Hey, we’re half way though this marathon series. Thanks for sticking with me. In the previous command, we learned God is a God of authority structure, a God of order. Let’s move on and see what we can discover about Him in the next command.
6. 17 “‘You shall not murder.
I love the “duhs” in life, probably because I’m relatively simple minded. I’m not the brightest bulb in the box, but I can still light up a room. I love plain obvious things, and this is one of them. He’s ALIVE! He is the God of the living Jesus told the Sadducees in Matthew 22:32. Life begets life. God is NOT dead! Killing with malice a person made in God’s image violates the nature of His image. Not only is God alive He values life.
This frees me to see the value of my own life. It also frees me to value the lives of others and esteem them better than myself (Philippians 2:3). I can’t think of anything as mysterious or profound than the breath of God animating a human soul and placing His image upon it.
Christ fulfilled this command by taking on flesh and becoming not only living God, but living Man. The consummation of this command’s fulfillment is the cross; we broke this command that He might abolish sin death once for all. He took our death that we may have His life.
Our Father, Living God, may we, your children, enjoy Your life, enjoy living with You through time and eternity. Most of all may we value every living soul as Your image bearer.