Take your bibles please and turn to Exodus chapter twenty. We're continuing our study in the Ten Commandments, God's laws for living and I want to read by means of review and reflection each of these commandments we've preached on and upon thus far and then come to our text for today. So, I commence in verse one, and God spake all these words saying, I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them, for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work, but the Sabbath of the Lord thy God and it thou shalt not any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thou manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is and rested the seventh day, wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it. Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery and then we come to our text for today, thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not steal.
I heard one time of a church that was interviewing a pastor, it was a country church and they were interviewing a pastor, the pulpit committee was, to see if they wanted him to be their pastor and among the questions they asked him was this, do you preach against sin? He said not only do I preach against sin, I call it by it's first name. They said what do you mean by that? He said not only do I preach thou shalt not steal, he said I preach thou shalt not steal watermelons. Now, I believe that's the kind of preaching we need. I believe that we need to get it out of the realm of the ethereal and the abstract and get it down to the personal and the pertinent, something that we can apply to our hearts and by the grace of God that's what I want to do with this commandment today that says thou shalt not steal.
Jesus Christ gave a parable, it's the parable of t he good Samaritan and you can read it if you choose to when you get home in Luke chapter ten beginning in verse thirty, but Jesus said a certain man was going from Jerusalem to Jericho and he fell among thieves and the thieves beat him and left him there by the wayside half dead and then h ...
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