2020-03-29 - The Seventh Commandment: Beginning
Exodus Study, Continued
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. Sex, finally, is simply a recreational activity to some.
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. God uses adultery, throughout the Old Testament, as a picture of the Israel's infidelity to Him. As the nation turned 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.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31–32 ESV
Introduction: So there are serious implications in this commandment. And while we may never be physically guilty, we may be guilty spiritually, as we sometimes put other things or people before the Lord. We also have to be careful we are not guilty in our thought life, even if not in the physical one. But here, too, I think that as we approach this command from a positive point of view, we will see that it isn’t enough to not commit adultery, instead, we must move toward God and toward our spouse.
Exodus study to be continued.
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