THOU SHALL NOT COVET
Read Exodus 20………
Coveting is desire. It means “I want” or “Give me that” or “How come they get nice things but I don’t?” But it’s also wanting something so badly that you forget what you really need. It’s a passionate must have.
Coveting is dissatisfaction. It’s saying, My life is worthless unless I have my neighbor’s ox. His ox is so awesome. Mine is an old model and emits gas.” Coveting causes you to hate what God has blessed you with and feel jealousy for what God has given your neighbor.
Coveting is infatuation. It’s loving something that looks good from a distance. Your neighbor’s wife may look beautiful on the outside tying up hay bales and picking the peas, but inside the house she could be a bossy, naggy, foul-mouth hag who can’t even cook those peas. We fall in love with what we see, but we don’t really know what we’ll get.
Coveting is tunnel-vision blindness. We become so focused on our neighbor’s donkey that we forget we have a donkey too. We can’t see what we have because we’re staring at what our neighbor has.
God says through this commandment, “Stop looking at what you don’t have, and start appreciating what you do have. Coveting tells God you think he’s not doing a good job providing for you. So thank him for your donkey, and stop looking at your neighbor’s ox.
(from The American Bible Challenge)
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE:
- In the second commandment, God said we should not make an image in the form of anything found in what three places?
- In the second commandment, God said he is jealous and punishes children for the sin of their parents to what generations?
- What day did the commandments say the Lord blessed and made holy?
- Which commandment says that we will live long in the land the Lod gave us if we follow it?
- Which animals did the tenth commandment specifically say we should not covet?
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ANSWERS TO: THOU SHALL NOT COVET
- in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below (Exodus 20:4)
- third and fourth (Exodus 20:5)
- the Sabbath (Exodus 20:11)
- honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12)
- ox or donkey (Exodus 20:17)