Adultery against Christ happens. We turn to other idols, false teachers, and false prophets. We turn to self. Last time in Proverbs, we dug into scripture about how we are to keep our Father’s wisdom and instruction. Not to stray to an immoral woman (false teacher or sinner). Today in Proverbs we will continue some of those same warnings and more.
Today’s Reading: Proverbs Ch. 6
Danger Of Being Responsible For Someone
Verses 01-05 warn against becoming a surety for someone. A surety means to take responsibility for someone. This means being a sponsor for someone who is accused, looking over them, or even paying their debt. Scripture warns that our mouth makes us accountable, what we say we will do can be a snare to us. It is important to get out of this situation when possible, verse 4 says to not even sleep over it.
Folly Of Laziness
Verses 06-11 point us to the ant. The ant does not have a ruler over her, yet she gathers everything that she needs. We are told the ant would be our inspiration to get up and get moving. Verse 9 asks us how long will we slumber? Being lazy has consequences that we will not see coming, like a thief.
The Wicked Man
Verses 12-19 show us what a wicked man is:
- Walks with a perverse mouth
- Winks with his eyes
- Shuffles his feet
- Points with his fingers
- Perversity is in his heart
- Devises evil continually
- Sows discord
Calamity comes upon him suddenly, and suddenly he will be broken without remedy.
It then says that the Lord hates 6 things and 7 are an abomination to Him. All of these connect to the previous 7 we just looked at.:
- A proud look
- A lying tongue
- Hands that shed innocent blood
- A heart that devises wicked plans.
- Feet that are swift in running to evil
- A false witness who speaks lies
- One who sows discord among brethren
Beware Of Adultery
Verses 20-35 remind us of some of the things we covered in Ch. 5.
Keep our father’s instructions, and bind the law in our heart. This means to tie tightly or to combine it. So what once were two things becomes one. It’s important that scripture is woven within us, that is a part of us. Solomon takes it one step further, not just to have the law in our heart, but also to bind it around our neck.
For where we go the word is with us. Where we sleep the word is with us. When we awake the word speaks to us. That’s powerful!
Verse 23 (NKJ) For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life.
The law keeps us from people who tempt us. Those who seduce, this includes false teaching that is itching to our ears.
This temptation is very strong. Scripture says can a man (verse 27) take fire to his chest and will his clothes not burn? We know that his clothes WILL BURN should this happen. Another scripture takes it further. A man who walks on coals, will his feet not be seared? A man who goes to his neighbor’s wife and touches her shall not be innocent (verses 28-29).
Being tempted and seduced like this will lead many astray. We need the truth in our hearts to guide us and remind us of what is wholesome.
This wisdom… Solomon should have heeded.
A thief isn’t hated if he steals because he starves, however, he must restore sevenfold when found out, no matter the consequences. However, those who commit adultery lack understanding that destroys their own souls. Unlike the thief who receives no hatred, an adulterer faces the vengeance of the husband. No matter how many gifts are given back the husband will not be appeased.
Again, we see how this not only relates to sexual immorality but false teaching against the Lord Jesus.
What To Take Away: There is a lot in this chapter. God hates what is selfish. He disproves of self-gain and the hurt it causes. He especially hates discord we create among others.
What we bear in our hearts, like Cain, will eventually surface outwardly. However, God already knows our heart whether we commit an evil action or not.
It is imperative that we cling to Jesus and His holy word. Only the truth of God can help us not fall into traps of temptations. In Ephesians, we are told the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. If we are not using and knowing scripture, we can’t fight back at all.
(NIV) Ephesians 6:17, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Message To Listen To: Surviors Of Christian Cults Warn About False Teachings, Mind Control, and Scripture Twisting from Doreen Virtue
Worship Song: Take Me In by Kutless
What can you do to bind the word of God on your heart?