I love this graphic ... it totally conveys the message that I get from God's Sixth Commandment to Moses. It is crude and dark and stained; the hand looks violent, hateful, and purposed. The hand is drawn on thick leather (animal hide,) which is appropriate. The white stenciled letters(all CAPS, of course)have a been sprayed on, by a stronger hand, with paint that covers everything under it, with white. I think of the precious atoning Blood of our Lord Jesus that covers our sins and makes them "white as snow."
This sign's strong message was obviously meant for all to see! Wow! I believe this piece must be divinely inspired. The message is as simple and clear as the X marked OVER the knife!
As stated in Dake's Bible: "This law does not prohibit killing as punishment for crimes, or killing in war, which God Himself commanded these same people to do. But it does prohibit killing for malice, and premeditative and willful destruction of man who was made in the image of God (Gen 9:6). All violence (Ex 21:12), stratagem (Ex 26:14), assault and battery (Ex 21:18), hatred and anger (Lev 19:14,17), and danger to human life in general was forbidden (Dt 22:8)."
Mice are especially hard for me ... and gophers ... I blame Disney for making them appear so cute and lovable ... hrmph! When gophers destroyed my entire garden one year ... it was "on' ... NO problem! No problem with rattlesnakes either ... they obviously MUST go! The 6 ft garter (?) snake gets to stay, she doesn't hurt anyone. I CANNOT allow mice to be in my house because they are filthy. Yet, I still cannot directly kill them, myself.
However, MURDER is one of those things that, by its very nature, is out of "His time" ... the beauty in God's perfect time is perfect and does not involve malice, anger, rage nor seething passion. The useless loss of life from political and ideological wars is sickening ... but in defense of your own country or family, an honor.
Oh yes ... PS: Just in case we think we are "guiltless" on this commandment .... Jesus said, "Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer..." (1John 3:15) We must be reconciled to our brothers!
Forgive us Lord for any hate that
I am blessed every day with some new revelation of God's Word.
I will be sharing my measure of manna with all who come to my "tent.
Please, let me know if you have been blessed by the way it was prepared for you this day.