THOU SHALT DO NO MURDER
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me,
please, to Exodus, chapter 20 and verse 13, and we are
studying today the Sixth Commandment of the Commands
of God, the words that proceeded out of the Mouth of
God, which we are to obey.
This commandment is a very solemn one. It is
literally, "Thou shalt do no murder." Notice that I
have used here the translation found in the Revised
Version. The King James version has caused some
misunderstanding; it says, "Thou shalt not kill."
But there is a difference between killing and murder.
We must realize that. The command is not against
"killing." It is against murder. There is a time when
killing is justified.
I am thinking of a certain boy who came back from the
Army. All his life he had been taught, "Thou shalt not
KILL." Then when he went into the Army he was taught
to kill, He went out, and he killed men in battle.
When he came home, he brooded over that passage. When
I met him, I was in a meeting in Tennessee. He came
from a fine family. I talked to that young boy and sat
down and explained to him that KILLING IS NOT MURDER.
Many times God actually commands us to kill. I call
attention to Romans, the thirteenth chapter, where God
says that GOVERNMENT is ordained of the Lord, that God
has given the right for police action, that we have
got to have AUTHORITY. If we didn't have policemen
with guns strapped on their hips, life would not be
worth living. Someone has to enforce the laws of
society if society is to be a blessing. I showed this
boy that our country was in the right in having an
army, that we didn't try to fight anybody, that they
jumped on us, and that we had to fight in defense. I
showed him that when a man defends his home against an
interloper at night coming in to attack his wife and
children, that is not disobeying this Sixth
Commandment. He is killing, but he is not MURD ...
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