Solomon exhorts us to know the commandments and keep them close. “My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart”. He tells us to do it in three ways:
- Keep them as the apple of our eye – to not only obey but realize how key they are as the driver of life and success
- Bind them on your fingers – God’s commandments should be tied to our fingers and guiding how we use our hands
- Write them on your heart – we need to not only know God’s truth but have it memorized and part of who we are
This is such an important teaching. The commandments and laws of God are what determines how life will go.
Why is it so important to keep God’s commandments close? Because sin lurks just waiting for the opportunity to lure us away from God’s ways. “For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness”. The enemy wants to destroy us. Sin tries to pull us away from God’s ways to our own self-centered and sinful ways.
Here’s how it happens….”With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life”. Sin seems attractive. It pulls us toward its evil ways and causes us to move away from the commandments we know we are to follow. But the price of sin is extreme – it will cost us our spiritual life. Sin is not just a little stub of the toe. It is spiritually fatal.
The only response to temptation that will lead us from sin is to run from it. If we don’t, the outcome is death. “Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death”. Sin is a very effective destructive force. Not just many, but all of us fall prey to the truth of this last few verses in chapter 7. Sin will take us to spiritual death. That’s why Jesus came. His shed blood on the cross is our only answer to sin’s deathly toll on our life.