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Myers*
 
*The 10th Commandment*
*Exodus 20:17*
 
*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)*
           
The 10th commandment is the last commandment and it is different from all the other commandments.
The other commandments deal with action.
This commandment deals with attitude.
The other commandments, deal with deeds.
The 10th commandment deal with desires.
To covet means to have an unlawful desire.
To covet means to want something that is not lawfully yours, something that by right belongs to someone else.
And I want to say that the sin of covetousness is not limited to someone's money.
You might covet someone's influence.
You may covet someone's power, fame, appearance, popularity or health.
This does not mean we are not to want certain things or to desire certain things.
As a matter of fact it is right to want certain things.
The Bible says,
*1** Corinthians 12:31** *
*31** **eagerly desire the greater gifts.
(NIV)*
 
                We might want friendship, happiness, joy, success, victory, peace, a wife or a husband, that is alright, but you are not to want that which is not rightly and lawfully yours.
*FIRST -- THE CAUSE  OF COVETNESS.*
Why do people covet?
*A.
PEOPLE COVET BECAUSE COVETNESS HAS* *ITS ROOTS IN OUR SIN NATURE.*
*Mark** 7:21-23** *
*21 **For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
23 All these evils come from inside and make a man `unclean.'"
(NIV)*
 
            Why do we covet?
Because it comes out of our sinful hearts desire.
You see covetousness is the sin of the devil.
It was the devil who first coveted.
Did you know that the first act of coveting  was when the devil coveted the throne of God (Isaiah 14:12-14)?
Did you know that coveting was the sin that the devil used to cause Adam and Eve to fall?
It has been  covetousness that has corrupted the human race.
People covet because covetousness has its roots in our sin nature.
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PEOPLE COVET BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE MATERIAL THINGS SATISFY THEIR SOUL.
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            Look at Luke 12:15 and notice that Jesus is talking to you.
This is not what Jesus has said, this is what Jesus is saying.
This is not what he is saying to them this is what Jesus is saying to us.
*Luke** 12:15** *
*15 **Then he said to them, "Watch out!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
(NIV)*
 
            And then Jesus gave a parable that illustrates this.
Look at *Luke** 12:16-21**.
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*16 **And** he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain **rich** man produced a good crop.
17 He thought to himself, `What shall I do?
I have no place to store my crops.' 18 "Then he said, `This is what I'll do.
I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years.
Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
20 "But God said to him, `You fool!
This very night your life will be demanded from you.
Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' *
*21** **"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God." (NIV)*
 
            Now what was this man's problem?
He was a covetous man.
He knew how to make a living, but he did not know how to make a life.
He didn't own money, money owned him.
He thought he could satisfy his soul with material things.
*Luke** 12:19** *
*19 **And** I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years.
Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
(NIV)*
 
* *           He thought that his deepest needs could be satisfied with material things.
He wanted his inner most being satisfied with the worlds' goods.
Did you know that we are too big for the world?
We are made for the infinite and we can never be satisfied with the finite.
The world is too small to satisfy you.
This man was trying to satisfy his soul with things that can never satisfy his soul.
People covet because covetousness has its roots in our sin nature.
People covet because they believe material things satisfy their soul.
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*SECOND -- THE RESULTS OF COVETOUSNESS.**
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            What are the results of covetousness?
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COVETING IS A CORRUPTING SIN.
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 *1** Timothy 6:10** *
*10 **For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
(NIV)*
 
            Now it does not say, that those who are rich are evil.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say being rich is a sin.
But the Bible does say, *"the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil**."
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People who want to get rich are like a honey bee that falls into a barrel of honey and drowns.
The desire to get rich is like the tentacles of an octopus which can not be shaken off except by the power of God. 
 
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*COVETING is a deceptive sin.
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Coveting is a sin that nobody thinks they have.
Do you know what some of you are thinking?
Those sitting in the front pews are thinking, "Preach it pastor.
Tell them about the sin of coveting.
Those sitting behind us need to hear it."
And those in the middle pews are tossing it back to the back pews.
And those in the back pews are thinking it is those in the front pews that need this message.
Nobody ever thinks they are coveting.
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