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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

7/28/11 Moses the Murderer

The Ten Commandments (with New Testament references).  Thou shalt not kill (murder). 6th commandment

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. (Exodus 2:11-15)

19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” (Matthew 15:19-20)

(Moses kills the Egyptian beating a Hebrew- Egyptian drawing)

Thoughts: Moses was guilty of murder.  He became the protector of his people, and yes, he would later be the judge of his people. True Moses came to the aid of one of his people when he killed, but there is still a sense of guilt that Moses bore.  As great a man as Moses, was not perfect.  This showed in another time when Moses, in reaction to his anger, hit a rock.  The sin of anger and murder are similar Jesus said, and both come from within.  Jesus is concerned more with our heart than with the exterior actions. 

Prayer: May my heart be at peace with you and others, Lord. 

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