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8TH COMMANDMENT EXODUS 20:15 “YOU SHALL NOT STEAL”

June 22, 2010

EXODUS 20:15 ‘YOU SHALL NOT STEAL’

INTRO: ROBIN HOOD, HOW COMMANDMENT RELATES TO FORMER: LOVE NEIGHBOR BY PROTECTING HIS LIFE, HIS MARRIAGE, AND NOW HIS PROPERTY…

MARXISM – IN UNIVERSITIES, POLITICS, ‘ROOT OF ALL EVIL IS PROPERTY/OWNERSHIP…IF STATE OWNS ALL, TEHN JUSTICE/EQUITY WOULD BE FORE ALLL….’SPREAD THE WEALTH, REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH…THOUGHT UTOPIA WOULD COME ABOUT..NO CLASS WAR!!

WHEN RUSSIA COMMUNISM TOOK OVER, THREW OUT BIBLE BEC KNEW IT TAUGHT CAPITALISM..THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE PROPERTY/WEALTH…AGAIN, WHEN LAW IS REDUCED TO MERE CIVIC PRIVILEGE, THEN GOV’T WHO THEN MAKES THE LAW, IS THEN ABLE TO CHANGE THE LAW/ABROGATE IT/IGNORE IT…BY PROPERTY AND ITS PROTECTION IS A DIVINE RIGHT FROM GOD!!

GET WEALTH BY WORK, GIFT, INHERITANCE, INVESTMENT, STEALING

1)      HOW IS THIS COMMANDMENT GROUNDED IN THE NATURE OF GOD? HOW DOES IT REFLECT HIS GLORY?

  1. HE IS THE SOVEREIGN GIVER AND TAKER Job 1:21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21 NAU)
  2. GOD IS GENEROUS TO MAN – ‘RAINS ON THE JUST AND THE UNJUST’
  3. GOD OF JUSTICE – NOTE PENALITIES ASSOCIATED W/ VARIOUS TYPES OF THEFT/STEALING

                                                               i.      RETRIBUTIVE, NOT ‘REHABILIATIVE’

  1. GOD IS FORGIVING – IF THIEF RETURNS BEFORE CAUGHT, THERE IS MERCY

2)      WHAT DOES THIS SIN INCLUDE?

  1. KIDNAPPING – EX. 21:16 – DEATH PENALTY FOR IT…SHOULD BE SAME TODAY, ESP IN RE: TO SEX SLAVE TRADE THAT IS GROWING…ATLANTA IS ONE OF MAJOR STOPS ON CIRCUIT!!
  2. LAND /PROPERTY– PRIVATE LAND; HUGE COMPONENT OF CAPITALISM AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS…CF GOV’T ‘IMMENENT DOMAIN’ (SLIPPERY SLOPE!)

                                                               i.       ‘DEATH TAXES’ ‘ESTATE TAXES’ THESE ARE SINFUL AGAINST GOD… Micah 2:2 They covet fields and then seize them, And houses, and take them away. They rob a man and his house, A man and his inheritance. (Mic 2:2 NAU)

                                                             ii.      CF GRADUATED INCOME TAX – THIS IS UNJUST BALANCE/SCALES IN GOD’S EYES, WHICH IS STEALING!!! Deuteronomy 25:13 “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small. (Deu 25:13 NAU) Deuteronomy 25:14 “You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. (Deu 25:14 NAU) Deuteronomy 25:15 “You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Deu 25:15 NAU) YOU ARE GOING TO PENALIZE SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY MAKE MORE MONEY THAN YOU?! WHEN IS LAST TIME YOU GOT A JOB FROM A POOR PERSON? IF YOU UNFAIRLY TAX RICH, YOU AND OTHERS WILL NOT HAVE A JOB!!!!

                                       iii.     “We must consider that what every man possesses has not come to him by mere chance but by the distribution of the supreme Lord of all. For this reason, we cannot by evil devices deprive anyone of his possessions without fraudulently setting aside God’s dispensation “. . .1 John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, trans. Ford Lewis Battles, ed. John T. McNeill, (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1960), 408-409. In other translations see: Book 2, Chapter 8, Section 45. (2:8:45).

