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Friday, June 21 2013

For The Love Of God: 10

"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"

The original Hebrew word of the Tenth Commandment, pronounced kaw-mad, which is translated as "covet" in English, literally means to lust after. It is not wrong to honestly want something that is properly available, but it is wrong to have an unhealthy desire for something, particularly if it belongs to someone else who does not want to part with it. Coveting, or lust, turns people into objects, and objects into idols (see Lethal Lust).

The Tenth Commandment:

The Tree

"20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:17 KJV)

The first humans became sinners when their covetous thoughts became an act of theft (see also How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?):

"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:6 KJV)

As with all of the Laws of Freedom (see The Yoke Of Freedom), to remain pure from covetousness is a foundation of Christianity:

"7:7 What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." (Romans 7:7 KJV)

"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." (Romans 13:9 KJV)

Covetousness turns people into predators who are never at peace, with themselves, or with anyone else.

"4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." (James 4:1-3 KJV)

On the other hand, "godliness with contentment is great gain."

"6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:6-10 KJV)

A covetous life is a wasted life (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge).

"12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night [see Could Christ Return Tonight?] thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:15-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why does the Church of Rome blasphemously combine the first two Commandments into one, for themselves, and then falsely split the Tenth Commandment into two? What were they coveting to do with their idols?
See Numbering God's Commandments; see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?

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This Day In History, June 21

217 BC: Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal (a Punic Carthaginian military commander, considered by many historians to be one of the greatest military commanders in history) destroyed a Roman army (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) under consul Gaius Flaminicy in a battle at Lake Trasimenus in central Italy (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Hannibal 524: The Battle of Vezeronce. The Burgundians under King Godomar defeated the Franks.

533: A Byzantine fleet under Belisarius sailed from Constantinople to battle the Vandals (an east Germanic tribe) in Africa.

1307: Kulug Khan was crowned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan.

1314: The Scots of Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II's army at Bannockburn.

1377: King Edward III of England died. King from 1327, he attempted to invade France in 1339 and 1340, thereby starting the Hundred Years War. He was succeeded by his grandson, Richard II.

1529: During the War of the League of Cognac, French military forces were routed out of northern Italy by Spanish forces at the Battle of Landriano.

1633: Galileo Galilei was forced by the Roman Catholic Church to "abjure, curse, and detest" his (entirely correct) theory that the earth orbits the sun.

1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-67), with the Dutch ceding New Amsterdam, known today as New York, to the English.

1749: Halifax was founded when Col. Edward Cornwallis brought more than 2,500 English immigrants to Nova Scotia ("New Scotland").

1791: King Louis XVI of France and his family fled to Varennes during the French Revolution.

1824: During the Greek War of Independence, Egyptian forces captured Psara in the Aegean Sea.

1887: Queen Victoria celebrated her golden jubilee marking 50 years on the British throne.

1900: The Boxer Rebellion began in China to oppose foreign interference in Chinese affairs. An international force of Japanese, Russian, German, U.S., British, Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops put down the uprising by August 14 (which obviously proved that there was foreign interference in Chinese affairs).

1977: Menachem Begin became Israel's 6th Prime Minister (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).

1982: John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the attempted murder of U.S. President Reagan in 1981.

1990: An earthquake in northern Iran killed over 50,000 and injured more than 200,000.

1990: Hungary officially re-launched its stock exchange, 42 years after its closure by the Communist Party. The Budapest stock exchange was the first Western-style securities exchange in any Warsaw Pact country.

2006: The newly-discovered moons of the planet Pluto were officially named Nix and Hydra (although most scientists reject religion, they nevertheless very often name scientific discoveries and programs after pagan gods and idols).


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