Our scripture for today is the seventh chapter of Proverbs.
For three chapters in a row, this book of the Bible has warned of the dangers of sexual immorality.
In today’s passage, a father warns his son of the cascading consequences of engaging in sex outside of God’s will.
Think about the consequences for an individual or society that abuses sexual sin outside of the Lord’s design.
Terminal diseases, family strife, emotional turmoil, conflict, violence, negative effects on children, and even wars have resulted when people act out of their own desires rather than following God’s will.
The antidote to these social ills is biblical marriage, the definition of which is below:
“Marriage is the spiritual union of one man and one woman, freely and totally committed to one another as companions for life.”
Now, reflect on the benefits of faithfulness to God’s design for sex, which is reserved for marriage.
Imagine that just one generation of monogamy can wipe out many diseases, ease social tensions, end conflicts, heal emotional turmoil, and raise the moral fiber of our culture.
And most importantly, we honor Jesus when we follow his ideals.
How can we be faithful to God’s standards for sexuality?
Only through Jesus Christ, so make sure to receive Him, honor Him, love Him, and serve Him.
1 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
6 At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 She is unruly and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer stepping into a noose
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.