Beware of the Adulterous Woman!
Scripture reading for July 6th: Proverbs 5-9
Men have a propensity to be easily seduced by women. Beautiful women have been the downfall of many a man, even men of God. Solomon knew this well! He, himself, was the product of his father’s enticement and adulterous affair with his mother, Bathsheba. The child conceived during the actual adultery died, but King David married Bathsheba and they were blessed with a son,Solomon, who became heir to his father’s throne. Thankfully, God doesn’t hold grudges! (2nd Samuel 12:19-25)
Solomon, himself, married seven hundred wives and had another 300 concubines from many foreign nations. He violated the advice God had given him and these wives led him astray spiritually. (1st Kings 11:1-6) He got into idolatry and did evil in God’s sight because of being seduced by foreign women. Solomon had great wisdom from God, but failed to heed it and was led astray.
“My son, pay attention to wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead strait to the grave.” (Proverbs 5:3-5)
Solomon plainly warns us of the dangers of adultery and sexual sin. Adultery is always a form of idolatry. We are worshiping our own desires and lusts by satisfying them illicitly. We are taking what belongs to someone else and using it for our own pleasure. Our stream meant for life (semen) becomes like sewage in the streets! This a vivid description of adultery! This fountain should be blessed by sharing with your wife alone! This action of adultery leads to bitterness, pain, and death! There may be promises of honey and oil, but they are lies!
We often think that no one will find out about our lustful trysts. Solomon warns us that this will be exposed in the whole assembly. Sins will surely find us out because a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord! (Proverbs 5:21-23) The evil deeds of a wicked man hold him like a trap and death will come eventually because of his folly. We need to heed the loving words of advice from our Lord and escape the trap of the adulterous woman!