Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14
Marriage is a sacred institution. It was ordained by God to be between a man and a woman.
Mark 10:6-8 (NIV)
6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
God puts a great deal of interest on this commitment, because marriage is an analogy of His relationship with us. He wants us to be faithful to Him, when we have made a commitment to follow Him.
There is a wonderful book in the Bible called, Hosea. It is a love story. God uses the analogy of marriage, to show His love and jealousy towards us, as his bride.
Hosea marries a woman who is a prostitute. God tells him to do this, and says He is going to show him how Israel has been unfaithful to him. Hosea comes to love Gomer. She has children with Hosea. Then she goes after other men, and is sold into slavery. Hosea buys her back for fifteen pieces of silver, and some barley.
God doesn’t give up on us, even when we have committed adultery by going after other things, and uniting ourselves with the world. He bought us back, while we were yet sinners. His love for us is enormous.
Hosea is a story of hope for the prodigals of the world. God desires our love. He is willing to reach out to us, and even buy us back with the blood of His own Son.
Jesus goes a step farther than thou shalt not commit adultery. Luke 16: 18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. He also said that when we think of committing adultery, we have already committed it in our heart.
Here is more hope though, for all of us. A woman was caught in adultery, in danger of being stoned. Jesus was in the crowd, and the “stoners”, who were teachers of the law, told Jesus what the woman did, and asked Him what should be done to her. They were trying to have a basis to accuse him.
Here is the story:
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
The commandments are laws that show us where we have fallen short in the obedience that God desires, and to show us why we are in need of a Savior. They only condemn us when we have no mercy from the One who gave them to us. Since He doesn’t desire that anyone should perish, He wants us to repent, turn to Him, and be saved!
Lord, thank You for Your great forgiveness and love towards us. Help us to stay close to You, and help me not to wander with my thoughts, eyes, or heart. Help me to be careful not to take advantage of the freedoms You have given me. Help me to be faithful to You! Help my love to grow towards You with all my heart, mind, and soul. Thank You!