INVERTING THE ORDER                                              Romans 17:-29

You who preach against stealing, do you steal? (21)

(B) The eight Commandment. “Thou shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15) In some ways this commandment (as well as the two following it) is of lesser importance than the preceding ones, for these reason; first, because as Jesus said, life is more than possessions (Matthew 6:25) Second, because breaking the first seven Commandments incurred the death penalty, and this was not so with regard to the last three. The things that interests me about contemporary society is the way it has inverted the order of importance of the Commandments. In almost every society in the world, the laws and principles governing stealing rank higher in public opinion than laws and principles that govern our relationship to God. It would certainly be wrong for a man or woman to be punished for refusing to worship or for worshiping gods other than the true God, but it is an indication of where our society has come to when we are priotising possessions over people. Ignoring God, misusing  His name, defaming  His character, denying His existence, – public opinion, generally speaking, would not regard any of these as troublesome. It’s a subtle thing to disregard God to an annoying irrelevance and this is shown most clearly in the way public opinion has inverted the order of the Ten Commandments.

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me always to remember that and my relationship with You is a matter of supreme importance. Give me grace to place the emphasis where You place it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen (EDWJ)


God’s word – handle with care 

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