Thursday, November 18, 2010

A New Hymn Based on the Sixth Commandment and Lord's Day 40 of the Heidelberg Catechism

You Shall Not Murder, God’s Command

To the tune: OLD HUNDREDTH (altered) (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/BH1991/5). Based on the sixth commandment and Lord’s Day 40 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 67-69). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
You shall not murder, God’s command,
for love’s His heart, His plan for man.
Three persons dwell in perfect love,
by faith we share His love above.

v. 2
He sent His Son a sacrifice,
for guilty sinners gave us Christ.
What love is this beyond compare?
Our sin and shame He came to bear.

v. 3
So put off all that hinders love,
and put on Him who reigns above.
Put off all envy, hate and strife.
Put on the clothing of our Christ.

v. 4
Forgive as God in Christ forgives,
to intercede He ever lives.
Forgiving all our lack of love,
His precious blood avails above.

v. 5
O Spirit come and melt our hearts,
O flood and soften inward parts.
We need to taste of the new age,
so give us Christ through sacred page.

Lord's Day 40

Q & A 105

Q. What is God's will for you
in the sixth commandment?

A. I am not to belittle, insult, hate, or kill my neighbor—
not by my thoughts, my words, my look or gesture,
and certainly not by actual deeds—
and I am not to be party to this in others;^1
rather, I am to put away all desire for revenge.^2
I am not to harm or recklessly endanger myself either.^3
Prevention of murder is also why
government is armed with the sword.^4

^1 Gen. 9:6; Lev. 19:17-18; Matt. 5:21-22; 26:52
^2 Prov. 25:21-22; Matt. 18:35; Rom. 12:19; Eph. 4:26
^3 Matt. 4:7; 26:52; Rom. 13:11-14
^4 Gen. 9:6; Ex. 21:14; Rom. 13:4

Q & A 106

Q. Does this commandment refer only to killing?

A. By forbidding murder God teaches us
that he hates the root of murder:
envy, hatred, anger, vindictiveness.^1
In God's sight all such are murder.^2

^1 Prov. 14:30; Rom. 1:29; 12:19; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 John 2:9-11
^2 1 John 3:15

Q & A 107

Q. Is it enough then
that we do not kill our neighbor
in any such way?

A. No.
By condemning envy, hatred, and anger
God tells us
to love our neighbors as ourselves,^1
to be patient, peace-loving, gentle,
merciful, and friendly to them,^2
to protect them from harm as much as we can,
and to do good even to our enemies.^3

^1 Matt. 7:12; 22:39; Rom. 12:10
^2 Matt. 5:3-12; Luke 6:36; Rom. 12:10, 18; Gal. 6:1-2; Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:12; 1 Pet. 3:8
^3 Ex. 23:4-5; Matt. 5:44-45; Rom. 12:20-21 (Prov. 25:21-22)


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