You shall not covet


Today’s commandment is from Exodus 20:17:

You shall not cove your neighbour’s house, you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey or anything that is your neighbour’s.

The word 'to covet' means to want or wish for… we rarely wish for our neighbour’s ox or his donkey. We can all think of things that belong to other people that we have desired or wished for. Perhaps you wish England had been in the World Cup final instead of Croatia or that you had someone else’s friends, house, job, holidays or family, the list is endless.

Something we have been thinking about in Sunday School recently is what Jesus taught in Matthew 22:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
— Matthew 22:37-39

Is coveting loving God and our neighbour? If not, why not?