[In our study
of the Ten Commandments we have discovered,]
Commandment – The Preeminence of God - Jehovah God is preeminent
because there is no other God.
He, and He alone is God.]
Commandment – The Living
God – Jehovah God is the only living God. Because there are no
other god’s. Our Heavenly
Father is Jealous for our souls that we might walk with him.
Idols or false god’s will only alienate us from God and rob
us of the eternal life He reserves and desires for each of us.]
Commandment – A Worthy
God – Jehovah God, as the only living God, is worthy of all my
honor, and praise. He is
jealous for me that my soul and spirit might be saved and in eternal
harmony with Him.]
Commandment – A Renewing God – Keeping the Sabbath holy reminds
us that our Heavenly Father desires deeply to keep our relationship
with Him fresh and intimate.]
Commandment – Honor
Starts At Home – Honor and respect are the foundation of all of
our relationships. Honor and
value your parents and family and you will find it easy to honor the
people in your life.]
Commandment – The Value
Of Human Life – Mankind was distinctly made in the image of God.
We are not highly evolved animals, but uniquely formed by God
and for God.]
Faithfulness and Fidelity – Moral and spiritual adultery will
destroy your life, while faithfulness and fidelity toward God and
your fellowman will result in contentment and lasting relationships
in your life.]
[Today we examine the 8th Commandment which
Thou shalt not steal. ]
[Another short and briefly stated moral command with
massive implications for our lives.
I remember my grandmother saying, “No one likes a thief, and no
one trusts a thief.”]
[Read Text and
A woman was working one night in a HoneyBaked Ham store. The store was
equipped with security cameras, and she was watching the small,
black-and-white monitors when she saw a woman come in the store, walk
down the handicapped ramp, and go between two shelves. To the clerk's
amazement, this woman grabbed a ham off the shelf and stuffed it up her
dress. With the ham wedged between her thighs, the woman waddled toward
The clerk was stunned and wondered what she should do.
Should she yell out? Follow the woman?
Just then, the ham dropped out from between the
woman's legs. It hit the metal handicapped ramp with a loud bang, and
then rolled and clanged to the bottom.
The thief didn't miss a beat. She quickly turned her
head and yelled out, "Who threw that ham at me? Who threw that ham at
me?" Then she ran out of the store. - Citation: Kevin A. Miller, vice
president, Christianity Today International]
at the silliness of this story, but the truth of our contemporary
culture is that we live a day where moral values are becoming lost to
our culture. The people
around us have strange ways of defining right and wrong and even
stranger ways of defining trust and integrity.
The command, “thou shalt not steal” deals with trust and
Just a couple of years ago I had a conversation with a young adult lady
who laughed when she told me how she realized that the valve stem cap on
her tire was missing. So
the next time she went to the local mall she just went to a car nearby
and took a cover off of that valve stem and put it on her tire.
I told her that this was stealing and she laughed, shrugged and
said, “Well, they will never miss it and I didn’t have to buy one.
Anyways, someone else probably took mine.”]
[Character in Commands
- Our culture is quickly loosing any sense of what stealing really is
and what stealing really reflects in our personal character.
I have told you throughout these messages on the Ten Commandments
gave these commandments because they reflect His character.
The last command,]
Thou shalt not commit
on the faithfulness and fidelity of Almighty God and calls for us, in
being conformed to the image of Christ, to develop heartfelt
faithfulness and fidelity in our own lives.
The commandment we look into today is based on the integrity and
honesty of God. ]
that we must notice here, and will notice as we study this command and
the two that follow it is that in their biblical explanations these last
three commands are pretty much woven together.
Integrity (not stealing) has to do with honesty (not lying) and
greed (or coveting). All
three of these last commandments deal with trust and have the potential
of either building and growing trust or of destroying trust.
Today, I will try to stay focused on the commandment we are
we learn about trust and integrity from this simple commandment?]
The Definition of Stealing
(Heb.) - (qal) steal,
i.e., take items without permission by the owner, but usually by stealth
and not force
(Ex 22:11[EB 12]); (qal pass.)be stolen
(Ge 30:33; 31:39(2x); Pr 9:17+); (nif) be stolen (Ex 22:11[EB
12]+); (piel) steal an object
(Jer 23:30+); (pual) be stolen (Ex 22:6[EB 7]+); 2. LN 57.186-57.188 (qal)
i.e., seize a person for sale or servitude (Ex 21:16; Dt 24:7); (pual)
be forcibly carried off to slavery (Ge 40:15(2×)+); . . .
