2-16-2016 Good, Old Consciences

A woman caught in adultery, in the very act” (John 8:4 NKJV) was brought to Jesus, who lived under Moses’ Law. “The scribes and Pharisees” forced the issue: “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” (John 8:5 NKJV). Jesus knew Moses had commanded “the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:10 NKJV). They had violated Moses’ Law by not bringing the man to also be stoned, as she had violated that Law against the act of adultery! Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7 NKJV). Guilty consciences sent the people away, “beginning with the oldest even to the last” (John 8:9 NKJV). Older people should have well-developed consciences and know when they have sinned.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #guilty-consciences


11-24-2015 Life Without God

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV). God placed clean, honorable sexual relations within marriage, for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV), for “the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13 NKJV). Those whose lives are devoted only to “sexual immorality” and “passion of lust,” “do not know God.” Jesus will condemn those who “do not know God,” and “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #fornication, #marriage, #obey-the-gospel, #passion-of-lusts, #sex, #sexual-immorality


7-3-2015 Sin is Sin

No one asked Jesus, “Whose sin is greatest?” But we know the answer: someone else’s! Jesus said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23 NKJV). Is morality what we don’t do? We don’t murder, but commit adultery? We don’t steal, but we covet? We’re not wicked, but are full of pride? No one’s sin is worse than ours, “because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NKJV). Temptations are “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV), and so is sin! Jesus said: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #baptized, #believes, #covet, #greatest-sin, #morality, #murder, #pride, #saved, #steal, #temptations, #wicked


4-28-2015 Transgender?

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27 NKJV). Gender and sex for humans were established by God in the Creation. The first “male and female” were joined together in the purest of human relationships we call “marriage” (Genesis 2:22-25). Every attempt by humans to ignore those boundaries is sin. Sex without marriage is “fornication;” sex ignoring marriage is “adultery;” sex within one’s own gender is “against nature” and “shameful” (Romans 1:26-27). Jesus confirmed Creation when He said, “from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female’” (Mark 10:6 NKJV). Crossing gender lines is perverting God’s rule. “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 11:20 NKJV)

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #against-nature, #fornication, #gender, #gender-lines, #perverse, #sex


(#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.

#adulterer, #adulteress, #adultery, #bible-study, #eagle, #marriage, #proverbs, #serpent, #ship, #virgin, #wonderful

Holy Hyperbole!

“Hyperbole” is a common figure of speech. We use it all the time. Oops — I just used one! Hyperbole is exaggeration used on purpose for the sake of emphasizing a point. Here are some examples of hyperbole: * “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times.” * “She is older than the hills.” * “He’s strong as an ox.” * “She’s quick as a cat.” * “That suitcase weighs a ton,” etc., etc. Hyperbole stresses a point by exaggerating. It is the verbal equivalent of a highlighted section of text in a bold and brilliant color.

Jesus used hyperbole in Matthew 5:27-30 to issue one of the most startling and challenging demands in all His teachings. In that passage He is illustrating that true conformity to God’s law goes further than outward obedience to a list of “Thou shalt not’s.” The passage reads this way: You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” Do what, Jesus?! Those are graphic images — take a scalpel or a knife and remove an eye if that eye is influencing you to sin; or take a saw and amputate your hand if that’s what it takes to keep from sinning. What goes here? Would Jesus have us be into self-mutilation of our physical bodies?

The answer is no, No, NO, NO, NO, NO! In no Bible passage does Christ call followers to physically maim their bodies. The passage is a powerful example of hyperbole. In this case, holy hyperbole, because what Jesus demands of His true disciples is to take temptation and sin seriously, especially the sexual kind. By means of holy hyperbole Jesus reminds us that adultery does not begin in a bed or the back seat of a car. It begins with a look that lingers. The look then turns to lust. The lust leads on to adultery with the one who is the object of our lust — if not in an actual motel room or physical hide-away, at least in the secret and unseen chambers of the heart and mind. Back to the passage quoted earlier, Christ warns that we should get serious about sexual sin. The greatest threat of adultery, actual or mental, is that those who practice it will ultimately be ‘cast into hell.” That’s an outcome our sexually liberated, sex-saturated culture has all but completely air-brushed out of its sexual mentality. Be that as it may, Jesus demands His disciples to pluck some things out and cut some things off. A voluntary amputation, not of physical eyes and hands, but habits and behaviors and places and maybe even some people who pressure us to sin sexually, whether in our minds or with our bodies. Maybe cutting off some TV shows or internet sites or some magazines or music or movies. How serious are you about avoiding the sin of adultery, even in your heart? Christ warns us to avoid it at all costs — and He uses holy hyperbole to stress the point. Is there anything or anybody in your life you need to pluck out and cut off to avoid adultery? Think about it.

