Summary: If I value you highly, I will let you know through my mouth. If I don’t value you, then I will use words like “jerk” and “stupid” and “idiot” and “low-life”.
God knows that there are more ways to kill than with a knife or a gun, and
there are more things to kill than a body.
Things to kill or destroy:
Body – some of us think that we are off the hook on this command because we
have never killed another body. Killing another body is the most obvious
application of this command. But there are other things that you can kill, and
we might not come out so clean on some of these.
Spirit – belittling them, never letting them know that they are valuable to
you. (tell story of family sculpturing where father never let his son know that
he loved him or that he was proud of him)
Reputation – slander, rumors
Dreams – you can either work to help make sure your children’s dreams, or spouses dreams, or friend’s dreams come to reality, or you can discourage them from ever having dreams
Family – stealing time from them, never making them a priority, as an employer
you can require too much time out of your employees or not pay them enough so
that they can spend time with their families.
Weapons We Use:
Words of the tongue (Prov. 18:21) – with my tongue, I can either build you or
destroy you. I can either give life or take it away.
I can put wind in your sails, or I can take your breath away.
How are you using your tongue?
The way that I use my tongue with you is a direct result of how much value I place on your life.
If I value you highly, I will let you know through my mouth. If I don’t value you, then I will use words like “jerk” and “stupid” and “idiot” and “low-life”.
Neglect (Lev. 19:16b) – The Jewish people would often use their rooftops
for a place to relax or a place to talk with people. They didn’t spend a lot of
time inside because it was dark and hot. Their laws required them to build a
wall all the way around their rooftop to help prevent anyone from falling off.
If they did not build this wall, they could be held responsible for the death of
someone who did fall off. Do you take care to protect the lives of people around
How many relationships have been killed by neglect?
When it could have been saved and nurtured and grown to it full potential!
Failure to warn (Ezek. 33:7-8) – Ezekiel was given a solemn warning by God.
God told Ezekiel what he was getting ready to do, and then he told Ezekiel that
it was his job to warn everyone else. If Ezekiel did as he was commanded, and
the people chose to not respond, then Ezekiel would be free from blame. But if
Ezekiel, knowing what was getting ready to happen, chose to keep his mouth shut and not tell anyone either because of fear or not wanting to be rejected or just because he had other things to do, then God said that he would hold Ezekiel
guilty for the blood of everyone who died as a result of Ezekiel’s failure to
warn them. Failing to warn someone of impending doom is the same as taking a gun to their head and blowing them away.
It’s our job to lovingly warn people about their lifestyles, their choices, their future.