The Ten Commandments | The Ninth and Tenth Commandment
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
From The Small Catechism:
9th Commandment – You shall not covet your neighbor’s houseWhat does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.
10th Commandment – You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.
Think about this:
Instead of focusing on what we aren’t or what we don’t have, God wants us to be grateful and love ourselves as we are. He provides for us, and made each of in our own beautiful way!
Come up with a definition of covet that makes sense to you and your student. Is this something that is common today, at school? In movies? On social media?
Read Matthew 6:19-21. How do you think this applies to coveting material things in our lives today? How can we practice being actively grateful for what we have now?
Besides wanting materials, have you ever wanted to be someone else? Why or why not? Does God want you to think like this?
Speak truth over each other! Who does God say you really are? What does He say you’re good at? If someone can’t think of something have the other people call out the good they see in them!
Pray: God we pray that we would focus on being grateful for what we have and who we are. We thank God for providing us with everything that we have and when we think we are lacking that we would look to Him. We also pray to learn more about our identity, and work on living that out!