Summary: God tells us not to steal. Are we obeying Him/

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• SLIDE #1

• When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motor home trying to steal gasoline. The man had plugged his hose into the motor home’s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he’d ever had.

• A pair of Michigan robbers entered a record shop nervously waving

revolvers. The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner moved,

the startled first bandit shot him.

• A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of

the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the

robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the


• He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused

and said, "Because I don’t believe you are over 21." The robber said he

was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because he didn’t

believe him.

• At this point, the robber took his driver’s license out of his wallet and

gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and he put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his


• The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the

robber that he got off the license. They arrested the robber two hours


• Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Some people think that crime pays.

• It is amazing how hard some people will work at being dishonest.

• Today we are going to look at another commandment that appears to be a simple one, but it is one that is frequently ignored.

• In the most comprehensive study of its type, an article in the Journal of Law and Economics (University of Chicago Press) says that crime costs $4,100 or $17 per day per person, or $1.7 trillion in 1997 dollars. The report, researched and written by David Anderson, an economist at Davidson College in North Carolina, covered such details as police and private security expenses, corrections costs, expenses of crime-related injuries, amount of theft. Anderson says that criminals annually steal $603 billion in assets while also creating an additional $1.1 trillion worth of lost productivity.

• SLIDE #2

• In Exodus 20:15 we are told, "You shall not steal.” (ESV)

• Let’s take a look at the 8th commandment together today.

• SLIDE #3



• In this commandment we see that God is telling us that we are not to take the property of another person.

• Dr. Laura in her book on the Ten Commandments states the following:

• The commandments thus far have dealt with issues such as divine authority, life and death, sacred time, etc.

• Suddenly the gears are shifted from holy spirits and holy relationships to the issue of things. God considered the possession of things of significant importance to include respecting ownership as one of the Big Ten. (p236)

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