6. You do not murder.
The 6th Commandment is pretty simple to understand. It is usually translated "you shall not kill," this command really is referring to the murder of a person without just cause.
Murder is a capital offense. In most countries murderers either receive life imprisonment or the death penalty.
It is because of the value of a man's life because he is made in the image of Yahuwah, that Elohim holds to account anyone who kills another human without cause.
Many innocent lives of babies are killed every day in many countries under the guise of 'abortion and pro choice.' People will be held to account by Yahuwah for their actions.
Messiah Yahushua cleared up any misunderstand
about the underlying meaning of this commandment. While it is
obvious that this Fifth commandment prohibits murder, it is also implying the
prohibition of hatred toward your brother.
In the Sermon on the
Mount, Messiah said in Matthew 5 v 21 - 23:
'You heard that it was said to those of old,
‘You shall not murder,’ and whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.
But I say to you that whoever is wroth with his brother without a cause
shall be liable to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raka!’
shall be liable to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be
liable to fire of Gehenna.'
This connection between anger and slander of a brother and hatred
toward that brother, to which Yahusha is referring, is made explicit in
Torah, where specific instructions are given about slander:
Leviticus 19 v 16-18
You must not walk about as a slanderer
among your people. You must not stand idly by when your neighbor's
life is at stake. I am Yahuwah. You must not hate your brother
in your heart. You must surely reprove your fellow citizen so that
you do not incur sin on account of him. You must not take
vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people, but
you must love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahuwah.'
Hatred issues, slander, bearing a grudge and
vengeance, and ultimately murder are rebuked by the Fifth commandment and explicitly in other
Torah instructions. Instead, we are to conduct ourselves by the
exhortation that follows: "you must love your neighbor as
yourself" (Leviticus 19 v 18).
While premeditated murder of another is
strictly forbidden by the commandment, there are situations where
killing a human being is clearly not punishable. In
the event of accidental manslaughter, the Torah allows for the slayer to
escape the wrath of the relatives of the dead one and find refuge in
certain cities in Yisrael.
Another situation is in warfare. Though we
will not get into a debate about righteous v. unrighteous wars, we must
agree that the killing of enemies in war is not the same as the premeditated murder of a person. Elohim himself ordered the slaughtering of many nations
of people who were wicked beyond redemption. And throughout his
history, Israel fought wars against enemy nations under the leadership
of their judges and kings. All of this killing of enemies was
commended because it is viewed as protective actions against peoples
whose intent was to slaughter Israelis.
So it is vital that we exercise discernment when
we examine and interpret Scripture. The command not to murder has
a specific context. Remember that this is a Covenant agreement
between Yahuwah and his people. Therefore, his people are not to
murder his people. But at the will of Yahuwah, those who seek to
destroy the people belonging to Yahuwah should be eliminated in war at
the direction of Yahuwah.