Summary: Are you a murderer? I doubt there are many serial killers here today... but Satan will try many sneaky ways to get us to break God’s commands. Here’s how to beat him! *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
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Traditionally, we’ve thought of this commandment as “Thou shalt not kill.” That was the older translation, from the year 1611. Of course, then we run into problems, because God actually commands the death penalty for some offenses. . . in other places, he commands war. People are always killed in war, so what does this commandment mean?
The problem is solved by understanding “kill” as the word “murder.”
Any murderers here this morning? :-) Probably not in the “pull the trigger sense.”
Why God gave this command to not murder another person:
Because we are made in the image of God.
We are the very top of the creation of God, the very greatest things he created on this earth. We are created with God’s very image stamped on us. That doesn’t mean that God looks like we do – it means that our spiritual being is shaped like his. God has a mind, we have a mind. God has a will, we have a will. God has emotions, and we have emotions. This is the reason you’ll never see a depressed cow! They weren’t created in God’s image.
Because God is the giver of life.
Statistics say that very few of us in this room will ever commit murder – literally.
But here’s something you need to know about the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the OT, God laid out these laws. Don’t kill. Don’t commit adultery. That’s pretty straightforward.
But God is not just concerned with the outside, he’s also concerned with your heart! He’s not just concerned that your body is doing the right actions, he’s concerned that your heart has the right attitudes!
Jesus came along and said, “God’s not just interested in whether you kill, he’s concerned with whether you would kill if you had the chance. He’s concerned with your heart – what you would do if you thought you could get away with it.”
You understand the difference? Lots of men who would never cheat on their wife WOULD HAVE if they knew no one would ever find out! Lots of men who wouldn’t kill someone have been so angry and full of hate that if they knew no one would find out, they’d do it.
God’s not just interested in your outside actions, he’s interested in your heart’s motives – not just what you do, but why you do it.