Be Resolute About Life=s Value Deut. 5:17; 19:7-13; 24:6-7; Matt. 5:17-20 Jan. 15, 2012
What is murder? It is the taking of a life and giving the person no choice in the matter. Although rather harsh the term is none the less true for abortion. The right to choose crowd have persuaded many a troubled girl to make a choice she regretted later. Let us all Be Resolute About Life=s Value
1. Fulfilling God’s Commandment Against Murder. Deut. 5:17; Matt. 5:17-20
A. Fulfilling God’s Commandment A . . Permanent Requirement. Deut. 5:17, Matt. 5:17
Deut. 5: 17 Do not murder.
Matt. 5:17-20 Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come
to destroy but to fulfill.
B. Fulfilling God’s Commandment A . . Practice to Maintain. Matt. 5:18-20
18 For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the
smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are
accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and
teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices
and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you
will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
The Lord held a very high view of scripture He told us that it would be fulfilled even to the smallest letter.
We do not have any leeway in dismissing the scriptures because it was given over 2, 000 years ago. It is permanent and the particular words about life must be held in high respect. Many so called religious organizations do not have a very high view of scripture. In my opinion they do not follow the Lord. We are to hold the scriptures high and practice them in every way we can. The Lord warns those who break these commands and teach others to do likewise; that they will be called least in the kingdom. I would personally add if they make in into the kingdom at all.
2. Protecting the Innocent, Punish the Guilty. Deut. 19:7-13
A. Fulfilling God’s Commandment with Cities of Refuge for the . . Innocent. Deut. 19:7-11 7 This is why I am commanding you to set apart three cities for yourselves.
8 If the LORD your God enlarges your territory as He swore to your fathers, and gives you
all the land He promised to give themC
9 provided you keep every one of these commands I am giving you today and follow them,
loving the LORD your God and walking in His ways at all timesCyou are to add three more
cities to these three. 10 In this way, innocent blood will not be shed, and you will not
become guilty of bloodshed in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
B. Fulfilling God’s Commandment with Punishment for the . . Guilty. Deut. 19:12-13
11 But if someone hates his neighbor, lies in ambush for him, attacks him, and strikes him
fatally, and flees to one of these cities, 12 the elders of his city must send for him, take him
from there, and hand him over to the avenger of blood and he will die. 13 You must not
look on him with pity but purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, and you
On one occasion a man came into our church to pray. The secretary saw him come in and told me about it. I went into the worship area and sat in front of the man so when he stopped praying he would notice me. He then told me his 12 year old daughter was pregnant and his father was involved in getting her pregnant. He then asked if I would judge him harshly if he took his daughter in for an abortion. I tried to emphasis to him I was not a judge but adoption was an open possibility. He then ask, “what would you do if this were your daughter?” All of us need to be careful about judging but do our best to follow the scriptures. Are there innocent parties? Who really is the guilty person or persons?
3. Safeguarding Life=s Value. Deut. 24:6-7
A. Safeguarding Life’s Value in the . . Taking of Security. Deut. 24:6
6 ADo not take a pair of millstones or an upper millstone as security for a debt, because that is like taking a
life as security.
B. Safeguarding Life’s Value in the . . Punishment of a Kidnapper. Deut. 24:8
7 AIf a man is discovered kidnapping one of his Israelite brothers, whether he treats him as a slave or sells
him, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from you.
These verses help us to see the value God places on life. Many in our world see little or no value in every life. Even the taken of a means to grind meal for daily food was forbidden by the Lord. The life of a kidnapper is to be taken fro them. God does believe in capital punishment. The man I referred to earlier also told me he knew the Lord told him every time he past our church he should come here with his family to worship. Then he asked, “do you think this would have happened to my daughter if I had been bringing her to church.” Of course I could not give a definite answer but I do agree, all who want to live righteously need to Be Resolute About Life=s Value. Amen? Amen!