“Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death. However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate. But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.” (Exodus21:12-14)
Accidental killing differs from murder and must be dealt with through different processes of the legal system.
Murder is so serious a crime the Bible sets up the death penalty as the proper legal response to the action taken between human beings.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, accidental deaths take place daily anymore, but murder is the willful premeditated taking of another’s life, without remorse and is handled by our legal system in a harsh and swift manner. It is also true, that sins are committed accidentally, while others are committed in the same willful and premeditated manner, and we pray for forgiveness, when there is no remorse or repentance in our hearts. To God, sin is sin, period. He also knows us and our intent in the moment of killing another. One day, beloved we will all come under the judgment of our lives and our actions and our hearts intent. We all know we have done things that ought to be taken to the Lord, seeking His forgiveness for, but we must do so with repentance and remorse in our hearts. I pray you all understand the difference. It is in Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When God calls time the game of life is over! Which exit will you take?”
“While they were at the great rock in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was wearing his military tunic, and Joab was wearing his military tunic, and strapped over it as his waist was a belt with a dagger in its sheath. As he stepped forward, it dropped out of its sheath. Joab said to Amasa, ‘How are you, my brother?’ Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger! In Joab’s hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground. Without being stabbed again, Amasa died. Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of Bicri.” (2nd Samuel20:8–10)
Assassination is wrong! Did you hear me, I said it is wrong! Done in the guise of friendship, it becomes even more abominable. This act was done under the guise of brotherly love, when in fact, it was pre-meditated murder, without provocation of any kind. This act was well thought out, and executed immediately upon meeting one another. There is no remorse, no repentance, and no way of explaining this at judgment time.
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation21:8)
Murder leads to eternal judgment, punishment, and separation from God. So do lying and immorality. At the judgment God looks for obedient ones.
Amid the blessings of heaven s a reminder of he horrors of hell. The horror consists in the types of sinners to be found there, the torment of fire and brimstone, and the final or second death from which there is no escape to live. All people die once, but the wicked die a second times with no hope, as it is the final separation from God.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca’, is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (Matthew5:21–22)
Anger destroys human relationships. At the very least, it destroys compassion. At the worst, it can threaten life itself. The physical act of taking a life is a grievous thing. Rather than limiting the fulfillment of the moral law to outward conformity, Jesus located the root of murder at the attitude level.
Such a perspective should lead the contemporary Christian to give special attention to those attitudes which ma cause actions hurtful to others, whether physically, emotionally, or socially. Such discipline of character takes seriously the sanctity and quality of life.