The Sixth Commandment: Thou Shall not Murder.


April 18, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday,
April 18, 2018

Mosaic Law –  provide a stabilized population of young men who are willing to defend not only their right woman, but every right woman for every right man in the nation as well as their families.

The Ten Commandments provide a phenomenal basis for establishing a stabilized military organization made up of men and women who have an understanding of the basic concepts of authority.

Individuals who have the moral courage to go out and vigorously defeat and neutralize the enemy to the point of unconditional surrender, annihilation, or both.

 “What about Thou shalt not kill?”

As we shall see in our exegetical study of the sixth commandment, the word for “kill” should be translated “murder”; therefore, it has nothing to do with military life.

The word kill in this passage is ratsach which refers to murder whereas the Hebrew word harag means to kill legitimately.

The Hebrew verb for kill is harag not ratsach which means to kill the enemy in battle or to execute the criminal.

Violence and war can be right timing or it can be wrong timing.

If you are in the military or law enforcement, there are times when you must practice violence.

In the laws of divine establishment, capital punishment is the way that crime is controlled.

So a “time to kill” refers not only to capital punishment for criminals, but also to the fact that when you serve your country in the military, you should kill the enemy.

Exo 20:13, the Bible does NOT say “You shall not kill”, it says “You shall not murder.”

If you kill when it’s time to heal then you’re a murderer.

To kill the enemy as a military representative of your country is not only compatible with the plan of God, but is commanded and should be done “as unto the Lord.”  

There is no Biblical support for the position of a “conscientious objector” which refers to individuals who are not willing to fight for their country because it’s against their beliefs.

This situation could be drastically changed if the military were made up of a mature  believers with Bible doctrine or even unbelievers with the principles of the divine institutions in their right lobes.

The principles contained in the Decalogue (10 commandments) are for both the believer and the unbeliever.

The Biblical principle in fighting a war calls for the defeat of the enemy, and that entails killing and neutralizing the enemy.

You do not stop wars by playing games with the enemy; you stop wars by KILLING THE ENEMY!

In spite of man’s efforts for peace, there will be warfare until the Second Advent of Jesus Christ (Mat 24:6; Mar 13:7; Luk 21:9).

MAR 13:7  “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.

MAR 13:8 “For nation will arise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

You cannot stop wars by being a peacenik; you cannot stop wars by disarmament. The only way to stop war is to be ready for war; and adequate preparation demands a strong military.

The Jews in the Old Testament had the greatest military record of any national entity in the ancient world, with the possible exception of the Assyrians.

It was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Hosts, the Commander of the Armies, who gave the orders for the Jewish Army to fight and defeat, and in some instances, to annihilate the enemy.

A man must have a lot of character to fight and die for his country and to do it right

The sixth commandment: Exo 20:13 is the Prohibition of Murder. In the English this commandment reads: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.

The Hebrew word in this verse is “ratsach,” which does not mean “to kill,” but “to murder,” and there is a vast difference between killing and murder. – The Bible = Thou shalt not murder. (Mat 19:18).

This commandment deals with the crime of murder; it prohibits murder.

The Word of God calls for capital punishment for the violation of this commandment (GEN 9:6; LEV 24:17; Rom. 13:1-4).

The first time someone died was Abel, and in GEN 9:6, the Lord said  “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

LEV 24:17   ‘And if a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.”

The prohibition of murder is designed for the preservation of Divine Institution #1 — Volition.

In committing murder, you are depriving another of his life and freedom.

The operation of free will is the basic issue in the angelic conflict, and the Decalogue is designed to protect every free will during the course of the angelic conflict.

Salvation by faith in Christ requires non-meritorious exercise of free will, and free will is cut off abruptly by an act of murder.

Your position in Christ required an act of free will, as positive volition expressed itself through faith.

Observation of this prohibition is basic to human liberty and to the function of civilized society.

There would be a thousand people who no longer possessed freedom.

How can people live close together, get angry at each other and still survive? Because of the divine law, “Thou shalt not commit ‘homicide’ “ — that is how!

Murder is prohibited by God, whereas killing IN DEFENSE of one’s own person or nation is sanctioned by the Word of God and is absolutely necessary in many instances for the preservation of freedom.

TLJC says 5 times, to five different churches rebound, or metanoeo meaning to change your mind, name your sin and recover.

When you have no rebound, it means we keep on the low road and intensify misery and divine discipline.

Rebound, on the other hand, recovers us immediately from that and rebound however is not victory over sin, it’s just recovery from sin.

Anguish or sorrow, as God would have it, is given in order to encourage the believer to rebound.

Point 1. The Concept of Warfare as Taught in Scripture.

There will be no warfare in the Millennium (1,000 years) says Isa 2:4.
Isa 2:4 Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.

Man has never accomplished and will not accomplish in the Church- age or Tribulation what only Jesus Christ can accomplish in the Millennium……which is perfect world peace.

Just as TLJC made perfect peace with God at His first advent, so He will provide the basis for no more war at his Second Advent or the Second coming.

War is used by God to kill off the leaches of society; in reality it is a cleansing agent.

Ecc 3:8 that  “There is a time for war, and there is a time for peace.”

There is a book of wars that comes directly from the Lord
Num 21:14 Therefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, what He did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon.

The misnomer of war is the word “sword” in Mat 26:52, “For all who draw the sword shall perish by the sword.”

Peter thought that he had a “just cause” as a Christian so he advocated civil disobedience.

TLJC rebuked him and said that: “All those who draw the sword as a criminal in civil disobedience shall perish by the sword.”

The sword also refers to capital punishment in Rom 13:4.

Gen 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God he made man.

 

There is a difference between the sword as a criminal and the honor of fighting for your country as a military soldier.

Make sure that you understand that the book of Numbers is the book of the war plans for Israel.

Point 2. A strong military prevents war and protects divine establishment. All freedom comes through military victory.

  1. The spiritual factor of Bible doctrine in the soul, prayer, and the grace of God, Neh 4:8‑9.
  2. Military preparedness, Neh 4:8‑9, 13‑15.
  3. The spiritually mature believer
    2. Military preparedness

Prin-Freedom, prosperity, and life are sacred under the laws of divine establishment and must be fought for in order to be protected.

Failure of society,
Lack of training,
No respect for authority,
Lack of courage,
No self-discipline.

Social degeneration is always characterized by disdain of the military and police.

God uses the military to demonstrate the degeneracy and decline of a nation.

One military leader said;  “Victory depends on training, not numbers.”

In fact, true courage is intensified by thoroughness of training.

Freedom – perpetuated because the people became courageous in battle.  Heb 11:34 They quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Notice the phrase “became mighty in war”

So the principle – Under the laws of divine establishment, all national freedom and security comes through military victory.

My main point here is that killing is legitimate when we are at war, whereas murder is taking a life and violating another’s free will.

In fact, the book of Jeremiah teaches that Jewish military failure in 586 B.C. was attributed to the spiritual and moral decline of the people.