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Thou Shalt Not Covet

The sin of coveting was first committed in the Garden God had planted in Eden where Eve believed the lie of that old serpent, the Devil, when she ate of the tree God had instructed her and Adam not to partake. Satan had convinced Eve that God’s Word concerning not eating the fruit of the tree lest she die was not to be believed, nor trusted. Eve desired to taste the fruit, saw that it did not look harmful, and reached for the first bite, what the Apostle John referred to in 1 John 2:16, “the lust of the flesh… the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father.” What God commanded, Eve rejected.

To covet something is to want it so much that one will do anything to get it regardless of the consequences, as in the case of Eve. In taking a bite of forbidden fruit and encouraging her husband to do the same brought disastrous life-changing results that harmed both their own personal relationships with God, their relationship with one another, the glorious plan God had prior to their sin for their lives , and the plan of God for the entire planet and those who would inhabit it in the future (Genesis 2-3).

In Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler in Matthew 19 who came to Him desiring to know what he must do to obtain eternal life, the young man professed to have kept the six Commandments Jesus named. But Jesus knowing his heart was full of covetousness honed in on the last of the Ten Commandments, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s,” (Exodus 20:17). When Jesus told him to sell all he had and give to the poor, the depth of his sinfulness was revealed to the man. Like Eve, the rich young man rejected God’s command.

The sin of coveting is referred to as idolatry in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church at Colosse where he implored the believers in Christ to put off and put to death those things that should not be found among them, “fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry,” (Colossians 3:5). In the Book of Hebrews God’s people are told to not be covetous, but “be content with such things as ye have,” (Hebrews 13:5). The things of this world rust, corrupt, and decay, and eventually will be burned up at the end of this age, but those things that are laid up in Heaven will retain their value for eternity.

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The Acceptable Offering

The boys had grown into manhood. They had been accustomed to watching their parents year after year bring an offering unto the Lord throughout their childhood. It was God Himself who had killed the first animal in the Garden, spilling its blood to provide a covering for their parent’s sin, who had disobeyed the instruction of the Creator concerning the forbidden tree. The time had come for the sons to bring their own offerings to the Lord.

Abel was a keeper of the sheep; Cain, a tiller of the ground. Abel worked with the animals all year long; feeding them, watering them, keeping watch over them. Cain was a man who had his hands in the dirt; planting seed, watering plants, harvesting crops. In the process of time both brought their offerings to the Lord. Abel brought the firstborn of his flock, a lamb without spot or blemish; Cain brought his best fruits and vegetables from his garden. God accepted Abel’s offering; He rejected Cain’s (Genesis 4).

Although Cain spent many long hours in the hot sun cultivating his plants, keeping the weeds from choking them out, and tenderly plucking the fruit from the vine, his offering was not what God required. It was understood even at that time without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; God had demonstrated that in the Garden on that fateful day Adam and Eve found themselves spiritually naked before God, their sin obvious for all to see. It was the shedding of blood that would be required for anyone to receive God’s covering for their sin.

Knowing God’s requirement, Cain determined to forego God’s plan and conceive his own plan for redemption. He thought his plan of good works would be sufficient and God would be accepting of him. But God was not, to the point of banishing Cain from His presence after Cain’s anger at God’s rejection of his offering resulted in Cain murdering his own brother. God had warned him sin lay at his door if he refused to follow God’s commands.

All throughout the Old Testament the Temple sacrifices were conducted under God’s direction as described in the Book of Leviticus to provide what was needed to be accepted by God and for one’s sin to be covered. But then came Jesus in the New Testament the perfect Lamb of God who was to be offered once for all time for the sins of man (Hebrews 7:22-28). No more animal sacrifices would be needed as His blood was more than sufficient to make man whiter than snow. Jesus said “I am the Wayno man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14) Any other way devised by man attempting to come into a right relationship with God the Father is unacceptable, just as it had been for Cain. Only the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary is able to cleanse us from all sin (I John 1:7).

Not by works of righteousness which we have done,

But according to His mercy He saved us;

by the washing of the regeneration and

renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Titus 3:5

 

Back to Babel

It was only a mere 100 years since Noah and his family had stepped off the Ark after the worldwide Flood and were commanded by God to replenish the earth, that their descendants took upon themselves the building of the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar in present-day Iraq. God, knowing the wickedness of their hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and the future consequences of their endeavor, brought an end to their mischievous deed by confusing their language, thereby ending the work they had collectively begun for their own glory (Genesis 11).

