The Heart of the Law: Part Three
Exodus 20:14 reveals to us the seventh commandment:
“You shall not commit adultery.
By the seventh commandment we see at the Heart of the Law-Giver is love and fidelity. God is a God of covenant. He takes covenant vows very seriously. When a man and a woman vow to become husband and wife, they take a vow of fidelity - a vow of sexual faithfulness and abiding trust to one another.
Church, there is no such thing as an open marriage in God’s eyes. Fidelity in marriage is very sacred to God. God reveals to us the sanctity of marriage in His eyes. God says through the seventh commandment not only does He want us to be faithful to Him but we are to be faithful to our spouse.
The bible clearly teaches it is a sin to sleep with another man’s wife or another woman’s husband.
Hebrews 13:4 ESV
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous
Jesus “raises the bar” so to speak in the New Covenant concerning the sin of adultery:
Matthew 5:28 ESV
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
The Heart of the Law-Giver is revealed to us in how He expects us to treat one another. We see through this commandment the holiness of God. Adultery is not only a sin of the flesh – it is a sin of the heart.
Polygamy was a common practice among the pagans when God revealed His Law to Moses. Through the seventh commandment God is saying that He does not want us to be like everyone else. He wants us to have a high regard for the holiness of marriage and not be influenced by the practices of the world. God’s order for marriage is ONE husband and ONE wife.
The sanctity of marriage is under great attack in our society today. It is no longer regarded as sacred. The US Supreme Court actually took the outrageous step of redefining what marriage actually is on June 26, 2015 by legalizing same-sex marriage.
We need to understand the Heart of the Lawgiver in the seventh commandment: God designed marriage to be a reflection of His Image on the earth. Every believer in Christ was created to live in marital union with God – now and forever. Church, one man and one woman in unity with Him is God’s order for marriage.
The eighth commandment is found in Exodus 20:15:
“You shall not steal.”
To steal is to take something that doesn’t belong to you – plain and simple. In the eighth commandment God shows us His heart in that He desires we respect what belongs to others. But the eighth commandment has a deep spiritual significance as well. You see, whenever we take something that doesn’t belong to us we not only sin against our neighbor but we sin against God Himself.
Stealing is a sin against God in two ways:
- First: To steal is a failure to trust in his provision for ourselves
When someone steals they are not putting their faith in God’s providence. The Heart of the Law-Giver is revealed in Philippians 4:19 ESV: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God is a giver – He desires to take care of us when we put our trust in Him.
- Second: Stealing is a sin against God is that every theft is an infringement on God’s providence for others.
God is the supplier of all our needs. Everything we have comes from His goodness and blessing. We have no right to something that God has given to someone else.
When we look at the eighth commandment in this light, we can see that at the heart of this commandment it is not just about stealing – but it is about stewardship. Everything we have has been entrusted to us by God to be used for His honor and glory. We have no right to take what God has given to someone else. The eighth commandment reminds us to be good stewards over that which God has entrusted to us and to not take the blessing of others. (To be continued…)