1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Thank you very much for tuning in to this broadcast.
3. It is a great encouragement for us to know that you are listening on the other side;
4. and I hope that you will write to us so that we can be in contact with you and you with us.
5. We have been doing a series of messages on the Ten Commandments;
6. and, today, we come to the Sixth Commandment.
7. The Sixth Commandment is one of the shortest.
8. “You shall not kill.”
9. Why is the wording of this Commandment so important?
10. Because there are eight words in the Hebrew language that are translated “kill;”
11. and, yet, the word that is used, here, in the Sixth Commandment is unique and seldom used anywhere else.
12. Why is this particular word used here?
13. Because the Bible makes a distinction between lawful killing and unlawful killing.
14. The word that is used for killing out of self-defense is different from the word that is used in the Sixth Commandment.
15. The word that is used for killing in times of war is a different word again.
16. They are all different from the word used here in the Sixth Commandment.
17. The Sixth Commandment is specifically directed to murder in cold blood.
18. The Sixth Commandment is specifically directed to killing with passionate rage.
19. The Sixth Commandment is specifically directed to killing unjustly.
20. My listening friend, please listen carefully.
21. The Sixth Commandment does not apply to killing purely for self-defense.
22. There is another word for that.
23. The Sixth Commandment does not apply to the killing of animals.
24. There is another word for that.
25. It does not apply to killing as in times of war.
26. There’s another word for that.
27. The Sixth Commandment is specifically directed to the taking of life, unlawfully and unjustly.
28. Why is that?
29. Because it violates God’s sovereignty,
30. because He is the One who gives life
31. and He, alone, can take life away,
32. because killing unlawfully robs God of His glory.
33. Some of you may be saying to yourself, “I have never murdered anyone.”
34. Well, most people don’t see themselves as murderers;
35. and that is why I want you to turn with me to Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 21.
36. This part of Matthew 5 is known as the “Sermon on the Mount.”
37. It is the greatest sermon ever preached;
38. and it was preached by the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.
39. Here’s what the Lord Jesus said:
40. “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder.
41. Anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’
42. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”
43. To those who say, “I have never broken the Sixth Commandment,” I want you to listen carefully.
44. Jesus, in Matthew 5, is telling us something of vital importance.
45. He is saying that taking someone’s life is murder, but also thinking of someone with murderous anger is equivalent to killing.
46. The Bible says that, if you break one Commandment, you have broken them all;
47. so, the only hope that we have is the forgiveness of sin by the Lord Jesus Christ, who kept all of the Commandments perfectly.
48. The Lord Jesus is also saying something else.
49. At some point in our lives, all of us have become so angry at someone that we wish that they were dead.
50. Jesus is saying that anger is a subtle form of murder.
51. It might not kill the body;
52. but it can kill the soul and the spirit of another person.
53. Hatred toward somebody can cause just as much damage to the soul of that person as a gun would kill a body;
54. so what Jesus is saying in Matthew 5 is this:
55. He is saying that murder is like the fruit of the tree,
56. and anger and hatred are the roots of the tree.
57. Fruit does not appear from a tree that is rootless;
58. so Jesus is telling us that, when we deal with the root of anger in our lives,
59. then the fruit will take care of itself.
60. Most often, God is the only One who can see the roots of anger in our lives.
61. Sometimes, people cannot even see the root of anger in their own lives,
62. but God does;
63. and He tells us that, if we do not get rid of the root, sooner or later, the fruit will show up;
64. and that is why the Bible speaks of the “root of bitterness.”
65. Did it ever occur to you？ why the Bible does not speak about the “fruit of bitterness?”
66. It is because the roots are hidden from view.
67. The roots are underground;
68. and, because the root of bitterness is hidden from view, only you know about it.
69. In Matthew 5, Jesus exposes the root of murder;
70. and He says, “Take care of the root before the tree begins to bear fruit.”
71. My listening friend, please listen carefully to what I’m going to tell you.
72. There are basically three forms of anger.
73. First, there is the repressed anger;
74. then, there is the resentful anger.
