2015-10-25 - The Tenth Commandment
Biblical Example of Coveting: King David
We can immediately find two examples of what happens when one covets that which isn’t one’s own. The first example is that of a man of God, David. We find the account of this incident in 2 Samuel 11. The verses I'm reading are 1-4, but you should read the entire chapter.
“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
What is the result of the adultery, out of covetousness, with Bathsheba? Her husband Uriah was murdered through the machinations of David, there was a dead child, and there was continuing trouble in David’s family over the remaining years of his life and beyond. Notice that first, David looked on that which wasn’t his, and then coveted it.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world” (1 John 2:15–16.
Look at God’s response to David’s actions in 2 Samuel 12:1-15.
“And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
To be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.