The Ten Commandments: Commandments 9 & 10

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20: 16,17 (NIV)

The first commandment that we are going to discuss in this article is the 9th commandment, You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. I’m sure that everyone who has heard of this commandment before knows that it means that we should not lie. Ever since we were little kids our parents have told us that lying is wrong and we shouldn’t do that, but they hardly tell us why lying is wrong. Why shouldn’t they, they’ve lied as well, people don’t understand the seriousness of a lie. According to the Bible, God absolutely hates it when people lie; to Him it is an abomination. In society today, lying has become so common that it has become a part of or everyday lives; even in the lives of God’s people.

Lying is born out of fear and pride. Fear is the first reason that we lie; we fear of the consequences that will come if we tell the truth. If we yield to  that fear that makes us lie we are showing a lack of trust in God to take care of the situation. If we trust God to handle the fearful situation it will turn out for the better, whether you know it or not. The second reason why we lie is because of pride. We are concerned of what people will think of us. We desire their approval above God’s approval. Jesus always told the truth, no matter what people would think about Him. He cared very little about the lies being told about Him by the Sanhedrin. All Jesus was concerned about was telling the truth, because the truth will always make us clean again.

Then tenth and final commandment is You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. What is commandment means it not to covet, or desire, the possessions of  someone else. This does not only mean the things that person owns. It could also be his or her spouse, children, job, or the person’s life in general. Another word for coveting is lusting; the act of wanting what the other person has so badly. Breaking this commandment causes you to resent your own life, comparing it to the life and leaving yourself feeling bitter and angry at everything; we become a green-eyed monster. We must be content with what we have; though it may be hard to believe, there are problems in that person’s life that you might not even know about and then boom, the life that you so covet is not as perfect as you thought it was. Do not become a green eyed monster, be content with what you have and try to live your life, not someone else’s.

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Posted on May 24, 2012, in Spiritual Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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