The Commandment with a Prophecy
Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 28, 2011
Okay quick, tell me, what is the 10th commandment? Don’t look, just tell me. I’ll give you a hint. Out of all the commandments, this one seems to sound more like a prophecy of these days than any other.
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his
maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
I just happen to be in Real Estate, and I have to tell you, I have heard many people over the past few months attest to the fact, this job is no longer any fun. Imagine working with people day in and out, in a market where coveting is the main theme. I don’t know where buyers get their attitudes from, but many of them have no second thoughts about asking a destitute seller to make additional concessions on a house they are already loosing money on.
I’ve sold dozens of homes in or near the inner city. It wasn’t long ago prices were meeting and exceeding $100,000 for a home in less than perfect condition. Today, those houses may sell for $30,000 or less. What happened to the dream of buying a home, making payments, and one day moving up? These people are now enslaved. They have no choice but to stay where they are, or let the lender foreclose and go back to renting. I don’t think you have the stomach to hear some of the stories about investors and how they take advantage of this economy.
No one thinks of the impact this economy has on a single mother with 2 kids, barely making ends meet. Giving concessions at work, facing ungodly degrees of inflation, increased taxes, and wage freezes. No one wants to know about her, or her family. The reality is too painful.
What about coveting the neighbor’s wife? Today we have a new name to make it more palatable, we call it freedom of speech. Not long ago our forefathers called it pornography, and there were laws against it. Ever wonder what those appeals would have accomplished in the court of Heaven?
Look at the texts which includes men and women. Just how far has this society degraded? No doubt, God saw it coming. He knew how far the imagination and desires of lust would take people.
What about the ass and oxen? We could search the Bible for a spiritual meaning, but there are two on the surface which should easily understood. The first is over priced, gas guzzling luxury automobiles, which in many cases represent a reference to freedom people feel they deserve. The second is a little less obvious, but more prophetic, jobs. Give it a bit of thought. What does it mean to covet one’s job? That’s what an ass and ox represent, the means of making a living.
The plans and actions of big business and government are prophesied here. Big business is putting the squeeze on the average worker. Efforts to increase profits has resulted in the layoff of millions of people. Those still employed are working longer hours for less pay, and benefits. While profits sore, benefits are cut.
Government is the leader in coveting. There is more money in this country than at any time in history, but government debt is at record levels. Think about that for a moment. Give it some real thought. Now does it make any sense at all? Companies are making record profits, while the government is taking in far less money. That’s because it was someone’s brilliant idea to cut taxes on the rich, and place the burden on the poor. The government has become a source of the root of all evil. Their main task has been to collect from the poor to distribute to the rich. While programs to help the poor are eliminated, new programs are introduced everyday to give billions to the rich.
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour‘s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Truly a prophecy showing us exactly why the earth will fall again.
It would not be much of a study without looking at a few of the key words to find out how the Bible, God’s word defines them.
What does it mean to covet? This is not a commonly used word today. Checking a dictionary may give you a definition, but the Bible will give us the spiritual interpretation.
A primitive root; to delight in: – beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, ( X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).
Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
According to Jeremiah, everyone coverts, including priests and prophets. Is this a reference to Jeremiad’s time, or does it extent to our culture today? Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Psalms 10:3-4 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. (4) The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Greed is the desire of the heart. To some it becomes a religion. It leads to the worship of riches, gold, silver, money, power, glory. It reaches a point where a person turns completely from God. It’s little wonder, God hates this sin, as He hates all sin.
Psalms 119:35-36 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. (36) Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Someone once asked Jesus, “who is my neighbor.” In answer to this question Jesus told them the parable of the Samaritan, recorded in Luke chapter 10. That answered the question, who is your neighbor, but what about how to treat them? To answer this question, Jesus also provided the following comments.
Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The spiritual meaning of this commandment may be not be far from the simple, on the surface meaning. After all, in 10 easy to understand laws, God covered every detail, question, and circumstance. There are no gray areas. There is no condition suggesting majority rule, or variations allowed because everyone does it.
Take any one of the circumstances covered by this simple commandment. Prostitution and pornography has been called a victimless crime. What about child pornography, or the sex slave trade? Are these considered crimes without victims?
Slavery was the sin that brought about the final destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. Study this subject. Babylon is later used to represent the sins of the world, and God used them to over throw the city which once represented His people. This example contains a great deal of lessons, moral, and spiritual.