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June 18 2024


Tuesday June 18

“Thou Shalt Not Covet”

 

Joshua 7:19-21

19 Now Joshua said to Achan, "My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me."

20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, "Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I have done:

21 "When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it."

Exodus 20:17

“Thou shalt not covet…”

 

Yesterday we discussed how the underlying cause of the humiliating defeat and failure of Israel at Ai was pride. Pride which led to carelessness, that led to prayerlessness, that led to presumptuousness. Israel thought they could defeat little Ai without getting specific instructions from the Lord! It seems we can conquer the mountains, but we stumble over the molehills! We can’t afford to take a spiritual vacation from our time with the Lord each morning, seeking His face and Word for our strength and wisdom for the day, any more than our hearts can take a vacation from beating and pumping blood through our veins, or our lungs can take a vacation from breathing!

 

Carelessness was the national sin of Israel, but what about the personal sin of Achan, what was the cause of his sin? It was not looking, it was coveting! Achan confessed this in Joshua 7:21; "When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them…” Now, why did he covet these things? What is covetousness? Covetousness is an inordinate desire for things that are not rightfully ours, things that we have no right to. God wants to supply and give to us everything that we need and everything that we have a right to, but the tenth commandment in Exodus 20:17 says, "Thou shalt not covet...".

 

Covetousness is like an octopus that just wraps itself around the human soul and cannot be satisfied and cannot be shaken off apart from the Lord our God. Another word for covetousness is worldliness. Achan was in love with the world. He coveted the “beautiful Babylonian garment” so he could look like the world. He coveted the silver and the gold so he could live like the world. We need to remember what the Bible says in 1 John 2:15 in the New Living Translation; “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”

 

But, Achan's real problem wasn't the love of the world, his real, deeper problem was that "... the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). Now, you see, the love of the world is symptomatic of the fact that the love of the Father is not in you. It wasn't that he loved the world too much. He didn't love God enough. Think about that! It wasn't that he loved the world enough. He didn't love God enough. Read it again, "... If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The love of the world is a symptom that the love of God is not in you.

 

Suppose you're driving your automobile down the road and the red light comes on the dashboard, which means there's no oil in the crankcase. Well, now, would you take a hammer and break that light and say, "Well, I've fixed that"? You haven't really fixed it. The red light on the dashboard is simply a warning, an indicator, a symptom there's no oil in the crankcase. "... If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him", the love of the world is the red light that tells us that the love of the Father is not in us (1 John 2:15).

 

The way to handle the covetousness and the lack of satisfaction, and happiness and the worldliness and sin in our life is to get the love of God in our hearts. If you're sinning, if there's secret sin in your life and covetousness that is warping, and ruining your life, rather than trying to fight that sin, why don't you just load up on Jesus Christ? Why don't you just let the love of God flow in your heart, and fill your heart, and soul until you're satisfied with Jesus?

 

Remember when Jesus was restoring Peter in John 21:15-17, He asked him three times, “Peter, do you love me.” Jesus says to all of us in John 14:21; “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me…”. Our real issue is our love relationship with Jesus!

 

Today, like the old hymn says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

 

God bless!

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