Combat in a war, is the ultimate human abuse, for it is humans fighting against humans, brothers against brothers, Crownpieces of God's Creation; attempting to kill another one of God's Crownpiece,. War is horrific beyond words; it is Kill or be killed.
Thou shalt not kill.
his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
12 So then, brothers,[a] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Cain hated his brother Abel because he was accepted by God. People like Cain hate God, they hate God's true message and worship, and they hate true worshipers of God!
Remember godly Stephen? And so, our Lord!
Cain resented his punishment from God for killing his brother; sinners always think God has treated them unfairly.
Every lost sinner is in danger of going the way of Cain ruining their lives, piling sin upon sin, being driven further from God.
What do the martyrdom of James, the imprisonment of Peter, Peter's miraculous escape, Herod's death, and the prayers of God's people have to do with the furtherance of the Gospel and provide us with important principles for how we should live? Answering this question is the intent of this message, along with also answering the question, "What does prayer accomplish?"
In contrast to the treasures found in the house of the righteous, the revenues of the wicked are less a treasure than a curse. We refer to Bill O'Reilly's new book titled, "Killing The Legends" about the life and death of John Lennon, Elvis Presley and Mohammad Ail, and a quote from a recent interview that he did with Dennis Prager as an illustration of the truth found in this Proverb.
Also Reference: Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23.
Right now, the world around us is obsessed with safety, obsessed with preserving life, and in general keeps one side of this commandment to excess. That is matched, of course, by a defective observance of other parts of the commandment. Lockdowns are necessary to save lives, say the same people who are in favor of assisted suicide, abortion, and abortifacient birth control methods.
"Justice" is a big word today. But without a just God, justice doesn't make sense. Everything He does is just; justice flows from Him (Deuteronomy 32:4). Sometimes, even when we seek justice, we may face an unjust judge who loves being in office more than being truly just. But that is not the case with the Lord.
God clearly laid out laws of justice for people who accidentally killed another person. He provided cities of refuge in the Promised Land to protect them from the avenger of blood. But even though they could find safety and justice in one of these cities, they could never live down the fact that they had taken a human life, even if it was unintentional. These cities were a place of the Lord's mercy, but they also showed that He does care about the sanctity of human life.
The only reason we are still alive is because God is merciful to us, even though our hearts are evil. Jesus taught that even hating our neighbor or getting angry with him puts us on the same level as a murderer. We all have real guilt, and so we need a City of Refuge to flee to! The good news is that Jesus died in our place. He – the Just One – suffered for us who are unjust. And because the Lord laid our sins upon Him, we may now walk in the freedom and liberty that He has bought for us by His death and resurrection!
In this second of four sermons on the sanctity of life, we look at the very first murder. There is no justification for the unjust taking of human life. Blood cries out to God for vengeance. The consequences of murder are harsh and rightly so. The only hope for all of us murderers - yes, us according to Jesus, is for the blood shed by Christ to reverse the curse!
What is the most basic requirement for honoring God in our interactions with others? Exodus 20:13 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In this verse of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that valuing God in others means especially valuing man as made in the image of God.
CURRENT EVENTS UPDATE: (1) Israel develops a laser weapon to shoot down incoming missiles. (2) Liberals "suffering" from the inability to kill unborn children.
In our study, Jesus invites the children and then declares that He requires believers to "receive the kingdom of God as a little child". But the call to be childlike is not a call to be child-ISH. We look at the need to be teachable and humble.