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Thou shalt Not Kill
Exodus 20:13 / Deuteronomy 5:17
Among the simplest laws seemingly to understand is this 6th Commandment of the Common Law of God and of the most essential tenants of the Common-Wealth of Israel, is the simplicity of “Thou shalt Not Kill”.
Translations from the LXX Septuagint have it written “You shall not murder.”
The Idea of Killing an innocent person either of ones own nation or of another nation or people during a time of peace is among the most primary laws which govern society, yet it as all other Commandments ordained by Almighty God is integral in the fabric of the table of the whole of the 10 commandments. It is by this law all capitol offenses are weighed, those offenses towards God and neighbor which demand the blood of the offender is the highest price a sinner may pay in society, thus it is the chief, head or Capitol of the punishments of He That Is God: YHWH. It is by this Exception to this law had in Judgment against sin, that all rights become forfeited to one’s life as to allow the ordained Government to enact what is called the capitol punishment, and this when willful disregard summarized as wickedness is committed in place of the prior 5 commandments, this very 6th Commandment as well as those to be discussed hereafter this compilation.
The scripture below is here inserted into this compilation, at the forefront, as it is an adjoinment of this 6th Commandment to be discussed of prohibition of the taking of Innocent Life with the prior compilation on the 5th Commandment of the Common Law of God of Honoring thy Father and thy Mother , that thy days may be prolonged in the Land YHWH has given thee , showing the positive creative power to be exerted in the Common-Wealth of Israel to protect the Land of the children of thy people (Thy Brother) from the guilt of innocent blood :
Deu_19:1 When the LORD thy God hath cut off the nations, whose land the LORD thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses;
Deu 19:2 Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
Deu 19:3 Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither.
Deu 19:4 And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;
Deu 19:5 As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:
Deu 19:6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past.
Deu 19:7 Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.
Deu 19:8 And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers;
Deu 19:9 If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:
Deu 19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
Deu 19:11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:
Deu 19:12 Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
Deu 19:13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.
Deu 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
A struggle between
the Flesh and the Spirit
Before venturing into this compilation notice the power of creation and judgment which is to be exerted into a Biblically Realistic society of Theonomic exactness. With in this statute to be executed, at it’s very heart of the creation and maintenance is the Land’s Road-Way system, that is the lands very rights of way; as we may understand it today’s terms: Some of our State highways, County and Township roads as well as City streets are implace due to the principles of the 6th Commandment as it’s Organic foundation, this is why this section of Deuteronomy 19:14 as well forbids the removal of ancient landmark, as the road way will, as it is today flow naturally between the boarders of family owned property. This is civilization as YHWH God dictated it, an exercise of the Spiritual Image and likeness by those who have his law upon their heart by natural progeniture
Yet in the case of observable Nature the living creatures seemingly need no permission or license beyond it’s own Hunger, Territory and sometimes Entertainment to kill and take life; thus by Nature we see that life operates with out law to govern the taking thereof in a selfish state according to it’s flesh, the creature prefers it’s own wants and needs before the basic breath of it’s victim, yet even this is made by the Creators design as the self evident facts bear witness; by nature the sons of Adam would in fact govern no differently with out the Law of God as the scripture relays in:
Gen_6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with ADaM, for that he also is flesh.
And in Gen_6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
The struggle between flesh and Spirit is here made evident to the war with in the living souls of ADaM: on the one hand we are spiritual, our inward man is capable of resembling the image and likeness of the Father YHWH God it’s Creator’s righteousness, and on the other hand ADaM is bound in flesh like all other living creatures and has the same selfish motivations to satiate his wands and needs; yet the reconciliation able to be harmonized in the creation of ADaM even in his fallen state is that it is this unique ability of having the duel nature of God flesh and Spirit that allows for Dominion or Governance, yet Governance with Righteousness is only achievable when the works and fruits of the flesh are crucified and redemption of the flesh body is the judicious goal of Adam’s children in the active fight against the fruits of the flesh: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like…which I tell you …they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal_5:19-21)
In this make up designed by YHWH Creator of the souls of ADaM Spiritual Judgment is capable of coming to Fruit in our flesh: Gal_5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
(See Romans 6,7,8)
It is by this Spirit, the image and likeness of God which ADaM is reflective of, that allows him to create and Govern according to justice and and Judgment of God for his people and to aid as a light to the world in his resurrected state after the image of the Son of God, that is a a Christian. All forms of creative power given to ADaM in the making of society, be it building structures for protection, worship, help, aid education all are manifestations of the Governance ability of the spirit, a Spirit mixed with it’s fleshly desire to satiate it’s wants and needs, may in this resurrected state after the inward man focus this desire upon the things of God, the fruits of the Spirit, in other words ADaM is called to prefer the wants and needs of God the Father before his own and every one else, as the living creature of flesh is desirous and in preferance to it’s own wants and needs in preference to the life of it’s victim, so is the Spirit in preference to the wants and needs of the Spirit over the life and breath of the works and workers of the flesh:
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Rom_1:29-32 – The Christian perspective of the Apostle Paul
It is by this standard the Organic nature of both murder and capitol punishment is divided according to nature and nature’s God.
Consider the primary example found in the first event of killing between the sons of Adam, Cain and Able found in Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.(Gen_4:1-16)
Here accourding to both the context of the account and of Heb_11:4, 1Jo_3:12-15 righteous Able’s blood is shed and his life taken by the wrath of his wicked angry brother, the first imparitive strike against the 2nd Proto Commandment discussed in the introduction of this compilation, which in fact strikes against the first protos commandment as well
Mar_12:30 love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength
Mar_12:31 And the second is like this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
In this first case of murder, we have as well an absolute stike against the blessed mandate of dominion found in Gen_1:26-28 and discussed in the prior commandment as the act of killing ones brother undermines every tenant of that mandate and validates the curse of death pronounced upon ADaM as people, that is when murder is commited by one brother upon another of the same linage it:
1st devalues the parents of the linage, thus it is a strike against the prior 5th Commandment
2nd as devaluation of the parents of the linage it is, particularly in the case of ADaM a devalueation of God the Father who made ADaM in his likeness and image .