5. LN 31.8-31.13 (qal)
i.e., cause another to hold a mistaken view, and so wrongly evaluate a
situation (Ge 31:20, 26, 27+);
someone takes anything that does not belong to them, or fails to be
responsible in an obligation that has been laid upon them either by
agreement or default they are stealing.
The Old Testament gives us many examples of stealing and through
these examples teaches us what it means to be trustworthy. ]
God teaches you to,
Be Trustworthy in your Responsibilities
(Lev 19.11,13; Psalm 15.1-4) [–
The Bible states,]
[Leviticus 19:11, 13
not steal, neither deal falsely,
neither lie one to another. . . . 13
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob
the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until
must not rob their employees by keeping their wages even one night
longer than they agreed upon.
The laborer is worthy of his hire and should be paid faithfully
and on time. The point here
is that we keep our word toward our fellow man.]
remember my grandfather saying, “A man is only as good as his word.”]
LORD, who shall abide in thy
tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and
worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
He that backbiteth not
with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a
reproach against his neighbour. 4
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them
that fear the LORD.
He that sweareth to
his own hurt, and
changeth not. ]
say you are going to do something, then be responsible and do it.
If you do not mean to do something then don’t say you are going
to do it. This means you
must bite your tongue and watch what you say.]
Be Trustworthy in your Rewards (Lev
The Bible States,]
Ye shall do no unrighteousness
in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
36 Just balances, just weights,
a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I
am the LORD your God,
which brought you out of the
37 Therefore shall ye observe
all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I
am the LORD.]
[This is to steal by defrauding someone.
This is using a different measure than is expected to give
someone less that what they expected.
In Biblical days this would mean that instead of giving the
customer a pound of something, you would have an unjust weight for the
scale that would give the customer a few ounces less than a pound, thus
robbing the customer without his knowledge.]
second application might be for an employee to not work when the boss is
around and thus give his employer less than a full day’s work for a full
day’s wages. A trustworthy
employee should not have to be watched to do his work faithfully.]
Be Trustworthy in your
Relationships (Deut 19.14; Prov 3.29; Lev 6.1-6) [-
Don’t steal your neighbors land or stuff.
The Bible says,]
Thou shalt not
remove thy neighbour's
landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance,
which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee
to possess it.]
Devise not evil against thy
neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. ]
And the LORD spake unto Moses,
saying, 2 If a soul sin,
and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in
that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing
taken away by violence, or
hath deceived his neighbour; 3
Or have found
that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth
falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
4 Then it shall be, because he
hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which
he took violently away,
or the thing which he hath
deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or
the lost thing which he found,
5 Or all that about which
he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and
shall add the fifth part more thereto,
and give it unto him to
whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
6 And he shall bring his
trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock,
with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: ]
[Your neighbors, in the traditional senses of the word, should be able
to trust you in every regard.
You must be a trustworthy neighbor.
They should be able to trust you with those things they ask for
your help with. They should
be able to trust you with those things that they could not know to ask
for your help with.]
a matter of fact this teaching demonstrates that trustworthiness deals
with integrity in the face of even lost goods.
If someone were to drop ten dollars in front of you in a store,
even if he is a stranger, then you should pick it up and give it back to
him. Anything else is
Be Trustworthy in your Regard (Exo
should even be trustworthy toward their enemies. The Bible says,]
If thou meet thine enemy's ox
or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.
5 If thou see the ass of
him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to
help him, thou shalt surely help with him.]
[Your Accountability in Trustworthiness
- This is a hard character trait to develop.
But this kind of trustworthiness teaches us who we are to be
trustworthy toward. Your
integrity is not really a matter of what your fellowman thinks about
you, it is a matter of what your Heavenly Father thinks about you.
How you treat your fellowman is the result of how you view your
Heavenly Father. If you are
willing to steal in any way and in any volume then you reveal that you
are willing to throw away all of your trustworthiness in the sight of
Be Trustworthy in your
Restitution (Exo 22.1, 4-5; 1 John 1.9) [–
If you have been a thief then God tells you how to make things right.
