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Tuesday, August 30 2011
The Way To Salvation: Step 7
The Seventh Commandment:
"20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14 KJV)
When a child is born, there is no doubt what-so-ever as to who the mother is. But, as has been the case throughout all of human history, the identity of the father is sometimes less than certain. Sometimes the mother herself isn't sure, all as a result of a man and woman committing adultery or fornication.
It is by no coincidence that both of the original Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, one (pronounced) mam-zare, translated as adultery in "You shall not commit adultery" of Exodus 20:14, and the other (pronounced) naw-af, bluntly (but accurately) translated as bastard in the King James Version of the Holy Bible (e.g. Deuteronomy 23:2 and Zechariah 9:6) literally mean the same thing, to alienate.
By the Biblical definition, an adulterer was a man who had illicit relations with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress, while illicit relations between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication - all of which were a very serious offense in God's eyes:
"20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death." (Leviticus 20:10 KJV)
Spiritual adultery - idolatry, the worship of false gods, and apostasy - is also a violation of the ultimate purpose and meaning of the Commandment. Forever remaining spiritually faithful is ultimately what the Seventh Commandment is about:
"23:37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them." (Ezekiel 23:37 KJV)
Fact Finder: Is God's true church symbolized as faithful and pure?
This Day In History, August 30
30 BC: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (see Cleopatra), died. She is said to have committed suicide by allowing a poisonous snake to bite her.
1125: Lothair II, Duke of Saxony, was elected king of the Germans.
1881: In Germany, Clement Ader patented the first stereophonic sound system.
1914: The Battle of Tannenberg, one of history's greatest military disasters, ended after the Russian Second Army lost 30,000 troops after being encircled by the Germans.
1940: Sir J.J. Thomson, the English physicist who discovered the electron in 1897, died at age 83. He was buried near Isaac Newton in the nave of Westminster Abbey.
1945: Hong Kong was liberated when the British Royal Navy under Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt sailed into Victoria harbor to accept the Japanese surrender.
1973: Kenya banned the hunting of elephants and the trade in ivory.
1980: A 17 day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, ended when union leader Lech Walesa signed an agreement with government negotiators.
1981: Iranian President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar were killed in a bomb blast at the Prime Minister's office in Tehran.
1982: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat abandoned his headquarters in Beirut following an Israeli military intervention into Lebanon.