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Sunday, 24 September 2017

'DO NOT STEAL'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday,  
September 17th,  2017:


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Broadcast Notes:

A shout out to the anonymous donor, whose generous donation allowed this show to go on the air, today. Thank you!



I have adapted a longer sermon that I gave at Church of the Messiah, Ottawa. It was part of our summer series on the Ten Commandments.


            "Do Not Steal"


Today’s Reading: 
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Deuteronomy 5:1-6


The Ten Commandments

And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Not with our fathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today. The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the midst of the fire, while I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord. For you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up into the mountain. He said:
“‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.


17 “‘You shall not murder.[a]
18 “‘And you shall not commit adultery.
19 “‘And you shall not steal.
20 “‘And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
21 “‘And you shall not covet your neighbor's wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.’

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 5:17 The Hebrew word also covers causing human death through carelessness or negligence.
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NOTES:
1.   "You shall not steal" is crystal clear, but I do not always recognize stealing.
2.   "You shall not steal" is absolute and angular.
3.   "You shall not steal" allows for no favouritism.
4.   "You shall not steal" is unchanging yet dynamic.
5.   "You shall not steal" means that "private property" is good.
6.   "You shall not steal" is a great protection for the poor and the weak.
7.   "You shall not steal" applies to individuals, churches, governments - and every other social group.
8.   Jesus will come "like a thief in the night", but He is not a thief.
9.   Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep." John 10: 10-11, ESV
10.                Heavenly Father, please help me to recognize stealing as stealing. Please pour out You Holy Spirit upon me and make me a disciple of Jesus gripped by the Gospel who does not steal, but pursues living a productive and generous life as I live for Your glory. In Jesus Name, AMEN

Rev. Canon George Sinclair

Church of the Messiah

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