In search of Wisdom
Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today we begin chapter 7 of the Book of Proverbs as we continue our study of ‘In search of Wisdom’. In Proverbs 7:1-4 we read, “My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding you’re nearest kin.”
Once again King Solomon, the author of this book, emphasizes the importance of placing great importance upon the word of God and putting it in a place of prominence in our lives. When I say this I am not talking about merely setting our Bibles on the coffee table or kitchen table in our homes or carrying them around with us everywhere we go. Though it is good to do this, more importantly we need to put God’s Word into our heart and our minds on a daily basis. Reading, memorizing, studying, and obeying God’s Word can only accomplish this.
Many of today’s professing Christians are like the Jews in Paul’s day that thought that just because they possessed the Word of God that this made them right with God. Paul addresses this in his letter to the Romans. In Romans 2:17-29, “Indeed you are called a Jew (a people chosen of God), and rest on the law (the Word of God), and make your boast in God, and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? For "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," as it is written.”
The religious Jews were making known what was right and wrong according to the Word of God. Unfortunately they would do the wrong things themselves while condemning others for doing the same things. Jesus would also address this in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
And in Luke 6:46-49, "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." And James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
We have more Bibles and various translations of the Bible than anywhere else in the world and yet we are living less and less of the Word in our daily lives. God will surely hold us accountable for this. Look at your own life and be honest, are you living the Word of God? If not I encourage you to ask God for forgiveness for being a hypocrite and repent right now. Then ask God to change your heart to where you have an insatiable desire to know and live God’s Word in your daily life. Commit to reading and studying your Bible on a daily basis trusting God by the Holy Spirit to help you.
As we continue on in Proverbs 7 we see once again the benefit of following God’s Word, it will keep you from the immoral woman or man. In Proverbs 7:5-27 we read, “That they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words. For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, and saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man devoid of understanding, passing along the street near her corner; and he took the path to her house In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night. And there a woman met him, with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. She was loud and rebellious, her feet would not stay at home. At times she was outside, at times in the open square, lurking at every corner. So she caught him and kissed him; with an impudent face she said to him: "I have peace offerings with me; today I have paid my vows. So I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you. I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home on the appointed day." With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life.
Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death.”
This portion of Scripture needs little comment, it is very self-explanatory. Solomon was writing this from first hand experience for he had 700 wives and 300 concubines (women on the side). There are numerous tragedies that occur from the sin of adultery such as broken hearts, mistrust, broken homes, children suffering terrible and having to live in broken homes and the list could go on and on. But I want to show another aspect that is rarely addressed and we see it in the life of Solomon.
In 1 Kings 11:1-13 we read, “But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites-- from the nations of whom the LORD had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully follow the LORD, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, …Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, "Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. Nevertheless I will not do it in your days, for the sake of your father David; I will tear it out of the hand of your son. However I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of my servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen."
Solomon and many others would suffer the effects of his sin. This is often the case with sin. We mistakenly think that our sin affects only ourselves but this is rarely if ever true. The effects of our sin are always far reaching to more than just ourselves.
May God impress this upon our hearts so that we would give much greater consideration before we choose to sin. Dear ones, the Lord God Almighty is here to help us in our weakness and strengthen us against all temptation. Whether it is the temptation to commit adultery/fornication, lie, be angry or bitter, envious, or any other sin that we are tempted with God will help us for it is His desire that we sin not.
May the Lord greatly bless you beloved of the Lord. We will continue our study through the Book of Proverbs as we search for Wisdom.
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Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine