Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/9/2007

Yesterday’s message on the tenth commandment was the final message in The Ten Commandments for Today series. The message was called You Shall Not Covet, taken from Exodus 20:17.

Exodus 20:17 – “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (NIV)

Here is an outline of the message:

I. The meaning of the commandment (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21)
    A. You shall not desire what rightfully belongs to someone else
    B. You shall not desire something excessively

II. Aimed at the heart
    A. Outward vs. inward commands (Mark 7:21-23; Luke 18:18-25)
    B. Only God can command inwardly (Luke 12:2-3; Hebrews 4:13)

III. Prohibitions of the command
    A. Love of money (Proverbs 23:4-5; Matthew 6:19-21,24)
    B. Greed for more (Luke 12:13-15)
    C. Envying others (Psalm 73:1-3; Proverbs 14:30; Ecclesiastes 4:4-6)
    D. Lustful desires (Proverbs 6:25; Matthew 5:28)
    E. Selfishness (Luke 12:16-21; Acts 20:33-35; Romans 13:9-10)
    F. Pride (1 John 2:15-17)

IV. Characteristics of the covetous person
    A. Constantly craving for more (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
    B. Dissatisfied with life (Psalm 112:10; Ecclesiastes 4:7-8)
    C. Acting out your wrong desires (Joshua 7:20-21; 1 Kings 21:1-7;
        Matthew 26:15-16)
    D. Unfruitful life for God (Mark 4:19; James 4:1-3)

V. The antidote to covetousness – contentment!
    A. Be content with the Lord (Psalm 73:25-26; Hebrews 13:5)
    B. Be content with righteousness (Psalm 37:1-4)
    C. Be content with your possessions (Psalm 37:16; Proverbs 30:8-9;
        Philippians 4:11-13)
    D. Be content with your position (1 Corinthians 7:20-21)
    E. Be content with God’s good gift of life (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)

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