The Tenth Commandment: You Shall not Covet. If you’re lusting after something or someone, you’re not content with what the Lord has given you.


September 18, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday,
September 19, 2018

In the ninth commandment, #9,  which had to do with our study of not speaking against others or not bearing false witness against your neighbor and therefore it deals with the sins of the tongue.

 

The final commandment, #10,  deals with the MAS of jealousy or envy as one enters into the sin of covetousness which resides in a believer’s soul and therefore rejecting any MAS of the heart.

 

The Ninth Commandment deals with the tests of the SOT while the Tenth Commandment deals with the tests of the mental attitude and the way believers think, both of which have a negative attitude on the believer’s spiritual life.

 

Coveting —  it means to have a “longing for something or a strong desire for something or someone that does not belong to you.”

 

Prin:  Coveting produces actions and usually it is the action to take something without permission or even to go so far that in some cases, they end up as a thief themselves stealing what others have.

 

If you are not content with what the Lord has given you now, whether you have a lot or  a little, then you are not living the spiritual life.

 

If you’re lusting after something or someone, you’re saying in effect “I am not content with what the Lord has given to me.”

 

Coveting what others have can reveal your lack of gratitude and thankfulness for that which you possess.

 

We all have a tendency to forget how many blessings the Lord has given to us in our lifetime.

 

We also seem to forget that humbling attitude concerning what we have and who we are and how all things are gifts from the Lord.

 

We began a study of “why the wicked  prosper while the mature adult believer doesn’t  seem to enjoy what God has given them.

 

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

 

They make positive decisions regarding their relationship with God and then they see friends, family members and relatives making negative decisions, getting ahead in life, and even receiving prosperity as they rebel against the PPOG for their life.

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 is blessing us with a gift not with a payment for serving Him.

 

DEU 28:47  “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

 

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.

 

Note that there are certain people who prosper even though they are wicked.

 

He was looking too much at one thing.

He saw their present condition.

 

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

 

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 Son to die for their sins and they rejected Him so this is their only form of prosperity.— This is the closest to Heaven.

 

Once they die, 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 don’t see the discomfort and lack of content 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.

 

“If you have money and prosperity all of their   problems are solved and that’s not true.

 

 “Their body is fat.” it means that 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.

 

“There’s no pain from their death,” everything goes right, but look at what I’m going through.

 

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 there 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.

 

 “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?

 

  1. You can’t save yourself.
    2. You cannot buy love.

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

 

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