7. Adultery Forbidden! Exodus 20:14

Text:  “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
Exodus 20:14.
          “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I (Jesus Christ) say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Matthew 5:27-28.

Good morning, naturally sinful, but honest, Christian!  Having been ‘quickened’ by God the Spirit to receive conviction of sin; faith to believe; and true, God-given repentance from sin – you know your old self well enough to realise that you have probably committed the sin of adultery in some form, many many times throughout your life - in mind, word, or deed - even after being led to Christ and saved!

 Furthermore, you are now mature enough in the faith, made honest enough in the faith, to admit your many faults and failings - as it seems that, the closer the Living Lord God allows us to come to Him, the more clearly we see our sinful selves for what we most definitely are – gross sinners, yet saved by God’s grace!

(This is usually the point in which I get so much grief and opposition from the self-righteous! However...)

“...God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him (the light!), and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”    (1 John 1:5-6)

With this Bible truth in mind, therefore, we find the following fact of our Christian faith: The closer the Lord God allows sinners to approach His Divine Light, the more light sinners  have to see our own sinfulness more clearly!  The closer the Lord God permits us into His Holy Presence, into His Divine Light – the more exceeding sinful we see ourselves, and the enormity of our words, thoughts, actions, and potential to sin against His Holiness.

When the Lord permits us to mature enough in faith that we might draw closer and closer to Him, and His Divine Light – instead of becoming proud and self-righteous, we become more humble and self-effacing to realise how much the Lord grants us His Sovereign grace, to allow us to draw close to Him without our being consumed in an instant by the fire of His Absolute Holiness.

“Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.”
(Hebrews 12:28-29)

This Lord God Almighty Jehovah – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is that same and only Sovereign Lord God Whose Commandment proclaims: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Dictionary Definition: Adultery – (noun) voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone who is not that person’s legal partner; lack of chastity generally (Bible); applied especially by theologians to marriages disapproved of, expressing reproach or scorn; image worship; adulteration or falsification.  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 21)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Catechism: Questions & Answers:

“57. Q. Which is the seventh commandment?  A. The seventh commandment is, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

58. Q. What is forbidden in the seventh commandment? A. The seventh commandment forbids all unchaste thoughts, (Matthew 5:28; Colossians 4:6) words, (Ephesians 5:4;    2 Timothy 2:22) and actions. (Ephesians 5:3)

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Ephesians 5:4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.”

While many will immediately and clearly understand the fact that the Lord God forbids breaking ones marriage vows by having sexual intercourse with someone outside the marital bed – the Seventh Commandment goes an awful lot further than that in implication and prohibition.

The action aspect of actually breaking this Holy Commandment needs no elaboration.  However, when we begin to understand that the Living Lord God Jehovah judges the very motivation of our hearts; our most deep, and too often devious, thoughts; the carnal desires of our fallen human nature – then we can more fully understand how often we have broken, and continue to break, this serious Commandment of God.

Furthermore, the more legalistically inclined professing Christian, somewhat blinded by his/her success in attending every available church-meeting; paying, religiously, church tithes; and seeking to stroke all the Ts and dot all the Is of their doctrinal stance – can become very prone to self-righteousness, until they realise that in God’s eyes and mind, the thought equals the actual deed!

“But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  (Matthew 5:28)

Now, please ask yourselves, dear ladies and gentlemen readers: “Am I going to seriously deny committing this serious sin of adultery, in lustful thought; in lustful, otherwise secret, desire; or in the actual commission of fornication, lewd practice, or physical sexual sin?”

Hear what the Spirit of God teaches us on this subject, penned by the apostle James: “For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he/she is guilty of all.  For He (God) that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.  Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the Law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”    (James 2:10-12)

When we break one Commandment, we break ALL the Ten Commandments at once.

Thought: God’s grace puts ALL our sins under the Blood of His dear Son, Jesus.

6. Murder Forbidden! Exodus 20:13

Text: “Thou shalt not kill.”                                             Exodus 20:13.

          “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other Commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law.”
Romans 13:9-10.

Good morning, neighbour-loving Christian!  If you truly seek to love your neighbour, in the Biblical sense of the concept, then you are seeking at all times to fulfill the Sixth Commandment of God to mankind.  Praise God for ‘neighbour-loving Christians'!

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first Commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  There is none other Commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12:30-31)

In Christ’s powerful teachings contained in the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – He fully acknowledges the Scriptural authority of the Decalogue, ‘The Ten Commandments’ of God, given to Moses on Mount Sinai.  

However, in His own Divine manner, Christ Jesus succinctly sets The Ten Commandments in two distinct categories for our better understanding - the first four Commandments being specifically directed towards God, and worship of the Lord God Almighty: “Hear, O Israel (born again Christians are the true ‘Israel’ today) The Lord our God is One Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” 

The second section of six Commandments are directed specifically towards ‘our neighbour’, or our fellow-man.  The Master then continues on, in Luke’s Gospel, to expound and explain to His hearers exactly WHO our ‘neighbour’ is and should always be. (Read Luke 10:25-37)

“And behold a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit Eternal life? He (Jesus) said unto him, What is written in the Law? (the Ten Commandments) How readest thou?  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  And He (Christ) said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”  (Luke 10:25-28)

In other words, the Lord Jesus was teaching this ‘lawyer’ a powerful lesson, a lesson which you and I do well to learn: IF we can perfectly keep the Ten Commandments – four directed towards God and worship of Him; six directed towards our fellow-man and how we behave ourselves reference him - we may have Eternal life! 

However, we all know by our own personal experience that fallen mankind cannot perfectly keep the Ten Commandments, no matter how hard we might try! It’s impossible!

