Leslie M. John
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his hear”. (Matthew 5:27-28)
This is one sin that shows dishonesty and cheating the partner. It shows the humiliation a man is caused to suffer when his wife is subjected to adultery. A man by having illicit relationship with a woman of another man, or woman having illicit relationship with a man of another woman, is causing shame and humiliation to the man or woman to whom they rightfully belong. In turn, they are bringing shame to their creator.
It is the Seventh Commandment of the Ten Commandments God gave to the children of Israel through Moses, His servant, when they were journeying in the wilderness that they should not commit adultery.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14)
When the children of Israel made idols and worshipped them, God said to them that they committed adultery against Him. God treated them as adulterers, because he considered the children of Israel as his wife in the Old Testament period. He said He is their husband and, they by their adultery had cheated Him in their relationship.
Realizing how sinful adultery is, Job speaks of it in very terse words. He calls it heinous crime and if ever such evil thought came into his heart and yielded to it; let others subject his wife to such humiliation. He calls it iniquity punishable by the judges, and it is a fire which consumes offenders to destruction and subdues all his increase or promotion. He realizes how God works on behalf of those men servants or maid servants who may be have been offended. He says God, who made him in the womb of a woman, also made man or woman who is subjected to such illicit relationship, and therefore, the LORD will not let go any such offender scot-free. (cf. Job 31:9-15)
Bible comes very heavily on such offenders. The wisest man on the earth, King Solomon wrote that a harlot sits at the gate and seduces the travelers saying her husband is gone far beyond her and she is alone. Anyone having relationship with her would become one with her, and the relationship with his partner is broken. He says the one who goes into a prostitute is like an ox going to the slaughter, or a fool who goes to the correction of the stocks (i.e. like a fool in fetters heading for discipline) until a dart strikes through his liver. He says it is like a bird which hastens to the snare. The wise man advises, therefore, to yield to his words and let not our hearts decline to fall into the trap of prostitutes (cf. Proverbs 7:6-27)
The children of Israel were not only disobedient to God’s commandments and statutes, but also were dishonest to the LORD; when they worshipped other gods. They made images of certain creatures, and of creation, and worshipped them against the first and second commandments of the Ten Commandments. Therefore, the LORD compared them as adulterers and treated them as spiritual adulterers. In spite of their disobedience and dishonesty, He sent prophet Hosea to them to teach them lesson as to what it means to be like adulterers, yet they did not realize their folly. The LORD, in his mercy, forgave them and called them to repentance. However, they remained obstinate many are yet to accept Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah. The LORD is waiting for them to come to Him in repentance. The Bible says everyone will bow at the name of Lord Jesus Christ one day, if not by their voluntary acceptance, it will be by His power.
Apostle Paul questions if we did not know that our bodies are temples of God and when we defile them, we are defiling the temple of God.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
Lord Jesus considered this in a more serious way than how it was considered in the Old Testament period. He said whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.