The Fifth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

You shall not murder.

There are few people out there who have a strong complaint with the words of this commandment. Many people who take umbrage with the other commandments will stand outside a courtroom and demand punishment for murderers. Almost every person alive knows that it is wrong to take another human life.

Biblically, we know the importance of life. Human years on this earth are called a “time of grace.” Now is the only time we can hear about our sins and repent. Now is the only time we can hear about Jesus and forgiveness. Once a person dies he is judged. What a tragedy it is when someone’s time of grace is cut short and he never gets the chance to hear the word, repent and turn to Jesus.

On the surface it would seem that most of us have fulfilled this commandment. I have never taken the life of another human and neither have many of you. Unfortunately for us, God is just as interested with the attitudes of the heart as he is with outward actions. Jesus was very clear when he said, “I tell you, anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”

Standing in the courtroom of heaven, the devil is about to play before the world–and most importantly before God–the recording of your life, all those hurtful thoughts and actions. The blood rushes to your face, you would give anything to avoid those secret thoughts of yours becoming public knowledge.

There was that time as a child when your brother broke your favorite toy and you swore to yourself that you would never talk to him again.

That time in high school when you dreamt of the day you would get even with that bully.

That memory of yours, when that thick co-worker increased your work load yet again and you thought how nice it would feel to thwack him upside the head just once.

That time you could have strangled your husband when he failed to acknowledge your presence or respond to your question because the football game was on.

That time when you lost your cool and screamed at your little child for being the immature kid he is.

The devil smiles because it seems an easy victory. Another soul he can torment for all eternity. After all just one of these sins he is about to put on display is enough to lock your soul in hell.

He hits the play button… you think to yourself “here we go…” Suddenly the video feed is interrupted. Instead of all your sins you see something else. Nails are hammered into a pair of hands and feet. A cross is set upright in its hole. You see your sins sitting on the shoulders of this hanging man making his crucifixion that much more painful. Your God bows his head and dies.

The judge looks at you, smiles and says, “Neither do I condemn you.” “Come and share your master’s happiness!”

May the forgiveness from Jesus strengthen you as you strive to live in accordance with his will!

You shall not murder.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.


About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on October 13, 2011, in Church, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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