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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:28

Ten Commandments- Commandment 7

The 10 Commandments


This Week’s Focus:

The Seventh Commandment

You shall not steal.

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.

Bible Teaching
God forbids stealing in any way (Leviticus 19:35; Psalm 37:21;Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-12).  We are called to encourage our neighbor in good use of what is his (Matthew 5:40-42; 7:12; Philippians 2:3-11; 1 John 3:16-18).

“This is enough of an explanation of what stealing is.  Let the commandment not be understood too narrowly.  But let it apply to everything that has to do with our neighbors.  Briefly, in summary (as in the former commandments) this is what is forbidden:  (a) To do our neighbor any injury or wrong (in any conceivable manner, by impeding, hindering, and withholding his possessions and property), or even to consent or allow such injury.  Instead we should interfere and prevent it.  (b) It is commanded that we advance and improve his possessions.  When they suffer lack, we should help, share, and lend both to friends and foes (Matthew 5:42).” Martin Luther, The Large Catechism, p.


Our Confession
·         We confess that God is the Giver of all things.
·         We confess our thankfulness to God for all He has given us and others.
·         We reject theft of any kind (even if legal in the state).

Discussion Questions
1. Why should we be thankful for, and content with, what God has given us?

2. Why should we be happy for our neighbor and what he/she has and how is that

3. Is this Commandment dependent on what is and is not legal in a given country? 
    Why or why not?

4. What does this Commandment forbid?

Gracious Father, send Your Spirit to give us thankful hearts for all Your blessings, that we may live lives that wisely use Your blessings to us, Appreciate what You have given by not taking what belongs to others, and encouraging them in their use of Your gifts to them.  In the name of Your greatest gift, Jesus.  Amen.














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