The Tenth Commandment is mentioned in Romans 7. We get a better understanding of what covetousness is all about because God’s law spells it out. We should not have the wrong desires and lusts that will get us into trouble.
[Steve Myers] The 10 Commandments can most certainly be found throughout the New Testament. We’ve been looking at quite a few different examples of this, and we’re down to number ten. And of course, number ten speaks to us about not coveting.
So we’re not to desire something that doesn’t belong to us. And there’s a great example of this in Romans 7:7 Romans 7:7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, You shall not covet.
American King James Version×. And it specifically hearkens back to that Tenth Commandment back in Exodus 20. Here’s what it says: “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet’.”
And so Paul uses this whole concept of coveting – you know, desiring something that doesn’t belong to us, lusting after things that are someone else’s, or having a wrong desire – he refers to that by recognizing the impact of God’s law, that God’s law is absolutely necessary. God’s law is not done away, because if you tried to do away with the law, we really wouldn’t understand what sin is. And so God’s law is a revealer. God’s law reveals.
And so we can get a better understanding of what covetousness is all about because God’s law spells it out. We shouldn’t have wrong desires, we shouldn’t have lust, we shouldn’t have that self-motivation that will get us into trouble. And so God importantly shows a couple of things here – the importance of the commandments that are continuous throughout time, the Old Testament, New Testament, and of course the significance of God’s law and the part it plays in revealing what sin is all about.
We’ll talk about more examples of this later on on further BT Dailys, but that’ll be it for now. So we’ll see you next time.