Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/4/2007

Could you be guilty of the sin of murder? Yesterday’s message in The Ten Commandments for Today series was on the sixth commandment. The message was called You Shall Not Murder, taken from Exodus 20:13.

Exodus 20:13 – “You shall not murder.” (NIV)

The message explored the meaning of the sixth commandment as taught in Scripture and how it applies to life today. Here is the outline of the message:

I. The meaning of murder (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17)
    A. The taking of human life (Genesis 9:1-3)
    B. Pre-meditation or intention implied (Exodus 21:12-14; Numbers 35:16-21)
    C. A matter of private morality (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:3-4)
        1) different issue from capital punishment
        2) different issue from war

II. The prohibitions of the commandment
    A. Directly murdering another person (many verses)
    B. Accessory to murder (2 Samuel 11:15, 12:9-10)
    C. Murder for financial gain (Deuteronomy 27:24-25)
    D. Any physical harm or injury to another (Leviticus 24:17-22)
    E. All sinful motivations leading towards murder (Matt 15:19)
    F. Positive corollary: We should lay down our lives for others (John 15:13;
        1 John 3:16)

III. Reasons for the commandment
    A. Human life is God’s gift to give and revoke (Job 12:10)
    B. Human life is sacred (Genesis 9:5-6)
    C. Human life has eternal value (Matthew 16:26)
    D. Loss of human life brings grief to others (Acts 8:2)
    E. Murder defiles the land (Genesis 4:9-11; Numbers 35:33-34)
    F. Murder is directly identified with Satan (John 8:44, 1 John 3:12)

IV. Consequences for murder
    A. Lifelong guilt and remorse (Genesis 4:13-14; Proverbs 28:17
    B. Shortened life (Psalm 55:23)
    C. Judgment of the court (Romans 13:3-4)
    D. Judgment of God (Isaiah 26:21; Revelation 21:8,15)

V. Contemporary social issues
    A. Abortion (Exodus 21:22-25; Jeremiah 19:4-5)
    B. Euthanasia (Leviticus 19:32; 1 Samuel 31:4-5)
    C. Suicide (Matthew 27:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
    D. Embryonic stem cell research (Scriptures relating to sanctity of human life)
    E. Human cloning (Scriptures relating to sanctity of human life)

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

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