The 10 Commandments // Part 10

Commandment 10

Exodus 20:17

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


1. When is enough ever enough?

  • While living in the top 98% of income in the world, we covet.
  • We are much like Dennis the Menace – while looking through a Christmas catalog at a lot of toys, Dennis says, “This catalog’s got a lot of toys I didn’t even know I wanted.”

2. What does it mean to covet?

It is an inordinate desire to possess what belongs to another, usually tangible things.

  • In this 10th Commandment, God warns us about desiring what others have to the extent we are willing to threaten their basic rights.

  • It’s not wrong to simply want nice things. God delights in us wanting and having good things.

  • Psalm 37:4 NLT
    "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires."
  • Psalm 84:11 NLT
    "For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right." 
  • But coveting is desiring something so strongly we are willing to cross the lines to get it.

3. And we need to know that this sin of inordinate desire will cost us dearly.

A. We pay a high price for covetousness. It is a plight that affects our families and our heart.

Here’s one of the main problems with coveting, it puts my focus in the wrong place.

Listen to the Scripture:

  • I John 2:15-17 NLT
    "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." 
  • Luke 12:15 NIV
    "Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”"
  • Colossians 3:2 NLT
    "Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth." 
  • Matthew 6:33 NLT
    "Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."

We strive continuously for more…

B. Coveting affects my relationship with others.

Romans 13:9 NLT says:
"For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These – and other commandments – are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

  • Love is characterized by self-sacrifice, not self-gratification.

  • Love rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep.

1. When I have a covetous spirit, I envy when my neighbor gets a new car or a raise, or some other blessing.

2. Church, we should be above this.

  • We need to celebrate each other more.
  • We need to congratulate more.
  • Be happy for a brother or sister who has received a blessing.

C. This thing of coveting leads to breaking all of God’s commands. It’s been truthfully said, “Forbidden desires lead to forbidden goods.”


I’ve mentioned David already in this series but notice this:

  • David broke the tenth commandment coveting his neighbor’s wife.
  • That led to adultery, which broke the seventh commandment.
  • Then, in order to steal Bathsheba (breaking the eighth commandment),
  • He committed murder and broke the sixth commandment.
  • He broke the ninth commandment by lying about it.
  • This brought dishonor to his parents, breaking the fifth commandment.
  • He didn’t put God first, breaking the first and second commandments.
  • This dishonored God’s name, breaking the third commandment.
  • Why does this happen? Because it’s a heart problem as Jesus stated in Matthew 15:19-20:
    “For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead you to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. These are the things that make a person unclean. But to eat without washing your hands as they say you should – this doesn’t make a person unclean.”

D. Coveting will ruin your spiritual life.

Mark 4:18-19 NIV
"Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful."

  • Here’s what concerns me most about this, people are busy trying to fill a spiritual void with carnal things.

  • We think more will be better. Nicer is the best. Expensive and popular is the ultimate.

  • The Bible says in Philippians 4:11 NLT:
    "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have." 

  • Hebrews 13:5 NLT

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

  • I Timothy 6:8 NLT

So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

  • God loves us so much and cares so much for us that He just desires we settle down – settle down and enjoy the blessings He brings to us.
  • Settle down and have a thankful heart and spirit.
  • Learn to be at peace with yourself – at peace with your neighbor – at peace with God.


1. Simplify – my mantra this year

2. It’s why we’ve been intentional in just dealing with simple themes:

  • Beatitudes
  • Fruit of the Spirit
  • 10 Commandments

3. Life’s so complicated because we’ve made it so. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Be thankful for what you have. And be grateful for where you are going!





Worship Set


Open Up Our Eyes 

- Mack Brock, Chris Brown, Stuart Garrard, London Gatch, and Wade Joye

Verse 1

Greater is the One who's in us
Greater is the One who calls our name
He will never fail

Stronger is the One within us
Stronger is the One who fights for us
He will never fail
You will never fail

Chorus 1

For Your love endures forever
Oh Your love endures forever
Open up our eyes surround us with Your light
Your love endures forever

Verse 2

Mighty is the One who's for us
Mighty is the One who's strong to save
He will make a way You will make a way

Misc 1(Bridge)

Our God is fighting for us always
Our God is fighting for us all
Our God is fighting for us always
We are not alone we are not alone (yeah)


The Cross Has The Final Word 

- Cody Carnes

Verse 1

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Sorrow may come in the darkest night
But the cross has the final word

Verse 2

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Evil may put up its strongest fight
But the cross has the final word

Chorus 1

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
The Savior has come with the morning light
The cross has the final word

Chorus 2

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
He traded death for eternal life
The cross has the final word

Misc 1(Bridge)

There's nothing stronger nothing higher
Nothing greater than the name of Jesus
All the honor all the power
All the glory to the name of Jesus


The Stand

- Joel Houston

Verse 1

You stood before creation
Eternity in Your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

Verse 2

You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon Your shoulders
My soul now to stand

Misc 1(Pre-Chorus)

So what can I say
And what can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

Verse 3

So I'll walk upon salvation
Your Spirit alive in me
My life to declare Your promise
My soul now to stand

Chorus 1

So I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
I'll stand
My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours


Worth 

- Anthony Brown (Arr. Doug Sherbert)

Chorus 1

You thought I was worth saving
So You came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
So You cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
So You sacrificed Your life
So I could be free so I could be whole
So I can tell ev'ryone I know

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Hallelujah Glory to the God who changed my life
(And I will praise You) forever
(I'll worship You) forever
(I'll give You glory) forever
(Because I am) Because I am free because I am whole
And I will tell ev'ryone I know

Misc 2 (Bridge)

Hallelujah Glory to the God who changed my life
(And I will praise You) forever
(I'll worship You) forever
(I'll give You glory) forever
(I'll give you honor) forever
('Cause You deserve it Lord) forever
(You deserve it Lord) forever
(I'll praise You) forever
(Forever) because I am free
Because I am whole
And I will tell ev'ryone I know

Chorus 2

You thought I was worth saving
So You came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
So You cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
Thought I was to die for (oo)
Oh You thought I (ah) was to die for
You thought I You thought I
You thought I was to die for
You sacrificed Your life
So I could be free

Misc 3 (Bridge)

Love lifted me
Love lifted me
When nothing else could could help
It was Your love that lifted me
Oh love lifted me
Love lifted me
When nothing else could help
It was Your love that lifted
It was Your love that lifted
It was Your love that lifted

Chorus 3

You thought I was worth saving
So You came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
So You cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
So You sacrificed Your life
So I could be free