YAHWEH, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, IS WITH US!
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins ...
( Isaiah 58:1 )
The Law of Yahweh ...
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery !
Suppose someone were to ask you this question: "What in your opinion is
the worst thing that could happen to your marriage?" I'm sure that most
married couples would say: For my partner to be unfaithful to me - to
commit adultery. Yes, unfaithfulness has become today's number one
cause for the break-up of marriage. Visit any country, read any
newspaper, look at or listen to any programme, and the news is the same
- adultery, fornication and an extreme lowering of moral standards is
evident in the lives of millions. It has reached an all-time high and the
results are all too evident: broken homes, abandoned children, battered
wives, venereal disease and death by suicide. The evidence is everywhere, and, even found in the true Christian Church.
It is at a time like this that YAHWEH'S COMMANDMENTS take on special
importance. In a world of conflicting moral opinions and standards, THEY ALONE POINT THE WAY !
The 6th commandment says:
||"Thou SHALT NOT commit adultery."
Commands and commentaries hanging on this commandment are as follows:
||"Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's
wife, to defile thyself with her."
||"But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh
understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul."
2. Physical / Spiritual Adultery
Strange as it may seem the physical act of adultery is merely a reflection
of a moral departure from God - of being unfaithful to Him. Idolatry is
spiritual adultery. Spiritual adultery is being unfaithful to the Most
High, the husband of the church. Spiritual adultery is mixing truth with
error. Here is a picture of spiritual and physical adultery going hand in
||"... Hast thou seen that back-sliding Israel hath done? She is
gone up upon every mountain and under every green tree, and hath
played the harlot ... And it came to pass that through the lightness of her
whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones
||"How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children have forsaken
me and sworn by them that are no gods ... They were as fed horses in the
morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife."
||"... For the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err,
and they have gone a whoring from under their God."
3. Love of the World is Adultery
Strange as this may sound, the inordinate love of the world ( the religious
customs and moral behaviour of sinners ) is classified in the Bible as
||"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come
they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust,
and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and
war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is
the enemy of God."
4. The Penalty for Adultery
One can usually judge the seriousness of a sin by the punishment meted
out to the offender. When adultery is examined we find that it is as serious
a sin as murder - for the penalty is death!
||"And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife,
even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer
and adulteress shall surely be put to death."
We may not be in a position to physically administer so severe a sentence
in our present society; but Yahweh is not mocked by man's rebellion; and
His law is not violated with impunity. Yahweh has set His mind against
blatant sinners and according to His word He will personally punish them.
||"I will come near to you in judgement; I will be a swift witness
against the sorcerers and against the adulterers."
||"Marriage is honourable to all, and the bed undefiled: but
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."
||"They lusted exceedingly in the wilderness ... He gave
them their request, but sent leanness into their soul."
Those who persistently violate Yahweh's laws begin to die within.
This internal death, called here 'leanness of soul' is certain. Only divine
pardon, cleansing and restoration can escape it. There is no other remedy
no matter what people may say. Consider the example of King David ( 2
Samuel 11 ). His act of adultery resulted in enormous tragedy.
5. Prophecies about Adulterers
Regardless of popular opinion the Bible makes it clear that adulterers will
not inherit the Kingdom of God.
|1 Corinthians 6:9
||"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom
of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,"
||"Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because
thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to
teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things
sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication;
and she repented not. Behold I will cast her into a bed, and them that
commit adultery with her into the great tribulation, except they repent of
their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the
churches will know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts:
and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."
6. The Answer to Adultery
The only answer to adultery ( unfaithfulness ) is faithfulness in a lawful
marriage. Back-sliding believers, who perhaps have committed physical adultery,
should repent and return to their legal partners. Married couples must make
every effort to stay true to each other. For make no mistake about it,
adulterers spell death to their marriage, to their long-term happiness and
also to their future life.
Divorce and remarriage are not the answer to adultery. Indeed the
marriage of divorced persons is strictly forbidden in the Scriptures.
( Matthew 5:32, Matthew 19:9 )
Return to Yahweh
Spiritual adulterers must also give up their pagan ways and return to Yahweh,
||"Return thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not
cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful."
||"I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine
anger is turned away from them ... Who is wise, and he shall understand
these things? prudent and he shall know them? For the ways of the Lord
are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall
7. High Moral Standards
Often we read of standards in Scripture which appear to be so high that
most people dismiss them as impossible. They don't want to know and
write the Scriptures off as outdated instruction. But these people are
wrong. With Yahweh's Spirit the highest standards can be reached. Here
is one such standard.
||"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart."
This text is generally levelled at the men folk, to which it obviously
applies. But, adultery is not a solo act. Women are equally to blame
for behaving or dressing provocatively. When they do so, they are
equally guilty of adultery as the males who lust after them. Yahweh
wants His people to be faithful to Him and to each other. This is the
pathway to life. Adultery is the road to death. Consider the good
example of Joseph ( Genesis 39:7-20 ). Take the time to read it.
In The Son's Name For The Father's Glory
Elder: Max W. Mader