Most of us know someone whose life has been turned upside down by the sin of adultery. Perhaps that is you. While it is not the unforgivable sin, the effect of adultery is often devastating, affecting our relationships with others, even our children, our finances, and our testimonies. But none of those things is the worst consequence.
Exodus 25 & 26
The Effects of Adultery
Most of us know someone whose life has been devastated by the sin of adultery. Perhaps that is you. While I have seen many marriages restored and even made better, the journey is hard and in many cases, restoration never happens. Instead, families, children, finances, and testimonies are destroyed.
There are many sins which have the consequences already built in. Thinking we can fool around with any kind of sexual immorality without devastating consequences is like thinking we can jump off a building and not have gravity affect us!
If there is one area where the Bible has strong warnings, it has to do with our relationships, especially the danger of sexual immorality and other inappropriate relationships!
Verse 32 says, “Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding and he who does so destroys his own soul.”
Notice the last part of that verse. It says, “… he who does so destroys his own soul.”
Adultery is not the unforgivable sin, but forgiveness doesn’t come without confession and repentance (including turning from our sin). As with any life dominating sin, we cannot think we can continue in it willfully, which amounts to shaking our fists at God, and not have our relationship with Him affected. Guilt, anxiety, and a lack of assurance of salvation are just some of the results. And, if not repented of, it will eventually result in God’s discipline (Heb. 12.5-17).
Today’s Other Readings:
Not by Chance
The first thing that strikes me as I read the instructions God gave Moses for building the tabernacle, its furniture and implements, is that our God is a God of order and planning. Nothing was made or created by chance! How that flies in the face of the theory of evolution with the premise that life began by chance. The idea that all that we see: the wonder of creation, the intricacies of the human body, the birth of a baby … happened by chance, requires more faith than I have. It requires less faith to believe the truth!
Giving from the Heart
The second thing is that those who gave to the building of the tabernacle were to do so willingly and from the heart (25.2). 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that God loves a cheerful giver and Luke 6:38 says that we receive blessings in proportion to our generosity. With God the heart attitude is always the important thing. We are not to give either out of compulsion or with a “what can I get in return” attitude, rather willingly and from the heart.
Jesus said this about a poor widow who had given two small mites (about 56 cents by today’s standard):
1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had” (Lk. 21.1-4).
More Valuable than Gold
I hope you read this passage slowly and thoughtfully. If not, I urge you to go back and do so.
Look at the character qualities of God’s magnificent Word. First, it’s “perfect” and the only thing which can convert our souls—not just the one-time conversion of the new birth, but also God working through His Word and Spirit to change us into the likeness of His Son.
It is “sure,” not iffy, not just nice sounding ideas—it is sure! It makes the simple wise. It enlightens our eyes—causes us to view life clearly. It is not only sure, but it endures forever. It is just as true today as it was 2,000 or 4,000 years ago and will be just as sure 1,000 years from now!
It is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey. The more you read it, the sweeter and dearer it becomes.
It warns us of the dangers of living to please ourselves or others and not living to please God.
And when we live according to the things written in it we have the reward of peace and joy and blessings beyond measure.
The Beginning of Sorrows
Wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, false prophets, lawlessness, the love of many growing cold … and all this is just the beginning of sorrows! In other passages, the events of the last days are compared to a woman in childbirth. The closer the event gets the stronger the pains.
But We Who Are Alive in Christ …
Soon, “… as the lightning comes from the east and flashes in the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (v. 27). On that day we who are alive in Christ will rise to meet Him in the air and forever be with Him (1 Thess. 4.17). Won’t it be grand! Pray that He would find us working to bring others into the Kingdom when He comes.
Do you honor it by obeying God’s commands?
Do you spend time studying, meditating, and memorizing it?
Do you run to it when you need wisdom and discernment?
What effect does it have on how you live on a daily basis?
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