Deuteronomy – Deu 5:19 – Neither Shalt Thou Steal

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Deu 5:19 Neither shalt thou steal

Stealing from someone in the flesh is the fruit of our heart, the fruit of the spiritual sin of stealing from God. We steal from God in whom we think we are, what we think we are and who we think He is.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

When we think we are responsible for our good works, or for that matter our evil works, we are laying up for ourselves "treasures" upon our earth. Remember, we are the earth - Jer 22:29. In our earth, which is corruptible, we cover ourselves with spiritual garments which we think are covering our sins. We are taught and we learn doctrines which we believe takes care of all our problems. We clothe ourselves with twisting the truth, with doctrines of self help ideas and with religions that sooth our flesh.

When I was blinded by the reformed doctrine, I taught and believed that Jesus Christ died for my sins of the flesh - past, present and future - to save me from eternal hell fire. With Him dying for me it relieved me from the seriousness of combating sin in my life because I thought, "He knows I'm in the flesh, and He already died for my sin, so I don't have to really worry about it."

When I was blinded by the pentecostal doctrine, I was more serious about stopping myself from any appearance of sins of the flesh, because I was taught that if I died in the act of a sin, no matter how small a sin, I would go to hell fire. So moving on to the reformed doctrine was a relief because it made me make light of sin, and I could sin and still have my cake. In both cases I had laid up treasure on my earth, and I covered myself by stealing from God. This is why the above verse says that laying up treasures on earth is where moths eat our covering.

Isa 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

Job 13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

When we steal the glory from God and claim our worth as ours, we are covering ourselves with moth-eaten garments, full of holes. The holes expose our nakedness, and our shame of what we are is exposed before the eyes of The LORD. When something is full of holes it is not secure, it is not protected, it is easy to be broken into. So, too, it is with our spiritual house. It is easy for God to expose our false doctrines and allow thieves to steal our glory;

Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

It is easy for the Devil to steal our glory because he knows us very well. He knows us better than we know ourselves because he has spent many years walking up and down, to and fro inside us;

Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

We are the earth that he is walking up and down in because he has been kicked out of our heavens;

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

What does any of this have to do with the eighth commandment? It has everything to do with it, because we learned to steal from our father, the devil. He was a murderer from the beginning, did not abide in the truth, and is a thief. Where do we learn to steal? We learn from our father the Devil. We have the nature of S.I.N. in us, Satan-Influenced-Nature, the nature of our father who was a murderer from the beginning (Joh 8:44). From our beginning we steal from God in ways that are not conceivable to us. We do so because that is our nature from physical birth (Psa 51:5). We are born sinners, lusting for what we do not have:

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

We have all these desires because we are born in the nature of our father, the Devil. When we desire things that others have or things we do not have, we are stealing from God, because we are saying what we have is not satisfying. We are not content with what we have or where we are.

Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

The flesh is never satisfied;

Pro 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Pro 30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:
Pro 30:16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

This is why we steal from God, and this is why He gives us the commandment not to steal, because we do it and don't even know when we are doing it. We are told, "You can have anything you want if you just try hard enough." That statement just stole from God, because it supposes that we have the ability to create our own destinies, that we are free moral agents who are able to make choices free from any influence from God to be what our evil heart lusts itself to be. This is the core of our sin.

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

These scriptures teach us that we are not free at all. We are either a slave of sin or a slave of righteousness. Whatever the case, we are what we are because of our Creator. When we tell others, like our children, that they can be whatever they want if they try hard enough, we are lying to them to make them feel good. We are hoping that this lie will spur them to try harder to be something other than what they are, but this is a lie and is stealing from God and His power to create every man in whatever state they are created.

1Co 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
1Co 7:18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
1Co 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
1Co 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
1Co 7:21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
1Co 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.
1Co 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1Co 7:24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

The commandments are given in a scale from the great commandment.

Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Why do I say a scale? Because if we are dead to ourselves we are loving God with all our NEW HEART, NEW way of seeing our earth, with our NEW mind and in turn seeing our neighbor as ourselves and therefore loving them as ourselves. We are not able to love anyone unless we love God first, and then all the other commandments fall into place. However, we cannot love God until we are put to death and then born again with a new heart that CAN love God. What does it mean to love God? It means we acknowledge Him in all our ways, ALL OUR WAYS, in our good deeds and in our evil, and then He will direct us into the way He has predestined for us;

Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

So in conclusion of this verse and commandment, to the limited ability we have touched on it with what we have been given to this point in our growth, we steal from God whenever we steal from others. Stealing is the fruit of what is in our hearts of not being content with what we are or what we have. Stealing is taking credit for anything in our lives, or giving credit to anything in our lives as coming from us separately and independently from God. I have been told many times in my life that God created us with wisdom and knowledge and has left it up to us to use that wisdom and knowledge for good. This way of thinking is as if the good comes from us separately from Him in our first creational state of the dead, as though we were created complete. We are born dead, we are being created, and we must give The LORD all credit for all things, seeing that all things were created by Him, for Him and by Him all things consist - good or evil;

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

I will end with this verse which seems to cap the thoughts today;

Jer 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

In my old man I am this prophet who steals The LORD'S words, and it is not until we see ourselves as dead do we live.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover ;

Deu 5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.

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