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The Trouble with Thievery

The Trouble with Thievery

Aug 21, 2016

Passage:Exodus 20:15

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: X-Factor


August 21, 2016        Pastor John Welborn The X-Factor: Love God, Love People The Trouble with Thievery Exodus 20:15  I. Taking what rightfully belongs to another is stealing “You shall not steal.”  Exodus 20:15 
 “The Bible dignifies personal property, and roots this dignity in the imago Dei, the image of God. To steal from another is not merely to steal his possession. It is to assault another’s dignity as a human being who has the right to the toil of his hands, to the produce of her talents, to the property that is rightfully ours.” Al Mohler 
“If we look at mankind in all of its conditions, it is nothing but a vast wide stable full of great thieves.” Martin Luther 
“Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.”  James 5:4-5  “Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” Titus 2:9-10 
“It is not God’s will for us to have anything that we cannot obtain by honorable means, and the only right attitude to others’ property is scrupulous concern that ownership be fully respected.” J.I. Packer  
II. Keeping what rightfully belongs to another is stealing “You shall not steal.” 
“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Ephesians 4:28 
“The opposite of stealing is not simply – not stealing. The opposite of stealing is giving.” James Merritt 
 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:8-10 
“Ownership is Stewardship.” J.I. Packer
How does the Gospel address our thievery?   The Gospel addresses our thievery by Jesus paying God back for all our sins and providing his inheritance and righteousness on our behalf. 
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 
How can we embrace the Gospel? By repenting of sin and trusting Christ!  
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities: • The Wiersbe Bible Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (2007) • Keeping the 10 Commandments – J.I. Packer (2007) • To Catch a Thief – James Merritt (2005) • How Jesus Transformed the Ten Commandments – Edmund P. Clowney (2007) • The 8th Commandment – Mark Driscoll – (2013) • Words from the Fire – R. Albert Mohler, Jr (2009)