Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
January 27, 2012
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14 KJV
The word adultery means to break wedlock, sexual immorality of one or more married people, to apostatize. God gives direct command to not commit the sin of adultery. The word apostatize is the same word used in the New Testament to describe the great falling away. This means to depart from truth. There are four kinds of adultery mentioned in the Bible. The first thing I want to look at is spiritual adultery. This is mentioned in the very first commandment. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me. God is a jealous God. In this chapter God is telling Israel that He, as a man would of his wife, wants them to be solely kept for Himself. They are told to have no other gods before Him. In other scriptures God told Israel not to go a whoring after other gods. When we put anything before God we are committing spiritual adultery.
All through the word of God marriage between a man and women is compared to the relationship between God and His people. The second type of adultery is when a person who is married commits immoral sexual acts of any kind with someone other than their spouse. This sin has so become accepted in our day but God still hates it. The third type of adultery is mentioned by our Lord Jesus Christ. He said if a man looks on a woman and lust after her he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. The act of adultery starts with the lust of the heart. A person commits adultery in the heart before they commit it in their flesh. The fourth type of adultery is that of divorce and remarriage. Romans 7:3 very plainly tells us that if a person be married to another while their first spouse is living they have committed adultery. In Luke 16:18 we see that if a man put away his wife and marrieth another he committeth adultery. Also if anyone marrieth her that is put away committeth adultery. Our pulpits have long been silent on this subject. Amen!