The commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” really should read, “Thou shalt not murder.” “Murder” denotes malice aforethought, a deliberately selfish act in taking a life.
“Hands that shed innocent blood” is one of the seven things that the LORD (Yahweh) hates and is an abomination to Him (1).
At the core of this commandment lies a spiritual seed. For “the law is spiritual” (2). The Ten Commandment Law comes out of the heart of the eternal Spirit’s. He is the Giver of life, and He is the Taker (3)
When someone takes a life, he has exalted himself into God’s position of being the Taker of life. God creates life, and He is the one to take life back. When one takes life, he usurps God’s position and authority and essentially thumbs his nose at God.
Homicide, suicide, and abortion then fall into this category. For who gave any of us authority to be the taker of life? That is God’s role. And make no mistake. Abortion is a premeditated act to “shed innocent blood.” For although the fetus is not breathing, it is alive. It has life. It is a living organism. God has given it life. And nobody has the right to take life, especially the innocent, helpless unborn.
But isn’t this the spiritual battle that’s been raging in the heavens since the beginning, and now rages here on earth? Satan, that wicked spirit, is now sent down here to earth to deceive and tempt mankind into doing what he did when he said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will be like the most High” (4).
There it is. Satan’s heart dictates usurping God’s authority and, consequently, his laws.
When humans commit murder, suicide, or abortion, they yield to temptation to usurp God’s power of life and death. It is a wickedly subtle move, but at its core, this is what is spiritually happening.
It takes a hard heart to commit these acts. This hardening is a spiritual shift from the tender faith of the innocent child to one so lifted up that they presume to dictate the lifespan of another human being. How haughty can you get?
And what will ultimately become of Satan, the usurper and those that follow his ways? “Thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” (5). An inglorious yet appropriate fate awaits. KWH
- Proverbs 6: 17
- Romans 7: 14
- Job 1: 21
- Isaiah 14: 13-14
- Isaiah 14: 15