Do Not Murder

Week of 6.26.2022 | Day Two

The Sixth Commandment seems easy to understand and easy to follow. As long as we don’t take another human’s life we should be able to say we obeyed this one perfectly, right? Not quite. The command to not murder begins with having a right heart towards others. Just like the Pharisees, we too are guilty of attempting bare-minimum obedience to the law as long as it appears to be obeyed from the outside. Remember, God cares more about the heart than what is on the outside. Not murdering is important but we have to go beyond that to not even having a murderous attitude toward His image bearers. This commandment is more than just good, practical advice, it is a serious matter of the heart.

Sing

The Ten Commandments
Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible
Watch

Jesus Paid It All
Keith and Kristyn Getty
Listen

Read

Genesis 4:1-11

Discuss

Who are Cain and Abel?

What offerings did Cain and Abel bring to the Lord and did He accept the offerings?

How did Cain respond? 

Why do you think Cain responded that way?
We read more about this in the New Testament in 1 John 3:12, “We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous.”

What do Cain’s actions tell us about what was in his heart?

Pray

Take time to pray as a family asking God to forgive you for your own sin and thank Him for sending Jesus to save us from our sin.

Family Challenge

As a family, memorize Romans 12:21- “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Write out a plan for how to handle anger when it comes up. For younger kids, this could be a chart with pictures that remind them of the truth of the gospel, remind them to pray and check their heart, and remind them to love as God has loved us. For older kids, write out the gospel or verses that remind us of God’s love for us that allows us to overcome evil with good. Here are some examples: Romans 5:8, Romans 8:37, 1 John 4:16, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-5, Romans 12:21.