Text: Exodus 20:13
What is forbidden?
What is not forbidden?
- Killing of animals (Gen 9:3)
- Killing in self-defense (Exodus 22:2)
- Killing in just war (Deut 20; Romans 13:1-3)
- Execution by the state (Gen 9:6; Rom 13:4)
How does Jesus interpret this command?
- You can murder someone without touching them.
- Human punishment is the least of your worries.
- You are expected to function for the good of your neighbor.
Q. What is God’s will for you in the sixth commandment?
A. I am not to belittle, hate, insult, or kill my neighbor—not by my thoughts, my words, my look or gesture, and certainly not by actual deeds—and I am not to be party to this in others;1 rather, I am to put away all desire for revenge.
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