[CF Devotionals] 2011-01-15 - Defining Coveting

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 60
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 2

What does it Mean not to Covet?

According to the dictionary covet means:

  1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's)..
  2. 2. To wish for longingly. To feel immoderate desire for that which is another's.

The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says:

`` The Tenth Commandment prescribes, `Thou shalt not hamad covet,' which refers to an `inordinate, ungoverned, selfish desire.' (BDB, p. 326).'

As previously noted, our consumer economy is founded somewhat on the acceptability of coveting. The advertising industry exists to cause us to desire things we don't need. This is because either others have these things, or we desire the image others have that go with them.

This passage identifies a number of specific items that are not to be coveted. These include: the neighbor's home, wife, staff, tools, or anything that belongs to someone else. Taking Christ's teachings about who is a neighbor, I think we can take this command to apply in a very broad spectrum. In the electronic age, in one sense, everyone is our neighbor.

To be continued.

Next installment: Biblical Examples of Coveting

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