Do not steal
Punished by restitution, the proportions of which are noted in 2 Sam. 12:6. If the thief could not pay the fine, he was to be sold to a Hebrew master till he could pay (Ex. 22:1-4). A night-thief might be smitten till he died, and there would be no blood-guiltiness for him (Ex. 22:2). A man-stealer was to be put to death (Ex. 21:16). All theft is forbidden (Ex. 20:15; 21:16; Lev. 19:11; Deut. 5:19; 24:7; Ps. 50:18; Zech. 5:3; Matt. 19:18; Rom. 13:9; Eph. 4:28; 1 Pet. 4:15).
Stealing is obviously wrong—why do people do it anyway?
Jacob stole his father’s blessing out of a combination of greed, envy, and ambition.
Greed led Achan to steal that which was not his.
Stealing is a symptom of the sinful condition of the heart.
What if I have been guilty of stealing in some way?
Leviticus 6:1-7; Luke 19:1-10
Stealing is remedied by restoration and forgiveness.
We avoid stealing and dishonesty by learning to love others as God loves us.
@Promise from God: Deuteronomy 25:13-15
You must use accurate scales when you weigh out merchandise, 14and you must use full and honest measures. 15Yes, use honest weights and measures, so that you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers—none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.
In a permissive society it is easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behavior (greed, drunkenness, etc.) while remaining outraged at others (homosexuality, thievery). We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way; we cannot be selective about what we condemn or excuse. Staying away from more “acceptable” forms of sin is difficult, but it is no harder for us than it was for the Corinthians. God expects his followers in any age to have high standards.