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The key to understanding this commandment is in the definition of the word "covet." Two different Hebrew words are used in the passages condemning coveting (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21), and bot...
Great question and a very excellent answer by brother Houdmann, I submit that to covet any worldly item be it property, money or affections is theft by nature! To exalt oneself into a mischievous position of replacing the perfect balance of God's Word, and now executing judgement on who or what is fair via social or income justice enforced by mob coercion and rule. The core principle of any ideological totalitarian "ism" belief system weather social or liberal is to remove the standards of lawful interaction between His creations and then place into this void the ever shifting no standards of the evil one. If you can first covet and then via perverted laws take from a man his life's work in property or money, that which the God of the Bible, has blessed him with for whatever His own reasons? Not only have you stolen from him and his heirs, but you have also just broken the sixth commandant "thou shall do no murder". You have now also altered and poisoned the well from which a free society must draw from, all for a short term, and cursed evil gotten gain. Consider that today we're told we didn't build this or that business with the sweat of eighteen hour days and the endless prayers to our God to meet the payroll budgets and pay the bills, and it was He that had great mercies on our labors! Preached by an intelligentsia class of folks who are strangers to an honest day's work and whose worldly concepts only work in faculty lounges or at the barrel of a firearm, or point of cold steel, in a third world banana republic! "What you do not want done to you, do not do to your friend".......Shabbat 31a..Hillel In the Lord's true freedom...................warrior on
The 10th Commandment deals with property and the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes (1 John 2: 15-16, which makes man covetous by nature. Jesus addresses it "As that which cometh out the man, defileth the man (Mark 7 20-22). The Spirit that duelleth in us lusteth to envy. (Jas. 4:5). Envy is a symptom of covetousness and is the rule of many sins. We must have God's power (Holy Spirit) to overcome the weakness of covering. God knows everything about us. The Fall in the Garden of Eden changed the purpose that God had for us in the beginning, so He gave us the Commandments and other rules to follow and avoid the consequences for violating them. We as humans cannot follow and obey His rules which are called SINS (sin is death). But God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten son (Jesus Christ) for whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life John 3:16. If you know Jesus Christ and follow Him, you will have eternal life.
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