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Do not murder

This study was taught at our Sunday evening service by Pete Smith on the 7th June 2020. You can listen to the audio on this web page or save it for later listening.

This is the seventh in a series of studies on the Ten Commandments (you can find the introduction here). Some foundations that are important when trying to understand the purpose of each law are:

  • The heart of the matter, is the matter of the heart
  • The law exposes our sin
  • The law leads us to Jesus
  • We are saved by grace, not by works
  • Having been saved, we should show our faith by our works
  • If you love Jesus, keep His commandments
  • God has given us His commandments for our benefit

This study focussed on the sixth commandment that God gave to Moses on Sinai:

You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:13

We also considered the following verses, as they relate to this commandment:

You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 5:21-22

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Mark 7:20-23

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:8-10

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 5:43-45

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