You Shall Not Murder

Jul 22, 2007
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Law/Gospel
Hymns: 19, (752), 291, 400
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing me safely to this day. Help me to view my life as the time of grace You have given me on earth and to use that time to the fullest for Your kingdom and glory. Assure me that my life is safely in Your hands so that I do not worry about the things that might trouble my health and well-being, but rather look to You for all my earthly needs. Help my witness to others reflect the value You place on life, not only by declaring Your creation of life, but also the redemption of that life through Christ Jesus. Bless us in worship today. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 31

First Reading: 

Genesis 4:1-15

Cain has the distinction of being the first murderer. Cain’s sins against the fifth commandment began before he actually killed his brother. The hatred and jealousy Cain felt against Abel were already the seeds of murder. God warned Cain that sin was “lying at his door,” but Cain did not listen.

Second Reading: 

1 John 3:10-18; 4:19-5:2

Love fulfills God’s law. This is very evident in connection with the fifth commandment. Love will seek our neighbor’s well-being, not his harm or loss of life. When we love one another we are reflecting the love that God has shown us by sending Jesus to be our Savior.