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7TH COMMANDMENT EXODUS 20:14 “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY”

June 22, 2010

EXODUS 20:14

INTRO: HOW LANGUAGE IS USED OR NOT USED WILL TELL YOU WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE AND LOVE.   CF. BUSH REINTRODUCED WORD ‘EVIL’ AT 9/11…WORD THAT HAS DISAPPEARED TODAY IS ‘ADULTRY.’

1)      WHAT DOES IT TEACH ME ABOUT GOD?

  1. COVENANT FAITHFUL
  2. RELATIONAL/PERSONAL GOD
  3. JEALOUS GOD

2)      WHAT IS THE SIN OF ADULTERY?

  1. PHYSICAL ACT –

                                                              i.      DIFF BETWEEN ADULTERY AND FORNICATION..BUT ALSO USED BROADLY TO COVER BOTH…BIBLE ASSUMES MARRIAGE IS WHY THIS SAYS ‘ADULTERY’..MORE LATER ON THIS…

                                                            ii.      REQUIRED DEATH PENALTY – DEUT 22: 22-24

                                                          iii.      MARRIAGE AFTER UNBIBLICAL DIVORCE – MATT. 5:31,32

  1. LUST – ‘Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.’ Matt 5: 28. As a man may die of an inward bleeding, so he may be damned for the inward boilings of lust, if it be not mortified.
  2. SPIRITUAL – GOING AFTER FALSE GODS…CF. JAMES 4:4 “YOU ADULTERESSES…”

                                                              i.      JER. 7:9

3)      WHAT DOES THIS SIN DO TO US?

  1. BREAKS MARRIAGE OATH

                                                              i.      BREAKS DOWN THE HOME, THE FUNDAMENTAL UNIT OF SOCIETY AND THEREFORE SOCIETY ITSELF… Adultery sows discord. It sets husband against wife, and wife against husband  for ‘A house divided against a house falleth.’ Luke 11: 17.

                                                            ii.      CHILDREN NOT TAUGHT THE THINGS OF GOD, ERGO NEXT GENERATION IS MORE GODLESS

                                                          iii.      MAKES A NATION POORER…DIVORCE, STD’S, LAWSUITS, ETC…CF ‘By means of a whorish woman, a man is brought to a piece of bread.’ Prov 6: 26 The prodigal son spent his portion when he fell among harlots. Luke 15: 30.

  1. DISHONORS GOD
  2. DEFILES the body is his temple. ‘Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you?’ I Cor 6: 19. And how great a sin is it to defile his temple!  CF. HOSPITAL BILLS AND TAXES, INSURANCE RATES BECAUSE OF VIOLATING THIS COMMAND! ALSO, CURE FOR AIDS, STDS IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
  3. HARDENS THE CONSCIENCE BECAUSE IT IS DONE W/ DELIBERATE THOUGHT This sin impairs the mind; it steals away the understanding; ‘Whoredom and wine take away the heart.’ Hos 4: 11. CF Solomon WISEST OF ALL YET, GAVE HIMSELF TO MANY WOMEN, WENT INTO IDOLATRY WORSHIP
  4. PREPARES ONE FOR JUDGMENT  – CF. ROMANS 1 AND HEBREWS ‘ADULTERERS AND FORNICATORS GOD WILL JUDGE’
  5. IT DESTROYS THE IMAGE OF CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH WHICH MARRIAGE IS TO REPRESENT
  6. MAKES ONE A THIEF It is the highest sort of theft. The adulterer steals from his neighbour that which is more than his goods and estate; he steals away his wife from him, who is flesh of his flesh.
  7. COULD LEAD TO EARLY DEATH BY ANGRY SPOUSE – ‘Jealousy is the rage of a man.’ Prov 6: 34. The adulterer is sometimes killed in the act of his sin
  8. The adulterer not only wrongs his own soul, but destroys the soul of another, and so kills two at once. He is worse than the thief; for, suppose a thief robs a man, yea, takes away his life, the man’s soul may be happy; he may go to heaven as well as if he had died in his bed. But he who commits adultery, endangers the soul of another, and deprives her of salvation so far as in him lies. Now, what a fearful thing is it to be an instrument to draw another to hell!
  9. The adulterer is abhorred of God. ‘The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.’ Prov 22: 14. What can be worse than to be abhorred of God? God may be angry with his own children; but for God to abhor a man, is the highest degree of hatred.

