Many persons have misunderstood this
command, thinking it forbids killing flies, or spiders, or criminals by capitol
punishment because in the King James Bible, published in 1611, the verse reads,
AThou shalt not kill.@ It is true that the word Akill@ in the Hebrew is the simple verb to Akill.@ However,
even before Mt. Sinai, God promised that He (through Israel) would have war
with Amalek from generation to generation, Ex. 17:16, so God expected them to
kill without breaking His law.
Furthermore, at the very time God gave the Ten Commandments, He also
prescribed animal sacrifices, and capitol punishment. Now the law says, AYou shall not kill,@ and it is a sin to transgression of
God=s law. But God would not tell us not to sin and then make us sin by
telling us to kill animals or criminals.
Jesus quoted the commandment the way the Hebrews understood it and the
way God intended it to be understood when He said, AYou shall not murder,@ Mt. 5:21.
However there is a purpose for using
the simple verb Akill@ in, ?You shall not kill.@ The Ten Commands express God=s universal and eternal moral law
for all beings in the universes. It
expresses the broader application of the law as it is obeyed in heaven and as
it will be obeyed in the New Earth where there will be no death at all. For AGod shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall
be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.@ Rev. 21:4 AThe wolf and the lamb shall feed
together, the lion shall eat straw (grass, hay) like the ox, and dust shall be
the serpent=s food [like an earthworm]. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My
holy mountain, says the Lord. Isaiah
The seventh commandment: READ v. 14.
The Ten Commandments express the
bare minimum of moral responsibility.
Jesus shows the far reaching intent of the law when commenting on the
seventh commandment making it obvious that a person=s heart must be in it in order to
fulfill the law=s demands.
9. In what way can a longing look be
guilty of adultery? Matthew 5:27,28 _____________________________
It is possible to let the mind run
in an adulterous channel. It is also
possible to learn how to change channels.
All persons, not just married persons, are responsible to conduct
themselves with modesty and purity.
The eighth commandment: READ v.15
Stealing is seldom justified, not
even Robin-hood style (steal from the rich to give to the poor). Poverty provides an opportunity to discover
God=s loving care. The poor who walk with God can tell you how
Mt. 6:33 works.
10. What is promised if one truly
seeks FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness?
Mt. 6:33 ________________________________________________________________________________
The ninth commandment: READ v. 16
While this command calls for honesty
in all human relations, it applies especially to a person called as a witness
before the court.