February 4, 2009 - Wednesday of the Week of Transfiguration

Daily Lectionary: Job 1:1-22; John 1:1-18

You shall not covet your neighbor's house. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it. (The Ninth Commandment)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Are you content? Are you happy with the stuff you have? Or do you sit in class daydreaming about the next big thing: that video game you can't wait to get, the car you've been saving for, a date with the guy or girl you've had a crush on since your freshman year? The Lord doesn't teach us that we can't want things. It's when we want something so much that it causes us to sin that we are in trouble. That's what coveting is.

We're all covetous types. If we had our way, we'd get whatever we wanted without working for it or it being given to us by our heavenly Father. And it doesn't matter who we hurt to get it as long as it makes us happy in the end. It will make us happy when we get it, until we start wishing for and daydreaming about the next thing we wish we had. And so it goes. Our restless Old Adam is never really content. Even when he gets what he wants, he's looking around for something new, something better, something that is someone else's.

But you have an inheritance! And you didn't get it in an honest way. In fact, as hard as you can try, you can’t earn it or buy it. But it's given to you. It's the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. This is a gift that Jesus was “scheming” and “planning” to get for you. Not for Himself. Rather, He took His own inheritance, glory, riches, wealth, kingliness and kingdom, and upon the Cross He made them yours.

At the font, He gave you the down payment. Through preaching and absolution and the Supper He confirms to you that it's all yours. Far richer, far greater, far more blessed than any of the junk or trinkets we like to get all excited about, His heavenly gifts are all yours. Even your coveting has been forgiven, wiped away, blotted out. And by those same gifts of Word and Sacrament, your Lord has not only given you His kingdom and inheritance, but promises that He will always keep it for you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

All depends on our possessing God's abundant grace and blessing, Though all earthly wealth depart. They who trust with faith unshaken By their God are not forsaken And will keep a dauntless heart (LSB 732:1)