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Saturday, May 2 2015
Proverbs 5: Why Did The LORD Outlaw Adultery?
"Thou shalt not commit adultery"
The English-language word "adult" originated from a Latin word, adultus, that meant grown to maturity. The Latin word itself was a product of an earlier compound Latin word, ad, meaning to, and oleo, meaning grow - the words from which adolescence originated.
The word "adulterate" originated from a related Latin word, adultero, that meant to mix or debase something that is finished. In chemistry, many substances can be adulterated (i.e. polluted) by things that make them into something else. From that came the human legal term "adultery," meaning "sexual relations by a married person with someone who is not their lawful spouse." While adultery may begin with sexual behavior, as we will read, adultery then becomes a toxic ingredient that affects everything in one's life.
"Adultery" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced naw-awf, that means the same ("sexual relations by a married person with someone who is not their lawful spouse"), but the Hebrew word moreover literally also means to not commit apostasy - unfaithfulness to one's spiritual beliefs. It is that word, with both of those meanings, that was actually stated in the Seventh Commandment.
"20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14 KJV)
There are many reasons that adultery is a grievous crime in the eyes of the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour). Along with the misery and strife that it inevitably causes, it can also be a direct attack on the identity of innocent children. The incident of the adultery of David and Bathsheba is a prime example of all of those damaging consequences - that then compound in destructive intensity (see Bathsheba, The Wife Of Uriah and The Parable Of The Stolen Little Ewe Lamb).
"11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child." (2 Samuel 11:2-5 KJV)
Many of the LORD's physical laws are moreover spiritual laws. Physical adultery often produces spiritual adultery. An example (see The Moabite Seduction):
"25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
King Solomon's many "wives" and concubines were the means (his foolishness was the reason that the means had an opportunity) by which Solomon committed spiritual adultery.
"11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
The ultimate spiritual adultery has been committed by the "churches" that call themselves Christian - while being unfaithful to the actual teachings and commandments of the Messiah (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). The Word of God calls the Church of Rome "the great harlot" - and her daughter "protestant" churches "harlots" as well (see The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).
"17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Revelation 17:3-6 KJV)
Notice how adultery is also used in its full spiritual context in a warning to those of the true Church of God (a Biblical, not corporate term; see Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?).
"2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write;
As we have read, the wisdom of not committing adultery applies as much to spiritual matters as physical matters. Someone can be completely faithful and never commit physical adultery - while living in a state of spiritual adultery if they claim to be Christian while ignoring or defying what the Messiah actually taught (see the Fact Finder question below).
"5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
This Day In History, May 2
1194: King Richard I of England granted the city of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, its first Royal Charter.
1230: William de Braose, of the Marcher Lords dynasty in Wales, was hanged by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great.
1507: Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer, Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated as a Roman Catholic priest. Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Church of Rome. Although Luther rejected the immoral leadership of the papacy at the time, he maintained most of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines for the rest of his life (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1519: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian sculptor, scientist and painter of the "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper," died at age 67.
1536: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1611: The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
1668: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle between France and the Triple Alliance (England, Sweden and the Dutch republic) ended the War of Devolution (1667-1668) which Louis XIV of France had initiated to advance his claims to the Spanish Netherlands.
1670: The Hudson's Bay Company was chartered. Two French explorers and traders, Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Chouart des Groseilliers, proposed the fur-trading company to England's Charles II and a group of English investors. The "governor and company of adventurers" of Hudson Bay received title to all land in western and northern Canada that drained into Hudson Bay.
1776: With the sole purpose of strengthening their own imperial empires (in North America and around the world) by challenging the British empire, France (which at the very same time occupied much of northeastern North America and the vast Louisiana territory to the south) and Spain (which at the very same time occupied what is today Florida and most of southwestern US) began supplying weapons to the rebels in the New England colonies that the British established in the uninhabited wilderness over a century earlier.
1808: The outbreak of the Peninsular War. The people of Madrid rebelled against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorialized the event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
1813: During the Leipzig campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, the French won the Battle of Lutzen.
1816: Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, the first king after Belgium, and Charlotte Augusta were married.
1885: The Congo Free State was established by King Leopold II of Belgium.
1918: General Motors purchased the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1933: Adolf Hitler banned trade unions in Nazi Germany (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: After the coup against Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah of Iraq earlier that year, Britain began the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
1945: The fall of Berlin at the end of the Second World War (1939-1945). The Soviet Union captured Berlin.
1951: The Council of Europe admitted Germany as a full member.
1952: The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British BOAC Comet that flew from London to Johannesburg, South Africa carrying 36 passengers.
1953: Jordan's King Hussein took the throne after his father, King Talal, was deposed. In Iraq, King Feisal II assumed power (see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1965: The first communications satellite for relaying television pictures became operational.
1982: During the Falklands War, the British submarine HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano. The ship was previously the U.S. Navy USS Phoenix, that saw action in the Pacific during the Second World War, before it was sold to Argentina in 1951.
1989: Hungarian border guards started taking down the barbed wire along the Austrian-Hungarian frontier. It became the first breach in the "Iron Curtain" that ultimately led to the opening of the Berlin Wall 6 months later, on November 9.
2000: U.S. President Bill Clinton announced that GPS access would no longer be restricted to the U.S. military.
2004: The Yelwa massacre. 630 Muslims were killed by "Christians" in Nigeria.
2008: Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar (in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal). Over 130,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless (a cyclone is a rapid inward circulation of air masses around a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern - a hurricane is a cyclone).