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Luke 16:10-13 Contentment

posted Jun 9, 2020, 8:20 AM by Jacob Boer

“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

At the heart of the commandment to not steal is learning contentment and respect for others. Most stealing comes, not from need, but from want and not caring about others, “I want what you have more than I respect you.” From something as simply as taking a cookie from the cookie jar without permission to large thefts of money through embezzlement to stealing a car, it all comes down to you making you more important than anyone else and this gives you self-permission to take whatever you want. God desires you to trust him for what you need and to learn contentment with what he has given you. It also means respecting others to the extent that you help make sure that everyone in the community is provided with the basics of life so no-one needs to steal to provide for their families. May you experience the joy of contentment and thankfulness today.

Q. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?

A. God forbids not only outright theft and robbery, punishable by law.

But in God’s sight theft also includes all scheming and swindling in order to get our neighbor’s goods for ourselves, whether by force or means that appear legitimate, such as inaccurate measurements of weight, size, or volume; fraudulent merchandising; counterfeit money;
excessive interest; or any other means forbidden by God.

In addition, God forbids all greed and pointless squandering of his gifts.