by Jerry Branch

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Gerald D. Branch
Proverbs 5:1-23
August 2, 2009

It's hard to imagine that God would have Solomon devote a whole chapter of Proverbs to avoiding sexual immorality...especially that of adultery.

And once again, God starts off by telling us to sit up, give Him our full attention, don't go off day that has to be something behind this.

So...2 questions came to mind almost at once...
1) What's the Biblical definition of adultery,
2) and Why so much attention to this subject?

Let's start with the word itself...‘adultery' ...

in The Merriam-Webster Dictionary uses this as a definition:
The Act of Adultery is "voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband also..."

And then when we add in the definition found in the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, not only do we find that Adultery is the physical act,
but we see it is also a term applied against Israel
by the prophets and by Jesus Himself
when Israel strayed from God and turned to other gods. Israel was ‘in a sense' married to God as His chosen people....just as Christians are married in our relationship with Jesus.

So Adultery can be both a physical act but it can also be a spiritual act...and both are seen by God as sin.

But there's also something else that is important to know
about this word, adultery...
if you do a word search in one of the translations (I used the NIV),
you'll find adultery and adulterous is used about 78 times
which ranks right up there with murder at 83 times...

Now, that tells me fact it should tell any of us who Study God's Word...that God is really EMPHASIZING this word an awful lot...
which is a very strong warning to His people, that apparently
we're really prone to fall into it,

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