“You shall not steal.” (Exodus20:15)
In this country, most people in most societies can own their own property. We must understand that, God, however, is the ultimate Owner, we are merely the stewards of that property. To take property from someone is a violation of their personhood.
As people are stewards of the true Owner, we must also understand that if we take that property, we are actually stealing from God. A move that is not recommended by any serious biblical source.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, forgive us when we fall into the trap is sin, thinking we can get ourselves out of trouble on our own. Help us to remember that we are to trust You in all things; to depend on You in all things; to be thankful to You for everything. It is in Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Scripture is not cake just for special occasions, but it is bread for daily consumption.”
“The Lord said to Moses: ‘If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving his neighbor about something entrusted to him o left in his care or stolen, or if he cheats him, or if he finds lost property and lies about it, or if he swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that people may do—-when he thus sins and becomes guilty, he must return what he has stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to him, or the lost property he found, or whatever it was he swore falsely about. He must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day he presents his guilt offering.’” (Leviticus6:1-5)
Thieves must make things right with the offended human party and with God. Theft is both a crime and a sin. Part of society’s justice involves restitution plus penalties for lost income and emotional distress.
Lying, stealing, or any other dishonesty has no place among God’s people. Believers should be instrumental in leading society o deal with crimes of dishonesty. Failure to admit we have lost property makes us guilty of lying and theft, and are accountable to the property owner.
“’Do not steal.’ ‘Do not lie.’ ‘Do not deceive one another.’” (Leviticus 19:11)
‘Do not steal’; Do not lie’; ‘Do not deceive one another.’ What does this really mean? We are to respect the property of others, period! You don’t lie or defraud others of their rightful property. You do no use deception to take another’s property. In the day this was written, you were to be honest, your word was a contact, doing anything to take someones property was looked down on to the point, that to pay restitution, you had to return the property and at the same time, you have to pay 1/5 its value as a guilt offering to its owner, all at the same time. What have we come to today? The law hasn’t changed, but as a society had seriously changed.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“You shall not bow down to them (man-made idols) or worship them; for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hat me.” (Deuteronomy5:9)
Sin brings consequences to the sinner and to many other people. This was especially true in a time when several generations lived in the same house. Such consequences are seen, theologically as God’s punishment on sin.
The major biblical emphasis lies on individual responsibility and punishment, but the further consequences cannot be ignored. The sinner brings deserved consequences on loved ones. This should be a sufficient warning against sin, but it seems not to be the case for everyone anymore. The amount of sin caused by theft, lying, deception, etc. has risen to new heights. A day of reckoning is coming, beloved. If you think you will slip by, it won’t happen. If you think is was “no big deal,” it’s a very big deal. Judgment will be swift and sure and separation from God is the result, permanently. Repent now and mean it, and you can still be allowed in the kingdom. It’s that serious.