SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- The writer of Proverbs 7 is warning his son to keep away from an adulterous woman. This should certainly be viewed in a unisex fashion, because men are just as guilty of enticing a woman into adultery.
- The author opens telling his son that if he obeys his commands and teachings, they will keep him from an adulterer.
- The author tells a story as if he was watching someone from a secret place as they fell into a trap.
- In verse 22 the author starts to describe the person falling into the trap of the adulterer as an animal going to the slaughter.
- Some people think God commands us to keep sex within the boundaries of marriage because he wants to limit our fun. In reality, God designed sex to be an act that connects two married people and draws them into a deeper love. Sex does just that, so to engage in it outside of marriage is to open ourselves up to a lot of pain. Those of us who have gone down that road know that the fun only lasts a short time before it can feel as if you were an animal coaxed into a slaughter house.
- God is ready to forgive any mistake we make, certainly including sex outside of marriage. But as a loving God, He constantly warns us not to make mistakes that will lead to pain.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Maybe you have been down the path of adultery, or maybe not. But you do have a decision from this day forward: Which way will you choose?
- What boundaries can you think of to keep you from crossing this line? Whether married or not, we need to think through these boundaries. A good boundary is one that, if crossed, will not cause you to break the line you are trying to protect.
- For example: if you are trying to protect yourself from sex with someone other than your spouse, don't set a boundary that says “Okay, no getting naked with the neighbor.” Instead, you would make it very far from that line. Maybe the boundary would involve never being alone with someone of the opposite sex. Sound extreme? Maybe, but it's worth it to enjoy a pure life with God and avoid the pain of potential adultery.