Deuteronomy – Deu 5:21 “Neither Shalt Thou Covet” – Part 1

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Deu 5:21 “Neither Shalt Thou Covet”

Deu 5:21  Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s. 

Last week we covered the fact that Christ is our Neighbor. We saw that to bear false witness against our Neighbour is to bear false witness against Christ. Today we will see how we covet Christ’s wife – His church; we covet His house – place of rest; we covet His field – the world, and we covet His creation in that world, His manservant, maidservant, his ox, ass and everything that is in the world that belongs to Him.

First we covet His church:

We have all been subject to the different denominations in this world. I have been through many different denominations and churches searching for the truth. I witnessed many people drawn away by so-called pastors who wanted the preeminence. This is why we have 30,000 different denominations of Christianity. David’s son Absalom is a good example for us to learn from regarding this subject. Absalom is the third son of David. He is used by God for the process of the judgment upon David by coveting his father’s house.

2Sa 3:3  And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

אַבְשָׁלוֹם    אֲבִישָׁלוֹם
‘ăbı̂yshâlôm    ‘abshâlôm
ab-ee-shaw-lome’, ab-shaw-lome’
From H1 and H7965; father of peace (that is, friendly); Abshalom, a son of David; also (the fuller form) a later Israelite: – Abishalom, Absalom.
Total KJV occurrences: 111

שָׁלֹם    שָׁלוֹם
shâlôm    shâlôm
shaw-lome’, shaw-lome’
From H7999; safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace: –    X do, familiar, X fare, favour, + friend, X greet, (good) health, (X perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper (-ity, -ous), rest, safe (-ly), salute, welfare, (X all is, be) well, X wholly.
Total KJV occurrences: 236

His mothers name is Maach, which means:

מַעֲכָת    מַעֲכָה
ma‛ăkâh    ma‛ăkâth
mah-ak-aw’, mah-ak-awth’
From H4600; depression; Maakah (or Maakath), the name of a place in Syria, also of a Mesopotamian, of three Israelites, and of four Israelitesses and one Syrian woman: – Maachah, Maachathites. See also H1038.
Total KJV occurrences: 23

A primitive root; to press, that is, to pierce, emasculate, handle: – bruised, stuck, be pressed.
Total KJV occurrences: 3

Her fathers name is Talmai;

From H8525; ridged; Talmai, the name of a Canaanite and a Syrian: – Talmai.
Total KJV occurrences: 6

From an unused root meaning to accumulate; a bank or terrace: – furrow, ridge.
Total KJV occurrences: 5

And he is the king of Geshur:

From an unused root (meaning to join); bridge; Geshur, a district of Syria: – Geshur, Geshurite.
Total KJV occurrences: 9

If we put these meanings together that describe Absalom and where he comes from, we get a process of judgment by a piercing which is bridged together from a depression or furrow that brings whole peace. It is when we see ourselves as wholly judged in Christ for coveting His wife that we find peace in the death of the old man. Absalom killed his older brother out of anger for the rape of his sister, seemingly. However, later it reveals that Absalom really wanted the throne. He coveted his father’s wife, the nation of Israel. We must be careful not to covet Christ’s wife, the church, when we minister to others in the body. We have seen this very thing fulfilled in recent weeks by the spirit of Absalom. The good thing which is revealed to us is Christ always keeps the throne. Everything that the bride is, is coveted by the seducer;

Mar 13:21  And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
Mar 13:22  For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (They are telling us that Christ is in the deep dark sayings over here or over there.)
Mar 13:23  But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Do you remember the “deep, dark, hidden secrets” we were promised? They were words from the enemy trying to seduce us into his chamber. He was coveting Christ’s wife to defile her.

Mat 24:23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.
Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, HE IS IN THE SECRET CHAMBERS; believe it not.
Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

We were tried, we were put into a fire that burned up the chaff that SURROUNDED us.

