You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. (Exodus 20:17)
Abstain from … sexual immorality. (Acts 15:29)
You tolerate that woman Jezebel. (Revelation 2:20)
I know a lot of you want to know what the Bible says about sex and that’s why you read our devotional. Good for you and thank you!
You may also be thinking that there’s more to life than sex!
Why do you obsess over sex? You seem to be giving it a bigger place than it deserves. After all, sex is just one of many elements of life.
Good point. Let’s take a look at what God thinks.
Three Significant Epochs in the Story of God
God gives his people specific instructions in Scriptures. He doesn’t want to leave any room for doubt. There are three important sets of instructions at significant points in the story of his people: The Law, The New Covenant, and The Last Days.
The first set of instructions is the famous one, The Ten Commandments, given at the beginning of The Law for the Jews. The second set of instructions is at the beginning of the church for Gentiles at the Council at Jerusalem. The third set of instructions is given to the seven churches at the beginning of Revelation that outlines the Last Days.
Sex is a big part of each set of instructions. If God makes a big deal out of sex who are we to argue otherwise?
Not convinced? Let’s to the math together.
Two of the Ten Commandments concern sex. If you eliminate the four vertical commandments (our relationship with God), you’re left with two of the six horizontal commandments (our relationship with each other) addressing sex. 33% of God’s instructions in the Ten Commandments is about sex: “You shall not commit adultery” and “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.” (Exodus 20:14,17 ESV)
The Council at Jerusalem seemed confused that God would allow Gentiles into the Kingdom but once they got over their initial shock they issued four instructions to the new gentile believers: “That you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.” (Acts 15:29) We could lump the first three together as “eating rules” and then sexual immorality as as separate category making it 50% of the instructions.
The third set is the instructions to the seven churches in Revelation. Two of the seven churches, Pergamum and Thyatira, are chastised for allowing sexual immorality in their midst. The math calculates to 28%.
God’s Big Three set of instructions include anywhere from 25% to 50% of instructions to avoid sexual immorality. On average, nearly a third of God’s instructions concern overcoming sexual sin. God thinks sex is a very big part of life any way you do the math.
And what is God’s only solution to sexual immorality? Well, we took a look at that in a previous post. The short answer is get married and have frequent, reciprocal sex with your spouse!
Bible Thought: God thinks sex is big deal and so should we.
Prayer: Father, you created sex. Help me to put it in proper perspective for my good and your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Rene & Gloria