Why would a people raised on the Old Testament need to be reminded of this? Why do we? We have all read the Ten Commandments. God included them twice and we still breeze through them. Do you know what the last commandment was?
(Exodus 20:17 KJV) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.I don’t envy my neighbor’s house or even his ox. What gets me is the “any thing”. That covers a lot of ground. At times I envy his grandchildren. I might envy his manual dexterity. That is bad enough but there are times when I wonder what it is like to simply lust and guzzle.
It is a dangerous road. This morning I read about the death of a celebrity. She was 56 and still living in the past. She was famous in her teens and I get the impression nothing had gone right since then. She died destitute in a trailer park. We don’t usually hear that chapter of the story. We look at what we can see and say, “Wow!” If we saw the entire saga we would say, “Yuck!”
So? I tell kids at school “because I said so” because they won’t understand my long term view of what they need in their lives. If you don’t get the why then live with the who of your life.