Monday, May 17, 2010

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5:1- Again the father tells his son to pay attention to wisdom.

Reasons are that you may maintain discretion and that your lips may preserve knowledge according to verse 2.

Proverbs 5:3 starts to describe the adulteress...

Lips-- drip honey (vs. 3)

Speech-- smoother than oil- I would think that means crafty with her words. (vs. 3)

Bitter as gall/wormwood (vs. 4)

Sharp as a double edged sword-- At first someone thinks they are going to be able to do it all in secret and not get caught but in the end it comes back to bite them. Reminds me of the problems Tiger Woods had been having. (vs. 4)

Feet go down to death (vs. 5)

Steps lead straight to the grave. Hebrew is Sheol. (vs. 5)

Gives no thought to the way of life. (vs. 6)

Her paths are crooked but she knows it not. Not sure what this means. Maybe it is how believers and unbelievers can not even realize that they are committing adultery when they just look at someone with lust. They don't realize that they are breaking one of God's commandment. She doesn't realize how lost she is. (vs. 6)

Father says to keep to a path FAR from her. (vs. 8)

They realize what they have done and it is already too late (vs. 12)

Lust leads to public disgrace (vs. 14)

Find contentment with your own spouse (vs. 15)

Springs=children. Should you have children through relationships with various women? NO! (vs. 16)

Healthy view of sex. Have sex only with the one who you are married to. (vs. 18-19)

Why should you be having sex with a foreigner or any other person that is not your spouse? (vs. 20)

The ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord. God is always watching what we are doing. (vs. 21)

The wicked will die for his failure to heed divine instruction. (vs. 23)

This is what I've learned from Proverbs 5.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Michelle,

Thanks for opening up Proverbs 5 and sharing it.

Pointing out the Tiger Woods debacle makes the whole proverb hit home. It's hard not to understand it or to let it go in one ear and out the other when we have such a clear example of someone who refused to heed God's wisdom right in front of us. (Psst! Tiger, allow me to rephrase Ecclesiastes 1:9. "There is nothing new under the sun, Tiger. Greater men--and women--than you have fallen by falling to temptation.")

It also reminds us that fighting temptation is nearly as old as mankind. We aren't facing anything that hasn't been fought before. (Thank you, Lord, for lending your strength to your children.)

As you've pointed out, God is always watching what we do, even when we do it in darkness. Makes me want to turn on every light in my heart to see what I've tried to hide in there! For readers who aren't sure how to do that, it's as easy--and as scary--as asking God to show you your sin so that you might repent of it and ask His forgiveness.)