4)      HOW HAS CHRIST FULFILLED THIS COMMANDMENT?

  1. HE IS OUR FAITHFUL HUSBAND…

                                                              i.      LOVING US

                                                            ii.      PROVIDING FOR US

                                                          iii.      NOT GOING AFTER OTHER LOVES

  1. HE OBEYED HIS FATHER IN WHO HE DIE FOR…HIS ELECT

                                                              i.      PURSUED HER ONLY IN HIS LOVE AND REDEMPTION

  1. HE DIED VICARIOUSLY FOR MY ADULTERY: PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL

                                                              i.      2 COR. 5 ‘HE DIED THAT WE WHO LIVE MAY NO LONGER LIVE FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR HIM WHO DIED AND ROSE ON OUR BEHALF.’

5)      HOW DOES IT CHANGE US?

  1. FOR OUR MARRIAGES

                                                                          i.      FAITHFULNESS N ALL AREAS: PHYSICAL/SPIRITUAL

                                                                        ii.      NOTE POSITIVE ASPECT IN COMMANDMENT: LOVE YOUR WIFE AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR HER IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT PRESENT HER AS SPOTLESS, PURE.

                                                          iii.      GUARDING SELF FROM EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENTS TO SOMEONE ELSE

                                                          iv.      INVEST IN YOUR MARRIAGE, DON’T TAKE FROM ELSEWHERE… CF.TREASURE PRINCIPLE…READ PROV. 5:15-20

                                                            v.      1 COR. 7 = FULFILL MARITAL INTIMACY…KEEP SPOUSE SATISFIED

  1. FOR OUR SINGLES..NOT MATTER WHAT AGE

                                                              i.      EXCLUSIVE SEXUAL ABSTINENCE BEFORE MARRIAGE…’CAN A MAN TAKE FIRE IN HIS BOSOM AND NOT BE BURNED?” NO, WHETHER BY LOOKING, PUSHING BOUNDARIES, ETC.

                                                            ii.      PROMOTE MARRIAGE

  1. 1 COR 7:2 ‘TO AVOID FORNICATION, LET EACH MAN HAVE HIS OWN WIFE” ..WHY WOULD PAUL SAY THIS IF MARRIAGE AND SINGLENESS ARE EQUAL OPTIONS?
  2. 1 TIM. 4:1-3 ‘PROMOTING SINGLENESS, W/OUT THINKING OF ITS EXCLUSIVE CALL FOR GOSPEL PURPOSES, IS PROMOTING DOCTRINES OF DEMONS.
  3. RAISE OUR CHILDREN W/ ‘INTENION OF BEING HUSBANDS/WIVES    ..THE DELIBERATE THOUGHT OF DEVLOPING/PRODUCING THE MEANS OF THE STRENTH OF SOCIETY…THE FAMILY!!! ..TODAY, FAMILY JUST KINDA ‘HAPPENS’
  4. THE CURE FOR SEXUAL IMMORALITY AMONG OUR YOUTH IS NOT JUST SAYING ‘WAIT, WAIT, WAIT AD INFINITUM”..BUT TO TEACH BIBLICAL PURPOSES OF MARRIAGE/SEXUALITY…TO SHOW DESIGN OF LIFE IS MARRIAGE, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY CALLED…

6)      OUR CORPORATE LIVES

  1. REMEMBER GOD SEES ALL!!..HARD TO COMMIT SIN WHEN REALLY THINK ABOUT THIS!
  2. BY OUR DRESS/MODESTY
  3. BY OUR WORDS
  4. BY WHAT WE ENGAGE IN OUR PRIVATE LIVES…

                                                                          i.      IF CAN’T TRUST EACH OTHER IN PRIVATE LIVES, WON’T BE ABLE TO IN PUBLIC…CF. WALLSTREET PROBS, ETC.