Restitution must be made.
The Bible says,]
If a man shall steal an ox, or
a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox,
and four sheep for a sheep. ]
If the theft be certainly found
in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore
double. 5 If a man shall
cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and
shall feed in another man's field; of the best of his own field, and of
the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution. ]
other words a thief cannot just confess his sin and think that somehow
everything will be alright.
He must make the loss caused by his theft right.
Restitution deals with the consequences for our sins.
It is our moral duty to our fellow man to make things right. ]
your relationship with God, your eternal restitution is made through the
shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
No restitution can be made for your eternal soul; instead Jesus
paid everything that was owed of your sins in regard to your immortal
soul. In respect to
eternity to come the Bible says,]
[1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ]
The Disdain of Stealing [–
Born Again Christians should never make the mistake of thinking lightly
about stealing in any regard.
Stealing, lying, immorality, and greed will destroy your
testimony and cause you to be ineffective in our Lord’s kingdom work.
For many professed Christians this appears to be a small
consequence. This is
evidenced by the fact that they are willing to be known as stealers and
liars in the midst of this corrupt world.
Some might try to justify themselves by saying, “Well, it’s a dog
eat dog world.” Which
reflects situational ethics and holds that evil is not necessarily evil
if it is prosperous.]
fact is that your integrity and trustworthiness in your community will
not only affect you and your reputation, but it will also affect the
reputation of your Church and the reputation of Christ in our world.
Don’t allow yourself to become a hindrance to the Gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ. You need
to walk in integrity because our Lord is known by His people, and our
Lord is the Lord of integrity.]
Therefore, develop in your
[– The Bible says,]
Servants, obey in all things
your masters according
to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of
heart, fearing God: 23 And
whatsoever ye do, do it
heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye
shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord
Christ. 25 But he that
doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is
no respect of persons. ]
means that born again Christians should approach their jobs as if they
were working for God, rather than their bosses. Therefore, when you are
supposed to be working you ought to be working, whether anyone is
watching or not. You ought
to look for ways to help your company be prosperous.
You ought to work for your company and boss as if you were
working for God. Because in
the end you will answer to your Lord for the way you represented Him at
(1 Cor 10.31-33)
[– The Bible says,]
[1 Corinthians 10:31-33
Whether therefore ye eat, or
drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give none offence, neither to
the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all
men in all
things, not seeking
mine own profit,
profit of many, that
they may be saved. ]
this world, among your neighbors, in your community, and in our nation
and world in such a way that you promote the Gospel of our Lord and
bring the world to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice that this is more than just being kind and courteous.
This is being intentionally graceful.
The end is the salvation of the lost, not just a good reputation.
However, a good reputation will help you win the lost.]
Wonderful Trust (2 Cor 5.19-21) [–
[2 Corinthians 5:19-21
To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors
for Christ, as though God did beseech
you by us: we pray
you in Christ's stead,
be ye reconciled to God. 21
For he hath made him to
be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him. ]
get it into our heads and hearts that we are God’s representatives in
this fallen world. The only
way the world can see our Lord Jesus Christ is if they see Him through
us. We must determine with
all of our resolve to bring integrity and trustworthiness into our
world’s understanding of our Lord by the way we live our lives.]
[Extra Dime In The Bus]
[A young man employed by our Sunday
school board told the following searching story. He was invited at the
last minute to preach at a church in
On sudden impulse he used as his text, "Thou shalt not steal." The next
morning he stepped on the bus and handed the driver a dollar bill. The
driver handed him back his change. He stood in the rear of the bus and
counted the change. There was a dime too much. His first thought
2348was, "The bus
company will never miss this dime."]
[Then quickly came
the realization that he could not keep money that did not belong to him.
He made his way to the front and said to the driver, "You gave me too
much change." Imagine his surprise when the driver replied, "Yes, a dime
too much. I gave it to you purposely. You see, I heard your sermon
yesterday, and I watched in my mirror as you counted your change. Had
you kept the dime I would never again have had any confidence in
preaching." What a tragedy if he had done the wrong thing! Remember our
influence, our shadow-selves, may fall where we can never be. (Cf:
—Sunday School Builder]
November 8, 2009