The sixth commandment is about the sanctity of life. The seventh commandment is about the sanctity of marriage. What we must remember as we read the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, is that our creator God is passionate and extravagant about getting things sorted out. That is the gospel message. It will find its fullest fulfilment when Jesus comes again and His kingdom becomes visible. The Ten Commandments are still a key part of what it means for His followers to get sorted out. Jesus modelled and exemplified them while on this world.
It says in Exodus 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery". We are confronted everyday with the "cheapness of life". Even more so the "cheapness of marriage". Yet marriage is God’s idea and way for the basis for secure and stable family life. It has a knock on effect on civil society. God created us as relational beings, for Himself firstly, which is unique to humans, and also for each other. Biblical marriage is the ultimate expression of a close human relationship between a man and a woman, instituted by God. It is a loving covenant or agreement between two people. It is why vows are taken before God and before witnesses. It is a commitment to a lifelong monogamist relationship. That is not "boring", it is God's design and the best for us. Consider the emotional, physical and financial carnage from so many broken relationships. Adultery is the betrayal and invasion on the sanctity of marriage. It is a rejection and despising of God's wisdom.
I understand what I have written may be difficult. Someone may be reading this who is playing around with the sanctity of marriage. The Bible teaching on marriage is not about popularity. It swims against the prevailing strong currents of the times. Biblical marriage is from the Lord who created us, designed us and loves us. It is part of His plan and design for an abundant life. For getting things sorted out.
There are examples in the Bible of marriages that are far from ideal. God meets us in our relationships, even when it gets messy. The second King of Israel called David wrote in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me". He wrote that after offending terribly against the sacredness of life and the sacredness of marriage. God heard his prayer. Let it be our prayer today, and everyday.
Our services this Sabbath are listed below, both at the Great Yarmouth Church and the Lowestoft Church. Zoom and Facebook will be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church. Apologies for some technical issues last Sabbath. Pastor Mark will be speaking at Great Yarmouth. Jerry Victorio will be speaking at Lowestoft. Face coverings are once again compulsory in places of worship unless a person is exempt.
Please note that starting Friday, January 21st at 6pm, Children's Sabbath School will be on Zoom. This is a change for a limited period to encourage parents for their children to take part in Children's Sabbath School.