The Heart of the Christian Faith: Truth 73

107 truths about God, the world, and you.

73: God calls you to safeguard what belongs to another.

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“You must not steal.”
Exodus 20:15 NLT

The eighth commandment of the ten God wrote on stone tablets tells us, “You must not be a thief.” Do not take what does not belong to you.

The original Hebrew covers the unjust wrongful stealing of possessions, people, or truth and ideals. The word specifically refers to using stealth, subterfuge, deception to take what is not yours.[1]

“There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. … The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
1Samuel 2:2, 7 ESV

Consider God’s commandment to His people: No stealing. What does it tell you about God? the world? you?

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[1] James E. Smith, “364 גָּנַב,” ed. R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Chicago: Moody Press, 1999), 168.

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