  1. BY OUR WALK W/ THE LORD…FORSAKE SPIRITUAL ADULTERY…WHAT HAS YOUR AFFECTIONS OVER CHRIST?

                                                                          i.      GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD…WILL NOT SHARE US W/ OTHER GODS

                                                                        ii.      WHY INTERMARRIAGE WAS FORBIDDEN…CF. WISDOM IN MAKING SURE YOU WALK W/ RIGHT PERSON…ARE WE PULLING THE TOGETHER IN THE RIGHT WAY? WORSHIP COMMITMENT IS THE NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN CHOOSING A SPOUSE…

                                                                      iii.      BY FALSE THEOLOGY/BELIEFS OVER GOD’S LOVE LETTER TO US…THIS IS WHAT MODERN PSYCHOLOGY IS…IT’S A FALSE LOVER W/ FALSE PROMISES THAT STEALS THE HEARTS OF GOD’S PEOPLE FROM THE EXCLUSIVE LOVE OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST…

  1. EVEN IN RE: TO CHURCH DISCIPLINE…DIVORCE IN CHURCH SHOULD/WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY THE ELDERS…UNBIBLICAL DIVORCE WILL LEAD TO CHURCH DISCIPLINE…
  2. CORPORATELY PROMOTE marriage ‘Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.’ 1 Cor 7: 2. ‘Marriage is honourable and the bed undefiled.’ Heb 13: 4. God instituted marriage in paradise; he brought the woman to the man. Gen 2: 22. Marriage is a type and resemblance of the mystical union between Christ and his church. Eph 5: 32.   QUOTE: “For where nature has its course, as it is implanted by God, it is not possible to remain chaste without marriage. For flesh and blood remain flesh and blood, and the natural inclination and excitement have their course without let or hindrance, as everybody sees and feels. In order, therefore, that it may be the more easy in some degree to avoid unchastity, God has commanded the estate of matrimony, that every one may have his proper portion and be satisfied therewith; although God’s grace besides is required in order that the heart also may be pure.”

                                                                          i.      NOT PROMOTE SINGLES MINISTRIES OR REFOCUS THEIR GOALS!!…SINGLES MINISTRY IS UNPRECEDENTED IN THE 1,950 YEAR HISTORY OF THE CHURCH…

                                                                        ii.      CF WHAT’S HAPPENED IN CATH. CHURCH HISTORY/PRESENT W/ THEIR VIEW OF ‘CHASITY’..  1 TIMOTHY 4: 1-3’DOCTRINES OF DEMON…THOSE WHO FORBID MARRIAGE”

                                                                      iii.      SADLY, CHURCH ‘RAILS’ AGAINST ADULTERY, FORNICATION…BUT YET PROMOTES THINGS SUCH AS CAREER, COLLEGE, ETC OVER MARRIAGE…AND THEN WONDERS WHY SO MANY YOUNG UNMARRIEDS STRUGGLE W/ SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE???

HOW TO AVOID THE TEMPTION:  

1)      PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD…HE ALWAYS SEES!!!.

2)      Come not into the company of a whorish woman; avoid her house, as a SAILOR does a rock. ‘Come not nigh the door of her house.’ Prov 5: 8. He who would not have the plague, must not come near infected houses; every whore-house has the plague in it. Not to beware of the occasion of sin, and yet pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ is, as if one should put his finger into the candle, and yet pray that it may not be burnt.  IF YOUR RIGHT HAND CAUSES YOU TO STUMBLE…”

3)      GUARD  your eyes. Much sin comes in by the eye. ‘Having eyes full of adultery.’ 2 Pet 2: 14. The eye tempts the fancy, and the fancy works upon the heart. A wanton amorous eye may usher in sin. Eve first saw the tree of knowledge, and then she took. Gen 3: 6. First she looked and then she loved. The eye often sets the heart on fire; therefore Job laid a law upon his eyes. ‘I made a covenant with my eyes, why then should I think upon a maid?’ Job 31: 1.

