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Lesson 9: February 25-March 2

‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery.’ Exodus 20:14. 

STUDY HELP: Sons & Daughters of God, page 62.

LESSON AIM: To consider the scope of the Seventh Commandment.

 

Introduction

 

‘This commandment forbids not only acts of impurity, but sensual thoughts and desires, or any practice that tends to excite them. Purity is demanded not only in the outward life but in the secret intents and emotions of the heart. Christ, who taught the far-reaching obligation of the law of God, declared the evil thought or look to be as truly sin as is the unlawful deed.’ Patriarchs & Prophets, page 308.

 

‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’

 

1. What is the seventh of the Ten Commandments? Exodus 20:14.

NOTE: Adultery occurs when a married man or a married woman has sexual relations with one who is not their spouse. Fornication is often confused with adultery; fornication occurs when an unmarried person indulges in sexual relations. The Bible condemns both adultery and fornication.

‘“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Jesus is of purer eyes than to look upon evil. He was pure in heart. So, knowing that He felt the strivings of the lusts of the flesh, because He was tempted in all points as we are, but yet without sin; if when we are tempted, we confess that Jesus Christ is in our flesh, we know that by the power of the endless life which dwelt in Him and enabled Him to put down and condemn sin in the flesh, we also are made the righteousness of God in Him.’  E. J. Waggoner: Present Truth, March 8, 1894.

 

2. What was God’s plan for mankind? Genesis 2:24.

NOTE: ‘God Himself gave Adam a companion. He provided “an help meet for him,” a helper corresponding to him, one who was fitted to be his companion, and who could be one with him in love and sympathy. Eve was created from a rib taken from the side of Adam, signifying that she was not to control him as the head, nor to be trampled under his feet as an inferior, but to stand by his side as an equal, to be loved and protected by him. A part of man, bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, she was his second self;  showing the close union and the affectionate attachment that should exist in this relation. “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it.” “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one.” God celebrated the first marriage. Thus the institution has for its originator the Creator of the universe. “Marriage is honourable”; it was one of the first gifts of God to man, and it is one of the two institutions that, after the fall, Adam brought with him beyond the gates of Paradise. When the divine principles are recognised and obeyed in this relation, marriage is a blessing; it guards the purity and happiness of the race, it provides for man’s social needs, it elevates the physical, the intellectual, and the moral nature.’  The Adventist Home, page 25.

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