(#203) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:18-20-CSI for Sins

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30:18-20: “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: 19 The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin. 20 This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, “I have done no wickedness.”

“Wonder” is the temporary suspension of “understanding” when something stunning has happened. “Wonderful” simply means “full of wonder,” a name certainly describing Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6). “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done” (Psalm 40:5). The illustrations from God’s Creation (eagle, serpent, ocean) are “mind boggling,” as is the marvel of a first-time sexual encounter, which should take place only in marriage  (1 Corinthians 7:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

These four are amazing to see, because they leave no trail to follow back to their origin:

“An eagle in the air” leaves nothing that could warn its pray that it is coming;

“A serpent on a rock” maneuvers silently, incredibly over the smooth surface, not leaving a path to its victim as if on a softer surface;

“A ship in the midst of the sea” breaks the surface of the water but leaves no trace behind, and therefore if the ship is not detected through other means, cannot be followed;

“The way of a man with a virgin” refers to the sighting (like an eagle), maneuvering (like a serpent), and no apparent trail of sin (like a ship at sea) in persuading a “virgin” to give up her virginity.

The other side of the coin, however, is “the way of an adulterous woman” who seems to think there is no way to detect her unfaithfulness, as if, after eating, wiping the residue from her mouth voids all after-effects! After adultery, when she says, “I have done no wickedness,” she claims there is no trace of her sin, but there is! There is her “prey” (Proverbs 7:6-23), and her own condemnation (Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 4:13). An “adulterous woman” has lost her conscience about marriage, purity, fidelity. The unfaithfulness of God’s people is described like this: “Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32). The evil of the “adulterer” is described also: “The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face” (Job 24:15), as if no one will know of his sin.

NO ONE can wipe clean their own souls from their path of sins, but Jesus Christ can! “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:11-13). Let Jesus Christ remove your “Crime Scene” by “Investigating” your heart! It’s “wonderful” to start a new trail in life!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #19: Don’t Jump Into The Wrong Bed!

(#19) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:20-35: (5) Don’t Jump Into The Wrong Bed!

There was no sexual sin listed previously in what God hates, but Solomon’s wisdom here and next clearly shows that God is adamantly against violation of His Marriage Law (Genesis 2:24), for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

Verses 20-23: Deliverance

The purpose of parental, Scriptural wisdom is so the “son” can make his own informed, right decision. Heed, don’t rebel; make this your constant adornment; make this your own thoughts, for good judgments. To see the right way, the “son” needs lamp, light, and leading.

Verses 24-25: Damage

The woman who disregards the sacredness of sex only within marriage is “evil.” Her enticing words should be rejected (Proverbs 2:16; 5:3-4; 7:5, 21) because  “flattering lips” shows a “double heart” (Psalm 12:2-3). “Lust” is animal desire, not love! It is a serious mistake to think that it is (2 Samuel 13:1-17). One who follows lust alone abandons the human dignity which includes reason, and becomes an animal in heat or rut! Lust originates within the heart, rather than from external circumstances (Mark 7:20-23). “Her beauty” is not described, for the most alluring feature of a woman is not her physical, but her intentional design. The “allure” with painted eyes just calls attention to her interests. Focus on her evil intent, not her outer distractions.

Verses 26-33: Destruction

This type of woman is the predator, the man the prey who will pay dearly if he proceeds. How closely can a man be to fire without being burned; and how far can he walk across burning coals (NOT by the trick of walking fast, with calloused feet, or chemical protection!). Fire burns, and an “evil woman” damns to Hell! As certainly as fire burns, adultery condemns! A “thief” is still to be condemned (Exodus 20:14; John 10:10; Romans 13:8-10), yet if motivated by “starving” (self-preservation), it is understandable, not excusable. The thief must repay (Exodus 22:1-15), possibly up to 700%, all that he owns! The stupid adulterer, however, has NO self-preservation motive for his action, but only self-interest, and there is NO sympathy or pity for him, at all. He “destroys his own soul,” wounds will come to his body (whether punishments or STDs), and he loses his reputation (verses 32-33). Emphasis has shifted from the stupid man going in to a prowling woman, to a prowling man who stupidly goes in to “his neighbor’s wife.” Marriage limits are ignored in either case!

Verses 34-35: Dissatisfaction

Her husband’s “jealousy” is his rage without mercy “in the day of vengeance” (or day of reckoning). There is NO amount of repayment for this fouling of his marriage purity. He may never “be appeased” (or satisfied) though offered “many gifts.” God demanded the death of both parties in the adultery (Leviticus 20:10), which law Jesus honored by not condemning the one party brought to Him (John 8:1-11). A husband has been violated when adultery occurs and may never recover his trust in that wife again. This kind of loss of confidence caused God to condemn the southern kingdom of Judah (Jeremiah 7:8-15).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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