Proverbs 7 – A slippery slope

Hi all! Yes, I know it’s later than I usually post but it’s been a full day! I hope your weekend has been blessed and you’re ready for another workweek.

Today we take a look at Proverbs 7. What an interesting chapter this is! It begins verse 1 by once again giving you the reminder to keep his commands. Are you beginning to see how important this is? It’s so very important that he gives you a word picture in verse 3 that says “Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” Remember how you’ve always been told to put a string on your finger to remember something. This is similar. 

In verse 2 he says, “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.” I think most people think of their children when they hear that phrase: “Apple of your eye.” So if we are told to guard his teachings as the apple of your eye, it probably means to care deeply for them and to keep them close to your heart.

Verse 6 is where things really get interesting. He tells a story about how he looked out his window, noticed a young man (who had no sense) that was going down the street near a known prostitute. The young man turns down the street towards her house and the woman came out to meet him. It says she was very crafty and had been known to “get around town.” Then she grabbed him and kissed him and told him all kinds of stories about how she took care of all her bills that day (some translations call this a religious offering or peace offering… she wanted him to think she was a holy or good person) and had a feast prepared. She sweet talked him by saying that she had came to look for him and had prepared her bed for him. Through her seductive ways, she convinced him to go home with her because her husband was not home and would be gone for a while.

The Bible describes what happened next: “All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter,” (v22) and implies that he doesn’t even know what he is doing will lead to sin and destruction.

The chapter closes with a final reminder which culminates in v25-27: “Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”

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The thing that stood out to me most in this passage is how the story about the young man begins. For the most part, this story is pretty straight forward and is clear about how the woman is very seductive (and apparently how the young man is VERY gullible). But there is something subtle at the beginning. It says in v8, “He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house.”

Imagine for a moment this man’s journey. It doesn’t say he was headed specifically to her house, it says he was walking down the street near her corner (notice the play on words because most prostitutes have a “corner”). It almost sounds casual doesn’t it? We don’t know for sure if his intention was to go see the woman but it’s pretty clear that he wasn’t necessarily trying to avoid her. 

Back in Proverbs 5:8 it said, “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.”

Dont you think that sometimes we fall victim to temptation by not actively avoiding it? Here we see a young man that had no sense… other translations called this void of understanding, inexperienced and naive. 

When we don’t seek God by praying and reading His Word, we are not likely to gain knowledge, understanding or wisdom. This story about the young man is a great example of how temptation can sometimes just be avoided. If we’re keeping our paths far from sin, then we will be less likely to be tempted. Just as the title of today’s post implies… sin can be a slippery slope. Don’t even get close to it, or it’s seductive ways will suck you in before you even realize it!

How will we know if we are keeping our paths from sin? Yep, you got it… by digging into His Word! Proverbs 2:9 says, “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.” And Proverbs 2:12 says, “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse.”

Do you need to seek him today? In what areas of your life do you need wisdom? 

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