Part 7:  The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20.14

Hello and Welcome to Our Church Without Walls: I’m preaching a series of messages called THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Today’s text is found in: Exodus 20:3-17

This is part 7, with the emphasis on verse 14

Welcome back! So far, we have learned about the first Six of the Ten Commandments. I pray and hope you have enjoyed these devotions as much as I have. Now, on to the next commandment.

Not too long ago, when the real estate market was falling, I was involved in a discussion about personal finances and being “upside down” in one’s mortgage (like a lot of people were). The dilemma was not that the homeowner could not make his payments, but that he was “upside down” by over $100,000 and the real estate market was still falling! It was suggested by some that this homeowner was to stop making anymore payments and, by the time he was evicted, he would have enough money saved to buy another house. The homeowner came to the conclusion that even though what he could do was legal, it was not moral. He knows that even though legally he could walk away from the responsibility, it would violate God’s law of finances and he would have to pay the consequences. The same is true with the Seventh Commandment.

In Exodus 20:14, we find the Seventh Commandment, “You shall not commit adultery”. This commandment is what it is. Although adultery (committed by man or woman) may be legal in most states, it becomes a moral issue. One will suffer the consequences of the violation of this commandment, whether it is governmentally legal or not.

This Seventh Commandment forbids ALL acts of uncleanness. This means the fleshly lusts, which produce those acts and wars against the soul. As a matter of a fact, Jesus expounded the deeper meaning of this commandment when He said in Matthew 5:29, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jesus then explained that lust (which originates in the heart) was a very serious sin. It is so serious that He gave a metaphor of removing the part of the body that causes you to lust. Again, it was just a metaphor, because it was more “profitable” to lose a member of one’s own body than to bear the eternal consequences of the guilt from such a deadly sin (Matthew 5:30). Not only did Jesus talk about it, but the Apostle James also dealt with this issue.

In James Chapter 2, Verses 11 to 13, he gives us the answer as how to overcome this horrible sin that besets us. He reminds us that if we are in Christ then we have the Holy Spirit to help us overcome lust and the temptations of adultery. (And, if you don’t think this is a problem in our country today, just watch T.V.). As a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul, as well as James, saw that lust and adultery was a serious problem. Jesus said that it begins with what we choose to look at (including T.V. shows and movies). However, James reminds us that if we really have Christ in our hearts, we will no longer desire to even look at ANYTHING that the devil can use to entice us to sin. Because, even looking can cause us to think it, and thinking it is just as bad as doing it. We will suffer the consequence of violating God’s law (commandment). But when we are tempted, we are not to fear, but to pray for the Holy Spirit to help us.

Living in a nation where adultery and lust is not only legal but perfectly acceptable, this commandment is continuously violated. And if you don’t think that our nation is being judged by God, remember that God indeed judges a nation that continuously breaks His commandments. But, as a believer in Jesus Christ, we have hope. The Holy Spirit is there to help us fight the wars of our flesh which are against our spirit. He is also there to remind us of the comfort of the mercy, grace, and love of God through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It was on the cross at Calvary, His death and resurrection that Jesus had victory over our sin and gave us hope. Though as painful as it was, Jesus took the punishment for our sin and buried it in the deepest part of the earth. Praise be to God, and our Lord Jesus, who through grace, gives us hope. Hope that trusts not only in God’s mercy, but in the triumph over sin.

When we stand before God on our judgment day, may we not be found “upside down” in our love and obedience to God. Believing in, and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior means receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy. You see, mercy triumphs over judgment and the one whose life is characterized by mercy is ready for the Day of Judgment when we stand before God. May we find grace and peace in the mercy of God, and the peace of Christ that passes all understanding.

I’m Pastor Robby teaching His Word, His Work, His Way.