The Heart of the Christian Faith: Truth 67

107 truths about God, the world, and you.

67: God commands you to be care-full of people’s lives.

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“You must not murder.”
Exodus 20:13 NLT

The sixth command of the ten written in stone is: You shall not kill people. The original Hebrew can refer to the accidental taking of a person’s life, vicious premeditated murder, and everything in between.

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”
Genesis 9:6 ESV

Noah was given this law long before Moses received the tablets of stone. The death sentence for taking someone’s life also applied to animals that killed people.

Why do you think God includes this law among the first ten given to His people?

Is its placement after God’s command regarding authority significant? Why or why not?

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