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The Law Is My Delight. Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight. Psalm 119:77 home.comcast.net/~rod.kirby. The Sixth Commandment. The command: You shall not murder. The verb: ratsach ( jxr ) – man slaying Sometimes premeditated killing (murder)

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The law is my delight

The Law Is My Delight

Let Your tender mercies come to me,

that I may live;

For Your law is my delight.

Psalm 119:77

home.comcast.net/~rod.kirby


The sixth commandment
The Sixth Commandment

  • The command: You shall not murder.

  • The verb: ratsach ( jxr) – man slaying

    • Sometimes premeditated killing (murder)

    • Other times accidental killing (manslaughter) – Num. 35:11

    • In general, improper or unauthorized killing (except Num. 35:27)

    • Only killing of humans by humans (except Prov. 22:13)

    • God is the giver of life; He is the only one who can take it


The sixth commandment1
The Sixth Commandment

…all careful studies, and lawful endeavors, to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting all thoughts and purposes, subduing all passions, and avoiding all occasions, temptations, and practices, which tend to the unjust taking away the life of any… (WLC 135)

…patient bearing of the hand of God, quietness of mind, cheerfulness of spirit… (Ps. 37:8-11; Prov. 17:22)

  • Positive requirements

    • Preserving life

    • Attitude

    • Carefulness

  • Negative prohibitions

    • Improper anger (Matt. 5:21-22; Ps. 139:21-22)

    • Personal revenge (Rom. 12:19; see 13:4; Ex. 22:2-3)

  • All-encompassing


The sixth commandment other considerations
The Sixth Commandment: Other Considerations

Prolonging life is not always an absolute priority (Jn. 10:11, 15; 2 Cor. 5:6ff; Phil. 1:21)

Relieving suffering

Burdens of others

Limitations of resources

Believers vs. unbelievers

  • For just cause – defense

  • Just intention

  • Last resort (Deut. 20:10)

  • Done by government

  • Limited objectives

  • Proportionate means

  • Probability of success (Luke 14:31-32)

  • Noncombatant immunity

Preserving life – how far?

Risk (Prov. 22:13)

Unhealthy lifestyles

War

Atomic bomb, other WMD


Homework
Homework

What is required in the seventh commandment?

What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?

What is our response to homosexuality and to homosexuals?


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