Week 31 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Exodus 20 13 “You shall not murder.
There are so many issues that come up when ever a discussion of the concept of murder comes up that I wonder, how civilization ever got up on its feet. The questions about motive, state of mind degrees of provocation all are discussed at great length in the further explanations of the law handed down to the Israelites especially in the book of Leviticus. Murder is defined in every factionary as the unlawful killing of another person. The problem is the presumption of some sort of definitive law regarding murder. The word itself is loaded and implies intent. Then, enter words like manslaughter, killing, attempting to mollify the concept of intent. Add to that the issues of state of mind, emotional disturbance, and it’s easy to see the confusion that has been handed down through the generations.
Let us just suppose for a moment that the so called “great moralists” throughout history who came down on the side that all killing was wrong had at the core of their thinking a small if somewhat distorted vision of God’s true intent here. God was not blind. He remembered Cain and Abel, the first recorded murder. He understood the motive, jealousy. He knew that sin would have its day and that forever more the people of this world would have to wrestle with the problem of a murderous spirit that can come upon any one of us in our weakest moments. It’s what we do, how we respond when that spirit comes upon us that we must consider and prepare for.