Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by Christina Farris 8/18/2015
Proverbs 7:1-27 KJV
(1) My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
(2) Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
(3) Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
(4) Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
(5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
(6) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
(7) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
(8) Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
(9) In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
(10) And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
(11) (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
(12) Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
(13) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
(14) I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
(15) Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
(16) I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
(17) I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
(18) Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
(19) For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
(20) He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
(21) With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
(22) He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
(23) Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
(24) Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
(25) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
(26) For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
(27) Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Sin is never fun alone unless it gluttony or being alcoholic. Seldom is it fun to get into mischief without an accomplice. How many petty thief begin with a dare from a friend, only to lead to thievery of greater desire. A woman desire for adultery. A woman that wanting to entice a stranger to her bed while her husband was gone. Her desire to do the sacrifice to God and pay a sacrifice of a peace offering so she could sin. She offered the sacrifice to sin and not because of sin already committed. This peace offering was a sacrifice that was shared with the choice meat going to the priest that did the sacrifice and then the other part going to the one offering the sacrifice. The woman had carry out from the Priesthood. She had a fine feast prepared for a potential lover. Like the spider who kills his mate, she prepares the seduction for a man that is easily enticed. He desires her and the feast because of his weariness from a long travel perhaps or work. She dressed not in her normal household attire, but in a way to attract the man into double sin. A sin because the sacrifice is given before the sin and two she is a married woman and if caught he is going to be a dead man.
Christ died on the cross for all our sins when we believe, but it is not a license to sin. It not a license to go into a harlot’s bed or be the harlot. It does not mean we take the blessings from peace offering to sin. If we use the grace of God and the mercy of God to continue to sin we are no better then the harlot in scripture. If we attend church only to sin the next day and go the next Sunday thinking our sin is clear by our bowing at the altar think again.
There is a difference between backsliding, and outwardly obeying a custom to satisfy one’s soul. The deception is the satisfying of one’s soul. Our strive should be not to sin, but we all fall short of the glory of God. Until one’s sin reaches the bottom of the pit, one seldom understands that adultery we live in that is harming our faith. Until that sin reaches a point of knowing it wrong, the religiosity of sacrifice or kneeling will not protect against God’s correction or his wrath on the sinner. God corrects all sin, not all heed the correction.
King Solomon advice is not to be seduced by this harlot. Not to be seduced by sin. To turn away from. However I happened to think one is already enticed by the story of the harlot. Those in sin drooling at the mouth for not only the harlot but the feast not understanding the significance of the sin here. Desire and longing is a trap. Solomon is entrapping his listeners to hear the sin, to tell them it is wrong. Making it look good only to say it wrong.
There a certain enticement of saying to a child do not touch the stove for only a child to reach out and touch it anyway. Sometimes the only way to learn is to get burnt. That is why the instruction is to listen and to observe and obey the word of God. To obey and trust God instruction despite the allurement of sin. Solomon understood the right response to sin, yet he himself seem to fall in that category.
We can know the right response to sin and still sin. Yet our strive is to say no to sin, and her enticement. The harlot knew the price of sin, but understood not that the strive was not to sin after offering such a sacrifice. Instead mentally she chose sin. Sin sin. Yet some sin will take you further then you ever want to go away from God. If the harlot husband found out her price of sin would be death as it would be her lover.
As a believer we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who gives us a new way of thinking and new desire in our heart to obey God and Christ Jesus. To live has he wants us to live. Yet our wrestling against sin still exist. Our claiming the Name of Jesus fighting temptation that already been paid for because we understand the sacrifice for sin. We understand the price Christ paid for us.
If I go inside someone house and change the rules for the kids who know the rules, it breaks all the laws of the parents til they return. Then it takes maybe a less then a week or longer to fix the structure of a rule. Once we sin after being saved, it makes it easier to sin again. Better to fight the sin, then continue to sin, for the consequence of that sin might take you further in life then you want to go. Christ may of paid for it, but it not the road you want to travel on.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for reminding us your Son paid a price for our sin, but not for us to continue to live in sin. Yet his death covers all our sin. Teach us to resist sin by saying no, by pushing the sin away. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Leviticus 7:13-15 KJV
(13) Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.
(14) And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the LORD, and it shall be the priest’s that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.
(15) And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.
Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 1:13-19 KJV
(13) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
(14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
(15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
(16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
(17) And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
(18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
(19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: