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The Fifth Commandment | Week of July 20

Exodus 20:13, You shall not murder.

From the sermon series: Ten into Two

Exodus 20:13 is one of the commandments that God gives to the Israelites so they have a path to follow to keep themselves from sin.

Jesus refers to this law in His Sermon on the Mount – You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.” But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment… (Matthew 5:21-22). With this expanded understanding of the commandment, it is no longer just the act of taking another’s life that breaks the commandment. When anger is held within us, or when it is expressed in words such as “idiot” or “fool,” it is evidence of a broken relationship between people, which cannot exist in the kingdom. As kingdom citizens, it is our responsibility to work towards reconciliation in any broken relationships we may have.

Journal Prompt: Read Matthew 5:21-26. What resolutions does Jesus offer if one breaks the fifth commandment?