Steal Not, For Thou By God Are Seen
Passage: Exodus 20:15, Haggai 2:8, Psalm 50:10
FOR FURTHER STUDY AND APPLICATION
- What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
- 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)?