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Adultery (6 of 8)
Series: The Ten Commandments from a New Testament Perspective
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
When we looked at the commandment not to commit murder, we saw that Jesus took this command and warned that murder was an act of the heart even if we did not carry out the physical act. Jesus has also taken adultery and pointed directly to our hearts as well. Look at Matthew 5:27-29
7 " You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' 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. 29 "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
This warning cuts to the heart. How many times have you heard men say things like, "There is nothing wrong with looking as long as you don't act"? Is this true? Our hearts and minds are the battleground for temptation. You cannot be tempted in this area unless you allow yourself to be drawn with your eyes. Look at this passage from James 1:14-16
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
We are drawn away when we see temptation and do not turn away. When King David was drawn into adultery with Bathsheba, it was not a surprise attack by Satan. He looked down from his rooftop and saw a woman bathing. Instead of turning away, David took the lust for her into his heart and there his wicked desire was conceived. Because David allowed that desire to grow into lust, it gave birth to sin and sin led to more sin and before he realized what was happening, David's flesh was driving him and he was no longer being led by God's Spirit. David committed a chain of sins that he n ...
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