Word Studies for the Week of July 23rd, 2017

July 23 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Seventh Commandment ● Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Is stealing only about the theft of other people’s money or stuff? Or, are there other things we can steal from our neighbors?

Luther says that providing low quality goods and services is a form of stealing; do you think this is the case?

Luther also teaches that using crooked deals to get things is also a form of stealing; are there times when something might be legal according to the law of the land, but actually be a form of theft? If so, can you give an example?

How is keeping your word an important tool to keep oneself on track with the command not to steal? How does being manipulative in our words make it easier to fall into stealing?

Luther taught that the positive imperative of this command is all about the protecting the property of our neighbors and more radically, improving it. What would propel us to act in such positive ways toward our neighbors?

What are some of the things we claim to own that actually belong to God? Is claiming them as our own a form a stealing? What are some of the ways we rob God?

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