  1. SHOW ME A POLITICIAN WHO DOES NOT MIND TAXING THE PEOPLE, AND I WILL SHOW YOU AN IMMORAL PERSON…
  2. Some suppose that inequality is a sign of injustice, that somehow things are out of kilter if some people have more and better than others. The Tenth Commandment, however, does not attack inequality; it presupposes inequalities and directs God’s people to accept them.
  3. WARNING THAT GOV’T IS WILLING TO TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE!!!…CF GOV’TS TAKING OVER OF GM…A PRIVATE COMPANY AND WILLING TO TAKE YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO DO IT WITH!!!
  4. RECEIVING GOODS/SERVICES THAT AREN’T YOURS

                                                               i.      COPY RIGHTED MATERIAL/PLAGIARISM – BURNING CD’S/MOVIES

                                                             ii.      BRIBES AKA ‘LOBBYISTS’ – Isaiah 1:23 Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

                                                            iii.      MUCH OF MODERN WELFARE STATE – CF SOME MODERN YOUNG EVANGELICALS AND ‘COMPASSIONATE’ MINDSET – ‘REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH, ETC….MARXISM MIXED W/ CHRISTIANITY..

                                                           iv.      FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS – ‘INSURANCE COMPANY WON’T MISS IT…OR MISS THIS EXTRA THING FILE AS A LOSS…’

                                                             v.      GAMBLING – TRYING TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING

                                        vi.    TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THOSE IN NEED – WIDOWS, ORPHANS, TRULY POOR, ETC.

  1. CF THOSE SELLING THINGS JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET – Proverbs 22:22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate; (Pro 22:22 NAU) Proverbs 22:23 For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.
  2.  PAWN SHOPS – USUALLY FROM THEFT OR IN ‘TOUGH SITUATION’ WHY THEY QUICK SELL…THOUGH SOME ARE LEGITIMATE…
  3. ’TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A GREAT ‘DEAL’ BEC OF SOMEONE’S FINANCIAL/CIRCUMSTANTIAL HARDSHIP
  4. PERVERTING JUSTICE, ESP TOWARDS THE WEAK – Isaiah 10:2 So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans. (Isa 10:2 NAU)  Isaiah 61:8 For I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; (Isa 61:8 ESV)
    1. GOV’T CAN BE GUILTY OF THIS– FIRST, IT’S NOT THEIR ROLE FINANCIALLY  SECOND, LEGISLATION SHOULD BE GEARED TO PROTECTING THEM FROM PREDATORS
    2. FALSE PREACHERS – ‘SEND US YOUR MONEY’

                                                          vii.      THIEF UNTO YOURSELF

  1. NO BALANCE IN REST BEC OF ‘WORLDLY PURSUIT’S…GET RICH!
  2. WASTING WHAT YOU HAVE – Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. (Mat 23:25 NAU)  -NOTE CONNECTION W/ SELF INDULGENCE  ‘LACK OF SELF CONTROL, WANT OF POWER’
  3. IDLENESS – WHAT YOU COULD HAVE OR COULD ACCOMPLISH
  4. PUTTIN ONESELF AT RISK AS CO-SIGNER OR SURETY OF ANOTHER’S FINANCIAL RISKS . ‘Be not thou one of them that are sureties for debts.’ Prov 22: 26. LEND WHAT YOU CAN SPARE, IF POSSIBLE GIVE IT, BUT DON’T RISK YOUR ESTATE FOR ANOTHER. ITS FOOLISH TO JEOPARDIZE YOUR WEATLH ON SOMEONE ELSE’S RISK. THIS IS STEALING FROM YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

                                                        viii.      BORROWING BUT THEN NOT RETURNING – Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives. (Psa 37:21 NAU)

  1. GIFTS TO THE LORD – MALACHI

                                          i.    WE ARE NOT UNDER ‘TITHE’ BUT UNDER GIVING BY GRACE WHICH IS EVEN GREATER..

                                         ii.    Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.

  1. ILLUST: HERSHAEL YORK STOPPING SERVICE TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE HAS STOLEN MONEY FROM OFFERING…WHAT IS DIFF BETWEEN STEALING IN SECRET FROM GOD AND STEALING OPENLY BY STICKING HAND IN OFFERING PLATE??

