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The 10 Commandments mini series: 6th Commandment

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Exodus 20:13

"You shall not murder."

The Hebrew word for “kill” is the word ratsach (רצח). It means to violently destroy, to shatter into pieces, murder or kill without authority to do so.

Ratsach (רצח) brings division and shatter things in several ways.

1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”

If keeping His commandments are burdensome to us, then maybe we need to ask ourselves the honest question: do we REALLY love Him like we say we do?

As mentioned in the 5th Commandment, the Hebrew language has Hebrew letters - like the ones you have seen in these posts. But it also have paleo letters / pictographs. Which is the letters in pictures. Looking at the pictographs / paleo letters can sometimes add insight to the meaning of a word, but it should never be used as the basis of understanding the word.

When we look at the word “ratsach” (murder/kill); we see the following picture forming: A head (resh - “r”) that causes man to lay on his side and be seperated (tsadi - “ts”). The head who puts the man on his side and cause division / separation (chet - “ch/g”).

When we put someone down, we cause seperation. Which is something that God hates amongst His children.

The number six is symbolic in biblical terms as “the number of man.” The highest quality and value of man is LIFE! In other words, the opposite of life is taking away life, aka to kill or murder / ratsach.

God is the only One Who has the right to terminate life because He is the Author of Life!

Both Scripture and science proves that life is found in the blood. In the same way, as believers we know that there is life, power and authority in Yeshua’s Blood!

In other words, we come to realise that this entire commandment is about blood. God is the rightful owner of all blood as He is the Creator of all things. There is no life outside / apart from God. If Abba said that life is in the blood, it means that He is inside each one of us - because Yeshua IS the Way, the Truth and the LIFE!

When we take life (ratsach / רצח) from someone else, we are playing God, stepping into a position that does not belong to us.

In Genesis 9:6 we read “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.” Life blood belongs to God and to Him alone.

In Matthew 5:22 we read “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

“Raca” is a Greek word meaning: empty, i.e. a senseless, empty headed man; a term of reproach used among the Jews in the time of Christ.

Thus, we see that Yeshua extended (gave us) the (full) definition of ratsach / murder in the sense that it includes the murder to the mind of someone else.

In 1 John 3:15 we read “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

No murderer can inherit the Kingdom of God. It seems like a no brainer. But when we realise the true definition of the word “ratsach” that’s poorly translated to murder - we see a different more serious picture forming.

In Abba’s Kingdom, there is no place for hatred, bitterness or resentment. Those heart attitudes belongs to the kingdom of darkness!

When we speak negative words over others, the Word says that we are in effect killing them.

We have to realise that every word we speak / hear / see has an effect, even to the point of molecular level. The frequencies we are exposed to, the clothes we wear, the signs we see, the TV shows we watch, everything... Words have the ability to change the molecular structure of our bodies - even science confirms it.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Our words either steer us closer to God or away from Him. We have to choose carefully.

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