The Ten Commandments: Commandments 7 & 8

1“You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. Exodus 20: 14-15 (NIV)

Don’t cheat and don’t steal

The next commandment is “You shall not commit adultery”. Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse.This is probably one of the most common commandments broken in society today. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for married couples to get divorced because one of them had an affair with another individual behind their spouses back. People do not understand the seriousness of breaking this commandment; in ancient times when a husband or wife cheated on their spouse, the cheating spouse and their lover would be put to death, thankfully it’s not that way now, but it shows how serious marriage is to God. First of all the relationship of a husband and wife is akin to a relationship within the trinity, like The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, they are one. Another reason why one should not commit adultery is because it not also destroys marriages, but also can have short term or long term affects on children. Children who have learned that one of their parents has committed adultery most of the time display signs of bitterness and anger towards people, especially the cheating parent. Also the child might feel that it was his/her fault that the parent cheated and begins to show signs of insecurity’ adultery affects everyone in the family, especially children. Jesus also extends this commandment by saying, “But I say to you, anyone who looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matthew 5:28) What Jesus means that if we look at a man with lust, meaning that we want to do sexual activities with them, we are committing adultery, it doesn’t matter if you don’t do act on those lustful impulses. While God is harsh on those who commit adultery, but He does not unforgiving towards them, all He asks that if we do commit adultery is to never do it again.

The eight commandment is “You shall not steal. Now I know that we’ve been told time and time again that stealing is wrong, the bible clearly states that thieves should be punished. However few people have told us why stealing is wrong, the New Testament explains that we should not need to steal because we should count on God to provide for our material needs. When Zacchaeus was still a tax collector he would steal a portion of the taxes from the people and keep it for himself. When he was converted by Jesus he learned a valuable lesson about wanting earthly things, “19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV) The treasures of the earth will be long gone soon, so we should try to keep the treasures that do not have to be stolen, they are given freely to us by God.

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Posted on May 10, 2012, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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