You shall not steal!
Eight commandment is about Honesty.
As all the other commandments also this one teaches love. If we maintain love to God and others, we will not steal. When we love God we strive to carry out His given rules for right (godly) living, and we will love our neighbour, and steal not. When stealing take place because of greediness to increase own wealth, all principles of morality are violated. Stealing is want for more; to get something what others have. Steeling is a consequence of the sin of coveting. Stealing often take place because of ever increasing appetite for more. Stealing is unbelief in God. Believing in God gives assurance He will fulfils His Word (Numbers 23:19) and satisfies all our needs.
God teaches love and contentment with what we have.
"For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction." (1 Timothy 6:9).
People may have money and yet they not love it, and so they prosper even more in all areas of life. Those who love money never has enough. It is their god and evil is ever present.
Money is good and gives great opportunities to serve others and achieve God's given dreams. God said He will never leave us or forsake. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). If our heart's attitude is right and our walk with Him is established, God enjoys seeing us prosper.
He promised to satisfy all our needs so we do not have to steal.
"God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8).
"A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." (Proverbs 28:20).
Jesus teaches "Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back." (Luke 6:30).
God teaches us to be generous rather than a selfish. Stealing is pure selfishness. Human being is selfish from his birth; it is our heart's normall condition, that is why by the grace of God, generosity must be learned already from childhood. We must learn, understand and follow His way of life in order to serve Him appropriately (in a way pleasing Him) by serving others.
Paul told to maintain generosity, instead of stealing and greediness, with these words - "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion (not grudgingly, or of necessity), for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly (generously provide all you need), so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
And later Paul wrotes - "Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need." (Ephesians 4:28).
Basically we steal in two cases -
1. When we do not know God.
2. When we do not believe in His Word.
I pray my your soul prosper as everything go well with you so that no one of you fall into the sin of stealing.
(3 John 1:2).
Direct stealing other people's material tings is not the only one people's stumbling block. There are many different ways how people may steal and even recognize it not. Some examples - employees who do not work properly, but get paid full salary; just a quick telephone call from work office for personal use; not return what was borrowed and so on. Serious stealing appears when employers try to avoid pay adequate wages to their emploees. For each person it can be a different thing.
We can steal also God's glory that rightfully belongs to Him alone by giving it to some other person or thing.
It is always amaze me when I see how people adore and bow down to religious leaders; how blindly they trust in them and give glory to them not recognizing that they are just a mere humans. It is serious stealing God's glory. (Acts 14:15; Acts 10:26; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:9).
We are to serve, worship and honour only God, not the angel, not the human being, not the other created thing.
"I am the LORD; that is My name! I will not yield My glory to another or My praise to idols." (Isaiah 42:8).
Finally Bible speaks about direct stealing from God; robing Him. Can we steal from God? Yes, by not honoring Him from the firstfrouts of our income; by ignoring His commandments to help the poor, widows and fatherless. (Galatians 2:10; Deuteronomy 15:11; Proverbs 14:21; Isaiah 58:7; Exodus 22:22; 1.John 3:17; James 5:4; Jeremiah 22:13; Deuteronomy 27:19).
From the beginning of the Bible till the end of it, generosity towards God is showed constantly. From the time of Abraham (Genesis 14:20) people were generous and gave to others willingly with pure heart because they clearly recognised who is the owner of everything. God owes everything and all what we have we have from Him. In Matthew 23:23 Jesus told to the leaders of Jews that some things they were doing right but some things were forsaking because of own self ambitions and benefits and so did violate the whole Word of God.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."
Here Jesus approve that we steal from God if we do not give our tenth to God. And so stay, and struggle with unrecognized sin in our hearts.
"Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob Me. "But you ask, 'How are we robbing You?' "In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse--your whole nation--because you are robbing Me."
God's laws are good, right, just, beneficial and eternal. Just by learning to love Him and others not only our souls (all aspects of our life) will prosper but also environment around us, if we follow His precepts.
Work with your own hands, help those who are in need, walk closely with your God and He will bless your food and water so, that you will have enough to satisfy your own desires and will be left over to exercise generosity towards others.
Love Your God and your neighbour as yourself. And steal not.
The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not covet," and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.