“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.” – Exodus 20 v 17
We were made to covet, there is something placed in the depths of man that needs to covet. Our hearts have a capacity to long for the unreachable, touch the untouchable, discover the undiscovered. God knew this, He created us this way and the decision that faces us every day, is what will we covet?
Here in the last of the 10 commandments is the catch all, the one put there so that if you by your determination and your effort you could keep the previous 9, this one would sink your self-righteous effort and point you to a savior.
The Old Covenant is a covenant of denial, of works, it tells you want you cannot do and what you have to do. It is a Covenant of judgment, of flesh, of separation, of do not’s and do’s.
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” – 1 Corinthians 12 v 31.
The New Covenant is a covenant of acceptance, of union, of joy, of grace, of desire. Everyone who comes into Christ is reconciled to God eternally, once and forever. The finished work of Christ ends all work, and now we are free to desire all that God has for us in Christ. We can now covet the bountiful, wonderful, overflowing gifts and grace of God. Coveting all that God has given and provided for us is to receive and live in the victory of the cross.
Covet all we have in the promised land of the New Covenant and leave the obsolete denial mentality of the Old Covenant far behind in wilderness.