After a short digression (Proverbs 6:1-19), the father returns to the subject of sexual temptation in Proverbs 6:20 and continues on this topic through the end of chapter 7. Why does the father spill so much ink on this subject? I think because of one of the points Rob made two Sundays ago.
“You don’t have to go looking for sexual folly. It is looking for you.”
I’m reminded of Peter’s earnest warning:
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8))
And or Paul’s warning:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
Sexual temptation is a powerful weapon in the hand of our Enemy and to be ignorant of his schemes is foolish. In our passage this Sunday the father warns the son of both the consequences of sexual folly, so he’ll know what’s at stake, and the strategies of sexual folly, so he’ll know what to be on guard against.
These are words we must listen carefully to and never forget. We’re to bind them on our hearts and tie them around our necks (6:21). We’re to treasure them up, bind them on our fingers, and write them on the tablets of our hearts (7:1-3). We’re to get intimate with wisdom (7:4). So gathering to attend to these words couldn’t be more important.
This Sunday Dave Talley will be with us to preach Proverbs 6:20-7:27 and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And let’s ask the Lord to make us the kind of people Paul calls us to be in Ephesians 5:3 when he said, “But sexual immorality and impurity… must not even be named among you, as is proper for the saints.” The Spirit is eager to do this purifying and refining work in us.
See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!
Song Link of the Week
Revive Us by Gospel Commonwealth
Father have we been unfaithful?
Have we lost our way
Turned and gone astray?
Have we left your word unheeded?
Have we hidden sin?
Search our hearts again
Knowing all we’ve done
In your mercy
Come, revive us Lord
Make us wholly Yours
Come and take your throne
Reign in us alone
Come, revive us