put to death unlawfully…
Abel, all the prophets of Israel, and the Crucified King are as close are we can get to the picture of homicide from God’s perspective.
Be careful with what you are saying yes to both consciously and subconsciously.
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets. Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. This may sound like hyperbole but it is not overkill. Hear what he says next!
Homicide A to Z
Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
Add to this the hateful spray that surrounds us in our institutions and fellowships, and murder is far from being a distant galaxy
Unjustified Anger Fuels Hatred-murder
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, You fool! will be liable to the hell of fire.
Can you imagine Yeshua’s indignation when he saw his contemporaries
(1) despising all Gentiles
(2) condemning them for the food they’ve eaten for millennia
(3) making use of Gentile labour, and
(4) claiming to be the template for the human race?
New goals and old roads
It has become quite popular now in the 21st century for people to act as if they have become the new Jew. They adopt a host of Jewish things and then look down on the rest of humanity just as in the New Testament. The icing on the poison cake is that the questionable practice of adopting the rudimentary elements of the cosmos is now the major goal of many Christians. Ministers of the gospel had better start reading their bibles.
A good minister will acknowledge that right food and drink are not the gospel. If he or she does not it is likely that there is no salvation to begin with.
Emotional watches are critically necessary
Animosity begins, “us and them”, saved and lost, God’s evaluation gets overridden, enter murder.