Conclusion: The Ten Commandments were given to man by God in order to teach us that we cannot keep them!  We cannot save ourselves from inherent, or committed sin!  Fact!  Only Christ, and His Atonement Sacrifice can redeem our sinful souls!  (Acts 4:12)

With this fact in mind, therefore, we can more easily begin to understand the teaching of the apostle Paul in the epistle to the Galatians, chapter 3, which reiterates this Scriptural fact:“Is the Law then against the promises of God?  God forbid: for it there had been a Law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Law.  But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe (the ‘elect’ of God).  But before faith came, we were kept under the Law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”   (Galatians 3:21-26)

In other words, the Ten Commandments given by God to man was designed to clearly prove to mankind that, no matter what he/she actually sought to DO would, and never could, wash away our stain of sin: Adam’s sin which we have inherited, and our own sin which we commit because we are born natural sinners.  Keeping of rules, and laws, and traditions, and practices, can never make us fit for Heaven.  Only trusting, by grace, through God-given faith, in Christ and His pure Sacrifice at Calvary’s Cross, can we ever be saved; can we ever be fully redeemed by the price of His own sinless Blood, shed there for us, ‘His people’.

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal Redemption for us.”  (Hebrews 9:12)

The sixth Commandment is: “Thou shalt not kill”.  Murder: the taking of human life, is strictly forbidden of God.  If we are ‘neighbour-loving’, then we should never seek to put another to death, period.  Life is precious, and we are forbidden to kill each other at any time.

However, the Lord Jesus goes much further in expounding/explaining the spirit of this sixth Commandment.  “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement: but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca (vain fellow), shall be in danger of Hell fire.”  (Matthew 5:21-22)

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven...”  (Matthew 5:43-45)

Killing with the hand is forbidden of God, but how many who would not kill with the hand, see nothing wrong in assassination of character by the tongue or poison-pen; or libellous keyboard?  The Lord measures the hearts and minds, and the thought is father to the deed.  Beware of sin!

Thought: “...Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point...is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)  Only by trusting in Christ’s perfect Sacrifice are we saved.

5. Honouring Our Parents! Exodus 20:12

Text: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Exodus 20:12.

Good morning, Parent-Honouring Christian!  IF our parents are seen to be honouring the Lord God Jehovah – then we are bound by God’s Fifth Commandment to give full honour and obedience to them.  

If our parents are indeed Bible-believing, Spiritually born again, Christians – then they should have fulfilled their duty under the Lord God to ‘...train us up in the way we should go...’, and instruct us continually throughout our childhood years from the written Word of God.  

If the Lord God, in His Sovereign grace, has seen fit to save us by the granting of His gift of faith to believe (trust) in the Atonement Sacrifice of His Son, Christ Jesus – then we too must bring our children up ‘...in the fear and admonition of the Lord’, to believe His Word and to walk in obedience to His Sovereign will.  This is the Word of God:

“Train up a child in the way he/she should go: and when he/she is old, he/she will not depart from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6)

“For by grace are ye saved by faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we (Hell-deserving sinners) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”        (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  (Ephesians 6:4)

All these God-breathed (inspired) Scripture verses fit in close harmony together to prove without doubt the veracity (truth) of God’s inspired Commandments to us, ‘His people’.  We are taught by godly parents from God’s Word; God’s Word brings us faith to believe and receive Christ by the hearing of it; we receive God’s gift of faith and, by His grace alone, are gloriously redeemed by Christ’s Atonement Sacrifice on the Cross.  Hallelujah!  What Divine logic!  The Fifth Commandment contains God’s promise of life in the keeping of it!

“My son, forget not My law; but let thine heart keep my Commandments: for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”  (Proverbs 3:1-2)

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

Inspired Scripture is the best interpreter of other inspired Scripture: God’s Word is truth!

Read what Charles Haddon Spurgeon teaches in ‘Spurgeon’s Catechism’:

52 Q Which is the fifth commandment?

A The fifth commandment is, Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

53 Q What is required in the fifth commandment?

A The fifth commandment requires the preserving the honour, and performing the duties belonging to everyone in their various positions and relationships as superiors, inferiors, or equals . (Ephesians  5:21-22; Ephesians 6:1-5; Romans 13:1), (Ephesians 6:9), (Romans 12:10).

54 Q What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?  A The reason annexed to the fifth commandment is, a promise of long life and prosperity -- as far as it shall serve for God's glory, and their own good -- to all such as keep this commandment 
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and thy mother; which is the first Commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3).
The Westminster Confession of Faith Shorter Catechism (1646-1648) states: 
“Q. 63. Which is the fifth commandment?  A. The fifth commandment is, Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Q. 64. What is required in the fifth commandment?  A. The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honor, and performing the duties, belonging to everyone in their several places and relations, as superiors, inferiors, or equals.

Q. 65. What is forbidden in the fifth commandment? A. The fifth commandment forbiddeth the neglecting of, or doing anything against, the honor and duty which belongeth to everyone in their several places and relations.

Q. 66. What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?  A. The reason annexed to the fifth commandment is, a promise of long life and prosperity (as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good) to all such as keep this commandment.

That all things might be done decently and in order within families; governments; societies, etc. the Lord’s Fifth Commandment was graciously given."

Today, in this 21st Century, we see the chaotic result of mankind’s not keeping this vital Commandment of God – as it seems like ‘every man is doing what is right in his own eyes...’, and rebellion and chaos wreaks havoc throughout the entire world.  God’s wisdom in giving us the Fifth Commandment was to ensure that order would be maintained.  We break this Commandment at our Eternal and temporal peril.  Let’s begin to teach our children this truth anew?

Thought: Honour thy Parents – world order and peace begins within orderly homes.