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August 16, 2009

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:13 pm
by millipede
Matthew 22:36-40
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Exodus 20:15
Thou shalt not steal.


We've been looking at the new testament law/commandments that Jesus gave and looking at how they can cover the ten commandments from the Old Testament.
This week's commandment is about stealing.
I think most people reading this can understand how stealing is a bad thing. It's against the law and something we're taught not to do from a young age. Most people know better than to do this and most people avoid it. There are however some people that can't seem to stop stealing and then others that just steal when they are really tempted.
There are some that believe the old testament laws do not apply and even though I don't think many people would argue the usefulness of the ten commandments, we're going to look at how breaking the commandments would also be breaking the commandments Jesus talked about in Matthew.
So here we are with a short statement. Don't steal.
Let's look at the first part of the passage from Matthew. Love God.
Would you be able to love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind while stealing something from someone?
I would say that stealing would be pretty hurtful to God for a couple reasons that I talked about for some of the other commandments.
God made each of us very special and He loves us all very much. It hurts Him when His people hurt.
God says that whatever you do to the least of these you have done unto Him. It doesn't matter who the person is, God loves us all. So it doesn't matter if you steal from a good person or a bad person. It's still stealing and not something God approves of.

The part in Matthew where it says to love your neighbors as yourself. That part is easy. You wouldn't like it if someone stole from you. Even people that steal on a regular basis hate it when someone steals something of theirs. Doesn't make sense that they would have a right to complain about someone stealing from them when they're out stealing. But nobody likes it. Nobody wants something taken away from them. So it is quite simple to see how if you were to steal you'd be breaking the commandments in the old testament as well as the commandments Jesus spoke of in Matthew.
And just to fill in a little more space here I'd like to mention a little more about stealing. Most of us think of stealing as breaking into someone's house or shoplifting. But there are plenty of other ways in which people steal. Some people steal credit for something. Some people plagiarize. Someone might steal a boyfriend or girlfriend from someone else. Someone might make a copy of a movie or cd or download something from the internet illegally... or copy some software. Lots of ways that seem quite innocent. Lots of people that copy music and software think it's no big deal. Those companies are HUGE and make tons of money right? Well, when you make those illegal copies you do hurt those companies but not just them. You also hurt the people that put all the work into creating the music or software. When you copy music illegally, the performers do not get any royalties. Lots of people can be hurt and it is still very illegal no matter which way you choose to look at it. And regardless of how innocent it might seem, the above verses still apply. Stealing is stealing. You wouldn't want it done to you in any way and God doesn't like it. So don't bother trying to rationalize.

Dear Lord, thank you for this day and all the blessings you have in store for me. Thank you for my friends and my family. Thank you for loving me so much and for sharing your word with me. Thank you for always looking out for my best interests.
Father, I pray for everyone reading this. I pray that you would touch people's hearts. I pray for anyone that does steal in any form, that you would work in their lives to change them. I pray that they would see how your word applies to their lives. I pray that you would help me Lord to not even think about such things myself. I ask forgiveness for all the things I may have stolen when I was younger.
Amen

Re: August 16, 2009

Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:48 pm
by timothy78
WOW! Millipede are you a Preacher or a Pastor? Do you have your own church? Where is it? I was reading your other sermins ( don't think I spelled that right). A person could learn a lot from a person like you! where did you study?