How is it that “coveting” is such a severe sin that it rates inclusion in the Ten Commandments? After all, unlike murder, adultery, stealing, and false witness, it doesn’t really do any harm to one’s neighbor. I always wondered that. But thanks to last Sunday’s sermon, now I know. And I see that the prohibition against coveting takes us deep into the heart of Biblical ethics.
Our pastor (and son-in-law) Ned Moerbe has been preaching a series of sermons on the Ten Commandments. I have been amazed to see how the has been able to tie in the assigned readings from the lectionary, though they aren’t specifically on the Commandments, to the topics at hand, demonstrating the unity and applicability of Scripture. He concluded the series by considering “Thou shalt not covet.”