Just as it didn’t take long for Adam and Eve to sin against God in the Garden of Eden after their creation, Noah’s descendants fell into disregarding God’s commands by becoming arrogant and wanting to make a name for themselves apart from God by building a tower that would reach unto heaven. Their disobedience also included a desire not to be scattered upon the face of the earth in defiance of God’s plan for man to inhabit the whole earth.

In today’s world there are those working tirelessly to take mankind back to Babel. They desire to put the entire population of the earth under a one-world government, controlled by a one-world leader, with a one-world economy. In reading Scripture we see the results of such a plan when man goes against God’s commands, as in the building of the Tower, but we also read such a plan will come to fruition in the end times with the coming of an Antichrist who will attempt to “cause all to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads; and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark” (Revelation 13). But once again God will step in and not allow Satan to have the victory. Jesus will come with His Heavenly armies and put down the rebellion of those who rise up against Him, defy His very existence and that of His chosen people (Revelation 17, 19). He will put all things under His feet. Satan’s head will be crushed and only Christ’s heel will have ever been bruised (Genesis 3:15). O Victory in Jesus!

Hath God Said?

It is as old as the Garden of Eden, questioning what God has plainly written in His Word. Satan was the first to use the tactic when posing the question “Hath God said?” to Eve, casting doubt in her mind as to what God had really said and what He possibly could have meant by what He said concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Her answer to Satan and her subsequent action at his urging put the entire world under the curse of sin. It wasn’t an innocent question in search of learning more about the world around her; it was a devastating question meant to distrust God and confuse His Word.

The question is still being asked 6,000 years later in our world today. You hear it all the time. Hath God really said Jesus is the only way to the Father? Aren’t there many ways? Hath God said the soul that sinneth it shall die? Hath God said those who bless Israel God will bless, and those who curse Israel God will curse? Hath God really said if you keep His commandments it will go well with you and if you don’t, it won’t? Hath God said the just shall live by faith alone and not by works? Hath God said He is the only LORD and there is none else beside Him? Did God really say it is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment? Hath God said life is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away? Can’t we find a way to live forever? Did God really say it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God? Hath God said be sure your sin will find you out? If I am careful no one will ever know what I have done.

Yes, God has said all those things and MUCH more. We are an arrogant people and full of pride if we think we know better about life, eternity and even about who God is than what God Himself has revealed to us in His Word. Hath God said He sits in the heavens and laughs at those who are against Him and against His anointed, and holds them who are against Him in derision? Yes He does, as recorded in Psalm 2. He also gives us this stern warning in Galatians 6 for our benefit, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

It is nigh past time to discard Satan’s old, worn-out question he has used to deceive the whole world since its creation, “Hath God said?”, and replace it with “Thus saith the LORD” as found in Scripture. This world, and mankind, would be much better off if we did.

New Every Morning

In the Garden of Eden God told Adam & Eve if they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree they would die. They ate but did not die. Why not? They suffered severe consequences for their sin but continued to live outside the Garden and began to populate the earth. Why did God not immediately strike them down for their disobedience to Him?

With their first bite sin entered the world, and death by sin, so that sin passed upon all men (Romans 5:12). We are told in Scripture the payment for sin is death. As with Adam & Eve our first sin should result in our demise because of God’s Holiness and His Justice, but it doesn’t. We are permitted to continue to live until physical death overtakes us as it did them. Why does God allow us to survive when His command in the Garden was so clear?

It is because of the Lord’s MERCIES we are Not Consumed immediately!
HIS Compassions Fail Not… they are New Every Morning.
GREAT is HIS Faithfulness!
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

He has every right to destroy us when we sin but He doesn’t. He is longsuffering with us and loves us SO MUCH He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance before it is eternally too late. When we awake in the morning each new day is a gift given to us by God to provide us opportunity to seek His forgiveness and come into a right relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. The payment for sin was paid upon Calvary’s cross by the death of the Savior. It is only through the shed blood of Christ remission of sin is provided and everlasting life granted when we willingly surrender our lives to Him.