Christ and the 8th Commandment
Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Stealing is a sin that I think everyone knows is wrong even if we don’t believe our theft is as bad as the other fellow. Am I right? I’m really not sure where we came up with the idea of varying degrees of sinfulness but be that as it may, we all fancy the thought that our taking a small piece of candy from someone without their knowledge of it is just not the same as, shall we say, armed robbery of the First National Bank. Sure, we all agree on that – but, did we steal? Oh, you see, that is the rub. Whether our sins are on the high end or the low end of our scale of sinfulness, we are still sinners. In our study of Christ and the Ten Commandments we have seen and will continue to see that we are guilty of breaking every single one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus is the only one that ever lived who never once broke any of God’s Commandments even in His thoughts. Today let us consider three things about Christ and the 8th commandment.
I. CHRIST DEMANDED OBEDIENCE TO IT.
1. Here again we see that Jesus taught against theft.
Matt.19:16-19. Mk.10:19. Lk.18:20.
2. Theft is to be guarded against according to the Bible.
Matt.24:43. Jn.10:1, 10. 12:4-6. 1Pet.4:15. Ro.2:21. Eph.4:28.
3. Stealing time or giving slack service is as bad as taking material goods.
Matt.25:14-28. Lk.19:13-24. Col. 3:22-25.
Titus 2:9-10 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, (pilfer, steal) but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. (KJV)
II. CHRIST DECLARED CONDEMNATION FOR BREAKING IT.
1. The Devil and his crowd want to rob God of His glory.
2. Destruction awaits the unsaved.
Matt.7:12-23. Rom.3:10-23. Phil.3:18-19.
3. Hell is the eternal home of the little and big thief alike.
The rich man could have given to help Lazarus but – no. Lk.16:19-31.
4. Take these matters seriously. Mk.9:43-48.
III. CHRIST DELIVERED HIS PEOPLE FROM ITS CONDEMNATION.
1. The N.T. teaches Godly contentment not the love of money.
2. Christ is the perfect sacrifice for sin.
Jn.1:29-36. Jn.8:34-36. Heb.4:15-16. 9:24-26.
3. Jesus bought our salvation with His blood.
Heb.10:17-19. 1Jn.1:7. 1Cor.7:22-23.
Once again we have seen how The Lord Jesus Christ preached the Holy Law of God and we know that sin is the transgression of the Law. None of us can in any way keep any of the Ten Commandments. That is God’s moral standard and we all miss the mark. Jesus on the other hand kept the Law of God perfectly in every way from the inside out. Christ never ever entertained the thought of stealing from anyone in anyway. Thank God that we can go to Him and trust Him as our personal Saviour. If it were not for Him we could never be saved. We point you to Christ now and urge you to repent of your sin and by faith trust Him for salvation. AMEN.