DAY 1 : Understanding the 7th Commandment -Thou shall not commit adultery
This commandment deals with human sexuality, a subject that has been either greatly misunderstood or ignored but has definitely been greatly abused. NOTE the word greatly.
It is misunderstood …
It is ignored by … in manner xyz…
Yet, God takes it very seriously.
1 Corinthians 10 gives us warnings from Israel’s history, that we would not be ignorant and therefore fall into the same of even worse judgment as they did.
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters (1st and 2nd commandment), as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”[a] 8 We should not commit sexual immorality(7th commandment), as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall! (You will notice that these sins are closer to us than we ever imagined and any of us can fall. ANY OF US).
Some may examine their lives and conclude on face value that this commandment doesn’t apply to them. Most people, as the verse above says, think that they are standing, until they get to understand what the scripture really says about adultery. We will therefore ask ourselves four pertinent questions:
What does the commandment say in the full revelation of scripture?
Conjugal infidelity. In the broad aspect, it includes such terms as fornication, lust, incest, homosexuality ANY form of sexual conduct outside of marriage, whether before or after marriage.
An adulterer is:
- A married man/ woman who engages in conjugal affairs with a man/woman who is not their spouse
- Anyone who remarries after divorce (Mark 10:10-12) love suffereth long, marriage is for life. What does this mean? If you divorce, stay single for the remainder of your life. If you choose to divorce and remarry, you commit adultery everyday.
Mk 10:10. The Holy Bible, New International Version.
Mk 10:10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
Mk 10:11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.
Mk 10:12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
- A single/unmarried man/ woman who engages in sexual practice with a man/woman
Anyone who looks at another with lust in their eyes (including pornography) – Mathew 5:27-28 The Holy Bible, New International Version.
Mt 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’
Mt 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Any imagination, impression, expression or action that seeks for sexual pleasure other than between husband and wife is adultery
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What is Adultery?
- What were the consequences of adultery in the Old Testament? What are the Consequences in the New Testament?
- What am I doing to make sure that I am complying to this commandment?