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Every Sunday, Mike asks us to reflect for the week upon his sermon, and that’s what I’d like to try to do here.  This is really for my benefit, but if it helps you in some way, I’m happy about that.  You may not agree with everything I say, you may not agree with the points that Mike has made … that’s okay.  Disagreement and dialogue are tools for growth, and I know I have a lot of growing to do!

First, I want to present the outline of Mike’s sermon.

LET THERE BE LIFE

"You shall not murder.”

Exodus 20:13

WHAT THIS COMMAND IS NOT ABOUT:

It is not prohibiting killing ANIMALS.

Genesis 9:3, “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”

It is not prohibiting capital PUNISHMENT

Leviticus 24:17-18, "If anyone takes the life of a human being, he must be put to death. Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution – life for life.”

Romans 13:4, “For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”

It is not prohibiting going to WAR

Ecclesiastes 3:8, “…a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

HOW THIS COMMAND APPLIES TO THE FAMILY

God says NO to SUICIDE

Romans 14:7, “For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.”

Job 14:5, “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”

God says NO to MERCY KILLING

Job 12:10, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

God says NO to ABORTION

Psalm 139:13-16, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

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