[CF Devotionals] 2010-08-29 - Focus on the Seventh Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 40
Seventh Commandment, Part 3

The focus of the command, while dealing with a specific sin, is against a sin which leads to the destruction the family. We must go elsewhere in Scripture, to find the injunctions against, fornication, homosexuality, etc. All sexual abuse is a sin from God's point of view, but here, the focus is very specific, for important reasons which we shall be reviewing.

As with the previous commandment, this one has also been used beyond the intent of the text.In a number of commentaries, the authors take off from the call against adultery, or sexual purity within marriage, as a basis for speaking out against all sexual immorality. And Scripture does speak out against all immortality. While there is nothing wrong with their intent to teach on sexual purity in general, the focus of the command is more specific -and deals with the sanctity of the family.

The call of the Seventh Commandment, then, is to morality within the confines of the sacrament of marriage. We will see that there is also a spiritual application that can be drawn from this command, beyond the surface understanding. Throughout Scripture, adultery is also seen as a picture of unfaithfulness to the Lord. To follow after other gods is called, by the Word, adultery. The Lord pictures the relationship between adultery in the marriage, and the spiritual adultery of Israel against Himself, with His instructions to the Prophet Hosea in Hosea 1:2:

"When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery, in departing from the Lord."

As you read through the entire book of Hosea this is the constant theme, the unfaithfulness of the nation to her God. Unfortunately for poor Hosea, God uses his marriage as an illustration of this unfaithfulness. Just as Hosea takes back his wife, so God promises to take back the adulterous Israel, a people that He loves. In this way Hosea demonstrates the truth God has never forsaken His people Israel and never will.

One final point regarding this command is: though it is given to Israel, it is clearly one of God's universal standards. Its application is for all mankind, regardless of where they stand in relationship to Him.

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