Deuteronomy – Deu 5:17 Thou Shalt Not Kill

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Deu 5:17  Thou shalt not kill.

All of God's words have a natural application and a spiritual application. As always we wrestle between the flesh and the spirit.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

To kill something is to stop its existence; to stop the breath of whatever it is that you are killing. I bow hunt deer every year, and every year I kill at least two deer that I then process by gutting, skinning, quartering its limbs from its body, cutting the flesh into smaller pieces, separating certain cuts, grinding the meat into hamburger and then into sausage. When I kill an animal it is not a pretty sight to the flesh, especially living in this animal rights, weak culture that gives actual rights to animals. I realize every time I do it that this animal is going to die. It is not easy to watch the process of death, yet I know that good will come from this beast that was given to me by God. I give the details to bring out a greater meaning to "killing".

When we kill someone we are taking from them what God has given them, life. God, Who is the creator of that life, is not pleased in the death of anyone and gives us this commandment in the flesh to not kill - not to kill in anger, not to kill in self-defense, not to kill in the protection of others, and not to kill in the defense of country, and certainly He does not need us to defend His honor by killing someone. The literal is an analogy of the spiritual and so we will discuss the spiritual meaning of "thou shall not kill".

Joh 8:37  I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Joh 7:19  Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
Joh 7:20  The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

We are the Pharisees in these verses who do not even know they have murder in their hearts. We seek to kill Christ in others throughout our lives. We do not do it literally, but we do it spiritually. To look on someone in hatred is the same as killing them. When Christ said if you look on a woman with lust you have already committed adultery, it's the same as saying if you look on someone with hatred in your heart you have already committed the act of murder.

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

When Christ was telling the Pharisees that they were seeking to kill Him, He knew what was in their heart. He knew that they had murder in their heart, and that murder manifested in a reality.  Recently, I breathed hatred and distain for the liberal leaders that shouted at the top of their lungs for the rights of women to murder their unborn children. I watched them as they stood on the steps of congress and yelled and screamed for their rights to murder. I became so enraged in my self-righteous religious man, I wanted to kill them. I broke this very commandment. For those few moments I was in essence saying that I was God, and it was my righteous duty to do what they were doing to their children. I had forgotten that God has them right where they are, to strip me from what I am, a murderer. I had murder in my heart and had it with no pity.

This is where we are headed in this commandment, this is where we are to strive, the complete peace to see that everyone is being sacrificed FOR OUR LEARNING, and it is not our job now to exact the law on flesh. We cannot act as the lake of fire when we still have self-righteous murder in our hearts as though we are God. We cannot be the lake of fire when we are the law of the flesh.

Luk 6:27  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luk 6:28  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luk 6:29  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Luk 6:30  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Luk 6:31  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luk 6:32  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luk 6:33  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Luk 6:34  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luk 6:35  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luk 6:36  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

I thought for that moment of self-righteous anger toward those people that they were my enemy.  Why else would I become so enraged with murder? I was a god of my own self-righteous man of sin, and it was up to me, the great defender of humanity, to exact vengeance on these people. I killed in my heart and had to repent and ask God to forgive me for doing what He said not to do. The worst part of it is that I must also have believed that God was not doing enough, "How could He allow such contempt for truth and for 'innocent' life?" must have been my thoughts. What He was doing, "looking back", like John did in the temple, was showing me what I WAS.

He is sacrificing them for our learning. He was burning the truth into me that I am no better than them and probably worse because I know that He has them where He does. I know the truth and yet I still committed murder in my heart. God is molding us to speak the truth, WITHOUT MURDER IN OUR HEART. We can stand on the truth without being angry. We can stand on the truth as Christ did without wanting to kill them, and in doing so we are loving our enemies. There is a perfect example of this truth in 1 Samuel 24, and it will be good for us to read this short example to learn not to kill;

1Sa 24:1  And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.
1Sa 24:2  Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
1Sa 24:3  And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
1Sa 24:4  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.
1Sa 24:5  And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.
1Sa 24:6  And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
1Sa 24:7  So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
1Sa 24:8  David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
1Sa 24:9  And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
1Sa 24:10  Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.
1Sa 24:11  Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
1Sa 24:12  The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
1Sa 24:13  As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
1Sa 24:14  After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
1Sa 24:15  The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
1Sa 24:16  And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
1Sa 24:17  And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
1Sa 24:18  And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.
1Sa 24:19  For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.
1Sa 24:20  And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.
1Sa 24:21  Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.
1Sa 24:22  And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

As David's heart was struck by his cutting off of Saul's skirt, I was struck by my judgment of the protesters. As David removed the covering of Saul, so I removed the covering of the protesters. I pointed to their obvious sin and judged it in need of death. In my heart I committed murder. I removed their covering and acted as a god separately and independently from the One and only God. Is their protesting evil? ABSOLUTELY! Is it up to me when presented with these questions to stand on truth? ABSOLUTELY! will the world understand? No! But when they do not, it is my duty to say, "neither do I condemn you". It is not my duty to kill them in my heart for what they have no power to stop. It is my job to stand on the truth even though they will persecute me for it. They will want to kill me.

