2010-08-15 - The Seventh
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 39
Seventh Commandment, Part 1
"Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14)
If we ever did away with adultery, Hollywood would go out of business.
Three-quarters of movies wouldn't survive. And soap operas ... After all,
we are much more enlightened today. We have open marriages. We wouldn't want
to restrict anyone's sexual involvement. Sex finally is simply a recreational
This is especially unbelievable today, with the ever -ncreasing problem of
STDs, (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), especially AIDS. This brings up some
tragic problems. I had an evaluation session with a woman client. She had
to face the consequences of her husband's unfaithfulness to her. He had been
involved with another woman for the last three years. And that woman had
been unfaithful to her husband, who had in turn been unfaithful. I had to
advise my client to see a doctor, to be tested for any number of STDs. What
a sad commentary on this fallen world.
Beyond the high risk physical ramifications to infidelity, there is tremendous
emotional and spiritual damage. God uses adultery throughout the Old Testament
as a picture of the infidelity of the nation Israel to Him. As the nation
turned to other gods, He uses the term adultery as synonymous with idolatry.
So the broken marriage becomes a picture of the broken relationship between
humanity and God. And conversely, the healthy marriage is to be an illustration
to a fallen world of the relationship of Christ and His church.
" ... A man will leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery;
but I am talking about Christ and the church" (Ephesians 5:31-32).
There are serious ramifications to this commandment, and while we may never
be guilty of this, in fact, we may be guilty spiritually as we sometimes
put other things or people before the Lord. We also have to be careful we
are not guilty in our thought life, even if not in the physical one. But
here, too, I think we will see - as we approach this command from a positive
approach - it isn't enough to not commit adultery, but instead, we must move
toward God and move toward our spouse.
To be continued.
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