                                        iii.    FINANCIALLY GIVING

                                        iv.    COMING TO THE LORD’S HOUSE W/OUT SERIOUS CONSIDERATION OF WHAT WE ARE DOING – Luke 19:46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” (Luk 19:46 NAU)

  1. SOCIAL CLUB, TRADITION, FAMILY THING WE DO, MEET MY FRIENDS, ETC

                                         v.    SERVICE IN THE KINGDOM – WHERE ARE YOU INVESTING YOUR TREASURE? HIS KINGDOM OR YOURS? WHY DOES HE GIVE YOU WHAT HE DOES? FOR YOUR KINGDOM OR HIS?

                                        vi.    WORSHIP, ETC CF. Malachi 1:13 “You also say, ‘My, how tiresome it is!’ And you disdainfully sniff at it,” says the LORD of hosts, “and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I receive that from your hand?” says the LORD. (Mal 1:13 NAU)

  1. NEGLIGENCE IN PROTECTING YOUR NEIGHBOR – In the subsequent commentary on the Eight Commandment, God said that if a man failed to cover a pit and an animal fell into it and died, the owner of the pit is liable for damages (Exod. 21:33-34). Likewise, if a man lets his animal graze in another man’s field, he must compensate the owner (22:5). Similarly, if someone starts a fire that destroys stacks of grain, he is responsible—whether or not the fire was an accident (22:6). In other words, a people governed by the commandment, “You shall not steal,” cannot claim negligence as a legitimate excuse, they are to have a careful and abiding interest in the property of others. –KAIROS JOURNAL

                                                               i.      The believer’s life must now be a life for others. Such a transformation required a counter-cultural morality: one labors in order to “share with anyone in need” (v. 28). To put it negatively: the refusal to share is the decision to steal

  1. WAGES –

                                                               i.      PASTOR –  1 Timothy 5:17 The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. (1Ti 5:17 NAU) 1 Timothy 5:18 For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1Ti 5:18 NAU)

                                                             ii.      NOT REALLY WORKING FOR YOUR PAY –

                                        iii.    BOSSES UNDERPAYING OR NOT PAYING ON TIME – James 5:4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. (Jam 5:4 NAU)

                                        iv.    PAYING YOUR TAXES – “RENDER UNTO CAESAR THAT WHICH IS CAESARS’

  1. VARIOUS KINDS OF STEALING

                                                               i.      MURDER – Job 24:14 “The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is as a thief. (Job 24:14 NAU)… A MURDER IS SOMONE WHO STEALS LIFE; LIKEWISE IS A THIEF IS SOMEONE WHO STEALS SOMEONE’S PROPERTY (THEIR LIFE THAT IS INVESTED IN OBTAINING THAT PROPERTY/MATERIAL GOOD, ETC..WHETHER THROUGH THE POWER OF THE STATE THRU TAXES OR SOMEONE ARMED W/ A GUN!)

                                                             ii.      ADULTERY – Proverbs 23:27 For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well. (Pro 23:27 NAU) Proverbs 23:28 Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men. (Pro 23:28 NAU)

                                                            iii.      IDOLATRY – Jeremiah 7:9 “Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, (Jer 7:9 NAU) Jeremiah 7:10 then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’– that you may do all these abominations? (Jer 7:10 NAU)

  1. LOVING CREATION MORE THAN GOD…
  2. DISCONTENT W/ GOD’S GIFTS
  3. STEALING GOD’S GLORY…IN TAKING CREDIT, IN NON WORSHIP…
  4. STEALING INVOLVES LIFE OR DEATH FOR THE INDIVIDUAL – IN SHORT, JUDGEMENT FROM GOD – EZEK 18 ‘YOU NOT STEAL, YOU WILL LIVE….YOU STEAL, YOU WILL DIE’
  5. STEALING IS BETRAYAL AGAINST  GOD/REBELLION AGAINST HIM AND SEEKING TO STEAL FROM HIM– RECALL JUDAS John 12:6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. (Joh 12:6 NAU)

                                                               i.       Psalm 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. (Psa 24:1 NAU)

  1. StealING that for which he did not work, this man AND/OR GOVT BECOMES an enemy of civil society. He made life easier for himself only by making life harder for those around him. Indeed, God showed His love for the nation by justly requiring stiff penalties of the thief.
  2. DOES JERUS. CHURCH TEACH SOCIALISM? THAT IS THE REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH? ACTS 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common . . . 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

                                                               i.      NO, TOTALLY VOLUNATRY NOT BY COMPULSION

                                                             ii.      NO, BEC EVEN PETER STILL REINFORCED THE LEGITIMACY OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP IN CONFRONTING ANNANIAS ANS SAPPHIRA “WHILE YOUR LAND REMAINED UNSOLD, WAS IT NOT YOURS??”

