Ten Commandments: #7 

Exodus 20:14

The 1631 edition of the King James Version became known as the "Wicked Bible" because of a typesetting error. It seems that the word ‘not’ was inadvertently left out, and left this verse reading ‘Thou shalt commit adultery.’ That was over 365 years ago, but it would seem that our society is following that version when it comes to adultery. May I go so far as to say that it is not only those who are spiritually ignorant who disregard God’s seventh commandment. It seems that this has transcended all spiritual lines and we find that adultery is nearly as common among those who name the name of Christ as it is among those who do not.

I grew up in the generation of ‘free love’ and open immorality. We have come a long way since then. We now understand that it wasn’t free after all. There was and continues to be a price to pay for such immoral behavior. Now we are enlightened and we are in the ‘safe sex’ generation. The problem is that we are still trying to do things our way instead of God’s way. God’s answer to safe sex is marriage. To that many will scoff and say that is old fashioned. Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean that it is wrong!

This commandment specifically addresses the sin of adultery. By definition adultery is the violation of the marriage vow. It is sexual unfaithfulness between a married person and someone else.

Under Mosaic Law, when a couple was caught in the act of adultery, both parties were to be killed. "IF A MAN BE FOUND LYING WITH A WOMAN MARRIED TO AN HUSBAND, THEN THEY SHALL BOTH OF THEM DIE, BOTH THE MAN THAT LAY WITH THE WOMAN, AND THE WOMAN: SO SHALT THOU PUT AWAY EVIL FROM ISRAEL." (DEU 22:22)

I. The Reason for the Command.

II. Our Response to the Command.

We have a Savior who can take all the broken pieces of our lives and our hearts and put them right again. Jesus did not treat the sin of adultery lightly here. He forgave her and told her to go and sin no more! Thou shalt not commit adultery!

There is a spiritual adultery as well. When we come to Christ, we are His bride. We are to then give Him our devotion and love. He deserves all of our attention. The problem with the church at Ephesus was that they had left their first love. Some have left the Lord for all sorts of reasons, but none will stand up before Him. Come home.

If you have never been saved, come today and receive Christ. He loves you and wants to see you saved today. If you are a believer who has grown cold in your love for Him, come today and renew that commitment to Him. There may be couples who need to come and renew their commitment to one another. Whatever the need this morning, come.