[CF Devotionals] 2010-08-22 - The Seventh Commandment ~ Outline

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 39
Seventh Commandment, Part 2

Outline of Study

A Nation of Priests, A Holy People

Thou shalt not Commit Adultery - vs. 14

  1. The call to Purity
  2. Is the Issue of Moral Purity Relevant Today?
  3. The call to Holiness

There is no question that immorality is a major problem in this society. It is also clear this is a problem even in the church. Any pastor who does marriage counseling inevitability runs into adultery in Christian marriages.

  1. A The call to Purity

    This is another command where it is necessary to define terms.

    Adultery according to the dictionary is:

    “Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse.”

    This brings up an immediate question: Is this command limited to a specific sexual sin, or can it be understood in more general terms? The word is “na’ap” in the Hebrew. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says:

    “This root represents ‘sexual intercourse with the wife or betrothed of another man.”

    While the command refers to the physical act of adultery, there is a general view in scripture that would support an expansion to a more general unfaithfulness which includes emotional unfaithfulness - which can occur anywhere, even the internet.

To be continued next week: More, then, on the focus of the commandment.

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