Morning Devotion: Ten commandments

Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

Years ago, I knew a man who sold cars. He was a good man and worked hard to provide for his family. He was a good car salesman. He made good money because he sold many cars. The company he worked for claimed to be Christian. They would encourage this man to become Christian. They were of the Christian reformed church. This man would often buy doughnuts and sweets for the office in the morning as he traveled to work. Things seemed ok. Then, as this man was getting ready to retire, he found that the car dealership he worked for was skimming his commission. For years they were skimming a little here and a little there to pad their own pockets. They were stealing from him. When he found out their unethical practice, their claim to Christianity was thrown out the window. Their testimony was lost. They no longer enjoyed the full confidence of this man, in fact this man became bitter toward God because of their hypocriticalness. They were stealing from him and claiming righteousness.  

Proverbs 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

11  If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

12  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

13  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

14  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

15  My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

16  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

We see thievery everywhere. People change the size of containers to make it look like product inside is bigger and better while charging the same price for a smaller product. There is the bait and switch. A store teller will charge twice for the same thing a pocket the overcharge. Or the guy that puts his thumb on the meat scale to over charge you.

Proverbs 11:1  A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

I once bought a bushel of apples at a market. It was a beautiful bushel of apples. When I brought it home, I found the top layer of apples was beautiful. Underneath was a piece of cardboard and under that was a load of rotting apples. I went back to market and the man was gone. No doubt he was counting his money with glee.

Do you steal? Do you over charge? Do you deceive to make more money? How many are being deceived by the big companies telling you what they have is good for you and charging you exorbitant prices to have it when all along there is a cheaper better thing.

Stealing is another heart issue as it is paramount to the last commandment, thou shalt not covet.

People have their time stolen, their peace stolen, their dignity stolen and many others things that affect the heart. What kind of heart do you have?

The last six commandments have to deal with the heart as the heart deals with interpersonal relationships, man toward man.

Have you ever stolen anything, even a small thing, a paper clip at work or a pencil, anything? That makes you a thief. In your heart, you are a thief.

Remember, these commandments are there to teach us we need Christ. No one can keep all the ten commandments, the law.

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The only one who can change your heart is Jesus. Would you trust Him as your Lord and Saviour?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook