Today’s reading is: Proverbs 5-7
Proverbs Chapter Five
- Proverbs 5 is the second of five times that Solomon warns his son about sexual sin (Prov. 2:16-19; 5:3-23; 6:20-35; 7:1-27; 9:13-18).
- The seductress is seductive (Prov. 5:3). Mentally, verbally, and physically, the evil attraction of the seductress is very real. Only spiritually, through wisdom, does the believer see the ugliness of it (Prov. 5:4-6).
- Extremity is the key, as proximity is the danger (Prov. 5:8,9-14; 1st Cor. 6:18; 2nd Tim. 2:22).
- God’s provision for sexual blessing and happiness is the provision of marriage (Prov. 5:15-19; Song of Solomon; 1st Cor. 7:2-5).
- God is the Judge of the adulterer, who cannot keep his secrets from Him (Prov. 5:20-23; Heb. 4:13; 13:4; 1st Thess. 4:3-6).
Proverbs Chapter Six
- It is the responsibility of parents to teach wisdom principles to their children which apply to their functioning within society (Prov. 6:1-15).
- Wisdom concerning personal debt (Prov. 6:1-5).
- Wisdom concerning hard work and personal savings (Prov. 6:6-11).
- Wisdom concerning the non-working underworld (Prov. 6:12-15). Scoundrels and villains (NIV); worthless persons & wicked men (NASB).
- Wisdom teaches us that just as the Lord loves—the Lord also hates.
- Six things, even seven. The x and x+1 pattern in Scripture is not intended as a complete list. It stresses the final item (the x+1 item) and shows it as the culmination of what preceded.
- The description of what the Lord hates is a point by point description of Satan’s rebellion, and subsequent satanic activity in the realm of man.
- The third passage which warns against sexual immorality stresses the foolishness (lack of wisdom) of the man who goes to the harlot or the adulteress (Prov. 6:20-35).
- Wisdom teaches and guards the believer (vv.20-23).
- Harlotry is foolish as it brings a man to financial ruin.
- Adultery is foolish as it brings a man to physical death.
Proverbs Chapter Seven
- Proverbs 7 is the fourth, and longest of the warnings Solomon gives to his son concerning sexual immorality.
- Having a one-spirit relationship with the Lord helps defend the believer against the one-flesh relationship of sexual immorality (Prov. 7:1-5; 1st Cor. 6:15-20).
- Solomon uses the example of a foolish young man to teach his sons (Prov. 7:6-27).
- The naïve youth is lacking sense (v.7). His parents did not instill prudence, knowledge & discretion into him, as per the purpose of Proverbs (Prov. 1:4).
- The naïve youth is in the wrong neighborhood.
- The naïve youth is there at all the wrong times of evening and night.
- The naïve youth is an easy victim for the prowling harlot.
- The warning is summarized (Prov. 7:24-27). She has had many victims before you, and will have many more after you.