Christ and the 10th Commandment
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. (KJV)
The Ten Commandments are the perfect standard of right and wrong in this world. Every civil society that has any semblance of order about it understands the moral authority of the Decalogue. None of us have kept the Law of God; not even in part. Jesus is the only man that ever kept all of the moral standards of God completely from inside out. Christ’s teaching on the law shows us that it is the heart of the matter that is the important thing. He kept the law because He had a pure and sinless heart. We have seen this in every commandment and now we come to the last of the ten. Consider three things about Christ and the 10th commandment.
I. CHRIST DEMANDED OBEDIENCE TO IT.
1. Jesus taught the law in such a way that this last commandment makes us all guilty of breaking all the others. Matt.5:28. The word lust in this verse is translated from the same Greek word that is translated as covet in other places – epithumeo.
2. The Greek word literally means; to set the heart on, long for, lust after, covet, desire, or to seek the forbidden. It is a passionate word and can be used in a good way 1Cor.12:31, 14:39, but should never be done in regard to that which is rightfully claimed by another person.
3. We are warned against lust and illicit covetousness in many other verses in the New Testament. Rom. 1:28-32, 7:7, 13:9, Eph.5:3, Col.3:5.
II. CHRIST DECLARED CONDEMNATION FOR BREAKING IT.
1. This commandment proves better than all the others that the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. Matt.5:27-29, 6:19-24, 13:22, 23:1-15, Lk.16:18-25.
2. Other verses in the New Testament teach this too. 1Tim.1:5-8, 3:2-6, 6:9-10, 2Tim.2:22, Acts5:3-6, 8:20-21, Rom.2:28-29.
III. CHRIST DELIVERED HIS PEOPLE FROM ITS CONDEMNATION.
1. Jesus is always the answer to our sin problem. Matt.1:21, Jn.1:10-14, 17, 29, 3:1-21, 6:35-40, 10:7-18, 12:44-50, 20:30-31. Acts10:36-43, 16:31, 1Cor.15:1-4.
The inspired word of God is abundantly clear. He is real and He is Holy, Just and Good. He has a perfect moral standard of right and wrong and it is described as the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments. None of us have kept the Law of God. We have all broken it in part and parcel. The New Testament shows us through the teaching of Christ that the heart of the sin problem is our sinful heart. Jesus is the only one who ever kept the Law of God perfectly through and through inside and out. That is why He is the perfect Saviour. He is YOUR only hope of salvation. Trust Him now as we close. AMEN