Exodus 20: 14-17 Ten Commandments Prt 8
It all starts with COVETING
Intro: Tonight we are going to finish our study on the Ten Commandments take the final 4 together Start from back
A)Of all the Commandments on the 2nd table of the Law this last one istaken the least seriously
B)Think about it if someone breaks the 6th Commandment- ..Murder
C) If they break the 7th Commandment Adultery they could destroy their family they could devastate their kids
D) If they break the 9th . LYING they could be sued !!!
See there are repercussions in Breaking those Commandments
But this tenth commandment is different in 2 ways
A)1st this tenth commandment is different inthat it is secretive You can break this commandment and no one would ever know
B)You could be doing this in your heart for yrs. & yrs. And know one would even suspect - Hide it from everyone BUT GOD !!!!
C) Because in reality breaking these other commandments often begins w/ this one right here COVETING
COVETING is wanting that which you already have enough of
A)So a person sees something that someone else has Possession a position / person so they kill them to get it
B) Now we would never do something like that but do we Assassinate a persons character w/ our Words Murdering w/ the tongue
C) Popularity w/ in a certain group- They are better liked than we are so we seek to pull them down verbally in order to make ourselves look better
D)ADULTERY happens when a person is not content in their marital relationship Covet someone else doesnt belong to them
E) STEALING starts when a person wants something that they dont have that they think they really need it so I take it !!!!!
I remember a time in my life really experienced this Became a Criminal 11yrs old ride bike up to 7-11
A)Jolly Rogers once cent I had a dime but there were 11 flavors
B) I needed to have all 11 so what did I do when no one was looking I put that 11th flavor in my pocket I stole from 7-11
flavor how much did that cost - ( 11 cents Now I am bearing false..)
C) But it all started w/ Coveting I just had to have that other piece of candy
So although Coveting can lead to the breaking of those other commandments it is different from them in that it is secretive- starts heart
A)The 2nd way that it is Different is that in our Society Coveting is not Prohibited by encouraged
B)Our society is based upon / & stimulates this type of a mentality
C) We are the first society in world History to have advertising
Result:We buy those things that we dont need w/ money we dont have trying to impress people we dont like
D) You cant live w/ out this - Been called the Pac man Gen. We gobble up more & more stuff in the end Beaten & eaten
Proverbs 21:26 views Covetousness as the Dividing line between the righteous & the evil person
A)Speaking of the Evil- person we are told
But the righteous gives and does not spare.
B) James tells us that Covetousness is a leading cause in the Division in the Church
James 41Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.
C)Great deal of Coveting deals w/ Competition
d) Wanting what your neighbor has ( Better this or that )
D) But although our society advocates Coveting encourages Coveting seeks to stimulate our senses toward Coveting
The Prophet Micah illustrates how Coveting can cause people to lie steal
Murder Micah 2:1,2
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds
At mornings light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.
2They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them.
They defraud a man of his home, a fellowman of his inheritance.
A)So all of these sins can start in the secret places of our hearts when we give into that temptation to Covet want more
B) Now I want to come back to how we combat this in a minute
C)But I want to talk a little bit about how this relates specifically to the
7th Commandment against Committing ADULTERY
D) But because I think most of us realize that they are wrong & what it includes
E) I think that we understand those things But this 7th commandment is that which is more devastating Stealing & Lying Follow
Our Cultures views on the subject of Adultery have dramatically Changed at one time TABOO illicit - Scarlet Letter
A)But in the 1960- 1970 sexual Revolution one man / one woman marriage relationship came under fire
B) Ok for those who were Emotionally Mature
C)Yet another Shift in the opposite direction that which was deemed ok as long as there was No Love
D) Ted Turner Media Mogul Braves Shouldnt be one of the ten Commandments
E)In Florida a man who was charged w/ sexually molesting his daughter Petitioned the courts
F)The Judge moved the case to another court room !!!!
F) Even the Church changed its stance - Newsweek Committee / Large Denomination
Our society wants us to view Adultery as not a serious issue so many movies Common place
A)The Lord tells us how serious it is One of the ten
B) Adultery starts w/ Coveting - / leads to stealing / involves lying
C)Begins w/ a Look a glance/ thought that is sure better than what you have
D) And what started off as a LOOK / TURNED TO LUST / RESULTS IN GREAT LOSS - GREAT DESTRUCTION- SATAN LAUGHS
Adultery Sin against the Lord body 1Cor. 6 :
15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? (Horror) Certainly not! 16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."£ 17But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
A)All sex outside of marriage is sin, but when it is committed by believers it is especially reprehensible,because it profanes Jesus Christ,
B)John Calvin called adultery
B) Gordon Fee
Adultery sin against Your own Body
Wiersbe InsightsThere may be excitement and enjoyment in sexual experience outside of marriage, but there is not enrichment. Sex outside of marriage is like a man robbing a bank: he gets something, but it is not his and he will one day pay for it. Sex within marriage can be like a person putting money into a bank: there is safety, security, and he will collect dividends.
5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,
2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.
3 Forthe lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;
4 But in the end sheis bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.
6 Lest you ponder her path of life; Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.
7 Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.8 Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house, 9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;
10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner; 11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
Proverbs 6:27- 32 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent. 32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.
Destroys the sacredness of marriage ( reason for Divorce which God hates understands why we cant handle this)
Destroys Your Kids KH. Infidelity tells a Child that Your mother is not worth much and your father is a liar & a Cheat . It also illustrates to our Children that honor is not nearly as important as Pleasure it communicates to your child that your own satisfaction is more important than anything else including them.
Jesus expanded the picture- ( Not Just the Physical- Looks w/ Lust
A)Not the first look 2nd
B)Jesus said Matt. 5:29 Eye stumble ..out Hell
How avoid this Coveting that leads to these other things
1st Flee - 2 Tim.2:2222Flee also youthful lusts; Flea Fugo
2nd Seekbut pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Matt.6:33 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
A)Luke 12: 22 Rich man Not I will / but what is your will
B) Riches are meant to enjoy & Employ Treasure in heaven
3rd Pray/ Accountability
4th Divine Awareness Joseph how can I do this against God
Practicing the Presence of God
5th Modesty - Women
6th Contentment Godliness w/ Contentment is great gain
World wants us to think that there is always something better
A)Buy this / or take this pill have this operation - so on so on