Time and Place
Monday, May 08, 2017
. . . and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house . . .
In a recent study, researchers at Ohio State University suggest that the human brain records experiences by time and place. A memory will include many details, of course, but the hippocampus component of the brain apparently saves the “gist” of memory in terms of “where” and “when.” (Interestingly, in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the hippocampus appears to degrade first.) According to one researcher, “We found that time and space are very much intertwined in our representations of memories.”
Time and place; where and when—think how much of life is bound up in those two words! A detective might ask, “Where [place] were you on the 12th [time]? A parent might ask, “Where have you been? I told you to be home [place] at 10:00 [time].” The invitation announces a banquet at Such-and-Such Hotel [place] on Friday the 30th, 6:30 pm [time]. Or two friends agree to meet for coffee at Espresso Lane [place] in half an hour [time]. Loss of time or place is a sign of mental impairment. Time and place constitute evidence in legal cases. And (we are told) there are two things every writer must have—you guessed it—time and place!
And Satan needs time and place for temptation—the right time and the right place (or maybe we should say, the wrong time and the wrong place!). The young man in Proverbs 7 is a case study. He is in the wrong place—the street near her corner . . . the road to her house. And it’s the wrong time—in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. By design or by default, he makes himself a sitting duck.
Satan seems to know our susceptible times and places. We must make it our business to know them, too—that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs (2 Cor. 2:11).
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble (Ps. 9:9).
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