The ten commandments. They are said by God directly to all the people. They freak them out and they tell Moses to go further up into the mountain and hear more.
I was stuck by the first… It’s more a final summary of what God has been telling them since the burning bush. There are no other god’s but him. It’s the first four really, they flow as a logical consequence of what has just happened.
And i was stuck by covetousness. I mean murder, adultery, dishonour of parents. They happen.
But coveting. It’s casual and constant in a way that the others aren’t. We treat it less like sin. whole economies and societies, even theologies and careers, are built on coveting.
The easy enemy of coveting is contentment. It’s a powerful, releasing word to just say to yourself sometimes in my opinion.