Adultery and the Seventh Commandment
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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