Dan Gulley – Smithville Church of Christ, TN

#adultery, #avoiding-sin, #heart, #holiness, #hyperbole, #sermon-on-the-mount, #sin, #temptation


(#52) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:4-How To Crown A Husband

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 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:4: “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.”

“Excellent” shows this word means more than simply “virtuous, pure,” but also spirited, spiritual, conscientious, devoted to her husband and children, intelligent, ingenious. No clearer picture is drawn of such a woman than in Proverbs 31:10-31, which will be dealt with in detail in another study. When God made man, “the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’” (Genesis 2:18). The entire created world cannot satisfy the loneliness a man was designed to have. To meet this innate need, God made woman, and Solomon describes her as a crowning addition to the man. There is no question to believers in God’s Word that: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22). Men should be looking to find “a wife,” not “women” in general! Men who disrespect the marriage commitment are men who disrespect women, and thus disrespect God! A “wife” (not any and every woman!) is “favor (grace) from the LORD,” and a “good thing” for a husband! Men who reject marriage with a wife are rejecting the grace of God! It is no wonder, then, that “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). It is sin to have physically intimate relationships outside of marriage, and God will hold all accountable who engage in the practice without the purity of a marriage. Forbidding marriage (celibacy) or ignoring marriage (playboy) are both observed and condemned by God. There is no substitute for “an excellent wife,” for she shows her husband is richly blessed by God more than any other inheritance a man could have. “Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD” (Proverbs 19:14).

“Rottenness in his bones” describes an untreatable condition, for it has sunk so deep into a man, it may never be cured. Spiritually speaking, “envy is rottenness to the bones” (Proverbs 14:30), which means it takes away strength to faithfully stand. If a “good wife” is a “good thing,” then a “bad wife” is a “bad thing.” Young men should not on the prowl for animal gratification, but should be searching for “an excellent wife” with strength of character and spiritual conviction.

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

#adultery, #bible-study, #celibacy, #disrespect, #fornication, #husband, #love, #marriage, #marriage-commitment, #playboy, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #rottenness, #sin, #wife, #women, #young-men


Studies in the Book of Proverbs #20: Don’t Become The Sacrificial Animal!

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

7:1-27: (6) Don’t Become The Sacrificial Animal!

Verses 1-5: Family Tries

A Father’s appeal for the son to keep his “law as the apple of your eye” (the object focused upon), and have hope of knowledge. Writing a wise father’s “commands” on “the tablet of your heart” makes them easy to refer to. Treating “wisdom” and “understanding” as relatives should bring them closer for advice. The total effect is to “keep you from the immoral woman,” one of the greatest temptations for a “son” to overcome. God made man with a need for companionship only a woman could provide (Genesis 2:18-25), and only an immoral, evil woman would unfairly exploit that frailty.

Verses 6-9: The Victim

Peering through a “lattice” (a trellis), it’s easy to spot the next victim, a “simple…youth…devoid of understanding” (ignorant, inexperienced, untaught) going into a wrong neighborhood at the wrong time of night, and for the wrong purpose, entirely. Left to fend for himself, a young man is easy prey because he is completely at the mercy of the immoral woman’s desires. He has no ingrained teaching to warn him of the situation, the woman, or the problem with which he  becomes entangled.

Verses 10-23: The Vice

Verses 10-12: She, as a restless and eager aggressor with a hidden agenda, met him. She was “loud and rebellious” against the thought of her marriage limitations, thus liberated in her mind from God’s Law. Christian women should be taught to appreciate their God-given responsibilities (Titus 2:3-5).

Verses 13-15: She boldly distracts him with kisses, shamelessly displays herself as though she had religious approval, disturbs him with her personal devotion to him. It doesn’t occur to him that she is not devoted to her own husband.

Verses 16-17: She pictures her lavishly-decorated bedroom as inviting to his senses: colorful, festive, and femininely perfumed. He doesn’t know to look beyond his immediate impression to the ultimate doom (Proverbs 5:3-6; 7:27).

