The consequence of adultery is death. This Bible summary is a little longer than what I prefer, but that’s because the takeaway message is so important. We will know others by their fruit. Who are we following?
Today’s Reading: Chapter 7 of Proverbs
Continuing Warning Of Adultery
Verse 01-05 continuing the remainder of the last section that Chapter 6 covered. As always, it’s important to understand adultery in scripture does not have to only be sexual immortality. But it can be idolatry and turning away (cheating) on the Lord.
We are told once more to retain our father’s words and keep commands within us. (Note: Scriptures on the heart and how the heart stores up what is reflected in our lives. Proverbs 3:01, 4:23 / Matthew 12:34, 15:18-19 /Mark 7:21 / Luke 6:45, 12:34)
Keeping commands is life, and our father’s law should be the apple of our eye. This phrasing means that something or someone we are looking at is reflected in the apple of our eyes, our pupil. Our focus needs to be on truth. It should be like a ring on our finger, and actively written on our heart.
Integrate new family members– Call wisdom our sister and understanding nearest kin. For wisdom and understanding help us stay away from the immoral seductress who flatters with words. (This could also be false teaching that entices us away.)
Lack Of Understanding Leads To Secret & Dark Paths
Verses 06-09 In the night, where he is covered by darkness and probably feels hidden, a young man walks. He lacks understanding as he walks toward the seductress’ path.
Verses 10-20 She meets him and her clothing does not hide her methods. She is loud and rebellious, her feet leave home. Always lurking at every corner, she makes her rounds to the outside and open square. She draws him in with a shameless kiss and tells him she paid her vows with peace offerings.
Seducing words of how she has prepared her bed for him with perfume and beautiful linen. Convincingly she speaks of how her husband is away on a long journey and the night is theirs. Her words entice the young man to give in to her. (v. 16-21)
Consequence Of Adultery Is Death
Verses 21- 27 As soon as he is seduced he follows her, like an ox to slaughter scripture says. He follows her ways until an arrow strikes his liver. Like a bird who is caught in a trap, he didn’t realize his life was the cost of these actions.
We are once again warned not to let her ways turn our hearts to her. She often goes after the wounded, but every man who she has killed was strong.
Her house is the way to Hell, and entering it is to enter the chambers of death.
What To Take Away: This adultery is a lifestyle, a continued choice, to not repent and seek Jesus. See Post: I Used To Believe In The Sinner’s Prayer…I Do Not Anymore…
Every false teaching will lure the wounded in one way or the other. Most begin with false promises, you need THEIR interpretation and knowledge. Then intimidation follows when you’re in, the pressure not to question, and to stay. Many of the promises of these false teachings are seducing. Praises of men, pride, authority, money, power, status/rank, supernatural abilities, knowledge, etc.
We are told to test the spirits, to be wary. We must hold everything up in light of scripture. Do not let people tell you to only trust their words. Do not let people hinder you from research and seeking the truth of scripture. Do not let their anger and frustration (BIG SIGN) at your questioning of their teachings stop you. Jesus says we can test the spirits by knowing the fruit being produced by others.
Fruit To Be Wary Of:
- lack of self-control
- desire for lust
- people pleaser (they say what others want to hear) but their words mean nothing in comparison to their actions/life
- seekers of praise
How do people react in tough situations? To who do they turn, if to anyone? To God, other people, or they trust themselves? How do they act in daily life? If people frustrate them, what are the words out of their mouth? Many false teachers can be identified in this manner. What do the congregations of these teachers act like? Do they speak unkindly when their doctrine is questioned?
Note: There are people proclaiming to be Christians, but when people do not accept the Gospel, they can get nasty, too! This isn’t just about false teaching, but what is being stored in OUR hearts. Is it actually Jesus?!
Sin is alluring. We want to keep it secret or we think it’s harmless because we found others who support it. Yet, there is a hesitation, as we saw with the young man and the harlot’s word. He had to be enticed. Even though he walked to her, there was some form of a doubt because he didn’t immediately follow her. He had to listen to her words. But once he was caught, there was no way out.
Be wary. Sin has a cost. Christ helps us repent!
Christian Song To Check Out– What If I Gave Everything by Casting Crowns
Sermon To Listen To – Shocking Message by Paul Washer
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:02, “You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah.”
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