In our series of brief studies going through the ten commandments we now come to the seventh commandment, which says,
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14, KJV)
This commandment (like the rest of the ten commandments) is what I like to call an “umbrella category.” What I mean by that term is that this commandment represents a particular category of sins or transgressions, and so there are many different ways that a person can break it.
The seventh commandment, simply put, forbids sexual immorality of all kinds.
In the sermon on the mount (Matthew chapters 5-7) the Lord Jesus put it this way:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27–28, ESV)
Here Jesus teaches us the proper…
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