Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
September 21, 2018

The relationship between  Commandment #9 “not bearing false witness against your neighbor” and Commandment #10, =  “the testing  of the mental attitude sin of covetousness.


Covetousness = “The rebellion of those believers who desire what others have and which is manifested and motivated by envy and jealousy which resides in a believer’s soul and therefore rejecting any MAS of the soul or heart.


Ninth Commandment = Tests of the sins of the tongue
Tenth Commandment  =  Tests of the mental attitude


Ninth Commandment  dealt with the tests of the sins of the tongue while the Tenth Commandment deals with the tests of the mental attitude or the way believers think.


Why would the average believer look upon what those who are negative toward God and wonder how they have achieved and received certain blessings that come from God.


The Ninth Commandment basically dealt with the tests of the sins of the tongue while the Tenth Commandment deals with the tests of the mental attitude or the way believers think.

Notice the verb “abides” which is the pres-act-ind of meno meaning to be at home with someone or what they think.


It is times like this when we must control these urges or influences that come from the old sin nature which is at war within us called the flesh.


 “spiritual cannibalism”  – an illustration of believers biting and devouring another; Gal 5:15.


This is a Psalm or a song that describes some of the frustrations that believers have had at times as they seek to fulfill the PPOG and their very own PSD.


There’s a frustration that can actually take place because things are not working out in your life the way you and I thought they would,  and then we see and observe how the wicked prosper in spite of their wickedness.


We all need to remind ourselves of a principle of doctrine that we see constantly which is the fact that the Lord’s blessing is a gift and it is not a payment for serving Him.


Notice when God gives to us,  He does so as a gift not as a reward or a payment.


JAM 1:17   Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.


ROM 3:24  being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;


Asaph was one of the finest and chief musicians in all of Israel.


The Lord gave certain tribes the talent and the ability to either be blessed with fantastic vocal chords,  or with the ability to write music and lyrics as well as the ability and talent to play a musical instrument.


He wrote about ten songs and so this is said to be a Psalm or a Song of Asaph, a fine and chief musician in Israel.


“God is good to His people,”=  very important especially when you’re going through something and you don’t know how that thing is going to turn out.

When you’re going through adversity in time or disaster, remember, even if you don’t understand what you’re going through remember God is good to His people.


He almost fell and slipped because he had become jealous and envied the prosperity of the wicked.


 Jealousy, like many of the mental attitude sins, can produce physical sickness as well as mental disorder.


PRO 14:30  A tranquil heart is life to the body, But jealousy is rottenness to the bones.


Jealousy is self‑destructive, Job 5:2  For jealousy slays the foolish man and anger kills the stupid.


Here is just the beginning of some of the questions and answers that the Lord provided for those who were seeking Him to receive whatever they needed for their guidance and direction.


There are certain people who prosper even though they are wicked.


He was looking too much at one thing.


He saw the present condition of the wicked in time of need as he was  following the Lord.


He saw what they had right now, but he forgot their future.


He saw what God had given them.


God in His Grace actually will allow the wicked to prosper on this earth.


One of the reasons is because this is their Heaven and God loves them so much.


He sent His uniquely born son for them but they rejected Him.


Joh 3:16,  Anyone or Whosoever can believe on TLJC  and receive the impersonal love with eternal life that He offers to all.


He sent His Son to die for their sins and they rejected Him so this is their only form of prosperity.— This is the closet to Heaven they get.


Billions and billions of years they suffer in the eternal lake of fire and so in God’s grace, He blesses them and lets them have some enjoyment, because He’s a just and righteous God.


MAT 5:45b  He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good,


There are reverisionistic believers and unbelievers who cheat and lie and steal and who are criminals and who would do what they can to get ahead and they can get more than you.


He saw their outward display of prosperity— He saw what they had.


A New car, new home, better job, fine clothing, no problems with the finances, everything is going right.


You look at what they have but you only see their outward display.


1SA 16:7  “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


You don’t see the discomfort and lack of contentment in their soul.


You don’t see when they go to sleep at night that they have all these riches and all these things and all this form of prosperity, but there’s something missing in their soul.


They don’t have that peace that goes beyond understanding, Phi 4:6.


You would be shocked at how fast you would say, “I want to come back to my life, I don’t want to trade places with them.”


He doesn’t know whether or not there are “no pains” in their death. He’s just thinking he can handle anything.


Many people think, “If you have money and prosperity all of their   problems are solved and that’s not true.”

“their body is fat” = their strength was from their riches and they were really healthy.


In the ancient world, prosperity was manifested by the strength of the human body being healthy and prosperous through the physical body.


This is the thinking of the individual who almost slipped because of the envy and jealousy which led him to coveting.


He is saying “There’s no pain from their death like there is with others who are dying.”


PSA 68:20   God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.


Death is a major victory of the winner believer; 1Co 15:50-58.


ISA 57:1   The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil,


You have something in your soul that money cannot buy, a peace that you can go through a tragedy, disaster, sickness, and still say, “I have learned to be content in whatever state I am in.”


This is the thinking of the individual that almost totally slipped away from that which was important, the plan of God.


There are some things about the wicked who prosper or people who have riches — They don’t have to be concerned about where their next meal is going to come from.


They wear their own pride and their own violence as jewelry and they want everyone to see “Look what I’ve got.


When it says, “Their hearts run riot” it refers to fact whatever their heart wants, they get, because of their riches.


ECC 2:10  And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,


He was the most miserable person in the world at this time and he said, “All that my eyes desired, I did not refuse them.”
How would you like to have at your resource anything you want, anything you could buy?


Two Things you cannot do.
1. You can’t save yourself.
2.  You cannot buy love.


“They speak from on high” = refers to their arrogance.


GAL 6:3  For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.


What they say parades through the earth”= It’s like a parade accepted as mankind’s tremendous wisdom because of their so-called success.


They deny God.
They reject God.
They attack God.


What they say is considered by human viewpoint to be wisdom and success.


They recruit more wicked people like themselves and teach them to do the same things and sometimes they do better than the ones who trained them.


They deny the Omniscience of God.
They reject His Doctrine.


They say things like Nabal the fool said; Psa 14:1 There is no God!”


The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”


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