• Gods Heart for His People

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    25 November, 2016Posted by Nick

    If you wanted to teach faithfulness to anyone, what would you tell them to avoid like the plague?

    We think Exodus 20:14 "do not commit adultery" is pretty cut and dry, and yet reading in Matthew 19 it would seem Jesus had different ideas to the religious leaders at the time on what adultery was. 

    They pose to him a question on what were good grounds for divorce, to which he basically replies with “You’re an adulterer yourself if you leave your wife for any reason other than if they’ve been unfaithful first.” Earlier, Jesus sets the standards higher again in Matthew 5:28 where he says “..I tell you anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in his heart.” 

    Unpacking it a little further, Jesus quotes Genesis 1 and 2. He refers to the creation story, in which the Creator God makes man and woman and states that when they come together in a marriage union, they are now one. Genesis 2:23 gives a more poetic insight into this when the man says the woman was now "bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh". Can you see how language like that conveys that they really are very intimately interwoven and bound together?

    Jesus then adds a statement of his own and says "what God has brought together, do not let man separate." The heart behind his response is not to look for a reason to be divorced, but look for God’s reason as to why you should stay as one.

    To commit adultery is a disregard for God’s desire for his people to be faithful, not only to Him, but also to one another, and in this law, specifically our husbands or wives. It is another warning that our relationships are to be treated with purity. Being made in the image of a deeply relational God and then to treat relationships as something disposable or like rubbish, is to deny whose image we’re made in and this is the beginning of a lot of our disobedience toward God.

    It is a very sad thing in our world where cheating, adultery or infidelity are seen as unavoidable or justifiable when we were never made this way. Can you see areas of your life where faithfulness is being lived out and maybe areas where a recommitment to God’s desire in this is needed? Love to hear your thoughts.