The Seductress

July 11, 2016

The Seductress

Proverbs 7

1 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; 5 they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words. 6 At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice. 7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment. 8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house 9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. 10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. 11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; 

12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) 13 She took hold of him and kissed him 

and with a brazen face she said: 14 “I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows. 15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! 16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 18 Come, let’s drink deep of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! 19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. 20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” 21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose 23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life. 24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  We, as human beings, are the sum of our strengths and our weaknesses.  What truly makes our chain stronger is the power of the Spirit of Christ within us.

Proverbs 7 starts out by a father exhorting his son to keep the commandments, the Word of God within him.  He emphasizes that by saying, don’t just listen to the Word, but make it part and substance of your being.  Let that Word influence the works of your hands and write them on the tablets of your heart till they become who you are.  Make God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding as your sister and near relative.  

Why do I need to do that?  “They will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.”

This passage is not just about sexual seduction; it is more about spiritual seduction.  Most all of us are familiar with the passage in 1 Peter 5:8 which says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” This is that same spirit that is at work to entice our souls away from Christ.  It looks for our vulnerabilities, our weaknesses, and those areas of foolishness that we have yet to fully submit and bring into the obedience of Christ.  They may have been subdued, lurking in the darkness of our soul.  We haven’t wanted others to be aware of them and many times we ourselves are in denial that they exist, but they are there, looking and craving for the opportunity of expression and release.  We often wrestle and struggle with these areas in our lives, but there will be a time and place of weakness in our lives that we will give place to them.  We may not even see the immediate consequences of our actions, but this seductive spirit feeds upon the dust, the humanity and the lust of our souls.  Once we begin to give place to this spirit it is like a spark and flame, it is never satisfied, but rather desires and hungers for more. It will drive us into the deeper clutches of sin and darkness.  As we give more and more place to this seduction and the passion of our soul it is as the story of this young man and the harlot.  We have become the fool and foolishness leads us down the road to ruin and destruction.  

Many of us know or have known someone who was walking with Christ and then, as an animal caught in a trap, they became caught up in sin and their life departed more and more away from the path of righteousness.  This harlot and seductress had laid hold upon them, seduced them with the lie and began leading them down the pathway to hell, while all the time exciting the passions of the flesh and promising temporal, empty riches of this world’s goods and pleasures.  

It is possible as we read this, that this foolish young man could be us.  Many of us know that, except for the grace of God, it would be us.  This is why God’s Word must be the standard and the anchor upon which we found our life, our morality and our principles for living.  When we depart from God’s precepts we exit onto a road that departs from the High Way of Holiness. That exit leads us away from the pathway to Life.  

We have this illustration to let us know that the only thing that stands between this foolish young man and us, is following God’s Word through a maintained and intimate relationship with Him.  Any of us could follow in his footsteps at any time, if we fail to continually guard our heart and keep it in the way of God’s Word and righteousness.  Worldly enticements are always before us and they will touch the areas of weakness in our lives.  This is where Christ and His Word shore up and fortify the breeches in the wall of our city.  We must stand with the armor of God, ready to defend the citadel of our heart from the intrusion of the enemy.  That enemy will always entice us with peace and safety while a dagger is concealed beneath their coat.  

Be wise in the Word; discern the craftiness and the deceitfulness of your enemy.  Know that it is the spirit of death that is wooing you into its arms.  This spirit may have a beautiful face and enticing breasts, but within her grasp is the bosom of spiritual death and destruction.  

A brother emailed me a scripture yesterday that fits very well here, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)” 

Blessings,

#kent

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