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Last Wednesday night we were studying the book of Proverbs and
our teacher pointed out an awesome comparison that is right there in the text
of chapter nine. It opens with wisdom calling out to the naive to turn in here
to gain godly insight so that life can be lived to please God and to gain the
greatest personal peace that can be had.

 

“Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven
pillars; she has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; she has also set
her table; she has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights
of the city: ‘Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!’ To him who
lacks understanding she says, ‘Come, eat of my food and drink of the wine
I have mixed.’ “

Proverbs 9:1-5

A godly invitation to us all. Now it goes on to expand the
benefits.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and
the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be
multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise
for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will bear it.” Proverbs 9:10-12
 

Right in line with the flow of the text comes another
invitation to the naive and it too invites him to turn in here but this time it
is the call of alluring sin and self destruction.

 

“The woman of folly is boisterous, {She is} naive and
knows nothing. She sits at the doorway of her house, on a seat by the high
places of the city calling to those who pass by, who are making their paths
straight: ‘Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,’ and to him who
lacks understanding she says, ‘Stolen water is sweet; and bread {eaten}
in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there,
{that} her guests are in the depths of Sheol.” Proverbs 9:13-18

Note who the target is, “ … to those who are making
their paths straight.” Like Eve, we have a choice as to which invitation
we choose to follow. One offers life and peace, the other, death and
destruction.

Solomon made a real mess of his life by following the
allurements of lustful thoughts and now he warns his son to avoid such
entanglements or face the same down fall. In reality, his son made an even
bigger mess of his life than did his father and ended up dividing the nation of
Israel. This whole section, from chapter five, has served to warn the naive of
sexual sin. In chapter seven Solomon says these words.

“For at the window of my house I looked out through my
lattice, and I saw among the naive, {And} discerned among the youths a young
man lacking sense, passing through the street near her corner; and he takes the
way to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, in the middle of the night
and {in} the darkness. And behold, a woman {comes} to meet him, dressed as a
harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious, her feet do not
remain at home; {She is} now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks by
every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him and with a brazen face she says
to him: ‘I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have paid my vows.
Therefore I have come out to meet you, to seek your presence earnestly, and I
have found you. I have spread my couch with coverings, with colored linens of
Egypt. I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let us
drink our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with caresses.
For my husband is not at home, he has gone on a long journey; he has taken a
bag of money with him, at the full moon he will come home. With her many
persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly
he follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as {one in} fetters to the
discipline of a fool, until an arrow pierces through his liver; as a bird
hastens to the snare, so he does not know that it {will cost him} his life.”
Proverbs 7:6-23

What graphic words are used here, “as an ox goes to the
slaughter … so he does not know that it will cost him his life.” These
are the siren’s call of hedonism, pleasure above all else. the Playboy
perversion of sanitized pornography. The Greek word for pornography is the word
evil. It is always evil in any form. Sin always brings forth death! It never
brings forth life as it promises. James fills in the rest of the blanks for us
in the following verses.

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once
he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which {the Lord} has
promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am
being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself
does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and
enticed by his own lust. When lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and
when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved
brethren.” James 7:12-16

Note the illustration of a sexual relationship and of how a
child is conceived. The most potent part of this analogy is when James says,
“ … and it brings forth death.” There could be no more human
application to the deadly effects of sin than when James says this. The Greek
indicates that this death is a still born child. This brings home the point in
a way that no one can miss. Sin always brings forth death, no matter who
promises us anything different. Righteousness brings life and peace but sin can
produce only one thing, death.

We must choose to hear the call of God every day of our lives.
To miss our time of reading the Word of God is a strategic mistake. This leaves
us open to hearing the wrong voice and friends, all it takes is one bad choice
to destroy our reputation and our very life.
Pastor Ike

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