Verses 18-20: She offers complete satisfaction and relieves his worry with reassurance that her husband planned to be gone long enough to not discover their adultery. It doesn’t occur to him that God is watching (Proverbs 5:21), as Joseph did (Genesis 39:1-13).

Verses 21-23: Her words win him over because he obviously has no inner voice of a father’s wisdom to stop him. She “seduces” (compelled, forced by words) him by giving an answer to all his concerns, “entices” (gives a one-sided argument) him with “flattery” (words he wants to hear). “Immediately he went after her” as: an ox to the slaughter; fool to the punishment stocks; till he is shot through like an arrow in a trapped bird, too late to learn his lesson by wisdom alone. He did not realize the serious consequences of his action because he did not think far enough ahead.

Verses 24-27: The Voice

The right way, the wise way, often begins with “do not,” but now the lesson that young man learned by experience is clarified for those who will observe: DO NOT entertain the thought of going her way; DO NOT allow yourself to “stray” that way, either, for she doesn’t care how many “strong men” she has slain. Entering her house opens the door to the grave and spiritual death beyond!

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

#adultery, #apple-of-your-eye, #bible-study, #flattery, #fool, #harlot, #proverbs, #seduction


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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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #14

(#14) A Father’s Wisdom: Be Faithful In Marriage 5:1-23

Verses 1-2: The Thoughts

If a son ever needed this admonition to focus on a father’s “wisdom” heeded, “understanding” heard, “discretion” (good judgment) unharmed, “knowledge” kept, this is it.

Verses 3-6: The Temptation

“An immoral woman” is the “strange” one in Proverbs, or one who doesn’t respect the purity of marriage. Her loose “lips” sound sweet, “her mouth” slick as oil, but to listen to her and taste her is “bitter as wormwood,” one of the bitterest substances known to man. That she slices like a “two-edged sword” shows what kind of wounds to expect, cutting both ways. Her “feet” lead to “death,” both spiritual and the possibility of physical, as well. Her “steps” go to “hell.” Listening and letting her lead will end in pain and punishment. To even think about her “path of life” can make a man become “unstable,” and is an experience a married man should never “know.”

Verses 7-14: The Threat

“Children” involves young men who must listen to reason. Go out of your way to avoid such women, and do not go “near” her door, for it is your “honor” you’ll be giving up, your “years” of faithfulness in marriage “to the cruel one,” and “aliens” and “foreigners” will receive all your “wealth” you have worked for. In other words, every married man who is enticed by a “strange woman” is gambling away his whole livelihood, and future.

Verses 15-20: The Treasure

Your own “cistern” (tank for collecting drinking water) and your own “well” are safe water supplies and become ways of saying: “Don’t drink the water” of another woman. “Your fountains” would be your ability to make children who would not have Scriptural parentage, when your children should only be from you and your own wife. Satisfy “your fountain” only with your own “wife of your youth.” Since most men marry early in life, the safest sexual relationship anyone can have is to remain faithful in your commitment to your first love! Safe sex and deep love are bonds God has based a monogamous, heterosexual marriage relationship upon (Ephesians 5:22-33). “Rejoice” (be happy) with your own wife; view her as lovely and graceful as deer and a doe; “at all times” be “satisfied” with her “breasts” and no one else’s; “always be enraptured with her love,” never thinking any other should be equal or better. Be satisfied with your decision to marry her, always! How could you possibly “be enraptured” by “an immoral woman” whose arms are of “a seductress,” who leads to HELL? There is no good truth in an adultress!

Verses 21-23: The Terror

There is nothing hidden from God, certainly not adultery (Hebrews 4:13; 13:4). A man’s sins are his own trap. Adulterous men will die for their ignorance and in tremendous “folly” (worthlessness) “he shall go astray” (wander off like a drunkard). How wasted are men who dishonor their marriage vow!

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

#adultery, #bible-study, #faithful, #immoral-woman, #love, #marriage, #marriage-vow, #proverbs, #safe-sex, #truth, #wisdom


Studies in the Book of Proverbs

(#7) God’s Wisdom Delivers From Perverse Teachers and Immoral Women 2:10-22

Verses 10-15: Those who have accepted wisdom, are pleased with knowledge, preserved by discretion (good judgment), kept (protected) by understanding, are prepared to ward off “evil.” “Evil” is described by the four phrases in verses 12-15:  (1) “Perverse” teaching. “Perverse” means “to turn or change a thing from its truthful meaning.” This is designed to misdirect and confuse a right-thinking person. (2) “Leave the paths of righteousness.” These are determined to go their own way. (3) “Walk in the ways of darkness.” Those who hide their sinful deeds either in the dark of night, or in the darkness of ignorance, do not please God.  (4) “Rejoice in doing evil.” Their pleasure is in what is wrong, not what is right. (5) “Delight in the perversity of the wicked.” Not only their own evil deeds, but have pleasure in others who are like them morally. (6) “Crooked,” and “devious” describe them, not “upright” and “truthful.”

