Part 6:  The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20.13

Hello and Welcome to Our Church Without Walls: I’m preaching a series of messages called THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.  Today’s text is found in: Exodus 20:3-17.  This is part 6, with the emphasis on verse 13

Welcome back! So far, we have learned about the first five of the Ten Commandments. Remember, the first Four Commandments turn our worship and relationship toward God. The remaining six focus on our relationship to other people.

The First Commandment concerns the object of our worship (Exodus 20:3; Acts 14:15).

The Second concerns the ordinances of our worship (Exodus 20:4; 1 John 5:21).

The Third concerns the manner of our worship (Exodus 20:7; James 5:12).

The Fourth concerns the time of our worship (Exodus 20:8; Colossians 2:16 {nullifies}).

The Fifth Commandment concerns the duties we owe to our relationships (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1).

And now, the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not murder” concerns our own life and neighbor’s life! (Exodus 20:13; 1 John 3:15).

By the way, I failed to mention that the Ten Commandments were written on “tablets” of stone (you probably already new that). You can read about it in Exodus 24:12. The first Four Commandments were written on one tablet. The other Six Commandments were written on another tablet. A tablet was simply a flat piece of stone.

Now, this Sixth Commandment seems easy enough to understand. “Do not murder”. Back in my younger days, when young men reached the age of 18, we had to register for the draft. There were some who were claiming that they couldn’t go to war because of their “religious” beliefs based on this command. However, this command does not apply to killing in a legal war nor does it apply to killing someone if we find it necessary in order to protect ourselves. Neither does it apply to a judge who must enforce capital punishment! So where does it apply? I am so glad you asked.

This Sixth Commandment applies to those who purpose in their heart, or premeditate, to kill. Notice the emphasis on the heart. In Matthew 5:22, Jesus addresses this issue of murder. As a matter of fact, He expounds the command. Jesus said here that anyone who even thinks evil, especially to kill, of someone else is in danger of the consequences of violating this command. This law applies to our internal attitude. Therefore, an abusive insult carries the kind of moral guilt as an act of murder. Thus, the consequences of violation also apply, which brings death to the one who purposely killed another. But what about accidental murder? I am so glad you asked!

This Sixth Commandment also covered accidental murder; in other words, manslaughter. If you were to accidentally kill someone, this law made a provision. The provision was that you would be sent to a place of banishment--to a city of refuge until the death of the High-Priest. This commandment, again, deals with the intent of the heart. Once again, Jesus dealt with this in Matthew 5:22. In Matthew 5:22 when Jesus used the word “Raca”. It is a word that insults another person meaning “empty-headed”. It is a term of reproach to the one it is spoken to. Proverbs 18:21 says this, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” And James 3:6-10 tells us that our tongues are a fire, a world of iniquity. It says that with our tongue, we bless God, but curse men who were made in the image of God himself. You see, the tongue’s sinful words can spread destruction rapidly, or as its accompanying smoke, those words can permeate and ruin everything around it. The tongue’s evil can extend beyond the individual to affect everything in his sphere of influence. It means that someone’s evil tongue can cause someone else to become evil and cause death. And since the advent of the internet, emails, text-messaging, and Facebook have all been the ancillary attacks of our tongues. People have gone into depression, killed, and even committed suicide due to these methods of our “new” tongue. The insulting words can and will cause emotional death. When you look into the eyes of a murderer, you see no life. But how can it cause death? In Matthew 5:22, Jesus was saying that even if we think this in our hearts, we are in danger of the judgment of the Sixth Commandment. Jesus knows that these thoughts (the intent of the heart) can lead to murder and warns us to correct it.

God is love. God did not intend for these commandments to be a burden on us. He gave us these commandments so we would have guidelines on how to love Him and each other. These commandments are a reminder and an exhortation to pursue after carefulness in the affairs of life. By taking care in our affairs, we would be careful that no one else would die by our hand, or even accidentally.

It used to be that many people were concerned and watched out for the drunk drivers. Now today, we have the issue of those who drive not only while drunk, but while texting. Both of these groups of people have had auto accidents that have accidentally taken lives of innocent people. Not only are they guilty of manslaughter, but breaking this Sixth Commandment.

May we take care, and pray, that through the work of the Holy Spirit, we will not injure someone else...neither physically, nor by our words, nor by texting, nor emails, or by Facebook. But that according to Romans 12:18, we may, inasmuch as possible, “Live peaceably with all men”.

I’m Pastor Robby teaching His Word, His Work, His Way

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