By: Ely Lagajino
You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20: 14 (NKJV)
God assigned Adam to name all the different animals and birds in the Garden of Eden. Then God saw that Adam needed a help mate.
He put him into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs and created a woman. When Adam woke up he saw a beautiful creature coming towards him. Adam exclaimed “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.” (Genesis 2: 21-23).
Adam named her Eve and God accomplished the marriage ceremony and the angels might have said, “kiss the bride” while the birds tweeted and the dogs barked “bow-wow!”
God instituted the first marriage. Whatever that God has put together nobody should terminate. Then of course, the divinely appointed sensual relationship started for their happiness and multiplication of human race. After man committed sin, married couples vowed “till death do us part”.
A teacher teaching the children about the Ten Commandments thought if she needed to explain the 7thcommandment “thou shalt not commit adultery” when suddenly a seven year old girl asked, what does the word “commit” mean?
The 7th commandment is given by God to protect the sacredness of marriage. When a married man and woman engages in sensual relationship outside of their marriage, he or she is guilty of adultery.
Jesus Christ expanded on the seventh commandment to show us the spirit of the law that “…you shall not commit adultery; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman (or man) with lust has already committed adultery in his (or her) heart,” (Mt 5:27-29).
God has good reasons for prohibiting sensual sins: adultery, fornication, and lust. He loves us and wants the best for us.