Part 8:  The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20.15

Hello and Welcome to Our Church Without Walls: I’m preaching a series of messages called THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Today’s text is found in: Exodus 20:3-17

This is part 8, with the emphasis on verse 15

Welcome back! So far, we have learned about the first Seven of the Ten Commandments. With only three left, let’s get right into the Eighth Commandment, “You shall not steal”, Exodus 20:15.

Not too long ago, I knew a lot of people who owned their own business. Some of them refused to pay taxes and others would come up with ways of “cheating” the customer out of extra money. Either way, the result was the same; they were stealing money from others, which violates this Eighth Commandment.

This commandment concerns our own, and our neighbor’s, wealth, estate, and goods. It also forbids us to rob ourselves of what we have by sinful spending, and invading our neighbor’s rights, taking his goods from his person, house, or business by force or in a hidden or unobservable way. In other words, any dishonest acquiring of another’s goods or assets greatly violates this commandment. As mentioned in yesterday’s devotion (see THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, Part Seven), this commandment can easily pose a moral dilemma. Though it may be legal to obtain extra goods or money in a forcible, deceitful or dishonest way, it violates the Eighth Commandment.

This commandment not only covers stealing, theft and fraud, but also tells of the restoration to the owner. In Exodus Chapter 22, you will find the guidelines for repayment, whether the thief is caught by day, night or not caught at all. The repayment, or restoration, to the owner would be anywhere from twice the amount, to as much as five times the amount, of what was stolen. However, this commandment didn’t just cover the actual stealing of a thing. It also covered borrowed items.

Let’s say you borrowed a tool from your neighbor, but it broke while in your possession. You then decided to either keep it and hoped the owner forgot all about it, or you returned it and didn’t say anything about it being broke. This too violates this Eighth Commandment. We are to restore or replace those things if they break or are damaged while in our possession. After all, taking this step would show our love for our neighbor as Christ has commanded us to do. In the event that we do “get away” with deceiving someone else, we must remember that Genesis 16:13 is still in the Bible, which says, “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees”.

I’m Pastor Robby teaching His Word, His Work, His Way