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Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:22

Ten Commandments- Commandment 10

The 10 Commandments

This Week’s Focus:

The Tenth Commandment

 

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his

 

manservant, or his maidservant, his ox or donkey,

or anything that belongs to your neighbor

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

Bible Teaching
God calls us not to covet our neighbor’s spouse or workers, but encourage them in being faithful (Philemon 8-20)

God forbids coveting, evil desires of the heart (Genesis 3:6), and calls us to love Him with holy desires (Psalm 119:35-36; Philippians 4:4-9).

Quote
“This last commandment, therefore, is given not for cheaters in the eyes of the world.  It is the most pious, who want to be praised and to be called honest and upright people.”  Large Catechism, Concordia p. 393

Our Confession 
·        We confess our thanks to God for Spouse, children, workers, and all others God has given us and our thankful respect for those He has given our neighbor.   

·        We reject coveting our neighbor’s spouse, family, or anyone else God has given
him/her.

Discussion Questions
1. Why is sinful man consumed by lust?

2. What circumstances in society are contributing to the problem of sexual desire and what can we do to counter it?

3. In what other ways do people sinfully desire those God has placed under the care of our neighbors?

4. How can the relationships we have help us fight jealousy toward our neighbor and his/her relationships?

5. What does this commandment have to do with business practice?

6. How can we as individuals, and our congregation, contribute to better relationships?

Prayer
Lord, we thank You for those you have given us as a blessing. Help us to appreciate those You have given and to live in faithfulness toward them and others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

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