The first and the tenth commandments bookend the moral law of God. The two commandments really undergird the others, and the violations of these two commandments drive the violations of the others. The tenth commandment is “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17) The first commandment is “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) Both of these commandments are forbidding idolatry. Colossians 3:5, when it refers to the sin of covetousness equates it with idolatry.
That is one reason why covetousness is so deadly–it sets our hearts and affections ultimately on what we might have, what we feel we need to possess, and it keeps us from hoping in God alone. But the command has something to commend as well–contentment. Scripture tells us that “godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6).
This Lord’s Day at River City Reformed we will consider this tenth commandment, but we will also look at what Gospel hope there is for those who have broken the tenth commandment. Christ Himself and His finished work is the answer to our commandment breaking.
Join us this week at 9 AM for worship at 9820 W Markham St in Little Rock (the sanctuary of Faith United Methodist Church). For more information, click here or contact us for more information. You can also watch our service on YouTube with a link posted to our Facebook page.