What Means You Shall Not Commit Adultery

You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not commit adultery.”But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 5:27-28

It was established in Exodus 20:14 the seventh commandment: You shall not commit adultery. However, in Matthew 5:27-28, the Lord extends the definition of this commandment. Adultery, according to the Lord, is not limited to consummate the sexual act with someone that is not ours, but simply look at someone and lust for her in the heart and it is already considered adultery. Certainly Jesus Christ has given us much more difficult to meet the standard of the law. I do not think many people can boast of having fulfilled that commandment fully.

In Chapter 11 of the Second Book of Samuel is told a story about King David. 2 Samuel 11:2 says: Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. David first saw the beautiful women and coveted her. From that moment, according to Matthew 5:27-28, the king of Israel was committing adultery.

But David did not just covet the beautiful woman and committing adultery with her in his heart, but he went to the facts. 2 Samuel 11:3-4 says: So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.

From the sin of adultery, David continued violating the law up to send Bathsheba’s husband to a sure death. Many people might agree to catalog David as an adulterer because he came to consummate the marital infidelity with Bathsheba. However, his sin started from a look of lust. Likewise, many of us have fallen into the same sin to be looking over. And looking does not have to be just a person when we see her physically because today there are many manners for looking at a woman and lust for her, especially by modern electronic means.

When we have no consciousness of sin, we invent cheap excuses to justify our misconduct. Before meeting Christ, my excuse was that I was admiring the beauty of God’s creation when I looked a woman with inquisitor eye. That excuse is not valid because I was doing much more than that with my glance; I was coveting and wanting her. Therefore, I was committing adultery with her in my heart.

Is sin against the seventh commandment exclusive to man? Of course not, Exodus 20:14 only says: You shall not commit adultery. Then a woman also may be tempted to look for a man lust for him and committing adultery with him in her heart. So that everyone, without exception we must analyze ourselves and check how many times in our lives we have coveted another person and committed adultery in our hearts. And as the same way David acknowledged his sin and was forgiven, let’s us. God bless you.


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