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Let's remember that all the commandments are about The LORD. When He tells us not to kill it is because when we kill, we are killing Him. As all manifestation of literal sins of the flesh, they are a fruit, a revealing of the spiritual sin of our heart. So too, with this sin of killing. When we physically murder, it is a revealing of our hatred against God Himself. All killings are in essence a direct insult against God Himself, for every killing is a killing of His creation in which is the breath of life. If all consist BY HIM, all breath is sustained BY HIM, and all are created BY HIM, then to kill someone is in essence trying to kill a part of God.

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

If all things were and are created by Him, if all things are in existence by Him, then to kill someone is to kill what He has created and what His spirit keeps living. In essence we are killing a part of God in our evil heart. We know that the creation cannot take from God but in theory, to see the reason for this commandment, I have worded it this way. These commandments are for our learning, and when we see them happening more and more in the world, as more brothers are against brothers, we can see that they are revealing their hearts' desire by killing. He tells us not to kill as a fruit on the tree not to eat, so the commandment draws out the desire that is in my heart to kill. It was there all along but it takes the order of "thou shall not" to pull it from the inner man of sin. As the eastern man plays the flute to draw the serpent from the hole in cartoons, so God plays the flute of the law to draw out of us what is in us, hatred towards Him for telling us what to do. God puts it this way;

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet (or thou shalt not kill).
Rom 7:8  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 

Did you catch that? Without the law, sin was dead. However, because God gave us the commandment, sin was able to be exposed as being in us. We cannot hide it anymore as before the commandments. The law is the flute that makes the sound that draws the serpent from his pit.

Rom 7:9  For I was alive WITHOUT THE LAW once: but when the commandment came, sin revived [this word revived-G326 is translated more times alive or live, only one time revived], and I died.
Rom 7:10  And the commandment, which was ordained to life (for the new man), I found to be unto death (to my old man ).
Rom 7:11  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me (my old man), and by it slew me.
Rom 7:12  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good [for my new man who sees it spiritually].
Rom 7:13  Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

So we are created to kill as the old man, but we don't know it until the law says "thou shall not kill". We are created to be carnivorous beasts whose only desire is for themselves. We from nature devour each other without pity, we strip all vestige of goodness from the bones of Christ in others. We judge according to the flesh and not the spirit.

Mic 3:1  And I say, 'Hear, I pray you, heads of Jacob, And ye judges of the house of Israel, Is it not for you to know the judgment?
Mic 3:2  Ye who are hating good, and loving evil, Taking violently their skin from off them, And their flesh from off their bones,
Mic 3:3  And who have eaten the flesh of My people, And their skin from off them have stript, And their bones they have broken, And they have spread them out as in a pot, And as flesh in the midst of a caldron.

This is a doctrine hated by everyone who hears it. Everyone wants to believe that they were created good and then they were corrupted by circumstances, parents, siblings or society. No one wants to believe what scripture says. I know I didn't. Let's examine the following verse.

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The two highlighted words "into" and "upon" are both the same greek word eis- G1519; and the CLV has it better translated.

Rom 5:12  Therefore, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin death, and thus death passed through into all mankind, on which all sinned" (CLV)

It is very important to see the distinction in translating the word "into" as "upon".  Into tells us that it is part of our very being, interwoven like the strands of DNA; it is who we are. The law brings this out of us. When Adam's sin was passed to us, it was not merely laid upon us as something we could remove. It literally is so intertwined within us that to be separated from it, we would die. It is life to us, and this is where the new man comes in, who is created in the image of Jesus Christ and who has had the righteousness of Christ, the second Adam, passed "INTO" him.

As the first man is killed by the law, the second is born, so intertwined with the spiritual DNA of Christ. He speaks the truth to not only others but to himself, his old man of sin. It's not that we become schizophrenic with two personalities, it's that we have a new mind, and that new mind of Christ is creating a new world which has descended from God as the old world of thought in me is destroyed. I am getting a new heaven that the new earth follows.

