Tenth Law

"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 20:17).

By coveting my neighbor's house or anything that he owns would be to desire not only his house, but to desire his wife and all that he has. This would mean that in order to gain my neighbor's house, or his wife, or anything that he owns, he would need to be removed from the picture where I see myself.

As we have studied earlier, Paul presented the symbol of a husban and his wife as a mystery between Christ and His bride (the church). He has shed His blood that by Him, she might live. As He poured out Himself in His teachings to the church, He said, "Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

"And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast [him] out of the vineyard, and slew [him]. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

"They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out [his] vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet" (Matthew 21:33-46).

Fron this parable, the Word revealed by the eyes of faith, the HOUSEHOLDER as the Father, WHO planted a vineyard. In Isaiah chapter five, the Word revealed the vineyard as the house of Israel and HIS pleasant plant as the men of Judah. Through His servant Samuel, the Word revealed the heart of David as he testified of the LORD. He said, "...The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence" (2 Samuel 22:2,3).

The LORD protected HIS vineyard by establishing HIS law with them, that they might reveal HIS Name among the nations around them. The priests and the judges were the husbandmen of the LORD'S vineyard to instruct and to guide HIS people in the Way of the LORD. But the vineyard of the LORD continued to bear wild grapes. The LORD sent HIS Word by HIS servants the prophets, that they might counsel the priests and the judges to return HIS fruits of the vineyard toward the LORD.

But the judges and the priests persecuted the Word that was sent to them in HIS servants the prophets. Through this parable, the Word revealed the heart of the priests and Pharisees, who sought to lay their hands on Him and kill Him, that they might receive His inheritance from the LORD His Father. This parable also revealed that at one time the husbandmen were servants of the Adversary of Christ who coveted not only His earthly inheritance, but the heavenly inheritance as well.

The person that receives the Link of Love from God, he or she will keep the tenth link of love from the Heart of God. Because of this Power of Love within, he or she will not seek to covet the Lord's inheritance, nor will he or she seek to covet that which is his or her neighbor's.

However, if he or she chooses to reject God's Link of Love, he or she would be unable to keep the tenth link of love and would care nothing for his or her neighbor. As a result he or she would be as the servants of the Adversary to reveal his heart to coveting that, which belongs to his or her neighbor's.

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