If you look at wheat kernels before the chaff is removed, notice that there are multiple layers of chaff around the wheat grain itself. It actually protects the wheat grain from being directly exposed to the weather. It acts as a protection until the wheat grain itself reaches its maturity to die in the ground and produce more fruit. As the wheat grain grows, it sheds thin skin layers that then act as a protective layer, called chaff.

“The removal of the chaff from the wheat grain is called “threshing or winnowing”; The process of loosening the chaff from the grain so as to remove it is called threshing – traditionally done by milling or pounding. Separating remaining loose chaff from the grain is called winnowing – traditionally done by repeatedly tossing the grain up into a light wind which gradually blows the lighter chaff away. This method typically utilizes a broad, plate-shaped basket or similar receptacle to hold and collect the winnowed grain as it falls back down” – Wikipedia.

We have gone through that process for the purpose of separating the wheat from the chaff. If you notice there are always more chaff then grain.

Luk 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Joh 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

The enemy desires Christ’s wife, and God has shown us that we had chaff living among us. It laid dormant for years until it finally surfaced on the outer skin. It was inside us, living among us, until the time came that it needed to be eradicated, threshed and winnowed. The fight is not over, the enemy will not give up so easy, but praise God we will overcome because Christ has already overcome the world in us and outside us. There is still chaff within each of us and unless we recognize that chaff for what it is we will be separated from the wheat.

Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

We should not be sad of what has happened, we should be praising God for all that He has exposed. His neighbor was coveting His wife, and He exposed them. He stopped them in their tracks from further spreading the smooth words that were spoken to seduce His wife. The enemy is gone, but only for a season, theres much work to be done in this house, to prepare us for what He has predestined for the Elect.

Luk 4:13  And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

The Lord shows us our own personal coveting of His wife before we can recognize it in others. When we try to save ourselves from death by good works , we are coveting His wife. We don’t necessarily have to want to be the leader of the group or church, but just trying to be good of our own, or thinking you can be good of your own is in itself coveting the “being clothed in the righteousness of Christ” or The Body of Christ , the wife of Christ, without The Husband.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The wife does not choose the husband, but the Husband the wife. She is then taken into His tent and that signifies that she is covered in His righteousness, which is His name;

Gen 24:67  And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved (the fleshly identification I was born with), we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: (desiring to be clothed by His tent)
2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

The “earnest” of the Spirit is the same thing as the dowry that is presented to the Father of a woman, when a man takes a wife. It is the price he must pay for the woman He wishes to marry, like Christ paying with His life for the church. He paid what His Father required for the daughter that the Father has kept pure in the world by predestination. The dowry is the gift to the Father for the price of the daughter, but it is not the whole of the gift because then the husband promises to keep her and take care of her for the rest of her life. The token of virginity is also similar to the earnest of the spirit because it is proof of the promise that was given by the Father of the daughter. It is a promise of the pureness of His daughter, that the daughter is kept pure by the Father (predestined election, outside the will of man). This token of virginity is the proof of the contract that was given to the husband from the Father of the bride, assuring the Husband that the daughter has not been defiled by another man, that she is a virgin. It is a showing of a promise that what this gift represents is the pureness of the bride, and it is a solemn promise by the father. Below is the Greek definition of the word “earnest”;

Of Hebrew origin [H6162]; a pledge, that is, part of the purchase money or property given in advance as security for the rest: – earnest.
Total KJV occurrences: 3

Now the definition for Dowry;
From H2064; a gift: – dowry.
Total KJV occurrences: 1
A primitive root; to confer: – endure.
Total KJV occurrences: 1

CONFER’, v.i. [L., to bear, to bring forth, to show, to declare.