The entire globe of the literal earth is guided by the heavens. It sits IN THE HEAVENS, is supported by the heavens, the sun and moon dictate its seas rising and falling. The sun makes things grow, warms the earth and gives light to all to see. The moon puts things to sleep and gives a faint light for the night creatures to come out and prowl. The sun and moon dictate how the earth will be. So too, in our inner heavens, if the sun rules our day, we are walking in the Light. If the moon rules our nights, then we are tripping through life on the doctrines of Babylon.

Joh 11:9  Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours in the day? if any one may walk in the day, he doth not stumble, because the light of this world he doth see; 
Joh 11:10  and if any one may walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him.'

So we kill because we walk in the night. We judge according to what our physical, fleshly eyes see. But when the light of the Sun comes, we walk according to what our spiritual eyes see. Yesterday I watched as my nephew's three-year old daughter snatched a book from her one-year old sister's hands just because she wanted it. The little sister started screaming and crying, but the older sister just opened the book calmly and started reading, as the younger one screamed. I thought to myself as I watched this three-year child, with bows in her hair and pretty as can be, calmly and without thought of the misery she had just caused prance off with the book, "we are definitely evil from birth". I saw my old man prancing off, without care, as he murders with impunity. This is why we are given this commandment, and all commandments, to show us that we are evil from birth in the flesh.

Isa 59:4  There is none calling in righteousness, And there is none pleading in faithfulness, Trusting on emptiness, and speaking falsehood, Conceiving perverseness, and bearing iniquity.
Isa 59:5  Eggs of a viper they have hatched, And webs of a spider they weave, Whoso is eating their eggs doth die, And the crushed hatcheth a viper.
Isa 59:6  Their webs become not a garment, Nor do they cover themselves with their works, Their works are works of iniquity, And a deed of violence is in their hands.
Isa 59:7  Their feet to evil do run, And they haste to shed innocent blood, Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Spoiling and destruction are in their highways
Isa 59:8  A way of peace they have not known, And there is no judgment in their paths, Their paths they have made perverse for themselves, No treader in it hath known peace.

The commandment "thou shall not kill" is not to fix us so that we do not kill in the flesh. If that had been the case, by now that commandment would have certainly covered the globe and all would have stopped killing, right? No, the commandment, as with all the commandments, was for the purpose of playing the flute to draw the serpent inside us out. When we see, by the hand of God, what we are from birth - evil - then, and only then, can we keep the commandments of God. Then we can see that all are evil and created evil from birth. They are and will be only what their Creator has made them up until their time of reformation in this life or in the lake of fire.

When we judge them in the flesh, we are killing them. We are to hope that the words of God will penetrate their hearts like a dagger in the spirit and KILL THEIR OLD MAN. That's right. We are to kill what is inside us, not what is outward in the flesh. We are commanded not to kill in the flesh but then commanded to kill all that breaths, young and old ...WITHIN US.

Deu 20:16  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: 
Deu 20:17  But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

The commandment was given to the flesh not to kill so that mankind will kill. It is the trumpet sound to the flesh to do exactly what the LORD has commanded us not to do. Like Adam in the garden, "thou shalt not eat"..."in the day you eat" (Gen 2:17), the commandment draws out what we are in the flesh. So, too, for the elect, who walk according to the spirit (Gal5:16), the commandment is spiritual, and we kill our own flesh by starving it to death from its own appetites. We know that since this commandment was given, murder gets worse year by year. Mankind tries to solve the problem by more laws, but that only has the opposite effect. It draws more murder out. The more laws we make, the more law-breakers we create.

Law cannot make us right with God, it makes us wrong with God so that we can be remade into right. It becomes evil to us, but the law is not evil, we are (Rom 7:7). It is given to the flesh and kept by the spiritual. Because the law is spiritual it cannot be kept by the flesh (Rom 7:14). Flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God where the law is kept (1Co 15:50). We are new spiritual creations (2Co 5:17) created in the image of Christ in the kingdom of God where we keep the commandments of God (1Jn 5:2).

When it says we keep the commandments, it means that in the eyes of the new creation, all are where they are because that is where their Creator has them. To judge them in the flesh is to try and make them keep what they cannot keep (Mat 19:22), what we could not keep. This is what Babylon is all about, making people appear holy when inside they are as filthy as ever (Mat 23:25). We see people for what they are in the flesh, and the law of the flesh judges them. We see them dead by the law but alive in the lake of fire where they will be purified as gold and added to the kingdom of God. We who were sometimes dead in the past are alive in the now. Having eyes that see and ears that hear, created by our Creator, Who predestined we should walk in these new bodies in this aion for the salvation of all in the next aion.

Next week, LORD willing, we will learn the commandment;

Deu 5:18  Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

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