First Baptist Church of Minneola
Commandment 10 Aug, 2
  • Last week, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
    This week, “You shall not covet”
    Next week, begin our book study of Daniel.
    TRANS - Let’s pray, look at our text, and consider some contextual matters before diving into our study.
    While the previous four commandments dealt with the external view, this commandment deals with what is on the inside of a person.
    Specifically, the heart.
    Jesus teaches us that from our heart comes our actions:
    Luke 6:45 CSB
    A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
    Our text today addresses a condition of the heart.
    Our text:
    Exodus 20:17 CSB
    Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
    BAK - The word translated covet has an interesting background in the ancient near east.
    This commandment implies we don’t allow desire for what is not ours to remain.
    This is not the same world used for having in inner need.
    The Bible does not teach wanting something is wrong, but that a passionate desire for something that belongs to someone else needs to be purged from our hearts.
    WS - The word translated covet means to take pleasure in, to desire, to lust, to be desirable.
    It describes a level of intensity that can lead to breaking other commands.
    It is the word used in Genesis we translate to English as, “was desirable for obtaining.”
    And, in that case it led Eve to commit the sin that took all humanity into depravity.
    This command shows us that none of the previous nine are accomplished by simple outward action.
    Every part of us is tied to our actions.
    Elsewhere in the Bible Jesus puts it like this:
    Matthew 15:19 CSB
    For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander.
    A person that covets allows that desire to govern their relationship with other people.
    Often this is the motivation for murder, stealing, or lying in order to get the thing they want.
    It is for that reason Paul teaches breaking this commandment, also, implicates them in breaking the first:
    Colossians 3:5 CSB
    Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
    The paradox is that if the heart’s desire is for any besides God, 1st commandment is idolatry, then a person is guilty and looses the grandest possession imaginable:
    Ephesians 5:5 CSB
    For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
    God’s grace is so great that His followers get far more than anything this word will ever offer.
    “Do not covet” appears twice in our text leading Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans to view this as two commandments.
    However, the second clause is a customary manner of expanding on the primary sin of coveting not on the objects themselves.
    Remember, the commandment is focus on the inward, not the material world.
    Look again at our text:
    Exodus 20:17 CSB
    Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
    TRANS - While other sins deal with actions, this one deals with our attitude.
    Let’s look at from where this sin comes.

    Where from Coveting Comes

    Perhaps its easy to think, “Coveting is not as bad a sin as murder, theft, or adultery.
    Let’s hear what Jesus has to say about that:
    Mark 7:21–22 CSB
    For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, self-indulgence, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.
    As it appears “greed, self-indulgence, and envy” sounds like coveting to me, Jesus puts right up there with the worse of sins.
    As Jesus noted, “from within, out of people’s hearts” is where this comes.
    Yes, that makes this commandment different.
    Coveting is not about deeds, but desire.
    God judges the heart, therefore, this commandment is spiritual.
    It is a spiritual matter of the heart.
    Let me take this all the way.
    If God judges us for the outside and the inside, we are sinning all the time!
    That is what this commandment teaches.
    Luther put it this way:
    “This last commandment, then, is addressed not to those whom the world considers wicked rogues, but precisely to the most upright—to people who wish to be commended as honest and virtuous because they have not offended against the preceding commandments.”
    This commandment shows us we need a Savior!
    TRANS - Coveting comes from the heart, what happens when someone covets?

    What does Coveting Create

    ILL - Ever watch toddles play? One has a toy, watches another pick up something with which to play, the one with a toy suddenly want what the other toddler has.
    Coveting cause a little bit of disappointment when someone else has what we want.
    People in the U.S.A. have an appetite for stuff.
    Coveting takes that to an extreme; desire and the desire of other peoples stuff.
    We spoke about that a few weeks ago when considering gambling.
    The sprit of the thief and the heart of the coveting person are close allies.
    Both want what others have.
    POINT - Not all desire is wrong.
    God made us with desire for food, work, friendship, and intimacy.
    Our problem is sin corrupted our desires.
    We frequently want the wrong think at the wrong time and become willing to get it in the wrong way.
    Usually coveting involves stuff.
    Our text illustrates coveting by mentioning houses, servants, and livestock.
    While we might not be interested in livestock, we do covent bigger houses, faster cares, and better entertainment.
    We want designer labels, kitchens with a growing list of more features, and all sorts of technological trinkets.
    The American lifestyle might be labeled “covetousness consumption.”
    The list in our text is only illustrative and never intended to be complete.
    The last bit, “or anything that belongs to your neighbor” bring that to a clear point.
    TRANS - Coveting comes from the heart and creates a corrupted insatiable sense of desire.
    Is there anything we can to to get back on track with what God wants from humankind?

    How to Correct Coveting

    Coveting, we agree, needs correction.
    Let me give you the three steps to handling this sin
    Recall that that coveting is a spiritual matter?
    It is a matter of sin in the heart.
    Therefore the first step is:

    Have a new heart

    The Bible says this:
    2 Corinthians 5:17 CSB
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
    Christians are not just nice, at least the ones with whom I like to spend my time, but we are brand new people!
    The old nature is not there, but requires yielding to the new nature, that is Jesus’ Lordship.
    Once we do that the second step is easy:

    Have real happiness

    We know that what goes on inside eventually makes its way to the surface.
    ILL - Consider the apple with a worm. It appears red and sweet. But eventually it begins to turn because the worm eats away at all its goodness.
    Coveting Christians may appear righteous, but eventually are seen for what they are, rotten to the core.
    True riches are found only in Christ:
    Hebrews 13:5 CSB
    Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.
    Paul discovered this truth:
    Philippians 4:11 CSB
    I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself.
    TRANS - The covertness cure starts with getting a new heart.
    Thereafter the Christian learns to surrender everything to Jesus.
    In dying, that is daily identifying with Jesus and our need for Him, we learn to live holy lives.

    Have noticeable holiness

    The Christin that accepts Jesus into their heart gets is a new person.
    The Christian that lets Jesus be their Lord find happiness in Christ.
    Next, the Christian that grows, is being discipled, begins to leak something the Bible helps us to understand:
    Romans 5:5 CSB
    This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
    How can a person that loves Jesus be content when sick, poor, suffering, or made little of their life?
    The reason is God transforms His children from the inside out.
    It is finished when God issues new bodies fit for eternity.
    Until then, we get to know real and lasting life only found in Jesus.


    Coveting comes from the corrupted heart.
    God wants to give new hearts.
    Coveting creates a wicked way, but the new heart paves the way for lasting happiness.
    Happiness is one blessing, but as the Christian grows in Christ, they change daily.
    God desires holy children.
    Where are you on the path to becoming the person God wants to help you become?
      • Luke 6:45HCSB

      • Exodus 20:17HCSB

      • Matthew 15:19HCSB

      • Colossians 3:5HCSB

      • Ephesians 5:5HCSB

      • Exodus 20:17HCSB

      • Mark 7:21–22HCSB

      • 2 Corinthians 5:17HCSB

      • Hebrews 13:5HCSB

      • Philippians 4:11HCSB

      • Romans 5:5HCSB

  • I Surrender All (I Surrender All (All To Jesus))

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