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The Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Commandments

“Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15). For most people, this is a self-explanatory commandment: you don't take what doesn't belong to you, including things you find. The Father commands us to take care of and return items we find to the rightful owner (Exodus 23:4).

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). This commandment pertains not only to testimony in court, but also slander out in the community. Lies about others only cause pain and suffering. We are commanded to not be “busy bodies” (gossips) in the New Testament (1 Timothy 5:13).

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's” (Exodus 20:17). It is said that money is the root of all evil, however, the author proposes to you that covetousness is the true root of all evil. What does it mean to “covet”? Dictionary.com gives three definitions which are similar: “1) to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property. 2) to wish for, esp. eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted. 3) to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.”

If you covet something desperately enough, you may plot against another in order to acquire the item. Many men have been slain for their wives, money, car, and other “valuables”. When things go this far, there is more than one commandment broken, and sometimes all.

This is the conclusion of our Ten Commandments series. Next, we will look deeper into the Scriptures to find out how to live our lives according to His will throughout our daily lives.

There is a small, growing movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan traditions from Christianity. To find a meeting, text or leave a message at 641-451-1111. Peace in the Savior.

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