                                                            iii.      NO, AT CHURCH LEVEL, NOT COMMANDED BY GOVT

                                                           iv.      NO, BEC THEY WERE HAVING RIGHTS/PROPERTY TAKEN BY GOV’T SO THEY RESORTED TO SHARING WHAT THEY HAD LEFT.

                                                             v.      NO, NEVER COMMENDED AS EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW

                                                           vi.      NO, SAME CHURCH LATER FACES STRONG FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS!

3)      WHAT DOES IT SUPPPORT IN POSITIVE?

  1. LOVE FOR MY NEIGHBOR
  2. CONTENTMENT W/ WHAT GOD HAS ALLOTED, BEING OK W/ DISPARITY IN SOME SENSE…CF. 10TH COMMANDMENT, NOT CONTENT W/ UNJUST DISPARITY, BUT JUST DISPARITY BEC ALL AREN’T EQUALLY SMART, GIFTED, ETC…THIS IS GOD’S DOING AND WE SHOULD BE OK W/ THAT.
  3. PROTECTION OF PROPERTY/RIGHTS
  4. GENEROSITY
  5. PRODUCTIVITY
  6. DOMINION!!! CULTURAL MANDATE – SUBDUING THE WORLD, ENVIRONMENT FOR CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM!!

4)      WHY DO PEOPLE STEAL? WHAT MOTIVATES THEM TO STEAL?

  1. A DEPRAVED, GOD HATING HEART
  2. Unbelief. A man has a high distrust of God’s providence. ‘Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?’ Psa 78:19. Can God spread a table for me? says the unbeliever. No, he cannot. Therefore he is resolved he will spread a table for himself, but it shall be at other men’s cost  – WATSON
  3. A COVETOUS HEART THAT IS NOT CONTENT
  4. THEY ARE OF THEIR FATHER THE DEVIL  – The external cause of theft is Satan’s TEMPTING. Judas was a thief. John 12: 6. How came he to be a thief? ‘Satan entered into him’. John 13: 27. The devil is the great master-thief, he robbed MAN OF innocence, and he persuades men to take up his trade- WATSON
  5. THERE IS NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD OR LOVE OF NEIGHBOR –  Hosea 4:1 Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. (Hos 4:1 NAU)

5)      HOW DO WE OVERCOME STEALING?

  1. PUT OFF/RENEW/PUT ON

                                                               i.      WORK ENOUGH TO HAVE ENOUGH FOR YOURSELF AND ABLE TO GIVE TO OTHERS!!! Ephesians 4:28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. (Eph 4:28 NAU)

                                                             ii.      EXCHANGING THEFT FOR GENEROSITY!!!

  1. BE KINGDOM FOCUSED – Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (Mat 6:19 NAU) Matthew 6:20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; (Mat 6:20 NAU)

                                          i.    REMEMBER ALL PROPERTY IS A STEWARDSHIP ISSUE BEC CHRIST OWNS IT ALL!!!

                                         ii.    MEDITATE UPON: 1 Timothy 6:7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. “Take heed of getting the world with the loss of heaven.” – WATSON

  1. DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU – FOCUS ON LOVE FOR MY NEIGHBOR – Romans 13:9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
    1. RECALL ALL COMMANDMENTS SUMMED UP IN ‘LOVE GOD’ AND ‘LOVE NEIGHBOR’
    2. 1 John 3:17 But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person? (1Jo 3:17 NET)
  2. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SHAME THOSE WHO STEAL…Jeremiah 2:26 “As the thief is shamed when he is discovered, So the house of Israel is shamed; They, their kings, their princes And their priests and their prophets, (Jer 2:26 NAU)  WE FEEL ASHAMED FOR STANDING UP FOR CHRIST…WE FEEL WE NEED TO BE APOLOGETIC ABOUT TRUTH, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, ABOUT PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORS, ETC.
  3. FIGHT FOR JUSTICE/VOTE FOR THOSE WHO WILL – Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus says the LORD: “Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds. (Jer 21:12 NAU)  ALSO, Jeremiah 22:3 ‘Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place. (Jer 22:3 NAU)

