The Ten Commandments – The 10th Commandment
Text: Exodus 20:16-17, Deuteronomy 5:20-21.
Memory Verse: ““Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.”.Exodus 20:17
Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbour’s
Exodus 20:17, Eccl 5:10:
God told the Israelites not to covet anything that belongs to their neighbours. To covet means to wish for something that is not yours eagerly; or to desire someone’s possession with envy. The last few commandments we have discussed about, had to do with our neighbours and how we should not hurt them (thou shall not kill), lie about them (bearing false witness), or stealing from them (thou shall not steal). This tenth commandment is telling us not to boast about what we have and make it look like we are better than our neighbours just because we have nicer things. By making them feel they are less important just because they don’t have what you have, will make them want to covet it. 1Timothy 6:6 tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain; so we should be content with what we have, and not spend all our time and energy focusing on material possessions.
In conclusion, the Ten Commandments were given out of God’s love for us to make us a peculiar people. Going against any of them is not only a sin; it also shows that we do not love God. Jesus Christ said in John 14:15 “if ye love me, keep my commandments”; so not keeping any of the commandments just shows that you do not love or regard God. Let us also remember that breaking any of the commandments and encouraging others to break it as well, makes us the least in the kingdom of heaven but obeying them and teaching others to obey them as well, we shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Meditation: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Author Sis Chiamaka Ebenezer