Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Deuteronomy 17:7 (KJV)
The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV)
Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV) 
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 

That a life should ever be taken is one of the most horrific of things. 

  • Life is precious, 
  • Cannot be regained, 
  • It is a gift from God

However, there are times when, as horrific as it is, it must be done:

  • In war
  • In self defense
  • In judgment 

God’s Word provided for the case of capital punishment. But it provided for it under very strict guidelines. 

  • The thing must be certain 
  • There must be a minimum of two witnesses and
  • The witnesses must be the first to perform the judgment 

This would have minimized false witnesses. If it was difficult to assemble multiple people willing to bear false witness it would have been doubly difficult to find them willing to carry their witness out in the “hands on” participation of the execution.

We must never rejoice that a soul, any soul, loses his life. 

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Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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