• Gods Heart for His People

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    3 December, 2016Posted by Nick

    When the Israelites of the old testament were gathered at Mt Sinai, they were given ten commandments to live by. We often look at them as a list of things to avoid, because thats how they’re written but to peel back the layers a little will give us an idea of God’s desire for his people.

    Commandment No. 6 - Exodus 20 Verse 13

    “Do not murder” may seem really obvious to us living in todays society. If we murder then we’ve stated by our actions, that another persons life is of lesser value than our own to the point that it is to be treated as something we want to end. We’ve made a value decision where we take the place of God and decide someone’s life has no value anymore. This simply is not how God created us.

    As a side note, the command is about an individual’s approach to valuing life in the same way God values life. It isn’t talking about how Israel was to handle wars, punishment for criminal activity, etc. This is why the word murder is used rather than to kill. As we will see soon, it is deeper than just the physical action.

    In Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus says You have heard it said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.’ But I tell you, anyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgement.”

    Jesus doesn’t discuss Israel’s understanding of murder - it is a given, like today, that it is wrong. What he does address is someones anger with, or hatred of anyone and says you are in danger of the same judgement as a murderer.

    He just put being angry with someone on the same level as murdering someone. What do you think of that? Our heart is where this all starts from and its God’s desire that we reflect his heart, which is that we would value the gift of life that the Creator gave each of us. 

    Consider what is also said in 1John 3:15 and Ephesians 4:26-27 on anger. Would love to hear how God is working in your lives in this.