“You Shall Not Murder”

Matthew 5:21-22 (NKJV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”

In Uvalde TX, 19 children, and 2 adults were shot and killed by an 18 year old that had a handgun, and possibly 2 rifles. The murderer was killed at the scene by law enforcement.

Let’s open the Scriptures. You know. The ones we fail to use when these kinds of events happen. As a note. Chicago has killings too and not many seem to bat an eye.

Exodus 20:13 says “You shall not murder.”

This is one of 10 commands the Lord gave to the children of Israel on Mount Sinai.

The Lord Jesus expounded where murder comes from.

Notice the Scripture in Matthew chapter 5.

When you’re angry with someone without a cause or even with a cause, you have committed murder in the heart.

It’s also called “blind rage.”

1 John 3:10-15 (NKJV) “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

Murder comes from the heart when we choose to hate another person. We hate them so much that the only way in the world of evil to handle it is to kill them.

Cain was so mad at his brother because Abel’s offering to the Lord was what the Lord required and God accepted it. Cain brought what God rejected, and Cain was so filled with rage that he killed his own brother.

But the Lord told Cain what was in his heart.

Sin.

Cain got offended. After the Lord told him about what was in his heart, he did what many of us have done. We walk away, seething in anger instead of putting it away.

Colossians 3:8-10 (NKJV) “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…”

Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV) “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

The next day. After plotting most, if not, all night long, Cain deceived his brother and took him to a location to eliminate him. Because Abel’s offering was accepted by God. Abel brought a lamb and it’s fat. But Cain brought fruit from the ground. God rejected it (see Genesis 4:1-15).

Cain was so angry, that he was blinded. He assumed that if he killed his own brother, it would end his anger. Isn’t that true with all the murders? That the ending of their life would satisfy the anger.

Murder comes from satan.

John 8:44 (NKJV) “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Murder comes from within sinful man but its beginning point is in the hatred of another person.

Matthew 15:18-20 (NKJV) “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Even our Lord Jesus was murdered by man. Listen. Man murdered the Son of God.

Acts 5:30-32 (NKJV) “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

But when Peter and the other disciples told them what the Jews did to the Lord Jesus…..

Acts 5:33 (NKJV) “When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them.”

Can we see how anger could get the best of us when truth is told?

I suspect that after you tell anyone that gun control will not solve shootings, they will get angry. But what happens after “something” is done. Did it stop the next killing?

The answer is no. Even after Cain, more murders took place.

Even after the Lord God gave the command “You shall not kill,” more killings took place. Even the killing and murder of our Savior.

Before the murder of the Lord Jesus, He gave a story of His own murder.

Mark 12:6-8 (NKJV) “Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.”

What is the one solution to end the killing?

It’s not gun control laws or other restrictions.

It’s John 3:3.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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