Sunday Bible Study
The 10 Commandments
This Week’s Focus
The Fifth Commandment
You shall not murder.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.
God forbids murder Genesis 9:5-7.
This includes murder by abortion Psalm 139:14-16; Jeremiah 1:5,
euthanasia Proverbs 6:16-19; 31:8-9,
suicide Deuteronomy 32:39,
harm of neighbor Romans 12:9-21,
and hatred Matthew 5:21-26; 15:10-20.
We are called instead to help our neighbor Matthew 25:31-40; Ephesians 4:25-32.
“So by the devil’s encouragement you will get many enemies who cannot bear to see you have any good, either bodily or spiritual. When we see such people, our hearts also would like to rage and bleed and take vengeance. Then there arise cursing and blows. From them misery and murder finally come. In this commandment God – like a kind father – steps in ahead of us, intervenes, and wishes to have the quarrel settled, so that no misfortune comes from it and no one destroys another person. And briefly, He would in this way protect, set free, and keep in peace everyone against the crime and violence of everyone else. He would have this commandment placed as a wall, fortress, and refuge around our neighbor so that we do not hurt or harm him in his body.” Martin Luther, Large Catechism, Concordia, p.
* We confess that God alone gives and takes life.
* We confess that murder in any form is sin.
* We confess that God gives lawful government the right to take life through capital punishment and just wars.
* We reject the practice of abortion.
* We reject the practice of euthanasia.
* We reject the practice of infanticide.
* We reject the practice of suicide, including assisted suicide.
1. How do we deal with those in our society who don’t share our value of life?
2. What does being scripturally pro-life mean in our attitude about others?
3. What does being scripturally pro-life mean in our treatment of others?
4. How do we instill biblical value for life in our children and why is it important?
5. How can we be a positive influence on our society regarding sanctity of life?
Lord, grant that we may learn from Jesus love for us to show love to others. May we see in the cross how precious we are, and apply that to all for whom Christ died as we live in love. Amen.