The Seventh CommandmentBy Staff
, "Bible Study," August 1997
The Creator God directly devotes two of His ten great laws to protecting family relationships. In the fifthcommandment, we saw how important honouring parents are in maintaining a Christian family relationship.God gave the seventh commandment, "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14;Deuteronomy 5:18), to
protect the honour and sanctity of marriage. It is through marriage and the family that we learn how to conductproper relationships, both with other people and with God. Since it is such an important institution to character development, God does not tolerate its defilement. Within marriage, sex is fully sanctioned by God, butotherwise, its practice causes great harm. In principle, this commandment covers all forms of illicit sex,including fornication, homosexuality, bestiality and paedophilia.
: According to the letter of the law, adultery is sexual intercourse outside of marriage, but Christ emphasizes the spirit of the law. If a man even looks at a woman to lustafter her, he has committed adultery. This sin so defiles the land and its inhabitants that it mustbe removed. Thus, the law's penalty for adultery is death.
: No one wants to be found guilty of adultery! It is not only an offence to theaggrieved husband or wife involved, but also to there home and their children. It strikes at thevery basis of a decent society. Treachery is a violation of trust and confidence, like that placedin us by our spouses and by Almighty God.
: Violence is a fruit of adultery because of its treachery and self-centeredness. Itdestroys loyalty and submission to authority, and it teaches disrespect for others.
. What does the act of fornication and adultery bring upon a man? Proverbs 6:24-29, 32-35; 29:3.
: Although God hates divorce; He allows it in rare cases under certaincircumstances (Matthew 5:32;19:9; I Corinthians 7:15). If someone is continuously and
flagrantly committing sexual immorality, it is necessary for the spiritual health of the church "notto keep company with sexually immoral people."
: God will forgive an adulterer if he genuinely repents, and He will give him eternallife. However, the consequences of sin still have their harmful effect, as we see in the death of David and Bathsheba's child. Although forgiven, David and his household endured violencefrom that point forward because of his adultery and murder.