Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Regarding Covetousness

YOU SHALL NOT COVET! (Exodus 20:17).  Someone said, “You are not speeding until you get pulled over.”  Most people do not have a sense of guilt until they get caught.  In every other commandment it is possible and probable that one will get “caught” breaking them:  Lying, stealing, adultery, murder, etc.  But in this commandment, YOU SHALL NOT COVET, one cannot get “caught”, at least not by another human being.   Coveting is only a thought.   For this reason this commandment is not taken seriously. Yet God gave this commandment; He spoke it twice.  To covet is a sin.  The Apostle said, “I had not known sin except through the Law.  For I would not have known covetousness if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.’….O wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:7,24).

This commandment reminds us that all sin begins with the thought, in the mind, or in the heart. In 1 Kings 21 is an account of how the sin of coveting led to lying, murder and stealing.  In answer to the question, “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” the Apostle answer his own question, “I thank God—through Christ Jesus our Lord….There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).  To be conscious of sin and God’s forgiveness come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.