Idolatry and Covetousness

Covetousness is idolatry, Paul says so a few times. Idolatry is not only worshipping a piece of wood, it’s wanting things to an unhealthy level, an all-consuming lust.

Where is Paul getting this from? Covetousness is idolatry sounds nice, just  a pithy saying of Paul? A conjecture of biblical logic? It is much more, it is a summation of the Law. Get this:

Consider the foundation of the Law, the Ten Commandments Moses brought down from Sinai. Commandment Number one is:

“You shall have no other God before me.”

The last of the Ten Commandments is:

“You shall not covet.”

God starts off and ends with a main concern of His: don’t want anything more than Me. No matter what it is, if it’s not Him you’ve fallen into sin.