In this sermon, Youth Director Mike Bittenbender, in his series on the 10 commandments, preaches on the 6th Commandment, you shall not murder. Here are some excerpts:
The Hebrew word for this is ratsach. This word is translated “murder” and brings with it a different connotation than the Hebrew word qatal, which is translated “kill.” The distinction between murder and killing that is often given is that murder is the taking of a life when you don’t have the authority to take that life, the taking of an innocent life. God mentions in the Old Testament different ways in which man will kill another man and it be justified. Genesis 9:6 says “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.” Romans chapter 13 speaks about the government being an agent of God and not bearing the sword for nothing. The difference is an important distinction.
Robert Morris makes a few observations on this subject. Morris states that there is a process that the devil uses that can quickly spiral out of control. This process is:
Hate precedes murder
Anger precedes hate
Offense precedes anger
Unfulfilled expectations precede offense
When we have an unfulfilled expectation, we get offended, when we get offended we get angry, when we get angry, we hate, and when we hate, that leads to murder. And mind Jesus’s words, even saying, “you fool” will cause you to bring judgment on yourself…