The last four commandments address how we treat others and their possessions. Adultery, lies, theft and covetousness all deal with man’s inability to be content with what he has, and his selfish nature. Both lead him to believe others lives are there for his taking. God knew that his people would be in close proximity for a very long time, and as that continued, it would become easier to compare what others had and start coveting, then lying, cheating and stealing. The result—total chaos and anarchy. He wanted them to be content in their current circumstance. He knew that until they were content in current state—they could never be content in any state.
Nothing has changed. God knows that we must be content in our journey. Until then, everyone else’s journey seems brighter and better. All at once, others homes, families, jobs and possessions become the focus of our lives and not God. The result—total anarchy and chaos—code name: America 2015. Then and now, we, as his chosen, must model the selfless and contented life. With a Christ centered focus, we could be the start of a revival that would change the nation. Help me, Lord to follow you on the journey you have laid out for me.
God Bless You
Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You must not murder.
14 “You must not commit adultery.
15 “You must not steal.
16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
20 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
21 As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.