                                                               i.      ISSUES LIKE STEALING LIFE (ABORTION), PROPERTY, ESTATE, GRADUATED INCOME TAX, DEATH TAX, ETC…STAND AGAINST, VOTE FOR THOSE WHO SEE THIS AS UNJUST

                                                             ii.      RECALL PARABLE OF PRODIGAL – INJUSTICE HAPPENED, SAMARITAN THRU MERCY MINISTRY SOUGHT RESTORATION OF JUSTICE IN WHAT HE COULD DO, EVEN IF AUTHORITIES (PRIEST, LEVITE) OVERLOOK JUSTICE WE ARE NOT PARALYZED TO DO NOTHING BEC OF GOV’T… Luke 10:30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. (Luk 10:30 NAU)

  1. REPAY ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN STOLEN OR BORROWED THAT HAS BEEN DAMAGED WHILE IN YOUR CARE    

                                                               i.       restitution placed a limit on revenge and a burden on the lawbreaker

                                                             ii.      ‘Without restitution, no remission.’

  1. PROMOTE A STRONG RULE OF LAW IN PROTECTION OF PROPERTY, LOW TAXES,  ABUSE OF IMMENINT DOMAIN
  2. AVOID THOSE WHO PROMOTE ‘REDISTRIBUTION/SPREADING OF THE WEALTH’, PROMISE YOU BENEFITS…(THIS ASKING THE GOV’T TO ‘LEGALLY’ STEAL FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE SOMETHING!!!!)

                                                               i.      ILLUST: GIVING TO OTHER IMPOVERISHED NATIONS: NO LINK BETWEEN GIVING AND GROWTH…WHY? BEC OF ECONOMIC/GOV’T CONTROL…

                                                             ii.      CHILDREN DIE IN THESE COUNTRIES BEC 8TH COMMANDMENT VIOLATED

6)      HOW HAS GOD MET MY NEED IN CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL?

  1. RE: GOD HAS GIVEN ME EVERYTHING I NEED IN CHRIST JESUS!!!
  2. TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE EVIL ONE SO YOU COULD BE FREED – John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (Joh 10:10 NAU) John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. (Joh 10:11 NAU)
  3. HE OBEYED WHERE WE HAVE FAILED SO WE COULD HAVE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IF WE WILL TURN FROM OUR SIN AND CAST OURSELVES UPON HIS MERCY!

                                                               i.      CF TEMPTAIONS – EACH TIME DID NOT STEAL WHAT WAS NOT HIS – THE BREAD, THE HONOR DUE TO THE FATHER, THE KINGOMS ‘HE GIVES ALL THINGS UP TO THE FATHER…1 COR. 15

  1. CHRIST AND CHRIST ALONE IS YOUR ONLY WAY OF SALVATION/FORGIVENESS – YOU HAVE STOLEN GOD’S GLORY BY STEALING IN THIS LIFE, HE WILL PARDON YOU BUT YOU MUST COME THROUGH HIS SON – John 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. (Joh 10:1 NAU) John 10:9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (Joh 10:9 NAU)

                                                               i.      Mark 15:27 They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. (Mar 15:27 NAU)

                                                             ii.      CHRIST GAVE SO THAT THIEVES COULD LIVE – PHIL. 2:5-11 ‘DIDN’T THINK IT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL W/ GOD IN USING HIS DIVINE RIGHTS…SO THAT YOU AND I COULD LIVE…HE LAID DOWN HIS RIGHTS SO HE COULD PAY FOR WHERE WE HAVE BROKE OUR RIGHTS…

7)      CONCLUSION:

  1. LOST –

                                                               i.      1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, (1Co 6:9 NAU) 1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1Co 6:10 NAU)

                                                             ii.       1 Thessalonians 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (1Th 5:2 NAU) 1 Thessalonians 5:3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. (1Th 5:3 NAU) 1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; (1Th 5:4 NAU)

  1. CHURCH – Revelation 3:3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. (Rev 3:3 NAU)

                                                               i.      IN CONTEXT OF INJUSTICE AND STEALING GOD ASKS…Ezekiel 22:30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. (Eze 22:30 NAU) WILL YOU?

  1. TO ALL – Revelation 16:15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) (Rev 16:15 NAU)
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