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March 4, 2021 3:00 am
We have something important to say we might preface it by saying the pay attention, listen up. The writer of Proverbs chapter 5 implores his son to listen closely.
His word provide a strong warning, a untruthful life. Alister bag outlines the dangers of sexual sin. Message called warning against adultery were studying the book of Proverbs, a book which can't narrate his wonderful little commenter he says. Proverbs seldom takes us to church is not a very churchy kind of book rather it calls to you in the street about some everyday matter. Some of us I think it had a call concerning friendship. The importance of friendship and what it means to be consistent with a friendship of the Lord Jesus himself.
The Bible has spoken to us from the book of Proverbs about how insidious I think jealousy is and how easily I can trip us up ensnaring us and make us far less useful than we might otherwise be, and certainly none of us were able to escape the college came loud and clear in this matter of the use of our times words in our lives. Words that can be used to help words that can so easily be used to harm words behind which we try and hygiene from the searching gaze of God. Yes it's in the realm of everyday life and business and in leisure in home and in society that we discover in the most practical terms of the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
This little book, says Kidner again performs the function of putting godliness into working." I like that the workingmen's view of godliness. What is godliness what is it mean to be godly while here the book of Proverbs calls to is across the street and says will show you what godliness is like to put it in everyday workingmen's claw of the trucks question which underpins all of these chapters aspects of all of our behavior in every area. Is this pattern of behavior marked by wisdom or by falling fury Proverbs through you will find that the great antithesis throughout the whole blue is this contrast between this simpleton. The foolish man and a man who is listening to the words of wisdom and who is living words of wisdom and the wisdom which you find in the book of Proverbs is a God ordained in a God centered wisdom, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the foolishness that we find in the book of Proverbs, the root problem for the full is not a mental and intellectual issue of the root problem for the fool as described in Proverbs is a moral one. It is a spiritual one. Insofar as the full Proverbs 129 rejects the fear of the Lord is the foolish man who says the Lord does not need to be feared. It is the foolish girl who says I may do exactly what I please God does not see me does not watch over me.
I have no reason for concern, a tall note as you have begun to read Proverbs as I know some of you will have done is quite impossible to miss the fact that a significant amount of Solomon's time is given to the matter of sexual relationships whether the from a positive sign concerning the nature of marriage and all of its fulfillment or from the negative side in relationship to the issues of adultery, he provides the at disasters in order that we might walk, as it were, down the corridors seeing the dreadful results of foolish choices and walk away from them.
He also holds up for us these wonderful delightful pictures that accompany the pathway of wisdom in order that we might embrace them and live in the experience of them. Now he tackles both disaster and the light as you would see here in chapter 5 I want to simply follow his lying this morning other than jump around the book as I've done in the previous studies I want to exercise and I want to tell you this upfront both brevity and caution. I can go longer and more graphically on another occasion, and in another place where you look at it in three sections.
First of all in the first six verses were going to ask the question, what's wrong with this picture. What's wrong with this picture.
For he provides that a picture of an adulterous or the seductress and the answer is that there is a great deal wrong with the picture.
Now you'll notice that the mechanism that is employed here is of the instruction of a father to his son is, of course, does not rule out daughters it doesn't rule out women at standard in the way in which the Old Testament addresses these issues. We are not to think that the similar challenges are not found when you flip the roles within the framework of the sexes.
However, my son. He says I want you to pay attention to my wisdom. Notice the opening phrase there.
The verbs pay attention how many times a day do you say that your children would you just pay attention is all I'm asking every schoolteacher says it to learn about blue in the face.
Could you just pay attention or as he says later in the verse would you just listen. Please listen and don't just listen but listen well of the reason that it begins this way is because to be forewarned is to be forearm and so Solomon provides this instruction in order that he says in verse two. You may be able to live your life with discretion. So you're not charging around like a fool like a simpleton and also in order that your lips may preserve knowledge look on the same page in verse 20 of chapter 4 my Sunday attention to what I say same terminology. Listen closely to my words.
Words are very important to not let them out of your sight.
Keep them within your heart. You see all the senses are processing the information. Verbal information written information literary information. He says I want you to listen. I want you to keep them in your heart. I want you to read them. I want you to look at them. Why verse 22. For they are life to those who find them and they are health to our men's bones. So for those of you don't read you need to read and you need to read good material and you need first of all to read your Bible for your Bible as a source of life to you both correcting and guiding, rebuking, training, and so on. Your Bible is a closed book to you throughout the week. Do not think that in the space of some 35 minutes here on the Lord's day that I or the others who is standing this phobic can counteract all that flushes over each of us in the remaining days of the week I've been reading a lot of Calvin and Luther in the recent days have been struck forcibly by the fight and they preached every single day. Calvin preached every day in Geneva every day.
