murder

After killing a man, Moses flees Pharaoh and settles in Midian to live (Exodus 2:11 – 2:22)

After Moses reached adulthood, he went to where his own people were and watched them work at hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. He looked around, and seeing no one, he struck the Egyptian dead and hid his body in the sand. The next day, Moses went out and saw two Hebrews fighting each other. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man snarled, “Who made you the ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me like you killed the Egyptian?” Moses was afraid that what he had done had become known to others. When Pharaoh heard this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled to Midian

More than murder – anger, forgiveness, and reconciliation (from the Sermon on the Mount) (Matthew 5:21 – 5:26)

Continuing his Sermon the Mount, Jesus told those listening: “You have heard it said that “You shall not murder” and that anyone who murders will be judged accordingly. But I say that even someone who is angry with another person will be subject to judgment. Even someone who calls another a belittling name is heading toward the fires of hell. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Even if you are offering a gift at the altar and you remember someone who you are in conflict with, leave your gift at once and go reconcile with them before returning to present your offering. Settle matters quickly with your adversary. Don’t wait until a judgment is rendered in court but reconcile the problem before then. If not, you