March 10, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 19



Monte Holland

This is the nineteenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 18

Today’s photographs feature chapels—the chapel in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery on Rt. 711 South, and Little Harbor Chapel behind the South Street Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. To view click on:


The Tenth Commandment:     17Do not want anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.  Exodus 20:17

The last commandment, in a sense, sums up the previous five commandments, and even the first four. The key word is covet. The dictionary meaning of this rarely used word is “to desire eagerly; long for; especially, to desire something belonging to another.” The desiring of something belonging to another really covers adultery (desire of the marital rights that belong to another’s spouse), stealing (taking goods in the care of another person), murder (taking life away from another person), disrespecting father and mother (taking away the honor they deserve for bringing you into the world), and lying (keeping the truth away from a person.)

     In each case one who covets thinks of himself before he considers the other person.  We covet because we consider ourselves better than others or more important than others—and even more important than God because we violate the rules set up by God when we covet. We set our own rules when we covet.

     The Ten Commandments were set in place because human beings are called to be relational in the best sense. God created them for fellowship with Him. He sets the rules for that relationship, making it clear that He is God, and He must be revered and honored. God also created human beings for mutual fellowship. The Ten Commandments help us to act responsibly, assisting each other in being the best stewards of God’s created order.

     Probably the hardest concept we must each accept is that everything belongs to God, and that our lives are all centered around the stewardship of His provision in our lives.

The Tenth Commandment: DO NOT COVET.

     Furthermore, desires are much harder to control than actions themselves. Yet sinful actions begin with a covetous desire, which the tenth commandment tells us to “nip in the bud.”


Exercise 1: How do we go about getting what we want?

(arpy ot doG) ____________________

(istnel ot doG) ______________________

(ntaw hawt doG ntaws orf su) __________________________

Exercise 2. We are not supposed to covet. Name one thing that you find yourself coveting most. 

Exercise 3: Summary of Ten Commandments

Commandments 1-4 deal with our relation to ____________.

Commandments 5-10 deal with our relation to ____________.

A very important word is (tewsradhips) ____________________.

A major problem (sin) is (vetocing) _____________________.

Our primary responsibility is to (beyo) __________ God and to (siphow) ___________ God.

Can you now state the Ten Commandments?

The next few devotionals will deal with another key idea in both the Old and New Testaments: love. It will include discussions about The Great Commandment and the Love Chapter (written by Paul, an early follower of Jesus) in the New Testament. Both teach us about love. The Golden Rule is another basic life principle.

Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Psalm 27:   

Continue on to the next lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 20 by clicking on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 20


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