The Ten Commandments Series- 8th Commandment

Exodus 20:15
You shall not steal (NIV)

In Bible times property was tied closely with life and the survival there of. The loss of one's crops could produce major hardship. In the days of Exodus,  property didn't just have a monetary value, but it was held in high regard and thought of to be sacred because it was their inheritance from God. God gave specific instructions on which lot of property each tribe was to receive and what each tribe was to do with their lot.

Like property,  personal articles were also held in high regard. Like we should today, the Israelite believed that everything came from the hand of God. For one to steal was despicable and if found guilty of stealing, one could be put to death.

I think we can all agree that stealing is an act that society as a whole still despises today. We work hard for what we have and we don't want anyone coming along and taking what we have worked so hard to obtain. Let's think about the subtle ways that people steal in modern days. Take a look at the list below and see which of the statements you agree or disagree with. Please comment,  especially on those in which you disagree. God bless you.

* surfing the Internet at work while on      the clock

* taking the occasional pen or pad from your job

* not correcting a cashier's mistake when they give you back more change than due

* not tipping your waitress or waiter

* receiving your neighbor's package by mistake and keeping it
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