Explore the Bible
May 4, 2014
Concord Baptist Association
Proverbs 5:3-14, 20-23; 6:23-24, 27-29, 32-34
Our focal passages allow us to observe at least three attributes of biblical wisdom related to sexual immorality:
(1) Biblical wisdom recognizes the very real appeal of seduction (Prov. 5:3). Have you ever heard: “He/she must be blind? His/her spouse is so beautiful/handsome and the other woman/man can’t hold a candle to them.” This kind of statement made in response to moral failure is sincere in its assessment. Yet, it is a foolish sentiment.
The hook of seduction is rarely visual – verse 3 tells us it is the lips and words of the seductress that seduce. The seduction strokes our ego and fuels our fantasies with false promises of painless pleasure. Yet, every believable lie is half-truth. The truth is sexual immorality in all its forms is pleasurable – but only for a season. Then comes the truth – sexual immorality is incredibly painful and costly over time.
(2) Biblical wisdom weighs the painful price of sin’s brief pleasure (Prov. 5:4-6). I am convinced if people could see the consequence of sexual sin after just one year, most of its appeal would evaporate. If David had seen himself confronted as a murderer, weeping and fasting for a dying child, nursing deep scars in his family that would never heal, I don’t think he would have ever sent for Bathsheba. We don’t have a magical “future cam” to guide us. We have something better – the commands and teachings of a holy God shared most effectively by loving parents and family (Prov. 6:23-24).
(3) Biblical wisdom knows not to shop in places where the price of pleasure will bankrupt you morally (Prov. 6:27-29). In today’s culture, many scoff at the pastor’s rule to never be alone with a woman who isn’t your wife, mother, sister or daughter. Yet as I watch marriages dissolve due to infidelity, I long for men and women who allow wisdom to be their guide – who know the value of avoiding the voice of seduction.