A Bowl of Lentil Soup
Monday, June 26, 2017
She does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
The book of Proverbs has so much to say about sexual sin because sexuality says so much about us. How we think and act in this area is how we think and act in every other area. This explains why Paul taught as he did in Thessalonica—a world like ours, saturated with sex. He wanted those new believers to see that sanctification and sexual purity go hand in hand. Read it (1 Thess. 4:2-6)! Paul preached on the topic a lot (see Tit. 2:1-6; 1 Cor. 5; 6:12-20!), because when we look at sexual sin, we see the issues of life. So it is in Proverbs.
In this proverb, for example, Solomon describes an alluring woman—her lips drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil (5:3). But she does not ponder the path of life. She has no direction, no roots, no firm foundation. And worse, she does not know it. So she is attractive and available, but unstable as quicksand. You may give in to the biology, but all you will get is a momentary hum of the hormones. Nothing solid, satisfying, sustainable. It has always amazed me how a woman (or a man) can be persuaded to think that a cheater makes good marriage material!
Isn’t that true of every kind of temptation? We are tempted away from the path of life by people who have not pondered the path themselves. We are tempted with promising promises and attractive appearances to enjoy passing pleasures (Heb. 11:25) without counting the cost. We are tempted every day—as Esau was—to exchange our birthright in Christ for a bowl of lentil soup (Gen. 25:29-34).
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Lord, you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge (Ps. 31:3-4).
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