Why does the bible say “Thou Shalt Not Covet”? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
The Ten Commandments are iconic. They represent a distilled view of what God wants the human race to follow after in daily life. They are concise, firm and explicit. Someone once said that God gave them as the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions. The last of these Commandments is the command to not covet. So, how do we here in the 21st century understand what this really means? After all, isn’t most of our life these days built around the idea of ME, what I want and why I should have it? How does this idea of NOT coveting even stand a chance in our day?
Humans are emotional beings. As this is the case, we want things – we don’t just have an instinctual magnetism towards certain things, we truly desire them. The Tenth Commandment said, “Thou shalt not covet.” Does this mean that the seemingly inborn trait to desire is wrong – against God’s Law? If it is wrong, then why is it built into each of us? Stay with us as we try to truly understand human “coveting” and the role it plays – or doesn’t play - in our Christian lives.
We live in a time where wanting something is a good thing, and why shouldn’t it be? After all, our own Declaration of Independence states that each human being possesses the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This seems to indicate that pursuing those things that you want so you can be happy are good pursuits. Further, our country was founded upon the biblical principles of the Old Testament Law, so on the surface there certainly seems to be a contradiction here. Stay with us as we look into the Tenth Commandment and its intended meaning. Thou shalt not covet, but why not?