Do Not Covet

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Idolatry- Discerning: What does coveting mean? (10th Commandment)

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Exodus 20:17

You shall not covet ...

Daniel 6

Have you ever wanted something so much that you'd do almost anything to get it? Even hurt someone? Then you should meet the men who worked with Daniel.

This sad tale begins with King Darius who was looking for a few good men to run his entire kingdom. He chose Daniel and two other men to be in charge of 120 other supervisors. Together, they would take care of everything for the king. Daniel was doing such a great job; it was rumored that the king might even make him the number one man (after the king himself). The other men became jealous of Daniel-so jealous that they plotted to get rid of Daniel.

Unfortunately for the men, Daniel was an exceptional person who relied upon God. The men couldn't find anything corrupt about Daniel to expose. Then they had an idea. What was the only thing they could they use against Daniel? His God. So these men lied, tricked the king, and created a law that made praying to God punishable by death in the lions' den.

Daniel did not stop praying to God. Daniel was indeed thrown into the den of lions, but God protected him. Do you know the end of the story? When the king realized what had been done, he ordered those jealous men, their wives, and their children to be thrown into the lions' den. The Bible says "before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones." (Daniel 6:24)

What can we learn? Jealousy is dangerous. It leads to hurtful actions with serious consequences for you and for those who love you. Do not let jealousy grab hold of you. It will lead to a disaster. Just ask Daniel's former co-workers.

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