4)      PUT A WATCH OVER YOUR WORDS that may kindle unclean thoughts in yourselves or others. ‘Evil communications corrupt good manners.’ I Cor 15: 33. Impure SPEECH STIRS up the fire of lust. Much evil is conveyed to the heart by the tongue. ‘Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth.’ Psa 141: 3.

5)      BE WATCHFUL OVER your heart. ‘Keep thy heart with all diligence.’ Prov 4: 23. Every one has a tempter in his own bosom. ‘Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts.’ Matt 15: 19. Thinking of sin makes way for the act of sin. Suppress the first risings of sin in your heart.

6)      Look to your attire. We read of the attire of a harlot. Prov 7: 10. A wanton dress is a provocation to lust. Where the sign is hung out, people will go in and taste the liquor. Jerome says, they who by their lascivious attire endeavour to draw others to lust, though no evil follows, are tempters, and shall be punished, because they offered the poison to others, though they would not drink.

7)      BE CAREFUL HOW MUCH TIME YOU SPEND WITH  evil company.

8)      Beware of the entertainment you indulge. Movies, books/mags you read/look at

9)      take heed of allowing undiscipline to intrude into your life. Paul did ‘keep under his body.’ I Cor 9: 27. The flesh pampered is apt to rebel.  Take heed of idleness. Idleness is the cause of sodomy and uncleanness. Ezek 16:49. When David was idle on the top of his house, he espied Bathsheba, and took her to him. 2 Sam 11: 4.

10)  To avoid fornication and adultery, let every man have a chaste, entire love to his own wife. When Solomon had dissuaded from strange women, he prescribed a remedy against it. ‘Rejoice with the wife of thy youth.’ Prov 5: 18. It is not having a wife, but loving a wife, that makes a man live chastely. He who loves his wife, whom Solomon calls his fountain, will not go abroad to drink of muddy, poisoned waters. Pure conjugal love is a gift of God, and comes from heaven; but, like the vestal fire, it must be cherished, that it go not out. He who loves not his wife, is the likeliest person to embrace the bosom of a stranger. FULFILL YOUR MARITAL DUTIES TO YOUR SPOUSE AND HELP THEM BE SATISFIED, SO THEY ARE NOT AS TEMPTED TO LOOK ELSEWHERE…CF. 1 COR. 7…TEACHING IS NOT ‘HOW OFTEN DO WE?” BUT ‘WHAT ARE THE EXCEPTIONS  OF WHEN WE SHOULD REFRAIN?”

11)  Labour to get the fear of God into your hearts. ‘By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.’ Prov 16: 6.

12)  Take delight in the word of God. ‘How sweet are thy words unto my taste.’ Psa 119: I03. Let the Scriptures be my pure pleasure. The reason why persons seek after unchaste, sinful pleasures, is because they have no better.

13)  REALIZE WHAT YOUR TRADING ETERNAL JOYS FOR..SOMETHING TEMPORAL NOR LASTING IN SATISFACTION!

CONCLUSION:

1)      1 COR. 6:9-11 ‘ DON’T BE DECIEVED..”

2)      CHRIST IS FAITHFUL AND LOVING…HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE TO DRAW YOU TO HIIMSELF AND AWAY FROM FALSE LOVES….’TEMPORAL JOYS, ANYTHING/BODY YOU LOVE MORE THAN CHRIST IS A WHORE THAT IS DRAWING YOU INTO THE PIT OF DESTRUCTION!”

3)      CHRISTIAN, SPIRITUAL ADULTERY? PHYSICAL ADULTERY? LOOK TO CHRIST, THE FAITHFUL HUSBAND WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE SO THAT HIS BRIDE COULD BE PURE…EPH. 5

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