The Sanctity of Life (Exodus 20:13)

I. WHAT IS NOT MEANT BY THE WORD MURDER?

a. Murder does not apply to killing animals

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal

Genesis 9:3 “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.

Acts 10:11-15 (NASB) 11 and he saw* the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13 A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” 15 Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”

b. Murder does not apply to capital punishment

Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.

Romans 13:3-4 (NASB) 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

c. Murder does not include killing in self defense

II. WHAT IS MEANT BY THE WORD MURDER?

1 John 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

1 Samuel 16:7 for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

a. Murder applies to homicide

Genesis 4:1-2 (NASB) 1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.” 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Genesis 4:3-4 (NASB) 3 So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. 4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.

Genesis 4:4-5 (NASB) And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.

Genesis 4:6-7 (NASB) 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?

Genesis 4:7 (NASB) 7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Genesis 4:8 (NASB) 8 Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

b. Murder applies to suicide

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

c. Murder applies to infanticide

that every woman in the United States has the same right to an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy as she has to any-other minor surgery.

III. WHAT IS ON THE INSIDE IS MEANT BY THE WORD MURDER

Mark 7:20-21 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,

Matthew 5:21-22 (NASB) 21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder ‘ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Ephesians 4:26 BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

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