SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- The “he’s” and “she’s” in today's reading could easily be reversed. It is, obviously, not only a woman that seduces a man into adultery.
- Notice that the father does not find it enough to simply say “do not sleep around” but instead gives clear steps to prevent getting close to the act. He tells his sons to avoid even going near someone who they know is willing to commit adultery. People often know someone is “open” to the act before the act occurs. Here the father is saying that if you sense that kind of connection, run away, and fast!
- Then the father paints a clear scenario of what life will look like if his sons ignore his pleas to keep sex within a marriage. The end result is "the brink of ruin." How many of the people we know who go through adultery end up here?
- The father admonishes his child to rejoice in the spouse of their youth. This really is the plan God has for us: to carefully consider your mate and then stay together and enjoy each other for life.
- No matter where you are in life, God loves and forgives and wants to have a relationship with you. If you have been involved in or hurt by adultery in some form in the past, seek God and move forward in his grace. God’s desire for everyone who gets married is a fully satisfying relationship for both parties. God clearly says sex is good (great!) within the covenant of marriage. When we start sleeping around, it quickly creates emotional pain.
- Do you have clear boundaries that will help prevent even getting close to having sex with someone other than your spouse? If not what are some boundaries you need to establish? Is there one person in your life that it could possibly happen with? If so, what are you going to do to ensure you do not end up "on the brink of ruin"?