2010-08-22 - The Seventh Commandment
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
The call to Purity
Is the Issue of Moral Purity Relevant Today?
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.
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
naap 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.
Comments or Questions?
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