Proverbs 5:1-6 Tuesday, Day 27
God gives us a nugget of wisdom here regarding what happens when one goes down the path into sexual promiscuity. God wants to protect His people from any form of destruction.
Moments in Proverbs
In every section of Proverbs that we digest each day is a teaching that King Solomon is giving to his son so that he can be prepared to be a wise man when he would become the king of Israel following Solomon.
As noticed, it seems to point out that each time he meets with his son, he begins by stating something like he begins in this chapter with - "my son, pay attention to my wisdom; and lend your ear to my understanding. While he is trying to feed him his knowledge, which supports the Mosaic Law, he is helping him to gain understanding so that he can make wise choices in life.
As parents, that is our role - to teach our children the ways of the Lord. Just as Solomon was feeding nuggets of truth to his son on a regular basis as little words of truth, he was purposing to get down into his son's heart truth that would become part of his thinking process.
While we do see a lot of repeat throughout Proverbs, don't we see that throughout the Word of God as God is trying to instill his nuggets of truth into us, spoken in hundreds of ways, so that we can get His truth down on the inside of our heart to become part of our thinking process? We know the Scripture verse from Romans that says "faith comes by hearing and hearing, by the Word of God." There is nothing wrong with repetition, because we are getting God's truth down into our heart a little at a time over and over and over again...until it becomes part of our thinking process.
So what kind of wisdom, or nuggets of truth, does King Solomon have to say to us today as we dig into God's Word?
Proverbs 5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge. 3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell. 6 lest you ponder her path of life—Her ways are unstable; you do not know them.
Obviously, King Solomon was warning his son to stay away from a prostitute - one whom he could be lured by seduction to have sex with.
According to Strong's Concordance(H2114), a prostitute could be any woman who defames her body outside of the marriage bed, whether she gets paid or not. It could be also be a foreign woman, which within paganism, men had sex with as a form of worship to the pagan idols at their temple regularly.
Not only was any form of fornication or adultery a sin against the Mosaic Law, God set it up as a form of protection for His people. God is warning his son to stay away from any such kind of woman, even though being with her looks so inviting and enjoyable at the time. Those beginning are exciting to begin with, but that kind of path of life can can never be trusted and only leads to destruction, death, and hell. It's an entrapment that pulls like a force that once engaged in, can't be undone and difficult to get out of.
What does that say to us today. We do live in a world of sexual promiscuity all around us with the young and the old. Teens are involving themselves in sex as part of the dating scene in many circles, and becoming the norm of society. Young adults having sex, living together with one another is the accepted mode of dating and courtship nowdays - even within certain Christian circles. Marriages break up because of unfaithfulness on one or both partners.
Just because the world accepts this as normal and okay, in God's eyes, it is wrong. Our God never changes, and when He set down His standard of behavior for His people, it is the same today as it was when He set it up thousands upon thousands of years ago. Any sex out of marriage is for the protection of the individual person, both parties, as well as protection of the family unit. It is for the protection of certain diseases, unwanted pregnancies, a lifetime of problems that should not have occurred. Having any kind of sex outside of marriage can altar and ruin your life. What God is saying here - don't even go down that path. Don't enter into having sex at any point until marriage. God is doing this for your protection.
For when you are faithful, doing things God's ways, in this area of sex, waiting until marriage, God can then bless your relationship because you and your spouse will then become one flesh and sex can be enjoyed in the way God intended.
How we need to instill that over and over again within our children, our grandchildren, and whomever God puts under our care. So, dear Christian friend, don't be afraid to speak lovingly the truth of what God is telling us here in His Word. He loves us and wants to protect us, keeping us away from all kinds of problems in life.
Something to meditate on today.
Pastor Joyce Erickson