3 February, 2019 – ‘You shall not commit adultery’ is the second commandment misinterpreted by the teachers of the law the Lord brings out in Matthew 5:27-31. Just as the Pharisees, we can look at this commandment and think that since we are not guilty of physically committing sexual sin, we are perfectly innocent, but Jesus explains that the problem of sin is much deeper. This attitude itself of using the word of God to justify ourselves is detestable in God’s sight – Luke 16:15. The purpose of the law is to reveal our sinfulness wholly, making us conscious of the sin (Romans 3:19-20) that is not in our actions only, but in our heart primarily (Matthew 15:19); its purpose is to make us poor in spirit, to make us hunger and thirst for righteousness so that we can run to Christ and be satisfied by God’s grace through faith. If we look at the commandment and feel satisfied with ourselves, God have mercy on us, for we have fallen in the legalistic trap of the Pharisees.