And now, the word token does not have its own definition because it is made up of five different words to say the proof of the daughter’s virginity. So we must put the words “the tokens of the damsel’s” and “virginity” into two different definitions to explain what the tokens are. Here is the first set of five words;

Feminine of H5288; a girl (from infancy to adolescence): – damsel, maid (-en), young (woman).
Total KJV occurrences: 63

And this is virginity:

Masculine plural of the same as H1330; (collectively and abstractly) virginity; by implication and concretely the tokens of it: –    X maid, virginity.
Total KJV occurrences: 10

Feminine passive participle of an unused root meaning to separate; a virgin (from her privacy); sometimes (by continuation) a bride; also (figuratively) a city or state: – maid, virgin.
Total KJV occurrences: 50

So, I point all this out to say that we are given a partial gift from God as a down payment for the pureness of His promise that we “ARE PURE”, and it is a “token” of the blood that must be spilled in the union of Christ to us. Christ’s blood was the token of the virginity of the Church and the dowry that He paid His Father for the Father’s daughter. We are that daughter that has been given to Christ. We have been given, bought and paid for by the blood of Christ, and we ARE NOW UNITED TO HIM and take on His clothes when we enter His tent. We are covered in His righteousness now, never to be found unclothed. We wear the diadem of the bride of Christ;

Isa 28:5  In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

Job 29:14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

This is important for us to realize because it establishes who and what we are. We are pure as pure can get get in the eyes of The Father and in the eyes of our Husband. When we covet the church, we are coveting the name that she has been given. We are coveting the righteousness with which she is clothed – her Husband’s name.  This is important to realize because it shows us that we do not have to go through another purification process which is greater than the one Christ has already gone through for us. This new doctrine that was presented to us did exactly that. It offered us to be cleaner that what we are in the name where by we are called;

Jas 2:7  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

This new doctrine said we still had to die, that the death of Christ was not good enough. However, that is not true because what our Husband has done has been completed in the eyes of His Father. You cannot add to the finished work of the cross. Our dying daily does not add to what Christ has done. It is for the purpose of us dying for the world, dying to ourselves so that we can be saviors to them. But our righteousness, dying to ourselves, is for the world. How can we bear fruit to Christ if we are still claiming our own name in the works? When we are claiming the works of our own, we are coveting the church that belongs to Christ. Man does not live by eating bread, man lives by every word that formed me from the mouth of Christ. God The Father gave Christ the power, Christ spoke each and every word of our life into existence, not only into this world, but also into the Body of Christ. When God The Father Created Christ, He created us to be His body, and there is nothing in this world that can snatch us out of His hand. As long as we are mercifully given the faith to believe that we are His, and we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, we shall always be His as the chosen elect.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (When were we made accepted in the beloved? Before the foundation of the world!)
Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Before the foundation of the world)
Eph 1:8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Eph 1:9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (When did we obtain this inheritance and purpose? Before the foundation of the world.)
Eph 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  (Why are we the praise of His glory? Because He had before the foundation of the world predestined that we should be the first to trust in Christ.)
Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

There’s the “dowry”. We are sealed with the Spirit of Christ which moves us always to give all glory to God The Father for all things, good or evil, because we have been given that faith from above. It is not of us that we believe, but the election has obtained it.

Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

The “election hath obtained it” not because of us going through the lake of fire, not because we died a second death, but BECAUSE OF THE ELECTION OF GRACE. And what is the election of grace? GOD THE FATHER, BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN, CHOSE THE ELECT TO BE A SPECIAL PEOPLE TO HIM FROM ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WHICH HAVE EVER LIVED OR WILL LIVE, NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR WORKS, BUT BECAUSE WHEN HE CREATED CHRIST, HE CREATED US TO BE HIS BODY, PERIOD. WE WERE CREATED TO BE IN CHRIST WHEN CHRIST WAS CREATED. Christ came to the earth to redeem us, His body, His wife. Now He will bring the rest of the world into the kingdom as His children through His body’s womb, the church, the Bride of Christ. So, to think we have to add to that election of grace is to covet the wife of our Neighbor. Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the rest of this verse.

Deu 5:21  Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.