You shall not covet!
You shall not covet nothing what belongs to others.
"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." (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21).
This commandment forbids to covet, to desire, to lust after anything what belongs to others. Coveting is immoral longing for something what we do not have. This commandment is frightening for our nature always craves for something what we see to have others. Human beings are always inclined to think of themselves first, but God is teaching first to think of others. Covetousness always brings curses and Paul in epistle to Romans 7:7 clearly recognised that he (and no one else) is not able to fulfil the law.
James in His letter warns us how dangerous our appetites for more can be -
"each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters." (James 1:14-16).
Coveting can lead in many ways to forsake all the other nine commandments
Coveting can be the form of idolatry, because if our desire is for something else than God, than that is pure form of idolatry and it can be the stumbling block to enter the kingdom of God. (Ephesians 5:5).
For that reason Paul is saying - "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (covetousness), which is idolatry." (Colossians 3:5).
Jesus said - "What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evils come from inside and defile a person." (Mark 7:20-23).
If any of us just for a moment dare to think that we can be good (by doing good things etc..) than that is a lie from Satan who
"was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44).
Commandment - do not covet, and all of the rest of ten commandments shows us one thing -that we are absolutely hopeless sinners and only by the God's own provided way - Jesus Christ, and by His grace we can have hope. Without Him in our hearts we are lost already for eternity.
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory (in everything) through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57).
So, all of you who have Jesus Christ in your hearts, - love your God, maintain daily relationship with Him and love your neighbour.
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 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 neighbour as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law." (Romans 13:8-10)
John 13:34; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; Matthew 7:12.
Not you and not I are able to fulfil even one of the smallest commandments. So, trust in God and trust in Jesus; "walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16).
If you hear the doctrine that you must do good works in order earn the way to heaven, run. Run and look not back! There is nothing we can do to earn the way to God our Father as only through His own provided way. That is His Son Jesus Christ. (John 14:6). Rely on Him in everything! Not only on Sundays but every minute of your life. Live as wise not as unwise and make Him your Master over everything.
Three great doctrines must to be studied and understood in regard to the Ten commandments.
First is that the "law was given through Moses.
Second is that the grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17).
Third is that Jesus did not abolished the Law or the Prophets; He fulfilled them. (Matthew 5:17).
This points that we are not under the law anymore but under the grace. (Romans 6:14).
Shall we do away with the law? (Romans 3:31).
All Ten Commandments are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. If we have not accepted Him as the only way to heavenly Father than we must keep all law. Yet no one has been able to do that.
In fact Jesus said that if we are angry at our brother or sister than it is equal to murder. (Matthew 21:22).
"Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him." (1 John 3:15).
Keep Jesus in front of your eyes constantly and you will do good.
All of you who do not yet have Jesus, listen to His own Words. He is inviting you come to Him right now -
He is saying - come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink.
Turn to Me, He says, and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I AM God, and there is no other.
"Finally, all of you who trust in God the Father and in His Son Jesus Messiah, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?" (1 Peter 3:8-13).
How can we do any good!? How can we lie not, covet not, steal not, murder not....? How can we keep any Law? Only by the help of God our Father through Jesus Christ our Saviour by His Good Holy Spirit which abides in us, and strengthens us, encourages, teaches and leads. (1 Corinthians 6:19).
"Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name. We thank You Father for Your indescribable gift to us!"