2011-01-02 - The Tenth
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 58
Tenth Commandment ~ Introduction
Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house.
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or maidservant,
his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (NIV)
I didnt used to have a problem dealing with the fact I am
"folliclly-challenged." When I get up in the morning, I only have to face
my face, (which is rough enough at 6:00 AM). I dont normally see the
back side of my face. But recently I when received a copy of a picture taken
at Christmas a few years back, it was different. Somebody had the bad taste
to shoot the back of my head, and I saw I look like someone entering a monastery.
(Now I know why we Jews wear Yamukahs.)
At this point I dont think I covet anyone else's hair. But I saw a
great infomercial which sells products that will solve my challenge,
making me a better person, look younger, be more sexy, and generally be the
worlds greatest person. Now I'm not saying that I am coveting having
more hair, but
Stuart Briscoe sees the problem this way:
In his book Wealth of Nations Adam Smith, writing in 1776,
said, Man's basic most important motivating force in all economic matters
is the drive of self-interest. in other words, What's in it for
You want something more up-to-date? George F. Will wrote in
1984: The most familiar and fashionable variety of
conservatism is strangely soothing. It tends complaceantly to define the
public good, as whatever results from the unfettered pursuit of private
He points out the flaw in our thinking, when we assume that national good
can come out of everybody having the freedom to pursue their own selfish
ends. If hes right,and I think our economy proves he is, were
sitting on a power keg. On the one, hand our economy says, "more, more, more.
Produce more, sell more, get more." On the other hand, God warns us, "Don't
covet. Your greed will kill you." Are we sensitive to this weakness in the
spirit of our age?
This morning we are going to examine what is, in many ways ,one of the most
challenging commandments we must face as believers in our culture, a culture
where much of the economy is built on consumerism and the need to keep getting.
Nation of Priests, A Holy People
Thou Shalt Not Covet ... vs. 17
What does it Mean not to Covet?
Does this really mean I can't want a BMW?
How do I deal with this Problem?
Briscoe, Stuart, The Ten Commandments - Playing by the Rules,
Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, IL, 1993, p. 181
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