Archive for November 21st, 2018

Proverbs 6:25-31

In Proverbs 6:25-31 Solomon warns us to be careful of lusting after beauty.  “Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread but a married woman hunts down a precious life.” Solomon admitted that the immoral woman may have beauty to lust after. But wisdom and God’s Word can help prevent us from being captured by the desire of her beauty.  Today we also have to wrestle with the efforts of images that appear on screens all around us to drag us into sin.  The reality is that these images don’t tell the truth about sex, relationships, or human nature.

Our eyes are the gateway to our heart.  As Solomon warns us about coveting beauty, he reminds us that it usually begins with allowing inappropriate eye contact.  Desiring another comes into the heart through optical stimulation aroused by ‘her beauty,’ and more specifically by ‘her eyes,’ followed by her sweet talk.  The price of sexual sin may seem insignificant – a loaf of bread – but the reality is that it costs far more. Sexual sin promises excitement, pleasure, attention, or any number of other things. Yet it does not and cannot deliver on those promises; it takes away and does not give.  The price is far more than we will eventually want to pay.

Solomon asks a very deep question.  “Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?” Solomon’s wisdom is brilliant in its clarity and simplicity. To get involved with sexual sin is to play with fire, and we will surely be burned.  He continues with another question…“Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?”  It is impossible to get close to sin and not pay a significant price.  We sometimes try and believe that sin that happens behind closed doors will go without a payment.  Not so. “So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.” Sin always carries a price.  And it will always be more than we expect or want to pay.

Solomon calls that out when he says “People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.” Solomon considered how we may, in some way, excuse a thief who steals to survive. Yet even when that thief is caught, justice requires him to restore what he has stolen and more. When we fall to sexual sin we are actually stealing something from someone as well, but not out of necessity – and in such a way that true restitution is impossible.  You cannot undo sexual sin, or return things to the way they were before it occurs.

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