This Sunday, in our journey through the Ten Commandments, we’ll arrive at commandment seven, “You shall not commit adultery.” I just want to warn you up front, I will be dealing with more sensitve content than in a usual Sunday sermon. I don’t intend to get overly specific or graphic, but adultery, and all it entails, will be more difficult for some than others. So, I’d like to put you at ease right now and let you know that I understand I’ll be talking to some who are married, some who were, and some who never have been. I know I’ll be talking to those who have commited adultery and those who have been the victims of it. I understand that children will be present as well as non-Christians. I know some attending on Sunday may have committed adultery in the actual act or, at the very least, in their hearts during this past week. And since all of that includes just about everyone in the congregation (forgive me if I’ve excluded you), I’m asking God to speak to grace and truth to all our hearts as I preach on this very important seventh commandment.
The seventh commandment is important because marriage is a reflection of God’s relationship with His people. God established the institution of marriage at creation and it serves as an illustration, for those married and those who are not, of the various aspects of a Christian’s relationship with God. Not only is God jealous for His people, He desires their security, their intimacy and their willful submission. If you’re concerned about being beat up by this week’s passage, then you especially need to come and hear the offsetting weight of God’s grace available through Jesus Christ. Join us this Sunday at 9 AM!