Ten Commandments #10

October 13, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week will be the final part of our look at the Ten Commandments. Of course, we’ll be looking at the tenth commandment:


Exo 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


Coveting is lusting after something that belongs to someone else or something that you don’t have. It is not being content with what you have to the point of constantly thinking about the object and doing everything you can to get that thing.


Covetousness is a subtle sin that is often the basis of many other sins. Coveting after someone’s wife often leads to adultery. Coveting after something that someone else has can lead to theft. Coveting a lifestyle that goes against scripture can lead to idolatry. The problem with covetousness isn’t just the fact that it’s subtle (most of the time), it’s the fact that our “modern” society has been conditioned to think that covetousness is ok. Our advertising companies and media outlets make everything from TVs to movies to beauty to cars to houses things that we “can’t live without”. We are trained from a young age to not be happy with what we have. If we don’t have the newest, most up-to-date model car/computer/look, then we are “out of touch” and “behind the times”. Covetousness is basically the “grass is always greener” syndrome. We are driven by the technology and society to be instantly gratified. If we can’t get it now, then we get frustrated and mad. We can’t wait for anything anymore. Not only that, but in many churches the same thing is taught. More and more, “pastors” and “preachers” are telling their congregations that it is our “right” to be blessed. We should be healthy and wealthy and have more than enough. This is not only unscriptural, but it’s ridiculous…

Covetousness can be glaring at times and I think that the current situation in America is evidence of this. Today, many companies are being lead by men and women that don’t care anything about anyone other than themselves. They are in it to get the money and that’s all. There is no loyalty and no concern for others. CEOs are selling out their companies to get millions of dollars and don’t seem to give a rip about the people that are working for them. It’s becoming more and more common to hear things like this. The whole government bailout that just took place is based on covetousness. I am not an economic whiz and I’m not a big-money businessman, but it is my understanding that if you have a business and you don’t what needs to be done to make sure that your business stays afloat, it goes under. That’s it. No bailout. The US has just decided to pay 700 billion dollars to bailout the floundering economy. The funny thing is, I saw an article from Dave Ramsey that had a solution for the current problem that would only cost 50 billion dollars. While that is still a lot of money, it leads me to wonder something. If one Christian man can come up with a solution that only costs 50 billion dollars, then why can’t 100+ men and women who are leading our country do the same? What is that extra 650 billion dollars for? I can’t help but think that it will not be going to the things that it’s supposed to. I don’t think that any of the companies being bailed out by the government should be getting a cent. The reason is more than just the fact that it will be the American people that have to pay for it. The current situation that the US finds itself in is based on covetousness. The real estate problems are due to the fact that the government wanted to “make housing affordable”. What it did was to make it possible for people who couldn’t afford a house to buy one. That’s a great idea. The problem is that this made it possible for people who couldn’t pay for a house to get a house that was well over what they can pay. When the rates went up, they could no longer afford it. People coveted houses that were bigger and more expensive than they could get. That’s covetousness. It didn’t just happen with housing either. It’s happened with cars and other items. It happens with credit cards as well. People buy things they can’t afford on credit because they have to have it. Then, because of the interest rates, they end up paying three to five times as much for the next 5 to ten years. That’s covetousness.


So, what does God say about covetousness?


Eph 5:3  But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

Eph 5:4  and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Eph 5:5  For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.


1Co 6:9  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

1Co 6:10  nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.


Covetousness is just as bad as any other sin and will be something that will send someone to hell just like adultery and thievery will. To stop the growing covetousness of our nation and our personal lives we need to have a biblical understanding that everything we have is given to us by God. We need to understand and be grateful for what we have. That doesn’t mean that we can’t want new things or that we can’t buy the newest, hottest things. What it means is that we cannot make those things so important to us that they become a “god”. We need to study the Word and teach our kids what the biblical point of view is and then live by it.

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