YOU SHALL NOT KILL
Leslie M. John
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:21-22)
In God’s sight there is no place for killing. It is one of the Ten Commandments. Lord Jesus did not come to break the Law, or to annul the Law, but to establish it and fulfill it. Fulfilling of the Law by Lord Jesus does in no way mean that the essence of the Law was abolished, but it means that He nailed on the cross the demands of the Law, by offering Himself as an atonement of sin, on behalf of only those sinners, who seek forgiveness from Him, and confess by mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead. They are counted as righteous. The Law still pointed sin of those who did not confess Jesus as Lord (cf. Romans 10:4, 9,10; Colossians 2:14)
Jesus was not against the Law but he was against false interpretation of the Law by Pharisees and scribes. He said their interpretation of the Law and hypocrisy deserved judgment. Even before the written Law was given by the hand of Moses, He said in Genesis 9:5-6 that by man shall the blood be shed, of the man, who sheds blood. He continued saying that anger has no place in God’s sight. Bible is against anger and murder (cf. Matthew 5:21; Matthew 19:18; Romans 13:9; Genesis 9:5-6; 1 John 3:15).
During the Old Testament period Jews understood the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” no more beyond than that of a physical act, but in the New Testament period, Jesus not only referred to it as crime, but also extended its meaning to spiritual life. The Lord said whoever is angry with his brother, without a cause, will be in danger of judgment, and whoever says, without a cause, that he is vain and worthless fellow shall be in danger of answering the council, and whoever calls his brother “fool” shall be in danger of hell fire. The decision of the court that sat in cities and towns had the authority to judge and punish those who are convicted of the guilt, and these courts also had the authority to send the appeals to Sanhedrin. The decision was to be based on the provisions of the Mosaic Law. (cf. Numbers 35:16, and Deuteronomy 16:18)