What has been described is why youthful, inexperienced, ignorant, immature children have no business making their own decisions about life without parental guidance and The Word of God! Proverbs 2:10-15 have just described “the wrong crowd” for any good person, and, unfortunately, this “crowd” has descended into “religion,” as the Apostles of Jesus Christ described (1 Timothy 6:3-5; Jude 3-21), and has given it a bad reputation.

Verses 16-19: Since God created one woman for one man and brought her to that man to complete him, the terms for a married couple has been “the man and his wife” (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6, 9). That said, every woman is “strange” who seeks a sexual relationship with any man who is not her own husband. Sex before or outside of marriage is “fornication,” and sex with anyone already in a marriage relationship with another individual is “adultery” (Hebrews 13:4). The “immoral woman” is one who:

(1) “Flatters with her words.” This is “oily, slick” speech of a prostitute.

(2) “Forsakes the companion of her youth.” She carries no learned convictions from her childhood, nor appreciation of men since that time.

(3) “Forgets the covenant of her God.” She has irreverence for God and His pattern for marriage, and is willing to put this out of her mind altogether.

(4) “Her house leads down to death.” Disease, affliction, pain and sorrow are inside, not a pleasant future.

(5) “Her paths to the dead.” All roads lead to her “cemetery.” How can anyone having sex with her say, “Man, that’s living?”

(6) It’s a one-way street, meaning once she seduces, it plants the seeds of discontent, desire, and destruction in a heart, that seldom can recover. “The paths of life” that are not recovered involve the life of health, happiness, honesty, and heaven. Fornicators and adulterers have violated their bodies and souls (1 Corinthians 6:15-19), and while not impossible, repentance and recovery is very difficult.

Verses 20-22: Teach the prior judgment of God, and the wise will be warned and advised of conduct to be avoided. God’s Wisdom shows the way of “goodness,” “righteousness” which the “upright” and “blameless” will follow. Rejecting that Wisdom is for the “wicked” that shall be “cut off from the earth,” and the “unfaithful” are to be “uprooted from it.”

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (12)

In Proverbs 7 Solomon returns to a topic with which he has much experience – women! The type of woman who would be looking to have a little influence with a king; yes, the type who sadly had quite a large influence on Solomon’s life. The king who began his reign with great wisdom due to his heart walked down a scary path because he ignored his own wisdom (originating from God) due to a heart that was defiled with the flattering words of foreign women. Now he pleads with his children to not make the same mistake when dealing with professional assassins!

Verses 1-5:  There’s no wonder that Solomon tells his son to keep his commandments (originating from God’s word) in his heart. After all, like Solomon had told him earlier, the heart is where the issues of life spring from! Stick close to the women who care – wisdom your sister and understanding your kinswoman. Sometimes, due to male ignorance and stupidity, it takes a woman who cares to see through another woman’s callousness.

Verses 6-9: Solomon gives an eyewitness account to the crime. The wrong place, the wrong time and the wrong person equals the wrong decision. Sounds like the common late-night scene still found today. Hasn’t someone said something about nothing new being under the sun?

Verses 10-20: The woman the young man meets is dressed to kill and an expert at her skill. Clothing can reveal as much about a person on the inside as the lack thereof does on the outside Solomon says! The wife with a house isn’t interested in being a house wife. I guess she’s more of the desperate kind. Makes one wonder about her marriage. Regardless, at the end of the day, a slaughter-house scented with roses is still a slaughter-house, and this young man is about to kiss it all goodbye!

Verses 21-27: The seductress talks the young man into a situation he can’t get out of. Like an ox to the slaughter, Solomon says, she hits her mark and he meets his maker! Solomon warns that this woman is undefeated, but she is not undefeatableThe path to victory starts in the heart! Be wise! Her house is fixed up like heaven, but it’s only a disguised hell. See through it! Solomon badly wants his children to see that illicit sex will make you exactly what the word begins with – ILL!