He preached the congregation came every day.
That's what we need is not that we need less preaching. We need more preaching, we need more teaching because think of all the hours that are in a week and think about all the images that flush through our minds in a week and think about all the material in the literature that gushes authorized in a week and think about how we assimilate all of that and we process all of that and then you think you can counteract it in 35 minutes on the Lord's day and some of you never come back in the evenings you must be brilliance that you can get by on so little listen he says pay attention. Don't let them out of your sight. Keep them within your heart. That's what we saw last time. The words that help in the New Testament you find the same thing. Don't let unwholesome talk come out of your mouth. Ephesians 4 Colossians 3 since you been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above and therefore put away all of this junkie says, including filthy language we use the phrase don't we talking ourselves into it. I talked myself into it. You can talk yourself into a piece of apple pie. Even though you've made the most resolute commitment that Apple pie is off the menu and you can do it the least I can in a very short period of time. As long as it takes a waitress to make one revolution of the table 1st time on on all apple pie is not in my thing and you listen and the comments coming around again and you know you will get a second chance at this and in your mind a little apple plywood talk yourself into it by our talking with. The way and that's why words sensible conversation provide an antidote to foolish behavior. Unwholesome talk filthy language, greases, slopes for bad activities that incidentally teenagers is why you shouldn't listen to garbage lyrics because the groove packs in your minds that are ungodly thereon through their unwholesome are you free to listen. Of course, all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient, they will be helpful to the things that are helpful are the things that are pure and are holy and are gentle and are kind and are good and they're full of wonderful reports and says Paul to the Philippians, think on these things are the reason for this warning is so that this man may be prepared because we are now introduced to this individual who appears with frequency throughout the pages of the book of Proverbs.
She's described in various ways he's kind of the archetypal seductress. If you let your eye go down to verse six, you will notice that this individual gives no thought to the way of life you have this notion of somebody is not really concerned very much about tomorrow or about her tomorrows is very concerned about tonight's tonight's the night's is no time now to give thought to the way of life yesterday is dead and gone and tomorrow is out of sight. Help me make it through the night in the same lyric. Remember I don't care what's right or wrong I don't try to understand. Let the devil take tomorrow for tonight I'll take your hands, you don't have to be a genius to figure out what Christopherson is saying and by his words. He paves the way for his actions. She takes no thought to the way of life. Her paths are crooked and she yourself doesn't even understand. That's why he said in verse 27 even need to move from the page 27 of chapter 4: swerve my son to the right or to the left. Keep your foot from evil. If you start zigzagging on these issues, you will very quickly run into her because her paths are crooked.
She is shifty she is shaky.
She is slipping. She doesn't realize how bad it is. Walking through Nordstrom's the other day I had a strange strange temptation. There was a lady sitting on a stool and she was getting her face made up. I think I just see myself on the stainless steel of the escalator and I thought I wonder if the man could fix me a call if I jumped up in the in the chair as high as it was a strange temptation is a bizarre thought was not, and will allow you to pray more sensibly for me, but as of the things that pass through my mind. I in our lives. I thought he was doing a pretty good job on her. I thought maybe this enemy a lot of the concentration was on her mouth actually stop for a moment just to watch. The CI was done and there is a tremendous emphasis on the lips. I believe in, get your lips enlarged and get them rearranged into a number of things with them because lips not only are the conveyance of words but they also are the means of engagement for the flow of my probiotics and that reciprocal encounter involving lips.
It is also known as kissing, I told you I wanted to be discreet with the children here. Now we can delay on this, but her lips are sweet or smooth and their seductive, sweet, smooth and seductive. Actually when you get into song of Solomon is in chapter 4, you find that sweet smooth and super lips are part of God's provision for a husband and a wife in relationship to one another. There's nothing wrong with sweet smooth lips and fight as God's design, but in this case used the wrong time in the wrong place with the wrong person even that which is good and beautiful in the plan of God becomes perverted. As a result of our own fleshly instincts and the inroads of the evil one another may be delicious and it's prospect.
It's disgusting and it's and verse four. In the end there's a dreadful aftertaste you walk away and there's a bitterness that you can remove the smoothness of being replaced by the serrated edge of the store consciences been stirred in the hands she's bitter as gall to say more about this is we conclude but that little phrase in the end is important.
