Thou Shalt NOT Covet – espresso
There are 10 commandments which Moses received in the Torah.
There are 4 commandments which are actions in relation to Adonai-Elohim [the Almighty]
The other six commandments deal with relations between people
Honor thy father and thy mother
Thou shalt not murder
Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not steal
Thou shalt not bear false witness
Against thy neighbor
Thou shalt not covet
Adultery, stealing, even bearing False Witness [wake up politicians 😊] easily can be seen relating to Thou Shalt Not Covet. Not thy neighbor’s wife, thy neighbor’s business etc. A root of coveting IS self-centeredness and/or [a LOVE of money/power/authority] ** Remember what Satan offered Yeshua in the wilderness Temptation — ALL these things shall be yours. What’s a politician to do 😊
I like the bearing false witness in relation to politics and coveting an “office”. 😊 These men and women really need to go to a GOOD Tuesday Night Bible Study. They may be on the way to Hell by their actions. More on that in the gospels. All for a political office 😊
In the USA elections are stolen in numerous ways. I will not gossip about such here, perhaps those of you with more knowledge could do a term paper for coffee as I do not have enough rooted facts to proceed.
“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 anything that is thy neighbor’s.”
Espresso Note: thou shalt NOT covet thy neighbor’s political office 😊
Adultery: coveting that which is not “yours” righteously. Goes to the heart of mankind’s behavior. Your behavior, my behavior, all of us.
The gospel narrative further defines this for us.
And one of the company said unto Him, “Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.” And He said unto him, “Man, who made Me a judge or a divider over you?” And He said unto them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
A man’s life, a woman’s life, does NOT consist in the abundance of the things which one possesses. As Job reminded us, naked came I into this world, and thus shall I leave. Those type of possessions are so much dust. Dust in the wind. You can use the dust while you walk upon this earth, but we are told to beware of covetousness, to beware of thinking our life consists in the abundance of possession. Material possession, authoritative possession [think politicians 😊] — let’s look deeper at the Master’s critique of LIFE.
And He spoke a parable unto them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, because I have no room to store my fruits?’ And he said, ‘This will I do. I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there will I store all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years. Take thine ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’
But God said unto him, ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee. Then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?’
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
The crux of it — you can lay up treasure for yourself — but we, you and I need to be rich towards GOD. Period.
It’s your prayer closet. One can point the finger at others, but the finger pointing, I would think would need to begin with one’s own self. It is such a simple question: Lord,
Show me, how I need to do better at being Rich TOWARDS God, Abba, show me.
Janitors better be in the prayer closet. Repentant politicians hopefully find their way from being rich towards themselves unto being Rich TOWARDS God.
HE is our Judge. Not me, not you, certainly not the Sodom/Gomorrah “church”. JUST HIM.
Awhile back I turned 70, at some point I turn back to dust. The ONLY possession I can take with me is
the Lord seeth not as man seeth. For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
When I turn to dust at some point, ONLY the Heart / Soul is worth anything. Certainly not a car or house etc. ONLY the Heart. HOW rich IS the heart towards GOD? How soon does the outward appearance of stephen turn into dust? You see the picture? You, I, only have a limited amount of Time to be RICH towards the Almighty.
Dust in the wind as the songwriter sang – not a perfect parable, not even doctrinally Perfect — I do enjoy the line about all your money won’t another minute buy. One day Jesus let us know, GOD will require our Soul, down to the second.