DESIRING AND COVETING                                Romans 13:1-14

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  (v9)

(10) The Ten Commandment – Word of the Decalogue is in one way radically different from those that have preceded it. “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17) All the preceding Commandments have forbidden overt acts, this one cuts right through to inner attitude. This is an issue of contentment and thankfulness and it links to the earlier Commandment of developing trust in God for His provision. Breaking any of other nine Commandments will sooner or later be spotted by others, but  the tenth Commandment maybe broken without another person being aware of it. The issue it deals with is that of covetousness. The word ‘covet’ means, ‘to strongly desire something that belongs to someone else.” This can become a dangerous downward path. When we covet something that God has not provided, it can, in turn, lead to resentment of God. Does it mean that when I see a friend with a model of car that I myself would like to possess, I am guilty of coveting? No. Covetousness occurs when the object desired is out of reach and it continued to burn in my heart demanding some kind of action. This is greed at its worst. The whole force of the Commandment lies in the words, your neighbours. It is not wrong to desire a wife or manservant or maidservant – it becomes wrong if one desires to take it from someone else.

PRAYER LINE:  Father, let the truth sink deep within me that Your warning associated with greed are the signs of Your love. Help me to work with that love – not against it. In Jesus’ name. amen (EDWJ)


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