75. Finally, there is the revengeful anger.
76. Let’s look first at the repressed anger.
77. What does repressed anger look like?
78. Well, it’s like Job.
Have you read the Book of Job?
79. Job kept on receiving bad news;
80. but, in spite of all his bad news, he did not question God,
81. and everybody was admiring Job;
82. but, then, came Job’s comforters,
83. his so-called friends;
84. and his comforters came in and said to him, “Job, you must have done something wrong.
85. You must have been so bad to get all of these bad things happening to you.’
86. At that point, Job’s repressed anger flared up;
87. and, instead of asking God, “Why?” He accused God falsely.
88. This is a repressed anger;
89. but, then, there is resentful anger.
90. There are people who never get over their resentments.
91. Resentful anger causes all kinds of depression.
92. Some of you may remember the older brother in the prodigal story in Luke, Chapter 15.
93. We have brought you a series of messages on that story.
94. The older brother did all of the right things;
95. but he had such repressed and resentful anger inside of him toward his rebellious brother;
96. and, when his brother repented and returned to his father,
97. the older brother was so angry that he would not go inside the house;
98. then, there is a revengeful anger.
99. Those are the people who want to get even.
100. In fact, the worse it gets for those people whom they hate, the happier they are;
101. but I would like to move from the problem of anger to a solution for our anger.
102. Let me give you three solutions to the anger problem.
103. Number one,
104. admit your anger.
105. Number two,
106. deal with your anger in the light of the Word of God.
108. control your anger God’s way.
109. First, admit your anger.
110. Job had to come to the point of openly confessing his anger;
111. and, until he came to that point, healing could not have begun in his life.
112. Listen to what Job said, in Job 7:11,
113. “I will speak out in my anguish of my spirit. I will complain of the bitterness of my soul.”
114. The Bible said, “Let your moderation be known to people and your needs known to God...”
115. but many believers reverse this idea.
116. They let all their needs be known to people and reserve their moderation for God.
117. They feel that they should not bother God;
118. but they want to bother everybody else who would listen to them;
119. but the good news is, Job confessed his anger to God,
120. because it is hard to deal with a problem if you do not admit it to God -
121. not because God does not know,
122. but He wants you to articulate it to Him.
123. Why does He want you to confess your anger to Him?
124. Because He and He, alone, is the One who can truly empower you to overcome your anger problem.
125. Somebody said,
126. “If you don’t talk it out with the Lord, you will take it out on people.”
127. Anger is not the problem.
128. Some anger, very often, is legitimate.
129. It is a legitimate and natural expression of our emotions;
130. and that is why the Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 4:26, said, “In your anger, sin not.”
131. He does not say, “Don’t ever get angry.”
133. That would be unrealistic.
134. He said, “When you get angry, be sure you don’t sin.”
136. deal with your anger in the light of the Word of God.
137. If you give yourself time to think through the cause of anger in the light of the Word of God,
138. then, you will respond to anger in a godly way.
139. If you allow the Word of God to put your mind in gear before you release the breaks of your mouth,
140. you will find yourself responding to anger with constructive ways, rather than destructive ways.
141. Listen to what James said:
142. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.”
143. He did not say, “Don’t get angry.”
144. He just said, “Be slow in the process of your anger.”
145. The third and the last thing is this:
146. control your anger God’s way.
147. The best way to control anger God’s way is to force yourself to pray for the person who is the object of your anger.
148. Pray for that person who made you angry.
149. I know that it is not easy;
150. but, when you ask God to enable you to pray for the person, He will do it.
151. I try always to begin my day with the words of the Psalmist,
152. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You...”
153. then, I go even one step further
154. and say, “Let the words of my lips and the meditation of my mind be controlled by You, O Lord...”
155. and, when God is in control of the words of your mouth and the thoughts of your mind and heart,
156. then, they will be acceptable to Him.
157. Let me repeat those three things again before I conclude.
158. Admit your anger to God.
159. Deal with your anger in the light of the Word of God.
160. Control your anger God’s way.
161. My listening friend,
162. do this and you will cut off the root of anger and bitterness in your life before a murderous fruit is produced.
163. Until next time, I wish you God’s strength and power.