Matthew 5:21-24 NASB
²¹You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ ²²But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
²³Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, ²⁴leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
Thou shalt not kill – Mary really can’t help it. That one girl in her class…, as she always does…: You must hate someone like that, right?
And Mary has that too.
She recently said it to a few friends: “I hate that person, and I will…” But let’s not write down what Mary said further, because what she is doing here is a serious violation of the sixth commandment. : You shall not kill!
Of the sixth commandment?
Yes, that’s what the Lord Jesus says in today’s Bible section.
Not only murder itself is a sin, but also having thoughts in that direction.
Now of course it seems a bit exaggerated to say that about Mary, because she absolutely does not mean that she wants that girl dead.
Okay, but she does forget that her classmate is also created in God’s image.
Do you have to like everyone then?
No, that’s something else. But hating people for whom God has sent His Son, of all things, is a grave sin.
So ask forgiveness from Him Who was willing to hang on the cross – between two murderers. He also did that for your sins against this commandment!
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