Most of us don't steal, at least not in the way we think of it. We might
not steal material goods from a store, a friend or relative. But do we steal
from our employer, by using their phone lines to make non-business toll calls?
Do we steal time from our employer, by chatting with friends during the time
we are paid for working? There are many ways to steal and most of us are
guilty at some time; I have been!
Exodus 20:15 (NAS) You shall not steal.
Exodus 22:1 (NAS0 If a man steals an ox or a sheep and
slaughters it or sells it, he shall pay five oxen for the ox.
Jeremiah 7:8-9 (NAS) Behold, you are trusting in deceptive
words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear
falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you
have not known.
Ephesians 4:28 (NAS) He who steals must steal no longer;
but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so
that he will have something to share with one who has need.
Romans 2:20-21 (NAS) a corrector of the foolish, a teacher
of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the
truth, you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You
who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?