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You Shall Not Murder (Exodus 20:1-2, Exodus 20:13, Matthew 5:21-26, 1 John 3:15-20, Exodus 21:12, Exodus 22:1-2, Genesis 9:1-3, Genesis 9:6)

Stephen NeillyStephen Neilly, March 23, 2014
Part of the Gods instructions for life series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

When God allows killing
Why murder is wrong
How we can murder

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Exodus 20:1–2 (Listen)

20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

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Exodus 20:13 (Listen)

13 “You shall not murder.

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Matthew 5:21–26 (Listen)

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

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1 John 3:15–20 (Listen)

15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

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Exodus 21:12 (Listen)

12 “Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death.

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Exodus 22:1–2 (Listen)

22:1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,

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Genesis 9:1–3 (Listen)

9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

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Genesis 9:6 (Listen)

  “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
    by man shall his blood be shed,
  for God made man in his own image.

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