You Shall Not Murder

You shall not murder.
— Exodus 20:13

How does this command show us our sin and our need of Christ?

It exposes our unrighteous anger and our propensity to use violence to accomplish selfish and evil purposes. Christ, however, was led like a lamb to the slaughter. He defeated our violent rebellion by self-sacrifice. 

What was the first murder in the Bible? Cain killing Abel of course--anger and jealousy gave rise to physical murder. So it was a problem from the beginning. But do you remember how two criminals (probably murderers) were set free the day Jesus died? Barabbas was released in Jesus’ place by the vote of the people, and then the thief on the cross was spiritually saved as he looked to Christ as King. Do you understand what the thief of the cross understood? This man has done nothing wrong! But I am receiving what I deserve, death!

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.
— Matthew 5:21-22

We must all confess that we are murderers, because Jesus said that if we despise someone in our hearts, we have committed internal murder (better than external murder) but still striking at the heart of this commandment! We have snubbed others and wished that they would drop off the face of the earth, instead of pursuing their redemption in love. 

In Prayer Today:

Seek the God of grace who quells our rage with His peace.