Jesus Christ and the seventh commandment

Continuing the series on Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments.

“You shall not commit adultery” Exodus 20: 14

The seventh commandment seems simple enough to dismiss as having no bearing on Jesus Christ and His keeping the Ten Commandments… since Jesus wasn’t married, He could not commit adultery.

(I am purposely ignoring the books and fables about Him having been married to Mary Magdalene. There is not sufficient evidence for me, personally, to give this credence.)

God made a marriage covenantIn God’s eyes however, there is another way to commit adultery… by following pagan idols and false gods. He had entered into a marriage covenant with Israel at Mt Sinai.

‘Ah, but that was only for Israel’ do I hear you say?

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Clarification: Israel originally was all twelve tribes, sons from Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. After the dividing of the kingdom,  following oft-repeated warnings from God, both kingdoms went into captivity. sacrifice to Molech

Before the captivity, both nations were warned generation after generation about their adultery with foreign gods.

Graphically Israel’s adultery was the subject of the warnings in the book of Hosea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Hosea .

The northern kingdom (Israel) disappeared, absorbed into the nations.

Jerimiah prophesied that Judah’s captivity would last seventy years and this happened when the nation was taken by Babylon. Descendents of these southern tribes now live in the land we know as Israel.

What does all this have to do with Christ keeping the commandments?

He, as the promised Messiah, had to come from the line of Judah.
So, did He break this one spiritually?

Hear from Christ Himself…

As a child…

“…Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)

As an adult…

And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 8: 29

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. John 4: 34

There are many other scriptures saying similar things, so it seems clear that Jesus did not follow after foreign gods.

Does it have anything to do with us?

It does if we call ourselves Christian. (Christian means ‘follower of Christ’) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian

So that means we copy, to the best of our ability, what Christ did, and to the best of our ability, live as He lived.

And one more observation…

The church established by Jesus Christ is called the Israel of God. (Galatians 6: 16)

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Ways we can follow foreign gods

Type ‘origin of….’ any of the above into your favourite search engine. You might be surprised at the result.  The one that isn’t pagan, is a tale, a legend. And all of these celebrations are not the ones God commanded, therefore can be classed as following foreign gods.

There are practicing Druids, witches, new age believers of many kinds but most of them would be worshiping the creation not the Creator

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1: 25

As always, the choice is ours, and has been since the beginning. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God.

God says…

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Deuteronomy 30: 19

Choose where you go

Till next time,

Shalom

Susan

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