Morning Devotion: Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Originally the word covet was for good. It means to desire, covet, take pleasure in, delight in. A good example is in Genesis.

Genesis 2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The word pleasant is the same word covet in Hebrew. What God made Adam and Eve was to be desired for it was good. Everything was good before the fall of man.

Genesis 3:6  ¶And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

In the above verse, Eve coveted that which was not hers. She wanted the forbidden fruit and took of it and then gave it to Adam. From then on man became sinful.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Today, the word covetousness is associated with having a desire to posses what does not belong to you.

It is the word, attitude, philosophy, idea and belief that permeates the heart and mind many people. It is covetousness that causes one to have other gods before God, for people think there is something better than the one and true God.

It is the one that violates the Sabbath for people will covet their time and pleasure more than God’s will.

It is the one that will cause the child to dishonor the parent believing their will or desire is better than the parents. An example will be when the parent tells the child not to go with certain friends. The child argues thinking the parent is stupid or doesn’t know. The child covets the fun and even danger that awaits.

It is the one that has caused the death of many people for many covet what others have and are willing to kill to get it. So much crime has been committed because of covetousness.

It is the one that will cause one to commit adultery because one covets another person’s wife.

It is the one that causes on to steal because they covet what is not theirs.

It is the one that will cause one to lie to protect themselves. It will cause someone to lie to gain coveted power or prestige or simply to make them look better than the other person.

Covetousness is the one sin that permeates the heart and mind of the unsaved.

Do you covet what is not yours? Do you covet when someone gets something better than you or are lauded more than you? Do you covet fame or glory or power or prestige over someone else?

The ten commandments were there to help Israel when they left Egypt.  Egypt was filled with all the sins mentioned in the ten commandments. Israel needed to learn a better way than what they had lived with for four hundred years. It was their new beginning.

The ten commandments were also given to help them and us, realize how much we fail God and how unrighteous we really are. With that understanding, we know we cannot be righteous without help. That help is Jesus.

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

No one has ever kept the ten commandments except Jesus. Every one of us has failed God at some point. 

Romans 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Have you ever made anything more important than God?

Have you ever missed church for no good reason?

Have you ever argued and dishonored your parent?

Have you ever committed murder even if it was just in your heart? Have you ever said, “I wish he/she were dead?”

Have you ever committed adultery even if it was only in your heart?

Have you ever taken something that was not yours?

Have you ever lied?

Have you ever coveted?

You see, we are all guilty. We all need Jesus and His saving grace.

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook