This is the eighth post in this series on the 10 Commandments. The previous posts in this series were:
In the 1st four Commandments God teaches us how we are to relate to, honor, obey and respect Him. In the following six Commandments God teaches us how to relate to, honor and respect each other.
So, let’s take a good look at the 7th Commandment, and consider what it says to us.
Exodus 20:14 (HCSB)
14 Do not commit adultery.
Seems pretty cut and dry to me, right? Maybe or maybe not. We all know what this means according to the letter of the Law, but Jesus expanded the meaning and made it so much more.
We live in a highly sexualized culture that has pretty much replaced love with sex, so a discussion about immorality and the sin of adultery to most people is an exercise in futility. As Christians, we know it is wrong to have sex with someone this is not our own wife or husband. Not only that, but it is a sin to even spend time thinking about such an act. Sin begins in the heart, so it is our hearts that we need to be vigilant with.
There is an article in The Christian Post that says 2/3’s of Christian men admit to looking at porn on-line at least periodically and some rather often. We all know better than that, as porn not only degrades us, but it will cause us to commit adultery in our hearts on a regular basis.
I know this is all rather obvious to those who are Christ followers and not just Christ believers, but this of course is only a part of how one can break the Law that says, “You Shall Not Commit Adultery”. If you search the scriptures you will find the adultery we’re talking about here is only a part of the problem. Many of God’s indictment toward man and his committing adultery come from man’s turning from the true God to worship false gods.
Deuteronomy 31:16 (HCSB)
16 The Lord said to Moses, “You are about to rest with your fathers, and these people will soon commit adultery with the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will abandon Me and break the covenant I have made with them.
Jeremiah 3:7-9 (HCSB)
7 I thought: After she has done all these things, she will return to Me. But she didn’t return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 I[a] observed that it was because unfaithful Israel had committed adultery that I had sent her away and had given her a certificate of divorce. Nevertheless, her treacherous sister Judah was not afraid but also went and prostituted herself. 9 Indifferent to[b] her prostitution, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.
Here we have examples of God’s people turning from the true God and worshiping false gods. They worshiped, Eostre, Baal, and Moloch who they sacrificed their first born to.
Jeremiah 5:7 (HCSB)
7 Why should I forgive you?
Your children have abandoned Me
and sworn by those who are not gods.
I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery;
they gashed themselves at the[a] prostitute’s house.
Hosea 4:12-14 (HCSB)
12 My people consult their wooden idols,
and their divining rods inform them.
For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray;
they act promiscuously
in disobedience to[a] their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops,
and they burn offerings on the hills,
and under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,
because their shade is pleasant.
And so your daughters act promiscuously
and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters
when they act promiscuously
or your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
for the men themselves go off with prostitutes
and make sacrifices with cult prostitutes.
You might be tempted to say, we don’t offer sacrifice to idols or worship false gods. But, do you bow to the works of your own hands? Do you commit spiritual adultery which is like spiritual idolatry, putting your faith in something other than God? When you’re at home, do you spend more time focusing on your career, your money, your stuff, your friends and fun; or do you bring all those things under the subjection of God? Does God rule your life and given the credit for all you have; or is He an afterthought once you’re done patting yourself on the back for all the wise and clever choices you’ve made?
There’s nothing wrong with having nice stuff or friends, but we must never forget where all good things come from. As the church, we are to be the bride of Christ, but Christ will not marry adulterers. We must be made white and pure if we are going to marry Christ. We are made white and pure when we accept Christ and His sacrifice, but it doesn’t stop with accepting, we must also live the life He’s told us to live. If after accepting Christ we turn to physical or spiritual adultery, what place have we with Christ?
I truly believe the days are getting short and we must put aside the lusts of the flesh and make sure we are walking the walk and not just talking the talk. What do you think?
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