2015-05-03 - The Seventh Commandment
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. Some have even tried to redefine it. We wouldn’t want to restrict anyone’s sexual involvement. To our socieyt, sex finally is simply a recreational activity.
This is especially unbelievable, today, with the ongoing problem of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. As a result, we see some tragic consequences. I had an evaluation session with a woman client. She had to face the fallout from her husband’s unfaithfulness. He had been involved with another woman for the last three years. That woman had been unfaithful to her husband who, in turn, had been unfaithful. I had to advise my client to see a doctor, to be tested for any number of STDs. It was then that the full weight of her husband’s sin hit home.
Beyond the high-risk physical ramifications of infidelity, there is tremendous emotional and spiritual damage. Throughout the Old Testament, God uses adultery as a picture of the infidelity of the nation Israel to Him. As the nation turns 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 to His church
Study to be continued.
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