by Jeff Ginn

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Series: The Original Top Ten
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Exodus 20:13


God loves life. He is the author of life. Genesis 2:7, ''Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.''

Jesus loves life. In fact, the Bible says that he came that we might have life-and life more abundant!

Satan hates life and loves death. In fact the same verse quoted above says that he has come to steal, to kill and to destroy.

Is it any wonder then that we find within the ''Original Top Ten'' this command, ''Thou shalt not kill''?

I want us to be very careful as we consider what God is saying. I say this because we live in an ''Alice-in-Wonderland''-type world. Black is white. White is black. Good is bad and bad is good. Animals are protected and babies are killed. We spare the lives of heinous criminals and take the lives of the most innocent. Against this moral insanity God says, ''You shall not commit murder.''


All killing is not murder.

Acts of justice.

Exodus 21:12, ''He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.''

Romans 13:1-4.

Accidental deaths

Exodus 21:12-14.

Tragically, a person was struck on the Midlothian Parkway this week by two cars. The officer attending the scene said that no charges were likely to be pressed.

Self-defense or defense of one's home and family.

Ex. 22:2, ''If the thief is caught while breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account.''

Taking of animal life.

God himself instituted animal sacrifice.

Jesus cooked a meal of fish for the disciples. As a good Jewish boy he would have eaten the passover lamb.

There are groups that are radical in their opposition to hunting, fishing, the use of animals for medical research, etc. But they cannot cite this command as support for their position.

So ...

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