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Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:21

Ten Commandments- Commandment 9

The 10 Commandments

This Week’s Focus

The Ninth Commandment

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

Bible Teaching
God forbids coveting our neighbor’s house or property.  Instead we are called to help our neighbor keep what is his/hers (1 Timothy 6:1-10).

We are called to be content with what we have (Philippians 4:10-13; Hebrews 13:5-6).

“In whatever way such things happen, we must know that God does not want you to deprive your neighbor of anything that belongs to him, so that he suffer the loss and you gratify your greed with it.  This is true even if you could keep it honorably before the world.  For it is a secret and sly trick done ‘under the hat,’ as we say, so that it might not be noticed.  Although you go your way as if had done no one any wrong, you have still injured your neighbor.  If it is not called stealing or cheating, it is still called coveting your neighbor’s property, that is, aiming at possession of it, luring it away from him without his consent, and being unwilling to see him enjoy what God has granted him.”  Large Catechism, Concordia p. 394.

Our Confession 
·         We confess our thanks to God for what we have and our thankful respect for what
belongs to our neighbor.   

·         We reject coveting (sinful desire) of our neighbor’s possessions.

Discussion Questions
1.Why is sinful man so consumed by material possessions?

2.How is this sinful desire presenting itself in our present society?

3.How does jealousy about possessions affect our relationships?

4.How do we combat sinful desire for things in our personal lives?

5.How do we confront this in our congregation?

6.How can we use God’s grace to be a blessing to our neighbor in what he has?

Lord God, heavenly Father, we thank You for the blessings You have given us and others.  Grant us the grace to be content with our blessings, and happy for others in theirs.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.








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