SEX, LIES, AND LEADERS

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BILL

WILL GOD JUST WINK?

The Proverbs offer us wisdom, and they have been available for a long time.  So why are we so flooded with media images of fornication without consequences?  Why do those who claim to be wise get caught in such horribly foolish traps?  God acts as your father by giving you wise counsel.  Hear him.

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:  That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.  Proverbs 5:1-5

When our Father in heaven gives advice, we should listen.  A young man is warned about the invitation of a strange woman.  Sweet attractive words are inviting indeed, but an unfamiliar woman may hide the poison of death.  This one would share the fruit of Eden, the knowledge of evil and the blood of death.

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.  Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:  Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:  Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;  Proverbs 5:6-10

To prevent you from considering wisdom this woman is elusive, changing position to keep her motives hidden.  She is a shifty witch.  So clean your ears and hear the warning of your protective father.  Chart a course far from the shoals of this siren and avoid her home and harbor.  Otherwise you will give up the respect of others and then endure years of grief.  What wealth was yours will become the property deeded to a stranger.

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,  And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;  And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!  I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Proverbs 5:11-15

The man who is ensnared by the adulteress may be consumed by disease and divorce while wondering what he did wrong.  Aren’t we all taught this way by the harlot writers of Hollywood too?  Surely what “everyone” I doing won’t cause all this misery?  And yet the one who is so deceived is exposed before the entire congregation and the community.  The well of your neighbor is tainted with the poison of sin and death.

Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?  Proverbs 5:16-20

Your rivers of conception would better flow onto the ground than to be mixed with the flood of sin in the world.  Preserve only the image of your own wife, and find your passion in the familiarity of your own partner.  Do not let your eyes lead you to an unfamiliar trap.

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.  His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.  Proverbs 5:21-23

If we believe in God we must know that he knows all about us.  Does God watch without caring what we do?  Will there never be a price to pay?  We know that the fire burns even if God was not watching us, and he knows when we will feel the burn.  This is the fire that burns the house down, and the foolish man with it.

Do we see men taking risks today?  Fiction and news both portray the glamour of sin, but reality still leads to the pain of it.  How many elected officials have gone down this way?  And how many Christians voted believing that the candidate was one of us?

DARK DOORS

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IN-OUT

THAT WHICH LURKS

The words of Solomon suggest that there was evil in his world, waiting for the unwary.  But we may be seeing the most evil days of all if we are in the days seen by Daniel and John’s Revelation.  We need a compass to pass through the dangerous waters of temptation today.  Even the faithful may want to give a carnal response to the provocations of this world.  Wisdom is the voice of a mother who would guide us away from the dark alleys of the heart.

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.  For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Proverbs 4:1-5

Now God the father is available in our prayers and here he avails us to direct teaching.  The bible is the word, and Jesus too is called the word.  So here we see Jesus relaying his father’s message.  “I was my father’s son” he says, and his father admonishes us to keep his commandments.  I remember what came when I forgot my father’s words!  He also speaks of his mother here, and how she loved him.  She is wisdom.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  Proverbs 4:6-10

Jesus taught wisdom to all of us, in his day, and in our time too.  The promise to Jesus was a crown and a long life.  But the crown of God is not like the world, and days are limited in this life.  Some think that Jesus is dead, but eternity is the endless time that he is inviting us to enter.  This is the real wisdom, to live for the greater life on the other side.  Do this life as the entrance exam, because your Father measures your heart.

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  Proverbs 4:11-15

God teaches truth and you cannot fail on his path.  In these wisdoms failure can be repaired in repentance and even death is not a failure.  Wisdom is the mother who calls you away from the temptation of those who have no conscience left.  The door of larceny, deception, cheating, and murder is a dark door to be avoided.  The creatures that live in there devour themselves.

For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Proverbs 4:16-20

These are people who have joy in giving pain, and they are driven to dig pits that kill the innocent.  Their celebration of blood is as likely to consume their friends as their enemies.  Righteousness lights that darkness where even the violent men forget where they left traps.  Lies are circular, they return against those who launch them.  The word of God is life for everyone who is drawn to it.

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. Proverbs 4:21-27

The sayings of wisdom should dominate our mind and heart.  When we are in crisis remembering wisdom can calm our plans and guide us to peace.  The human heart is flawed and needs wisdom to remove it from sin.  Our words may testify against us before the judge if we do not harness them well.  We must ignore the delights we see and keep our feet moving straight ahead away from the temptation of evil.