10 out of 10 - Enough is enough (do not covet)


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Tenth Commandment ‘Enough is enough – (do not covet)’


Exodus 20: 3 (NIV) “You shall have no other gods before me.” 1 There is only One


Exodus 20: 4 (NIV) “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” 2 No place for others


Exodus 20: 7 (NIV) “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” 3 Taking God seriously


Exodus 20: 8 (NIV) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” 4 Making space


Exodus 20: 12 (NIV) “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” 5 Honour in the family


Exodus 20: 13 (NIV) “You shall not murder.” 6 The value of life


Exodus 20: 14 (NIV) “You shall not commit adultery.” 7 Adultery in my heart


Exodus 20: 15 (NIV) “You shall not steal.” 8 It’s not yours to have


Exodus 20: 16 (NIV) “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour” 9 Being honest


Exodus 20: 17 (NIV) “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. 10 Enough is enough


Do not covet ‘The heart of the covetous person devours the possessions of other people and lusts after them as the source of his fulfilment. Enough is never enough because somewhere, someone has got more than they, and the covetous person must have it, whether it be wife or ox or donkey, manservant or house. Even human beings become coveted because people have become objects for gratification by now anyway.’


Definition - Hebrew word for covet means ‘desiring to possess’


Perspective Psalm 73


Psalm 37:1 - 4 (NIV) Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.


Matthew 6:33 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Coveting in the Old Testament


1 Kings 21:1 - 4 (NIV) Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.” …


1 Kings 21:1 - 4 (NIV) 3 But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” 4 So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.


Coveting in the New Testament


Luke 12:13-21 (NIV) 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” …


Luke 12:13-21 (NIV) 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 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 my surplus grain…


Luke 12:13-21 (NIV) 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain 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 whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”


Can we really follow Jesus and covet?


Matthew 16:24-26 (NIV) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?




Philippians 4:12 -13 (NIV) 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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