Whoa! Proverbs 7 can be tough to read if you and your spouse have dealt with adultery in your marriage. Hindsight is 20/20, isn't it? Once you are oriented, meaning you know who you are, where you are, and the good God is up to in your life, it is so easy to see the steps you took away from God.
Proverbs 7 speaks loud and clear not just about the dangers of adultery, but how Satan is dressed to seduce us, to tempt us, to lure us into sin. Just as the woman mentioned in this chapter is smooth-talking, honey tongued, and lying in wait, so is Satan. In Luke 4, Satan was tempting Jesus with food, authority, power, and glory. When Jesus responded with wisdom and truth, the enemy left him, waiting for a more opportune time to tempt Him again.
Doesn't that sound like the seductress in Proverbs 7?
Dressed to Seduce
1-5 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.
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 every corner in town.
She threw her arms around him and kissed him, boldly took his arm and said, “I’ve got all the makings for a feast— today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid, So now I’ve come to find you, hoping to catch sight of your face—and here you are! I’ve spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed, colorful imported linens. My bed is aromatic with spices and exotic fragrances. 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.”
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.
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 The Message
Make no mistake, this is as much a warning to guard yourself well against seduction and putting up hedges to protect your marriage, as it is about seeing Satan's wily temptations for what they are- a means to shallowly satisfy something in you short term, then shame to you to keep you from stepping out of your sin and towards Jesus, the only One who truly satisfies.
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