6th Commandment

6. You do not murder.

The 6th Commandment is pretty simple to understand. It is usually translated "you shall not kill," this command really is referring to the murder of a person without just cause.

Murder is a capital offense. In most countries murderers either receive life imprisonment or the death penalty.

It is because of the value of a man's life because he is made in the image of Yahuwah, that Elohim holds to account anyone who kills another human without cause.

Many innocent lives of babies are killed every day in many countries under the guise of 'abortion and pro choice.' People will be held to account by Yahuwah for their actions.

Messiah Yahushua cleared up any misunderstand about the underlying meaning of this commandment. While it is obvious that this Fifth commandment prohibits murder, it is also implying the prohibition of hatred toward your brother.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Messiah said in Matthew 5 v 21 - 23:

'You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and whoever murders shall be liable to judgment. But I say to you that whoever is wroth with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raka!’ shall be liable to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to fire of Gehenna.'

This connection between anger and slander of a brother and hatred toward that brother, to which Yahusha is referring, is made explicit in Torah, where specific instructions are given about slander:

Leviticus 19 v 16-18

You must not walk about as a slanderer among your people. You must not stand idly by when your neighbor's life is at stake. I am Yahuwah. You must not hate your brother in your heart. You must surely reprove your fellow citizen so that you do not incur sin on account of him. You must not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people, but you must love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahuwah.'

Hatred issues, slander, bearing a grudge and vengeance, and ultimately murder are rebuked by the Fifth commandment and explicitly in other Torah instructions. Instead, we are to conduct ourselves by the exhortation that follows: "you must love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19 v 18).

While premeditated murder of another is strictly forbidden by the commandment, there are situations where killing a human being is clearly not punishable. In the event of accidental manslaughter, the Torah allows for the slayer to escape the wrath of the relatives of the dead one and find refuge in certain cities in Yisrael.

Another situation is in warfare. Though we will not get into a debate about righteous v. unrighteous wars, we must agree that the killing of enemies in war is not the same as the premeditated murder of a person. Elohim himself ordered the slaughtering of many nations of people who were wicked beyond redemption. And throughout his history, Israel fought wars against enemy nations under the leadership of their judges and kings. All of this killing of enemies was commended because it is viewed as protective actions against peoples whose intent was to slaughter Israelis.

So it is vital that we exercise discernment when we examine and interpret Scripture. The command not to murder has a specific context. Remember that this is a Covenant agreement between Yahuwah and his people. Therefore, his people are not to murder his people. But at the will of Yahuwah, those who seek to destroy the people belonging to Yahuwah should be eliminated in war at the direction of Yahuwah.

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