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There are many warnings in the Bible about giving in to greed and longing for riches. Jesus warned, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abu...
The rich young ruler had a problem that he thought he was obeying all of the comandments. Jesus knew his heart. The rich young ruler wanted another law to obey instead of trusting in Jesus to save him. LIke the Pharisees he thought the way to heaven was in obeying the law, instead of knowing that he was still a sinner and needed a savior. Obeying the law will not save you, but salvation will help you to obey the law. Riches are still a problem to many though. That is why so many have their credit card maxed out to the limit. We want more than we have and put ourselves in bondage to the lender. We do not know what tomorrow is going to bring. You may loose your job and not be able to pay all the debts you have run up. Oh, but we have to have the latest thing whether we have the money or not. There is always a day of reconing. The bills have to be paid. The borrower is a slave to the lender. Don't spend more than you have. This is not a law but a very good principle. To many christians live way beyond their means to keep up with their neighbor. This to is sin. Keep out of debt and be thankfull for what you have. If the Lord has given you wealth, be thankfull for it. As Paul said, I can abound in both wealth and poverty. If we let riches control us the Lord might just take some away for your own good. He knows what we have need of. There is nothing better than to be out of debt both spiritually and materially. Then thank God for both.
Examples of covetousness are Achan (Josh 7); Saul (1 Sam 15:9,19); Judas (Mt 26:14,15); Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11); Balaam (2 Pet 2:15 with Jude 1:11). "Covetous people break all God's commandments to satisfy their lusts because, at the heart of sin is sin in the heart" (Matthew 15:19, Wiersbe). Relate this to Exodus 20:17.
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