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This Lord’s Day, my sermon is on the Ten Commandments continues. Before us is the 7th Commandment, You shall not commit adultery. But we come together for much more than hearing what God’s Law means for us in the purity of our marriages. We also come to praise the God who created marriage and gave it to man. We worship the Lord our healer, who has washed us clean in the blood of Christ. We worship the Savior who died to clean, justify, and sanctify those who used to be described as “the sexually immoral, … adulterers, [and] men who practice homosexuality” (1 Cor 6:9-11). Christians are those who have been made saints through the blood of Christ. And having received forgiveness through him for all our trespasses, Psa 30:4-5 certainly applies to us: “Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” If you are a saint who knows the favor of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ, I urge you join with us and worship this God who has so mercifully saved you.
In the prayer service, we will look again at Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah 1. We’ll begin with the hymn, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” (Gray 222).
In our immoral age, there is perhaps no greater word that this world needs to hear than God’s words from Mt Sinai in the seventh commandment: You shall not commit adultery. According to Wikipedia, adultery alone has been portrayed in popular film nearly 600 times. And that includes only movies! Certainly that is a barometer of our sinful climate. Contrast this debauchery with the words of the Orthodox Catechism, the Baptist version of the Heidelberg Catechism: “What is the meaning of the seventh commandment? A. That God hates and abominates all sexual vileness and filthiness (Lev 18). Therefore, we must hate and detest the same (Jude 22-23). This also means that we must live temperately, modestly, and chastely, whether we are married or single (1 Cor. 7:1-5; 1 Thess 4:3-4; Heb 13:4).” The seventh commandment is, no doubt, a difficult subject to hear. But it is an urgent message, and from God himself to us, a sinful and adulterous generation.
Call to Worship: Psalm 30:4-5
Hymn 296 [Red] Behold the Glories of the Lamb
Congregational Reading: Psalm 51:1-7
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Hymn 260 [Red] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Hymn 121 [Red] It’s Good to Thank the Lord
Scripture Reading: Exodus 38:21-31 & Revelation 8
Hymn 359 [Red] Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Sermon: No Adultery from Exodus 20:14
Hymn 306 [Gray] Thou Hidden Love of God, Whose Height This prayer by Gerhard Tersteegen and translated into English by John Wesley describes well the inner soul’s desire to be holy before God. As we consider the powerful temptation of sexual immorality, this prayer is a good way to conclude the service, for it desires nothing else but total consecration to God. Consider the fourth stanza: “O hide this self from me, that I no more, but Christ in me, may live; my vile affections crucify, nor let one darling lust survive; in all things nothing may I see, nothing desire, or see, but Thee.” May we be this kind of church, this kind of Christian, consecrated to God, with chastity and purity of heart and body before God.
In Sunday School, I will conclude my three-part session on Revelation 19-20 and the Millennium.