September 22 – No Murder
Read Exodus 20:13
The first chapter of Genesis describes how God created the earth and everything in it. Verse 27 says, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” God created man and woman. He gave them life.
In the fourth chapter of Genesis, Cain committed the first murder in the Bible. In anger over what he felt was unfair treatment by God, he killed his brother. Within the first four chapters, the Bible relates how the Great and Mighty God created mankind and the first instance of mankind taking God’s place of authority and ending the life of another.
Murder, the unlawful taking of a human life, is forbidden because human life is a gift from god and, therefore, is sacred.
Killing vs. Murder
“Thou shalt not kill.” The King James Version of that verse is the one that many of us learned, but that translation, taken at face value, could put the Bible in the awkward position of contradicting itself. In Exodus 21:12-17, God prescribed judicial execution for several acts that might be characterized as “crimes against persons.” In Deuteronomy 20:10-18, God described how His people were to conduct war. Legal execution and war obviously involve killing.
In Scripture, there is a great contrast between murder and other forms of killing. Cain’s murder of Abel is a despicable act. God’s judgment on him was severe. By contrast, David’s defeat of Goliath in battle is celebrated and became a part of David’s ascent to the throne of Israel.
Murder is malicious and unlawful killing. Murder is what Scripture forbids.
Do you see a distinction between killing and murder?
If so, how would you explain it to someone in your own words?