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What’s in a Commandment? #7 Adultery

It makes sense, a little, that adultery would be listed after murder…but after “honor your parents”? I’m starting to think that God has a different opinion on a lot of things!  I’m joking.  My point is loosely based on the idea that the Ten Commandments are listed in order of importance.

So, moving on…Yep, next we move on to another sexual conquest while we are married and we land in the “we’ve committed adultery” club.  God doesn’t like this, naturally.  Jesus added to it though.  So, if you’re sitting there reading this on your iPad or while sitting in a comfy chair thinking, “I’m clear on this one!”…Hold the phone.

We have:

7. You shall not commit adultery

We all know the gist of this simple commandment, but Jesus clarified this by saying, “You have heard the commandment that says,

‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If you’re a Ray Comfort fan, you’ve undoubtedly heard this one.  It pins most of us down very well.  Whether you view yourself as straight or gay, male or female, have you ever looked at someone with lust?  Have I lusted?  Yep, I sure have.  If I said otherwise I would be in violation of the 9th commandment (yet again).  Oh, what a slippery slope we like to try and climb!

For those unsure of just what lust is, here’s a quick definition:

Lust [luhst]


1. intense sexual desire or appetite.

2. uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.

3. a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually fol. by for ): a lust for power.

4. ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish: an enviable lust for life.

5. Obsolete .

a. pleasure or delight.

b. desire; inclination; wish.

–verb (used without object)

6. to have intense sexual desire.

7. to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often fol. by for  or after ).

And with that, we have the 7th commandment.


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