Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
September 16, 2018

EXO 20:17   "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

We start off this morning with an introduction and definition concerning what it means to "covet" what others may have or even who and what they are.

What does the sin of covetousness look like in the Bible?

Secondly, how do we know when we’re being covetous?

If you looked at a secular definition of coveting, it means to have a "longing" for or strong desire for something or someone.

He taught His disciples that it is not what you eat or put in your body that defiles a man or woman, but it is how you think that really matters.

Coveting produces action 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 stealing what others have.

It can also refer to what our Lord talked about when He taught that lusting after a woman in the heart is like having sex with her in his own heart.

1CO 4:7  For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

This last commandment, #10 is really unique in that of all the Ten Commandments, this is the only one that you cannot tell if someone is breaking it or not.

If your neighbor is rich but lost, then all the wealth will be spent by someone else after he or she’s gone.

They in turn, will spend all eternity separated from God.

Why do people say "Only the good die young"

Hebrew preposition ('ad) -- translated "Until" that really answers most of the questions mankind has concerning the end result of the wicked or the evil, etc.

PSA 73:12  Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased {in} wealth.

PSA 73:13  Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure, And washed my hands in innocence;

Psa 73 = 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 and then 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.

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

This was said to believers not because they did not serve the Lord but
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.

Just as wine can make the heart merry, more than that, the filling of the Holy Spirit can sooth the believer when he is faced with certain problems and difficulties.

Asaph wrote about ten songs and this is said to be a Psalm or a Song of Asaph, a fine and chief musician in Israel.  The theme of this musical presentation is "Why do the Wicked prosper."

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

Even if you don't understand what you're going through remember God is good to His people.

God would never expect me or you to fight on the battlefield and have a victory if He had not already provided everything we need to do so.

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.

The word envious means to be jealous and it starts out with envy in the soul and then turns into jealousy.

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

One of the main reasons is found in Gen 17, blessing because of association with a mature believer.

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.

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.

Once they die for billions of people then -- 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.

Many people think, "Well, if you have money, if you have prosperity all your problems are solved and that's not true.

And when it says that "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.

He said, "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.

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?

  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.

 "What they say parades through the earth" =  like a parade accepted as mankind's tremendous wisdom because of their so-called 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;  God doesn't really know.

PSA 14:1  The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."

"These are the wicked; they're always at ease, and they have increased in wealth (Even in the cosmic system, they keep increasing.).

This man actually thinks that those who try to live Godly have nothing but misfortune and those who are living wicked everything goes right.

In his wickedness, there are times when everything is going wrong and they think they can get blessings from God by working and serving Him = C2.

Verses 2 and 3.  "But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling; my steps had almost slipped.  (Why?)  I was envious or jealous and covertness of the arrogant, as I saw the prosperity of the wicked."

If you lie and steal and cheat and get ahead, or if you lie and steal and cheat, you can get that job.

If you're honest, you don't get the job.

I try to love people and level with them and along comes this conniver, this deceiver and he just lies and he gets everything.  

"Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure, and I have washed my hands in innocence;"  

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