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The Ten  | Week 7 – DO NOT MURDER  

Behind the commandment of ‘do not murder’ lies this truth; we as human beings are created in the image and likeness of God and He created us for His purpose. (Genesis 9:6) Murder is the unjust taking of a human life and is prohibited as an attempt to usurp God’s sovereign authority. Any attempt or desire to act as God is demonic in origin. Jesus explains that the devil “was a murderer from the beginning.” (John 8:44) And we know that as the enemy of our soul, Satan intends to destroy what God has created.

READ Exodus 20:13

 “You shall not murder.”

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

'Do not murder’ helps to establish a system meant to prevent things like; acts of violence, terrorism, genocide, anarchy, and out-of-control dictators. In certain instances, protecting people, providing deterrents, and preventing large-scale violence may include killing. So how do we deal with that?

 

What would the world look like if all of humanity abided by this commandment?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read: Genesis 4:3-11,9:6, John 8:44, 1st John 3:11-18,4:19-21, Mat 5:21-24, Lev 19:17-18, Deut 34:35, Isa 35:4,59:16-20,61:2,63:3-4, Ps 58:10-11,94:1-2,149:4-9, Rom 12: 17-20, 2nd Thes 3: 6-10, Rev 19:14,20

 

1. How was Cain to answer God when asked “is he his brother’s keeper”?

 

2. How are we to show evidence of the Holy Spirit living within us by becoming our brother’s keeper?

 

3. What example does Jesus leave us about the 6th commandment?

 

4. Why does Jesus imply that word and heart can have the same retribution as deed?

 

5. How does the 6th commandment protect the life of God’s creation at every stage of existence?

 

6. What is the difference between killing and murder?

 

7. How are we to deal with rulers and principalities in light of being believers and knowing their ultimate end?

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