by Ken Trivette

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Forsaking All Others (8 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
Exodus 20:14

In the marriage vows that I often use, at a certain point, I will ask the groom this question. ''In taking this woman that you hold by the right hand to be your wedded wife, before God and these witnesses, do you so promise to love her, honor her, cherish her in that relation, leaving all others cleaving only to her and be to her in all things a true and faithful husband so long as you both shall live?'' Then I ask the bride the same question. Their answer of ''I do,'' is a promise and vow made to each other that they will be faithful to one another. The seventh commandment is God's reminder of that promise and God's binder on the promise that every husband and wife makes at the marriage altar. ''Thou shalt not commit adultery.''

As I approach this commandment I feel somewhat as D.L. Moody in his book, The Ten Commandments. ''I would to God I could pass over this commandment, but I feel that the time has come to cry aloud and spare not.'' G. Campbell Morgan said in relation to this commandment, ''There is no subject, perhaps, more difficult to deal with faithfully, and yet there is none demanding more honest and fearless handling.''

We have reminded ourselves in our study of the Ten Commandments, that commandment's five through ten, deal with man being rightly related to those around him. The seventh commandment specifically deals with the marital relationship. D.L. Moody says, ''This commandment is God's bulwark around marriage and the home.''

G. Campbell Morgan described adultery as a seven-fold sin. It is a sin against 1) The Individual; 2) The family; 3) Society; 4) Nation; 5) Race; 6) Universe; and 7) God. Morgan is very straight-forward in his opinion of the seriousness of adultery as revealed in his words concerning adultery being a sin against a nation. ''The adulterer is the enemy of the state, and as such, after being divorced in the divorce court, s ...

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