What does God require of us in the Seventh Commandment?

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In the Seventh Commandment God requires that we act in such a way, that our neighbor can continue to make a living and prosper and that his possessions can remain intact and increase.

This occurs when:

  1. We help our neighbor make a living with good advice and deeds.

    Heb. 13:16: But to do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifice God is well pleased.

    Assignment: Read Gen. 46:33-34: Joseph advises his brothers, and Ex. 23:4: taking care of our enemy’s possessions.

  2. We faithfully take care of the private and corporate property entrusted to our care.

    1 Cor. 10:24: Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

    Assignment: Read Gen. 39:4-6: Joseph faithfully took care of his employer’s property, Gen. 41:46-57: and of the Egyptian economy.

  3. We are ready to serve our neighbor with our possessions, trusting that God in His grace will take care of us.

    Prov. 19:17: He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

    Assignment: Read Gen. 13:4-12: Abraham permitted Lot to choose the best area.