Saturday, March 24, 2018
Read Exodus 20:17 (10th Commandment)
“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 is your neighbor’s.”
COVETOUSNESS & CONCLUDING the 10
The wrongful desire to have the possessions of another – covetousness. This commandment is a summary commandment that simply speaks to a wandering heart. If your heart and mind covet, and go unchecked, then the preceding boundaries (commandments 5-9) will be broken and your neighbor’s life, house, family, marriage and business are destroyed. This commandment speaks to the heart preceding damaging actions and challenges us to have a heart righteously oriented for the good of others.
Let’s recap the 10 … and maybe you could memorize them, with the help of your fingers, as a family this weekend.
- Have no other gods before Me.
- Do not worship images or created things, I am a jealous God.
- Do not carry My name in emptiness.
- You have the privilege of a Sabbath rest in Me, treasure it.
- Don’t diss your Momma or your Daddy.
- Don’t murder or hurt one another.
- Don’t be unfaithful to one another.
- Don’t steal from one another.
- Don’t lie about one another.
- Don’t desire your neighbor’s stuff.
Notice the relational aspects of the Ten Commandments.
The first four are about our relationship with God, while the next six are about our relationships with one another. Clearly, a loving God who made us from a loving relationship (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for loving relationships is concerned about the quality, character and care of our relationships. He insists that we be relationally protective of Him and one another. As He is good to us, He commands that we be good to Him and to each other.
That’s the point. Do no harm to others. Do not relationally hurt others. Why? Because it is the antithesis of love. Hurt people hurt people, but love covers a multitude of sins. We are called, even as broken hurting people, to love one another. With our wounds and limitations, we must try to love as we have been loved. When we choose otherwise, we choose a cycle of destruction that leads to death.
Father, as we prepare to begin Holy Week, make us mindful of the boundaries you have given for our good and Your glory. May the cost of my rebellion – the suffering, humiliation and death of Jesus – lead my heart and mind to be good and kind to others, for my good and Your glory. AMEN.