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Seduction and Temptation - A Study of the Book of Proverbs (Chapter 7)
Dressed to Seduce
On this path we call life, there are many things along the way that catch our eye and compete for our attention. If we continue to search for wisdom by keeping the Word of God before our eyes, in our heart, and on our lips, we will be able to distinguish what is an opportunity for a blessing, and what is a temptation to sin.
Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.
Do what I say and you’ll live well.
My teaching is as precious as your eyesight – guard it!!
Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart.
Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion.
They’ll be with you to fend off the temptress – that smooth-talking, honey-tongued seductress. (Proverbs 7: 1 – 5 TMB)
There are many young Christians and uninformed people that walk a thin line between a life of blessings, and a life filled with disaster. Some people think they are just lucky; others stumble around in the dark along a twisted and dangerous road. Everyone has been invited to walk on the path of wisdom lighted with the Word of God, but that doesn't mean that temptation won’t approach us, even on this road.
As I stood at the window of my house looking out through the shutters, watching the mindless crowd stroll by, I spotted a young man without any sense arriving at the corner of the street where she lived, then turning up the path to her house. It was dusk, the evening coming on, the darkness thickening into night.
Just then, a woman met him – she’d been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him. Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home, walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at ever corner in town. (Proverbs 7: 6 – 12 TMB)
This scripture describes temptation as a brazen (unashamed) and brash (foolish) woman. Temptation usually disguises itself as beautiful or inconspicuous, even low-profile, while it’s downright deadly poisonous and ugly. Temptation plays with all of us, calling to us, like a cloaked character that hangs out in dark corners. Just like the young man on the street, all it took was for him to turn up the seductress street, and bang—she was right there.
But notice, it was dusk, evening was coming on, and the darkness was thickening into night. The farther off the path of wisdom we walk, and the farther away from God we get, the darker it becomes. It is at this time that temptation approaches us; temptation is always waiting in those dark corners, and back alleys.
If it looks too good to be true. . .
I’ve spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed, colorful imported linens; my bed is aromatic with spices and exotic fragrances. (Proverbs 7: 16 – 17 TMB)
I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. (Proverbs 7: 16 – 17 NKJV)
Temptation will please the senses; it will look terrific, smell good, and feel good – but again, if it looks too good to be true. . . BEWARE.
If it feels too good to be true. . .
Come, let’s make love all night, spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking! My husband’s not home; he’s away on business, and he won’t be back for a month.(Proverbs 7: 19 – 20 TMB)
Come let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; he has taken a bag of money with him and will come home on the appointed day. (Proverbs 7: 19 – 20 NKJV)
Temptation has a clever tongue, even when we realize that there is something not quite right with the situation, temptation whispers in our ear that everything is okay, the coast is clear, and no one will ever know. Unfortunately, by the time we find ourselves this deep into temptations snare, we’ve convinced ourselves that temptation is telling the truth. Sadly, it is at this moment we find ourselves trapped and enslaved by sin.
With her enticing speech, she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her as an ox goes to slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks. Till an arrow struck his liver, as a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would take his life. (Proverbs 7: 21 – 23 NKJV)
Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech. Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop, like a stag lured into ambush and then shot with an arrow, Like a bird flying into a net not knowing that its flying life is over. (Proverbs 7: 21 – 23 TMB)
All the smooth talk, all the beauty, all the sensual pleasures are nothing but a carefully laid trap for those who do not keep their eyes, ears and mind on the way of wisdom through the Word of God. And in the end, sin’s momentary pleasures are just that, momentary and immensely costly.
What is sin? What are the temptations that we should look out for?
Remember the list of 7 things that God hates? We went over them in Proverbs, Chapter 6; Pride and arrogance; lying; the murder of the innocent; a heart that devises wicked plans; those who run to do evil; someone who tells lies about someone else, and those who cause strife between others.
If we are tempted to engage in any of these things, or any form of these things, this is an invitation to sin. And I suggest you turn down that invitation immediately; turn your heart and mind toward the Word of God, and get back on the well lit path of wisdom.
Now, therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7: 24 – 27 NKJV)
So, friends, listen to me, take these words of mine most seriously. Don’t fool around with a woman like that; don’t even stroll through her neighborhood. Countless victims come under her spell; she’s the death of many a poor man. She runs a halfway house to hell, fits you out with a shroud and a coffin. (Proverbs 7: 24 – 27 TMB)
Don’t flirt with temptation; it will grab you and pull you into sin in the blink of an eye. Even the strongest of Christians is tempted on a regular basis. We must exercise our mind daily with the Word of God, keep our path well lit with His word, spend time listening to His teachings and in prayer. Then, when that smooth-talking temptress makes her move, we’ll recognize her and run away from her advances.
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