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (10)

In Proverbs 5:1-14 Solomon has warned his son about the end result of adultery; now he gives a solution to help extinguish the tempter’s fire in Proverbs 5:15-23. And what is this solution? Feed the fire that burns at home and you won’t have time to feed the ones out on the street!

Verses 15-17: If you don’t go around drinking from any ole’ water source, then why trust just anybody with something that goes straight to the heart? The consequences are rampant even today. Illegitimate children who suffer because of bad decisions made through lust, broken homes and STD’s aren’t just modern casualties of illicit sex! But modern-day TV shows reveal hearts by having no shame in profiting from the spectacle of people not knowing who has fathered their child, marriages that get dissolved before they ever began and circus-like atmospheres that supposed adults create for our culture to be spoon-fed with all because someone decided to take a drink from a stagnant and deadly source. Stick with running waters and the source we can trust and there will be no sickness that others suffer with.

Verses 18-20: Solomon urges his son to be “intoxicated” with his wife and he won’t be poisoned by adultery! Sex was designed by God and God designed marriage to be the place where the passions get played out. Any other avenue results in grave danger (Hebrews 13:4). There is intended to be much more involved in sex than just the physical pleasure. Notice how Solomon does not leave out the word “love.” To reduce the act of sex to the physical act alone, is to reduce the one with whom the act is shared with down to a physical object that can be replaced, removed and resold! There is no safety in the arms of someone who seeks only the fleeting physical pleasures of sex and not the lasting bond of love, care, concern and happiness through God’s ordained marriage covenant.

Verses 21-23: Why listen to this marriage counselor? Why think with the mind and not the flesh? Because our Creator is watching! The immoral person couldn’t care less about the soul that we must give an account for. This lesson that’s worth remembering for our culture today has a lot more to do with the Law of Heaven than it does with the Law of the Land! Instruction has been given, but the results and deadliness of not heeding it can sadly be seen in every generation.

#adultery, #culture, #lust, #marriage, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sex

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (9)

Think the advice of Solomon is outdated??? Read chapter 5:1-14 to change your mind! In this section, Solomon tackles the topic of adultery, and you know what? The only thing that has changed about adultery is the name our culture calls it. Who was it that said, “There’s nothing new under the sun” again?

Verses 1-6: Right away Solomon urges to listen up! This is serious! When we mess with adultery we’re messing with candy-coated poison. Steer your lips clear and keep them clean with discretion and knowledge. Two things that every body doesn’t want. The strange/immoral woman/prostitute promises a life like no other, but it only leads in one direction (vs. 5). Solomon pleads with his son to remember that she has no interest in the right path for your life, and she’ll do whatever she can to keep you from thinking about it too. She’s nothing like the woman called knowledge in Proverbs 4:5-9 – you can’t figure this one out so don’t even try!

Verses 7-14: Commit adultery and we’ll walk in something, but we’ll leave out with nothing. Like Paul told Timothy, there are times when we’ll never regret running away (2 Timothy 2:22). Honor, years of life, wealth, health, senses and self! Do you know what they all have in common? Commit adultery and you can kiss them goodbye according to Solomon. Ignore this advice, and we do so to our own peril.

Have you ever wondered how Solomon found out about the way his father and mother met each other? Maybe his point of view toward adultery came from that knowledge; but if I had to be honest, it sounds like words from personal experience to me. After all, not only do we know about the mistakes of Solomon’s father when it came to women; we know about the mistakes of David’s son too. Perhaps Solomon was trying to break a family tradition that will break up a man, a faith, a heart, a conscience, a life, a soul and the entire family.

In the next several verses Solomon reminds his son about two ways to avoid getting caught in the trap of adultery. We’ll save those for next time.

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A study resulting from interviews with 240 editors…

A study resulting from interviews with 240 editors and reporters of the nation’s leading news magazines and television networks revealed these startling figures: 8% of those interviewed attended church weekly compared to 41% of the American public. 54% of the media staff did not regard adultery as wrong. 90% favored abortion and 75% saw nothing wrong with homosexuality, whereas 85% of the public considers adultery immoral, 65% abortion as immoral and 71% homosexuality as immoral. This means that the nation’s trend-setters and thought-leaders are far to the left of the general public. Is it any wonder that old-fashioned virtue and morality are regularly held up to ridicule in magazines and on television networks? It seems to me that they have enlisted in Satan’s army and will march with him to Armageddon. The devils and demons surely rejoice. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

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