The world’s first murder took place when Adam and Eve’s firstborn son Cain violently murdered his younger brother Abel.
Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and was invariably visited with capital punishment (Numbers 35:16,18, 21, 31; Leviticus 24:17).
This law in its principle is founded on the fact of man’s having been made in the likeness of God (Genesis 9:5-6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12,15).
The Mosiac law prohibited any compensation for murder or the reprieve of the murderer (Exodus 21:12, 14; Deuteronomy 19:11, 13; 2 Samuel 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses were required in any capital case (Numbers 35:19-30; Deuteronomy 17:6-12). If the murderer could not be discovered, the city nearest the scene of the murder was required to make expiation for the crime committed (Deuteronomy 21:1-9).
Article Version: May 20, 2019