The 10th Commandment, “Thou shalt not Covet“. We get asked at times, what does it mean in Bible to not Covet?
If we look up the word Covet in the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word is “chamad”, and means something we desire, or lust after.
In the Bible, coveting our neighbor’s wife, lusting after her, is committing adultery in our hearts (Matt 5:28). We also covet what other people have, like their good looks, their house, their clothing, their financial status, their success, or their car (ox or donkey), their employees or housemaids (or servants), and anything that a neighbor has. Our neighbor doesn’t mean the person living next door. It means anyone that has more than we do.
When we covet, we are telling Yahweh that we are not satisfied with what we have because our life is not really defined by our possessions (Luke 12:15) but by profession (John 3:17-18) because “life is more than food, and the body more than clothing” (Luke 12:23). Paul warns us about the pursuit of “things” and tells us in 1 Tim 6:6-10 that “But holiness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich famous fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It’s also very dangerous and unhealthy to love fame!
The key to understanding this commandment is in the definition of the word “covet.” Two different Hebrew words are used in the passages condemning coveting (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21), and both mean “to lust after or to long for with great desire.”
Ask yourselves this question, answer truthfully, are you grateful for what you have in your life? Do you always thank our Father in heaven for all your blessing that you already possess? Or are you ungrateful often, do you always long for more in your life? More fame, success, money, better looks, better car, houses etc?
As a younger brother of ours, his name is Kurtis Nash, he said, “That sheds light on so many things and why so many people turn out to be miserable in life, people do not understand this simple commandment! And these so called ministers or televangelist who promise fortune and riches are destructive”. He went on to say, “I am very grateful for the things I have. I know that I am being taken care of by the Father for every good and perfect gift comes from Him!” – Kurtis Nash
So if you do not want to willfully break the 10th Commandment, then we encourage you to have an attitude and spirit like Kurtis does, an attitude of gratitude. Look around, look carefully, make a list of all the blessings in your life, of all the positive things, be careful for what you have, and repent of complaining of what you do not have!
And as Kurtis was indicating, these false Christian Prosperity preachers, for example, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyers etc, they cause people to BREAK the 10th Commandment, by causing them to COVET MORE for their lives!!! In addition, they teach false names, false doctrines and should NOT be followed at all!
All these false Pagan Christian preachers have accumulated and stored up great amounts of earthly wealth and using people’s tithes and donations to buy expensive houses, clothing, jewellery, cars etc, many of them are having plastic surgery too, e.g Joyce Meyer etc.
They live in a constant state of COVETING, they seem to want more and more and more, and as mentioned, Joyce Meyer even had plastic surgery because she was not content with what she had, she wanted better looks and has caused millions of her followers to COVET better body and face image!
Coveting brings destruction to the person coveting, physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. Many people have committed suicide because they are habitually coveting, they are so unhappy how they look, where they live, etc, they want more and more, they want better bodies, relationships with certain people, better looks, they want to be a famous singer or actor, and the list goes on and on.
We at Yahweh’s House Ministries encourage everyone to immediately repent of coveting!!! Come back to obedience to Yahweh’s 10 Commandments, including the 10th, “THOU SHALT NOT COVET“.