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Summary: Thou shalt not kill.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL

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Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (May 25, 2018)

“Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13, King James Version, [Ten commandments])

Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,

My sisters and brothers let us firstly pray:

Heavenly Father, I just want to say thank you for the gifted promise of everlasting life. I want to thank you for a peaceful understanding that surpasses all innuendoes in circumstances that baffle the heart and the mind. Lord, this is a blessed day, indeed, blessed beyond reasonable expectations. Considering all---I thank you for the morning dew, I thank you for the moon that is a reflection of the light of the sun.

I thank you for abounding joy that comes every morning. Indeed, I am so happy in my gift of life and gift of grace, from our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Help us to grow more like Christ Jesus, each and every day, He, who made all things possible and He, who from the beginning provided the light, for the light of day is Jesus. Yes! Lord.

Let there be Light. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John1:1, KJV). Thank you for this little light of mine. I will let it shine---resplendently so, in Jesus Name. God bless.

Amen.

Most importantly, we must reflect on how devastatingly diminishing it is for the spirit of Christ Jesus to dwell in a man or woman who takes life, even anger at his brother because the act of murder also tries to take away the gift of reconciliation. Let us not forget the murderous act of Jesus’ death crushed even his betrayer Judas Iscariot’s heart---murder was in him[Mark 7:18-19,KJV; Matthew 15:18-19, KJV “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man: ….”], for he also

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killed his own life [Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3-5, KJV [Judas selleth Jesus; Judas hanged himself]---committed suicide because of the part he played in taking the life of Jesus, mocking God’s grace through Christ more with the law, an eye for an eye, a life for a life. We must reflect how this sin crushes the human spirit, for this sin, Thou shalt not kill, is not without all the other sins, for most definitively a person who holds other gods before the living God Almighty, is a murderer---a killer of faith [“For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto him, Luke 20:38, KJV; James 2:20, KJV “…that faith without works is dead”]. What reason you in your heart [Luke 5:20-24,KJV], for we could easily say, and so on and so forth, but I think it is important to go through the Ten Commandments, in order to significantly impact your thoughts, for surely a person who is a murderer also will try to replicate the images of heaven and make himself or herself graven images to bow down to, killing Jesus again---putting another nail in his coffin/putting another stone in front of his tomb, to kill the resurrection power that Jesus had in his grave/in his tomb. Interestingly enough a person who takes the LORD GOD’s name in vain, is also a murderer, for there is power in the Name of God Almighty (Yahweh), power in the Name of Jesus, mocking the NAME by using it in a way that is disrespectful such as swearing, “I swear by my Father God in heaven, I’ll kill him dead if he ever touches me!” or “For Christ’s sake, I swear he is the walking dead.” (Matthew 5:33-34, KJV [The sermon of the mount]).

More importantly, the polar opposite of living a God-fearing life obeying the commandments and statutes is denying---laying aside [Mark 7:8, KJV] the Sabbath, the set aside day --- rejecting it as not important, which undoubtedly kills the flesh and kills the spirit for working beyond six days and laboring beyond six days, denies that God blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. How long will you pretend God’s Sabbath day was not blessed as a Holy day for rest---killing the flesh and killing the spirit? Yes, we know King David ate the holy shewbread in the temple and fed his troops (his men)[I Samuel 21:3-6, KJV] for it was better to do so, for in King David was the blessed seeded promise of Christ Jesus---letting you know that all holiness and righteousness is in Christ Jesus, for the people cried for the saving of souls, “Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” [Mark 10:46-47, KJV, blind Bartimaeus sat by the highway begging] however, unbeknownst to man at the time that David entered in the holy temple and did eat of the showbread---Jesus followed and said, “Do this in remembrance of me as often as possible”,--- eat the bread and drink the wine [I Corinthians 11:24-26, KJV]. I know I have found myself on the other side of rest, on the Sabbath, pushing towards goals to make a difference, in life, in general, and specifically, for my lifestyle—to lessen my sufferings. I thank my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, for making a way to get the work done, in God’s grace through the holiness and righteousness of Christ Jesus. For I remember an ancestor said, “Don’t get caught with your work not done”, meaning don’t face death with all your work left undone.

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