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God Wants Us To Value Everyone 

Gen 1:27; 9:26; Matt. 5:21-22; 22:36-40 Jan. 20, 2008

    God gives only one life to every human being and life becomes valuable because of that fact. Many people make their lives more attractive by following Him, and trying to work with Him to perfect His will in their lives. All of us have known people with handicaps or a lack of skill who never-the-less made a very good contribution to their community and country. Because of the truth in these thoughts God Wants Us To Value Everyone.

1. Value Everyone Because Of God's . . Creation. Ge 1:27; 9:6

A. Value Life Because God Created A Male Kind Of Life. 1:27a
    ". . . So God created man in His own image;. . ." HCSB

B. Value Life Because God Created A Female Kind Of Life. 1:27b
    ". . . He created them male and female." HCSB

C. Value Life Because God Created Life In His Image. 1:27 & 9:6
    "So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; . . ."
Ge 9:6 Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in His image. HCSB

    1. The . . Rampage Or Rage Of Shedding Blood. 9:6a
            Whoever sheds man's blood, . . ." HCSB

    2. The . . Requirement For Shedding Blood. 9:6b   
           ". . . his blood will be shed by man, . . ." <>   
     3. The . . Reason For The Requirement. 9:6c
        ". . . for God made man in His image."

        If you believe the biblical record then you trust that God created male and female life. It seems our world forgets both of us were created in God's image. It seems to me that those who believe the theory of evolution diminish or eliminate the idea of God's image being in every person. Many of us who hold the Bible above the theories of science also want to hold high the value of human life. When a person goes on a rampage and sheds the blood of another human God states his/her life should be taken. The reason behind this statement in our text is man being created in God's image. We must hold our fellow human beings in high esteem.

2. Value Everyone Because Of God's . . Condemnation. Matt. 5:21-22

A. God's Condemnation Given To Our . . Ancestors Before Christ. 5:21
    21 "You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.

B. God's Condemnation Given To Our . . Advancement After Christ. 5:22
    22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Fool!' will be subject to the Sanhedrin.
But whoever says, 'You moron!' will be subject to hellfire. HCSB

        1. In Christ . . Causeless Anger Is Condemned. 22a         
          2. In Christ . . Contemptible Anger For The Head Is Condemned. 22b        
            3. In Christ . . Contemptible Anger For The Heart Is Condemned. 22c

        The people of the text knew what the Old Testament said about anger. Their ancestors passed them down and the male children were required to memorize the words. Jesus did not do away with these words but increased the application of how to obey them. We can say Jesus advanced the manner in which these words would be kept. The Lord went after the cause of murders etc. with His words, and actually got at the root of these crimes. If we eliminate anger a great number of crimes will cease. The King James Version has the phrase about anger that includes the words, "without a cause." So we may say causeless anger is condemned. Some say Jesus expressed anger when He cleansed the temple. Changing that by calling it "righteous indignation," may help, but Jesus did have a cause behind this action. The word "fool" (HCSB), or "racca" (KJV)," seems to refer to a contempt for a person's head, while "moron"(HCSB) or fool"(KJV)," has more of a contempt for the heart. Both are condemned but contempt for the heart carries more eternal significance.

3. Value Everyone Because Of God's . . Commands. Matt. 22:36-40

 A. The Command To Love . . God. 22:36-38
    36 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 37 He said to him, "Love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important commandment.

 B. The Command To Love . . Mankind.   22:39-40
    39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments." HCSB

        Most biblically literate people know the great command tells us to Love God. This love must be expressed in heart, soul, and mind. If we obey that command we will know God loves the people he created. To disdain human beings is to shun the God who created humanity. However if we love God properly we will love His creation, and place a high value on them because we will know God Wants Us To Value Everyone. Amen? Amen!