Sunday, February 13, 2011

Proverbs 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

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 another into adultery.
  • The author opens telling his son if he obeys his commands and teachings that 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.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?) 
  • 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. Nothing could be further from the truth. God designed sex to be an act that connects two married people and draws them into a deeper love. Sex does just that and 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 this road, or maybe not, but you do have a decision from this day forward: Which way you will 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. Like if you are trying to protect yourself from sex with someone other than your spouse you wouldn’t just say, “Ok, no getting naked with the neighbor.” Instead, you would make it very far from that line. Maybe it would be not to be alone with someone of the opposite sex. Sound extreme? Maybe, but if you’re not alone with them you certainly can’t get naked with them. (I know, I’m a genius.)