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Steal Not, For Thou By God Are Seen

March 1, 2020 Speaker: Korney Petrenko Series: TENTalks

Passage: Exodus 20:15, Haggai 2:8, Psalm 50:10

FOR FURTHER STUDY AND APPLICATION

  1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  2. There is a huge misunderstanding today about what it means to steal. Discuss some categories on how you can violate this commandment. Some examples below:
    • Deception theft. We don't have to break into someone's home and run away with his or her possessions to be thieves. How does (Proverbs 20:23) describe deception theft as detestable to the Lord?
    • Debt theft. The Bible teaches borrowed money and items purchased on credit must be repaid. We are living in a day when many people feel no moral or spiritual obligation to repay debts. Sadly, the percentage of Christians who don't pay their bills is no different than that of non-believers. However, what does (Psalm 37:21a) tell us?
    • Tax theft. Good stewardship involves taking advantage of every legal tax deduction, but cheating on our taxes is not only illegal; it is a sin. Tax theft also includes not reporting all our income. What does (Romans 13:7b) command?
    • Why is it tempting to cheat on our taxes?
    • What do you think Jesus called us to do when He said, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s"? (Matthew 17:25-27, 22:17-21)
    • Tithing theft. We rob God when we don't give Him what the Bible teaches is due Him. Jesus said we are to give to Caesar what is Caesar's (taxes) and to God what is God's, which refers to tithes and offerings (Mk 12:17b). In Malachi 3:8a, God says the Israelites have robbed Him. How does He say they have robbed Him (Malachi 3:8c)?
  3. People steal because they think no one will ever know, but God knows. How does (Job 34:21) verify this?
  4. Nothing gained by dishonesty is fulfilling. Living in a shack, wearing secondhand clothes, and driving a used, out-of-date vehicle with integrity are better than living in a mansion, wearing designer clothes, and driving a Rolls Royce that have been acquired through dishonesty. How does (Proverbs 16:8) remind us of this?
  5. This commandment is one where restitution can be made. What do you consider a proper restitution? (Luke 19:8-9)
  6. Why is the command against stealing in God's "top ten," along with adultery and murder? Because God wants you to trust Him to meet all your needs! God doesn't want you to deceive and defraud others to get the things you need or want. Every time you get something by compromising your integrity, you are saying by your actions you can't trust what promise of God in (Philippians 4:19)?
  7. What qualities mark a person of integrity?

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