confuse this command with Other Statements.

1 Jn 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. NKJV

            This is continuous hate. This kind of hate causes murders.


Dt 4:41-42 41 Then Moses set apart three cities on this side of the Jordan, toward the rising of the sun, 42 that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without having hated him in time past, and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might live: NKJV


Illustration

Man in my first pastorate had killed his father after his mother was abused by his drunken dad.

He thought he could never be saved. That was an act of mercy, and not murder.



 

2.        What This Command Forbids.


A.        This Command Speaks To: The Intentional Taking Of Another’s Life.  

            Ge 4:6-13 6 So the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" 10 And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth." 13 And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is greater than I can bear! NKJV


B.        This Command Speaks To: The Taking Of Your Own Life. 1 Sa 31:4

4 Then Saul said to his armorbearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me." But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. NKJV


Ac 1:16-18 16 "Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry." 18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. NKJV


Illustration

A former President of the SBC as a young man went to a hotel in New Orleans to kill himself. He started reading the Gideon Bible and committed his life to the Lord. He became a very fine preacher of the gospel.


Application


Most people considering suicide will speak about it ahead of time. It is like an attempt to see if anyone cares. LINDA POWERS


Suicide never benefits anyone. It is an act done in a period of mental imbalanced. Sadly it usually affects your family and friends. Many children grow up haunted by suicide.



C.        This Command Speaks To: The Taking Of The Unborn - Abortion.

 

I AM GOING TO READ FROM A SERMON BY RAY PRITCHARD  Keep Believing Ministries


This is from 2000, I will read several statements:

 

Let me quote John Piper directly:

So it is with politics. You have to decide what those issues are for you. What do you think disqualifies a person from holding public office? I believe that the endorsement of the right to kill unborn children disqualifies a person from any position of public office. Its simply the same as saying that the endorsement of racism, fraud, or bribery would disqualify himexcept that child-killing is more serious than those.

 

Prichard:         I am reminded of the solemn words of Jesus in Matthew 18:5-7. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

 

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! Those who deliberately hurt little children will someday face a terrible judgment from the Lord.

 

Who makes babies?

God does. And on the positive side of the ledger, we find that God takes personal responsibility for the unborn in

 

Psalm 139:13-16. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 

This is the strongest statement on Gods prenatal care in all the Bible. How much does he know about the unborn baby growing in the womb? Everything. Like a skillful weaver God takes the tiny hands and legs and joins them to the body. He forms the heart and then sets it beating. He watches over the thumb and makes sure it finds the mouth. Who makes babies? God does.

 

Piper notes that there are laws against intentionally maiming dogs and cats. And there are laws that protect a wide range of endangered species. But what about the unborn?

 

An eight-week-old human fetus has a beating heart, an EKG, brain waves, thumb-sucking, pain sensitivity, finger-grasping, and genetic humanity, but under our present laws is not a human person with rights under the 14th Amendment, which says that no state shall deprive any person of life without due process of law.Well, I wondered, if the unborn do not qualify as persons, it seems that they could at least qualify as animals, say a dog, or at least a cat. Why is it legal to maim, mutilate and killa pain-sensitive unborn human being but not an animal?

 

Now let me say this sin can be forgiven

 

But it is breaking this command.


 

D.        This Command Speaks To: The Indirect Taking Of Another’s Life. Eze 3:17-21

 

            1.         The Liquor Industry. Etc..

Ezek. 3:17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. 20 "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul."


Now let me read this in The Living Bible Paraphrase.


20 "If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their

righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. 21 But if you warn righteous people not to sin and they listen to you and do not sin, they will live, and you will

have saved yourself, too." TLB


I have a responsibility to God and the Word of God.