You Shall Not Murder

Exodus 20:13

Commandment Six


God knows ahead of time what is going to happen.  he gives us warnings to prevent us from harm.  There is no act of violence that will shock and surprise Him.  He knows if we are left unchecked, we will destroy each other. But He has to allowed that to happen, and in four simple words, He  gave this commandment.

"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Matt 5:21-22

Murder starts in our hearts.

How does this commandment reflect God's love?

Because He knows that when I love Him above all else and put Him first in my life, I will not injure anyone.  It won't be in my heart to slander, offend, hurt, humiliate, destroy, or write anyone off.

I will have a heart toward others like His.

What about my enemies ?

What about the blind, empty-headed fools of the world?

I will love them just as Christ did.

Just as He loved me and went to the cross for me- when I was a blind, empty-headed fool, and an enemy of God.

Rom 5:5

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Rom 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matt 5:21-22  tells us very clearly the real source of murder.  According to Jesus, it begins with ANGER.  It begins with the words we say.  It begins with seeds of hatred and anger that we allow to take root in our hearts.  

Don't go to bed angry at anyone!  If you do, you give the enemy place in your soul, and from that place he is able to direct his destructive activities in order to bring you and your family to disaster.  Overnight, he has opportunity to plant murderous seeds in your heart,

Ephesians 4:26-27

"In your anger do not sin" : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 
and do not give the devil a foothold.


God knows what a hold anger can have on us.  If we forget, look at the story of Cain.   God tried to reason with Cain, to reassure him and comfort him, and finally gave him a firm warning.  But Cain nurtured the anger and bitterness in his heart so long that even God wasn't going to stop him.  He walked right around God to kill his only brother.

In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

God wants us to put Him first in our life...because if we don't we will hurt others and hurt ourselves.  We will not be bearers of life, but instead, we will be bearers of death and destruction.


He wants to plant in us the healing qualities, with the holy Spirit. And when He can do that, God's love is the very thing that comes forth from our life.






Gal 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,



If you are interested in further study,  I recommend "The Ten(der) Commandments" by Ron Mehl.  (Thank you, Beth, for loaning me that book!!!)