[CF Devotionals] 2010-08-15 - The Seventh Commandment

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 activity.

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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