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Wednesday, June 19 2013
For The Love Of God: 8
"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"
The English word "steal" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced gaw-nawb, which superficially means to carry away, but moreover means to take secretly, or to deceive. The English word stealth (which means to steal while hidden), which is based upon the English word steal, is actually a more accurate translation of the full meaning of the Hebrew word in the Commandment "Thou shalt not steal" i.e. thou shalt not commit stealth.
The Eighth Commandment:
"20:15 Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15 KJV)
While the Eighth Commandment specifically prohibits stealing, all of the Commandments are based on not stealing. The first Four Commandments are about not stealing the worship and obedience that belongs to God alone, while the last six Commandments are about not stealing from people i.e. not stealing the honor away from parents (the Fifth Commandment), not stealing someone's life from them (the Sixth Commandment), not stealing someone's spouse (the Seventh Commandment), not stealing the truth from someone (the Ninth Commandment) and not planning or conspiring to steal a possession from someone (the Tenth Commandment).
"13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:9-10 KJV)
There is no such thing as "petty theft" in God's sight - the character of those who steal a little is the same as those who steal much:
"16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" (Luke 16:10-11 KJV)
The only recorded incident in which Jesus Christ resorted to force (during the little over 30 years that He lived as a mortal human; to understand the LORD God before and after that, see The Kingdom Of The LORD God and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?) is when He drove out the thieves from the Temple:
"21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." (Matthew 21:12-13 KJV)
People commit theft when they are delinquent to those in His commanded service i.e. "freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8 KJV) and "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn." (1 Corinthians 9:7-9 KJV).
"3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:8-10 KJV)
Unrepentant thieves, as well as all unrepentant sinners, will not enter the Kingdom of God. But with repentance, true repentance, comes forgiveness, as evidenced among the early church (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners):
"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) How was the first sin committed? (b) Who was the LORD God against Whom the theft was committed? Was it Jesus Christ? (c) How have people been stealing Christ's Name to do as they please for themselves ever since?
This Day In History, June 19
325: The month-long Council of Nicea closed. Known as the first ecumenical council in the history of Emperor Constantine's Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), it formulated the Nicene Creed and established the method for calculating their "Easter."
1179: The Battle of Kalvskinnet, at Nidaros, Norway. Earl Erling Skakke (the father of Magnus V, who reigned as King of Norway from 1161 to 1184) was killed.
1269: King Louis IX of France ordered all Jews to wear a yellow badge in public (centuries later, the Nazis under Adolf Hitler issued the same order; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1306: The forces of the Earl of Pembroke defeated the Scottish army of Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Methven.
1536: Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was beheaded.
1566: James VI of Scotland was born. Upon the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, he ascended the English throne as James I. He is best remembered for authorizing the publication known today as the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible.
1610: French forces under Samuel de Champlain battled the Iroquois near the mouth of the Richelieu River in Quebec.
1793: The Upper Canada legislature passed an act prohibiting the importation of slaves into the colony, the first such law in the British Empire.
1816: The Battle of Seven Oaks was fought by the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1850: Princess Louise of the Netherlands married Crown Prince Karl of Sweden-Norway.
1867: Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, emperor of Mexico, was executed by firing squad.
1875: The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire began.
1917: During the First World War, King George V ordered members of British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames, and to assume the name Windsor (listen also to our Sermons The European World Wars and The Balfour Declaration).
1953: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair at the "Sing Sing" Prison in New York after being convicted of transmitting atomic bomb secrets to Russia. Their execution had been originally scheduled for 11:00 pm on a Friday, however after an appeal by their lawyers saying that an execution during the Sabbath would offend their Jewish heritage, the Federal Government changed the execution time to 8:00 pm, about an hour before the Sabbath was to begin. According to official witnesses, while Julius Rosenberg died as expected, it was discovered that Ethel Rosenberg was still alive, so the unconscious woman was strapped back into the chair and electrocuted further until smoke from her head filled the execution chamber.
1961: Kuwait was granted independence from the United Kingdom.
1976: The U.S. Viking 1 went into Martian orbit after a 10-month flight from Earth.
1991: The Soviet occupation of Hungary ended.