Hi, Jason Pankau here with another video devotional to help you walk in the Lord today. We are going to dive into the 9th Commandment. We are looking at Dr. Martin Luther’s perspective on divvying up the Ten Commandments. There are two Commandments that really talk about coveting. To really understand this you can’t just look at Deuteronomy 5:21, but look back at the other area where it is talked about which is in Exodus 20:17. It says, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.” That is the 9th Commandment. The 10th Commandment goes on to say, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his man servant or maid servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
It is a very important and, I think, wise distinction to see stuff and coveting stuff as very different from coveting people and animals and things like that. Dr. Martin Luther’s breakout of the 9th Commandment really brings some neat things to light. He says, “What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s house, inheritance, or get it in a way which only appears right but instead help and be a service to him in keeping it.” Again, this is flowing from, “You shall not steal”, the idea of bringing unto thyself. This is taking it beyond that even into the idea of coveting. It’s wanting more than what you do have.
We talked about contentment, when we talked about the 7th Commandment. Again, contentment is wanting what you have, not having what you want. Coveting is about envy and wanting not just what I do have, but wanting what you have too. And boy does the evil one tempt us into this. It moves us into all kinds of schemes and ways of thought, rather than just focusing on the purity of anything that might lead me to want anything more than my lot in life is evil. That is where God wants us. Do not covet. Do not let the evil one or your flesh be drawn away to be unappreciative of what you do have. Your house, your stuff, your lot in life. I would even expand this into the gifts and abilities and friendships and favor that you have in the world, as well as position and power. Don’t envy other people’s lives. Focus in on the good gifts and the great life that God has blessed you with.
I see so many people, especially in a worldly term, that are just rich beyond measure, that just can’t get enough. They waste their lives, rather than focusing on the simplicity of what Jesus taught us, which is to love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. Instead of doing that, we get caught up in all these schemes to acquire and want power and fame and all that. It is a waste of life. Do not covet. Embrace and receive the Lord’s life that He has given you. Let’s pray.
Lord Jesus, we are grateful for the lives that You have given us. Especially those of us in America. We live such rich lives, but the evil one steals that perspective away from us. Father, forgive us for ingratitude, for any schemes to covet and want others’ lives for ourselves. Rather God, we pray that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, You would empower us to be content people, truly grateful for Your provision for our lives. Father, we pray by the power of Your Holy Spirit, You would give us that perspective today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God bless you as you live with His eyes.