Pathways Through Proverbs
October 5, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 5
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- My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
- That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
- For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
- But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
- Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
- Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
- Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
- Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
- Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
- Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
- And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
- And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
- And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
- I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
- Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
- Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
- Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
- Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
- Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
- And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
- For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
- His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
- He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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Sin is fun. The author of Hebrews admits to this when he states that Moses chose "to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season." (Hebrews 11:25). Sin can be exciting, pleasurable and profitable. However, when the "fun" is over, the end result of transgression is always mourning.
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Today's chapter speaks specifically of the sin of immorality. There may have been enjoyment in the activity, but it always brings sorrow. The sorrow may be from a broken relationship with a spouse, or from the knowledge that something special and unique has been given to someone who was not entitled to it.. It may result from the humiliation of being discovered, or from a disease that was contracted as a result of the affair. Ultimately the mourning will come as a result of the conviction or judgment that God sends.
This principle is not confined to sexual sins. The man who consumes alcohol does so because he enjoys it, but eventually sorrow comes as a result of activities done under its influence. The thief enjoys what the money he has stolen will buy for him, but sorrow comes when his name is in the paper and he is rewarded with prison time. The man who loses his temper enjoys beating others up physically or verbally, but sorrow comes when it is done back to him or when he loses his wife or job because of his abusive behavior. And in every case, as with fornication, sorrow will come when he has to stand before God and give an account for his actions.
Beware: the sins that bring pleasure today will bring only sorrow tomorrow.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery