Words from the Heart for Thursday April 15th, 2021

You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:13 (NIV)

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Do Not Murder

In Canada, first-degree murder is a homicide that is both planned and deliberate. An example of this is a contract killing. Some homicides are automatically considered first-degree murder. The killing of an on-duty police officer or prison employee fits the description. So is a killing committed during a hijacking, sexual assault, kidnapping, hostage taking, terrorism, intimidation, criminal harassment or any offence committed on behalf of a criminal organization. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

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Arguably, there is no worse crime than murder. It ends the life of a human being, breaks the heart of those left behind, and is irreversible. It was the first crime recorded in the Bible – when Cain killed his brother Abel. I often wonder how Adam and Eve were able to process that. The full impact of what their disobedience in the Garden of Eden had led to must have been overwhelming at that point. So, it should come as no surprise that in the Ten Commandments, God commands against murder. He puts it this way in Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder.” That’s pretty straightforward and doesn’t leave any wiggle room. The taking of another life is a sin. It breaks God’s law and God’s heart. James 3:9 warns us that with the tongue we curse human beings who are made in the image of God. If cursing a human being is spiritually dangerous, knowing that every human being is made in the image of God, imagine what murder does. God values human life. Murder is the ultimate devaluation. Including it in the Ten Commandments makes it obvious how much He values each and every one of us.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley