Summary: This sermonette is for believers and seekers who might not feel that this commandment applies to them!
Of the many commandments given to Moses, this commandment speaks of the worst sin! 4 simple words, THOU SHALT NOT KILL (or in simpler terms- DO NOT MURDER) Christians especially look at this with a sense of comfort because we realize that we are susceptible to disobeying one of the other commandments and we thank God for the ability to repent- but to murder or to kill?? God forbid!!!
This particular commandment, we tell ourselves, we will never commit. It’s unthinkable and not a part of our nature. After all, we are Christians aren’t we? And true Christians wouldn’t do that type of thing or would we????
God issued this command because He wanted the world to know that the very act of killing a person with premeditated malice was a terrible sin!
PREMEDITATIED MALICE- To meditate beforehand (plot and plan) in a frame of mind of ill will (anger and hatred) towards someone to hurt them (physically and emotionally), to take away their life!
Although in man’s sight some things are tolerable, in God’s sight, it is not so! Do you realize that you can take away a person’s life by killing a dream, killing the spirit, killing your time, killing ambition and killing joy?
THOU SHALT NOT KILL by seducing others to sin, by setting evil examples and bad principles, by hindering men and women from serving God, by destroying your own life, for we are not our own master when we live or when we die!
We can kill someone when when we condemn them. In Romans the 14th chapter, the question is asked....So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember each one of us will stand personally before the judgement seat of God. For the scriptures say, "As surely a I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow down to me and every tongue will confess allegiance to God."
Yes! Each one of us will have to give a personal account to God. So don’t condemn each other anymore! Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian’s path.
In Matthew 5, Jesus went up on the mountainside with His Disciples and sat down to teach them. And He said to them, (17) Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to aboloish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. (18) I assure you, until Heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God’s Law will remain until its purpose is achieved. (19) So if you break the smallest commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. (20) But I warn you- unless you obey God better than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees do, you can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!
(21) You have heard that the law of Moses says, "Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgement. (22) But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgement! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the hells of fire.