Scripture reading – Proverbs 7

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Proverbs 7 continues Solomon’s warnings concerning the devastating consequences of immorality (a theme throughout the book of Proverbs). I encourage you to read all of today’s assignment, but for the sake of brevity, my focus will be Proverbs 7:1-7. [Words and phrases in brackets are the amplifications and applications of the author.]

A Preamble (Proverbs 7:1-3)

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep [preserve; observe] my words [sayings; speeches], and lay up [treasure] my commandments [i.e., do’s and don’ts] with thee. 

2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law [instructions; teaching] as the apple [pupil] of thine eye. 

3 Bind [tie] them upon thy fingers [note – Deuteronomy 6], write [record; engrave] them upon the table of thine heart. 

 

Solomon was concerned that his son not be led astray by sexual lust. He had witnessed the sorrow and tragedy caused by his mother and father’s adultery. Unfortunately, he walked the same path neither his parents nor God condoned!

The king fell into a practice often shared by fathers of our day; he modeled the parenting philosophy: “Do as I say, not as I do.” We read in 1 Kings that “it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father” (1 Kings 11:4).

Children should open their hearts to their parents’ instructions.

Pondering the wisdom embodied in Proverbs 7:1-3, consider the following two-pronged application: 1) Parents must call their sons and daughters to moral purity and address their moral character by their words and example. 2) Wise sons and daughters will cherish their parents’ teachings and recall them to heart when temptations arise.

Warning: The Subtlety of Flattering Lips (Proverbs 7:4-5)

Proverbs 7:4-5 – “Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman [friend]: 

5 That they [wisdom and understanding] may keep [preserve; be a hedge] thee from the strange [immoral] woman, from the stranger which flattereth [smooth; i.e., she leads him away] with her words.”

Concerned with the enticements of a “strange woman” [an immoral woman], Solomon urged his son to love wisdom as a sister, and understanding [discernment; insight] as an intimate friend (7:4). Tragically, it was not what Solomon taught, but what he practiced that became his son’s moral guide.

 

A Lesson from Lot’s Life and Home (Genesis 13:10-13; 19:1)

No parent can afford the luxury of failing to address the sexual perils of a deviant society. Yet, some fathers and mothers follow the reckless path of Lot (Genesis 13:10-13; 19:1). Though the Scriptures identified Lot as a righteous man (2 Peter 2:7-8), he nevertheless moved his family from the company and influence of his Uncle Abraham (Genesis 13:11) and into Sodom. That ancient city is known in the Scriptures for its perversity, unrestrained wickedness, and God’s judgment (Genesis 14:12; Genesis 19).

Lot failed to teach and admonish his children to fear the LORD. Tragically, when he learned God’s judgment was imminent, his attempt to encourage his family to flee the city proved futile. Tragically, his sons-in-law refused his warning, for they regarded him as “one that mocked” (Genesis 19:14).

 

Closing thoughts –

Solomon urged his son to hear, remember his words, and engrave his instructions upon his heart to serve as a moral compass (7:5). Instead, what the king modeled, not what he taught, influenced his son’s life. 

Are you vigilant regarding the dangers posed by an immoral culture? Are you modeling and guiding your children to take the high road in moral choices? Are you leading your family to seek the company and friendship of the godly?

Remember: Sexual immorality is a moral cancer to life, career, marriage, and family!

Copyright © 2023 – Travis D. Smith 

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