Fellow youth in Christ. I have been asked to write on the last part of Question and Answer 105, Lord’s Day 40. ”Also that I hurt not myself, nor willfully expose myself to any danger.” This part of question and answer 105 is under the sixth commandment in the law of God; “Thou shalt not kill. ” This does not only mean that we may not kill our neighbor, but also that we may not commit suicide. These are sins that are so prevalent in our day and age. Just read the newspaper, it is full of this ungodly sin.

This command covers more than the actual sin of taking a man’s life or the taking of our own life. Christ says in Matt. 5:21 & 22 for us to hate the brother even in thought is a sin. It is also sinful for us to be dissatisfied with God’s way in life for us. God has been pleased to dwell within us. I Cor. 3:16 & 17 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;”

Maybe a clearer way to understand this, is to rephrase the command this way. ‘We may not willfully expose ourselves to any danger where we get hurt, nor where the possibility of getting hurt exists.’ This is not talking of the Providence of God whereby it may be His will to take our life, but where we beforehand already know we could get hurt.

We say to ourselves that we would never place ourselves in a position where we could get hurt or take our own lives. Why then do you think this command is written so personally. Look at the way our forefathers worded it. “I will not hate my neighbor, I will not hurt myself and I will not willfully expose myself to any danger.”

Our forefathers use as proof that we must fight against this sin Christ himself. Matt. 4:6-7: Christ and the Devil are on the pinnacle of the temple and Satan says to Him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee.” Satan says go ahead and jump because God will watch over you. Christ says to Satan, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” He knows God will watch over Him, but He would not willfully expose Himself to danger.

We also know Christ watches over us. The Scripture speaks of this over and how God cares for His own. That does not mean we can go ahead and break the law of the land and drive over the speed limit and say God will care for us. We not only sin against God in speeding, but also in placing ourselves in the danger of getting in an accident and hurting ourselves. We do not go out and drink and then drive, exposing ourselves to danger. God hates all such wickedness.

It is a sin as we have concluded to expose ourselves to danger, may we seek our entertainment where the world does so? What about such things as the races, circus, boxing and the list could go on and on. You know where the world commits this sin. Why do you see such crowds at these events? It is because the world thrives on sinning against the majesty of God. They can’t wait to tell their friends of the gruesome accident they saw at the races or how one boxer beat up and hurt another boxer. Do we take joy in these so called pleasures of the world?

The Word of God in II Cor. 7:17 says: “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” What a beautiful promise of God. Young people, may our walk not be as the world’s walk, may our entertainment not be as the world’s entertainment, but may our walk be as children of Light.

May the words of I John 2: 14b-15a exemplify us as Christian youth. “I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” And I Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

May we pray for the strength to walk as pilgrims and strangers, that where the Lord shall appear we may be found faithful. May God graciously preserve us. Yea, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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