The second set of commandments focused upon how people are to treat each other. 1st on that list was that one should not intentionally kill another, no murders. Clearly, the command did not mean that in all circumstances taking a life was forbidden. Self defense, war, “crime and punishment” and self-preservation were all circumstances that could justify the taking of another life. But, God wanted to make clear that all lives were valuable and to take a life was not acceptable in most cases. When one takes the starting premise that the two laws were to Love God and Love others, then the value of others lives become obvious.
In our culture, it has become both shameful and preposterous that we value the lives of all non-human things above the lives of each other. We literally threaten the lives of people because they kill a pet. We think nothing of killing babies, but stop a communities economy to preserve a snail darter?!!! As a society and a church, we have to realize that the value of human life is immeasurable. From womb to tomb we need to treat each other with much greater care than we do our possessions and our pets. Please note that the possessions and pets are valuable, but simply no where nearly as valuable as our family, friends, authorities and armed forces.
All Lives matter—Especially to the one that created them.
God Bless You
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”