Day 10 (for September 19, 2018 Yom Kippur) of #YamimNoraim
On the tenth Day of Awe, let us meditate on the tenth commandment of Aseret Ha-Dibrot (עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת) (The Ten Words): Exodus 20:17 (NASB) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Within this commandment, there are several other commandments which exemplify a timeless truth within God’s Word. The Hebrew word for “covet” is the word “chamad [חָמַד]” and means: to lust, to desire, to take pleasure in, to take delight it. This commandment, in a sense, is an extension of the reality of the previous four commandments exerted in our human reality. For example, if we are to preserve life in not murdering (v. 13), we are to not “covet [חָמַד]” their life. If we are to preserve marriage, we should not “lust [חָמַד]”—after our “neighbor’s wife” (v. 14). If we are to preserve someone’s personal property (v. 15), we should not “desire [חָמַד]” to steal it from them. If we are to preserve the truth within our court systems (v. 15), we should not “desire [חָמַד]” to operate in spirit of deceit (a lying tongue). Coveting is much more than wanting someone else’s “stuff”—it is a violation of another person’s humanity—their sense of dignity, their wanting to be loved, their wanting to be heard, seen, and shown affection. To “covet,” Biblically, is an evil desire to strip someone’s humanity and God-given rights from them.
Yehovah gives us ample warnings against this. Yah desires that we preserve life for we are the “salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13; Mk. 9:50). Job 6:6 says, “Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?” Our words, deeds, and actions should always be seasoned with grace and truth. Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Walk in the wisdom of God as you live before the unbelievers, and make it your duty to make him known. Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity…” (Continued in the comments.)