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The Ten Commandments 
Commandment No 7

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Exodus 20:14  'You shall not commit adultery.

Our God is pure and holy and has nothing to do with uncleanness. The sum of this commandment is to preserve corporal purity, thus ensuring that we run not the rock of uncleanness and so making the shipwreck of our chastity.

There are two things implied in this particular commandment;

I) Observation of the ordinance of marriage. 1 Corinthians 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.

- In marriage there are general and special duties.

  • The general duty of a man is to rule, but with discretion. He is the head and must rule with reason. And the general duty of a woman is submission. Eph 5:22-23.

  • The special duties belonging to marriage are, love and fidelity. Love is the marriage of the affections. Eph. 5:25. Love perfumes the marriage relation and makes the yoke easy. Without love there is no harmony but constant wrangles. Among the Romans on the day of marriage, the woman presented to her husband fire and water: signifying that as fire refines and water cleanses, she would live with her husband in chastity an sincerity.

II) Infecting ourselves with bodily pollution and uncleanness. The fountain of this sin of adultery is lust. Since the fall holly love has degenerated to list, which is the fever of the soul, thus bringing twofold adultery;

  •   Mental. Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  • Corporal. When sin has now conceived and brought forth in the act. Job calls a adultery a heinous crime. Job 31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

The great evil of adultery;

  1.   It is a thievish sin. It is the highest sort of theft. The adulterer steals from his neighbour that which is more than his goods and estate, thus a wife is a flesh of the flesh to her husband.

  2. Adultery debases a person. It makes him resemble the beast, he is like a horse neighing. Jeremiah 5:8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.

  3. Adultery pollutes. The devil is called unclean spirit. Luke 11:24 'When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.'

  4. Adultery destroys reputation. Proverbs 6:32-33 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.  Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away;

  5. Adultery sows discord. It destroys peace and love, the best two flowers that grows in a family. This division in a family courses confusion, for a house divided against a house falleth. Luke 11:17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: 'Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.

To come out of this infection sin.

  1. Come not into the company of a whorish woman, avoid her house, as a seaman does a rock. Proverbs 5:8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,

  2. Look to your eyes. Much sin comes in by the eye. 2 Peter 2:14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed-an accursed brood!

  3. Look to your lips. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'

  4. Look to your heart in a special manner. Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

  5. Look to your attire. We read of the attire of a harlot. Proverbs 7:10-11 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home;

  6. Take heed of mixed dancing. Dances are instruments of wantonness. From dancing to dalliance and from dalliance to uncleanness. Dancing is the province of adulterous women and men. Matthew 25:7 'Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.

  7. Take heed of lascivious books and pictures that provoke to list.

  8. Take heed of idleness. When a man is put of calling he is ready to receive any temptation. Ezekiel 16:49 ''Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

  9. Love your own wife. It is not a matter of having a wife alone but have the wife and love her to satisfy your list. Proverbs. 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

  10. Lastly pray against this sin.

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