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Sixth Commandment

Deuteronomy 5:
17 “‘You shall not murder.

This one is fairly simple right? Don't murder someone. Some translations use the word "kill", that however would be an inaccurate translation. The word properly means "to murder or kill by negligence." So, killing in self defense, reasonably unavoidable accidental death or warfare are not prohibited by the commandment as the Israelites understood (and we today understand) it. That said, negligence means that doctors, engineers, law enforcement and anyone whose work can be life or death bears an ethical responsibility to make all reasonable assurance that their actions will not cause a life to be lost. It means that parents, teachers and other child care professionals shouldn't neglect those that in their care. Life is precious, and to murder someone or allow death to come to them by simple negligence is sin.

There is more to it than that, however, as Christ expanded our definition of murder:

1 John 3:
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

To hate, in Gods eyes, is the same as murder. Moreover, whoever says that they love God, but hate their brother is a liar. God's standards are higher than people can attain, and that is the reason we need Jesus' saving grace through faith. Many who've never fought are murders in their own heart, and the only way to remove that sin is through repentance and baptism, dying into the death of Christ.

Paslms 5

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my(A) groaning. 2 Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 3 O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

The Lord is a God who listens to the needs, prayers and complaints of his people. He hears your prayers and sees the sacrifices you make for him. Granted that those sacrifices aren't blood or grain offerings any longer, but our time, money, talents and effort that we give to Him doesn't go unnoticed. But don't make the sacrfices just to be seen; do it because He loves a cheerful giver, and because it's the right thing to do.

4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 6 You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

The Lord wants humble people, who obey his laws. He hates sin, deceit, conceit, and murderous ways. If you love the Lord, obey His commandments. For the wages of sin is death, and He gave Himself for our sins, if we repent and turn away from sin.

7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. 8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.

Allow him to to lead you. Pray for him to teach you righteousness. He has put everyone who lives they have (or had, or will have) for a reason and purpose. I don't pretend to under

9 For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

God allows you to make mistakes through your free will, but liars are always found out in the end. Don't purposefully give bad advice for your own gain, for the Bible tells us that it's better to have a good name than to be a rich man. Guilt will always catch up to you, if you deal poorly with people.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. 12 For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

If you good in the eyes of the Lord, He will repay you with favor, you will have a good name, and will be a blessing to the people around you.

Twitter Libraries broken

I've been busy, having a young child does that to you. So does getting back into the ministry swing following a hiatus because of having a new child. Our church is also moving locations, and starting a capital campaign to build a permanent home. Then, there are some things going on related to work and future employment. A lot is going on, on all fronts, and this blog and my site fell by the way side a little bit. Here's just a quick update about the twitter libraries on my site.

The end of last month, Twitter was scheduled to shut off the old method of authentication, and allow only OpenAuth to verify users identities. As such, my C++ twitter library on my site should no longer work to post posts to twitter. It should still be able to consume someone's feed, as long as the feed is public -- the authentication is only needed for tweeting. There are no current plans for me to make it work.

Fifth Commandment

Deuteronomy 5:
16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (ESV)
This is the first commandment dealing with how we are to treat other people, and it's about our parents. I believe that placing it in order where it is, speaks to the importance God places on family, speaks to importance God places on listening to elders and speaks to how important the parent-child relationship is in Gods eyes. The responsibility of children to honor their fathers and mothers receives a special place on the original covenant; but their are also important guidelines on the role of the parents: to love their children, teach their children and protect their children. From the story of the prodigal son, the commandment:
Proverbs 22:
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
  even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Everyone has parents, and we are commanded by God to honor them. It also gives a promise of making our "days long" -- that is having a long life -- and that it will go well with us. This doesn't mean that we must blindly obey them as adults, or that we can't disagree; just how we disagree with them and maintianing respect even when having a difficult conversation.