This is my eighteenth and final post on the Ten Commandments using Buddy Dano’s study: FOR THE LAND OF THE FREE: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF FREEDOM and the only one dealing with the tenth commandment.
In this week’s excerpt Pastor Dano states that the Tenth Commandment is how the Apostle Paul realized that he had a sinful nature and that he needed a savior (which is true). Then Pastor Dano spends most of his discussion giving the Gospel. This is fine but not much detail regarding covetousness or why it was included in the Ten Commandments is given (remember that the purpose Ten Commandments is to protect the divine institutions).
It really doesn’t hurt to provide the Gospel regularly and I’m glad Pastor Dano did so again here. However, if any of my readers are looking for a more in-depth discussion of covetousness then I would like to recommend Bob Deffinbaugh’s write up titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coveting — and a Whole Lot More! (Exodus 20:17)”. I would like to quote a couple of items from Pastor Deffinbaugh and urge anyone who is interested to follow the link.
Just because coveting is the root of all kinds of evil, we must be very careful not to conclude that all coveting is evil. The term “covet” for most of us is a loaded one, suggesting only evil desires. In the Scriptures, however, “covet” may be used both positively and negatively. One may covet in a good sense or in a bad sense, depending on the context in which the term is used.59 Our Lord strongly desired (He desired with desire, Luke 22:15) to eat the Passover with His disciples. Paul strongly desired to know Christ more intimately (Phil. 3:7-14), to be with those whom he loved in the Lord, as well as for their spiritual well-being and growth (cf. Phil. 1:7-11). Paul also encouraged the Corinthian saints to covet the better spiritual gifts:[…]
That is a good point to keep in mind!
Pastor Deffinbaugh also develops several points that I won’t go into in detail but I want to provide the summary of to whet your appetites to read further:
- It is only wrong to covet what God has denied us, or what is of little value.
- We covet most what we value most, what we believe to be good.
- What we covet most we will sacrifice to obtain.
- If God is the greatest good and of infinite value, then we men should covet having fellowship with Him, and make whatever sacrifice is required to attain and enjoy it.
- To covet anything more than God, is to place that thing we covet above God, which is idolatry.
Here is Pastor Dano: (more…)