3rd eliminates a representative of God the Father’s dominion/governance is stalled, precisely in the case of the murder of the righteous.
4th finally as a truism, reverses the fruitfulness and multiplicity of Adamic Life in the act of murder.
As it should be understood from this organic contradiction, due to the nature of ADaM’s creation in the likeness and image of YHWH God the Father, ADaM’s intended purpose was to be in righteousness, as we find in this elementary account of Cain’s murder of Righteous Abel.
While some of the stated contradictions of the Blessed mandate in the points above could be said to be the same by taking the life of the murderer as well, the element of righteousness which lacks from the life of a murderer nullifies the same standard being held in the case of a murderer, rather the opposite becomes the observable, that by allowing the wicked to live unpunished will only further spawn the curse, and rather than affect the Earth with the Righteous Image and likeness of God the Father intended to govern by blessing, the willful dominion of the curse will govern in it’s own selfish likeness thereby multipling and fruiting the Earth with death according to the flesh rather than righteousness according to the Spirit as found in:
Gen_6:5 And YHWH saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…
And thus to maintain the balance of righteousness, the Judgment upon murder was firmly enacted to the sons of Adam by the repeating of the blessed mandate after the destruction of the earth and the transgression against it righteousness by murder:
Gen_9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…
Gen 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of an ADaM; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of an ADaM.
Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth an ADaM’s blood, by ADaM shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He you the ADaM.
Gen 9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
Gen 9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
Gen 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you..
And thus we have the bedrock foundation of the organic law which prohibits murder by nothing short of the exact idea’s delivered and codified my Moses in the 5th Commandment Thou Shalt Not Kill.
Capitol Punishment in society is always divine
When killing is considered from a Governmental perspective in any society, the Creative Force, that is the Divine which are attributed to giving life is called immediately into focus. Plainly the philosophic type question begs the answer to “Who gives the right to any one to take another’s life?”. For with out the absolute protection of innocent life from anger and wrath as well as the needs and wants of others, a protection which comes from Divine Law as an exception to the law of the flesh with allows for our Blood at the will of the stronger; as well it is Divine Law which offers exception to Righteous Government to put away evil that the wicked begat no more wickedness. No other legitimate answer maybe given to the question is begged.
With out the license granted by the Creator of life to put away some life from living by killing that life, it may be presumed that no life may be taken. Indeed, the enactment of the death penalty is indeed a permission of licensure given to those who wields the right to avenge blood, yea it is a waiver of this 6th Commandment’s protection.
Justice and Righteousness
YHWH GOD’s LAW
It is then by this law of the 6th Commandment both prince and stranger answer for the shedding of innocent blood and other sin crimes which demand blood as it’s payment to put evil away from the nation, for when a ruler takes the blood of His innocent subjects as punishment or in abuse he is as liable as the roving foreigner who would take the life of one of the citizens of the nation he dwells among. Thus, we not only have with in this 6th Commandment the prohibition for murder among brothers and neighbors and strangers, but we also have the prohibition of Judges putting innocent men to death with out inquisition, search, asking diligently; truth, and certainty, that such abomination is wrought… Deu_13:14
Deu_17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
Deu 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
As the further substantiation of the positive aspect of this governing precept of this operating judgment:
Deu_17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Deu_19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
And further built upon this precept of Thorough investigation and evidence establishing facts, the falsification of witness is as well punishable, in this case of murder, the one falsifying a witness as well forfeits his own life…
Deu_ 19:16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Deu 19:17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
Deu 19:18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
Deu 19:19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
Deu 19:20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
Deu 19:21 And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
The Law of the flesh is sin and death,
The Law of God forbids killing:
God Grants Righteous Government Licensure to kill Sin and Death
It is an important at this juncture in thought to reaffirm and consider:
That the 6th Commandment prohibits Killing, thus it is so that with out the precepts which grant exception to the God Ordained Government instituting His righteous Judgments upon evil, no provision to kill is granted. It is only according to the strict format imbued into the exception of taking away wicked and evil life from the Land by condemning the workers of the fruits of the flesh, and this for the sole purpose of maintaining the fruits of the Spirit in all goodness and righteousness and truth Eph_5:9, with in the Christian Common-Wealth of Israel.
By such a righteous standard all the People may truly say
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And of the people shall say Amen. Deu_27:25
And with the people let all the Judges and Rulers know: Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. Exo_23:7
For The God of Israel, the Rock of Israel speaks to every Judge and ruler as he charged David saying,
He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (2Sa_23:3)
Those who execute such capitol punishments for the maintenance of the Common-Wealth must be such men who are above reproach, Judges and Officers of the Church Israel (Congregation of YHWH / Church of God) comprised of literal Elders or Old men of literal Families as shown in Exo_18:25-26, Deu_1:9-18, Num_1:1-54, Num_11:14-25, as now stated many times heretofore, that the perfect Law of God with it’s punishments be not blasphemed. As we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
1Ti_1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
1Ti 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God…
The Law is part and parcel to the Gospel which our Apostle Paul teaches to Timothy and the Christian’s of that day.
Thus from King to Peasant Thou Shalt Not Kill reigns as an essential element of the balance found in the Christian Common-Wealth, God reigns supreme and the only Sovereign LORD by and through the Word of His Law.
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