One of the peers and said never do anything you would be afraid to do if you knew it was a last hour of your life never do anything you be afraid to do if you knew it was the last hour of your life but in the end the love we take says McCartney and Lennon see there is a way that seems right to a man that made him feel right to amend, but it leads to destruction an adverse five.
This individual invite you to join her and it's not going to be on a detour.
She's inviting you to a dead end to a dead end. You can see this in Proverbs 2 in verses 18 and 19. In a similar statement the house. Her house leads down to death, her path to the spirits of the dead non-who go to her return or attain the paths of life. What's wrong with this picture just about everything. Secondly, in verses 7 to 14. Notice that this price he describes is far too high.
This price is far too high begins. The next section. In much the same way now. Then my sons listen listen don't turn aside from what I say pin your ears back pay attention to what I'm telling you in the notice how he puts it, keep to a path bar from her. Do not go near the door of her house to remember as a small boy or girl.
I hope you do because otherwise I'm confessing to you something that is again completely weird but do you remember in that first initial flush of interest in someone of the opposite sex. How you would contrive of every possibility just to go past her house, you're on your bike you rode up and then you rode by an open bank. You never saw it didn't matter if you soar just to be near her house you got in our great country western song where love is fallen apart you know, just because I asked a friend about her and just because I spoke her name somewhere and just because I dialed her number by mistake today she thinks I still care course he still cares that's okay when it's in the paths of righteousness, but it's absolutely verboten when it's along the path of sin.
There's nothing particularly brilliant about this is there you find the same thing in the New Testament in two Timothy Paul says to Timothy as a young man fleeing evil desires of your make a run for I was on the seminars along the way was asking advice and counsel in this area and when I began to tell in these things, he said, although there must be something more than that. It was a bit like care when Naaman wanted to be healed. That's how I felt, you know, when Naaman wanted to be healed. And Elijah said go dip yourself in the Jordan and Naaman said who does he think he is undergoing in the filthy river. I thought that he would come and waved his hands over me and he would do something dramatic and I would have no leprosy anymore and that's in the sermon said my master name and if the manager asked you to do something difficult when you have done it. Kitties asked you to do something simple.
Why would you do it and I began to tell this money so I thought there was something like it, or you could wave your hands.
It would all be gone know there's no waving of the answers will be gone keep far from our house on the buyer door, run for your life because the price you pay is far too high.
Let me explain it to you. He says use longer. Everything you squander your best strength that incidentally is the important state of being a virgin when you're married because once you squander your best friend you can never share that with someone again.
It just makes absolute practical sense, we would expect them to do so. After all, God in his wisdom knows what's absolutely perfect and if in the bonds of marriage, then a man or woman determines that he will step out with that framework, then it is to do that which wonders you squander your owner, chapter 6, verse 32 and 33 Amanda commits adultery lacks judgment. Whoever does so destroys himself blows in disgrace or his lot, his shame will never be wiped away, you destroy your freedom to destroy your best years I give your best strength to others in your years. The one who is cruel. All she's not cruel. She's a lovely lady. No, she has sweet seductive lips, but in the end, the aftertaste is horrendous. Strangers will feast on your wealth, your Torah will enrich another man's house. Verse 26 of chapter 6 just one cross reference here the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread in the adulterous praise upon your very life is always suggested something extra something additional something that will add you know, does that subtracts its offered constantly in and in the media, in magazines and all kinds of ledger it is held out to us as something that will make an addition nor makes a reduction it is to squander the preachers in the realm of physical danger which is in the realm of social disgrace and sexual sin. Sears, the sinner inescapably that what Paul says to the Corinthians every other cinematic a man does is outside of himself when he commit sexual sin. He sends he violates against his own psyche, his own physicality. His relationship with God's relationship with his spouse, his relationship with his children. His relationship with his colleagues, his relationship with every single person and forgiven it may be by the searing impact of it remains forever and anyone to tell you differently is talking to you from an empty head from a close Bible widening the warnings of social why do you think he pleads with his son DON'T PUT DOWN THIS ROAD, PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR DAD. LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER REPAY THIS ALASTAIR BACK WITH A STRONG WARNING FOR US TO RUN FROM SEXUAL THIS IS TRUE FOR LIFE SERIES CALLED WISE WORDS FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS. ALASTAIR WILL CONTINUE THIS MESSAGE TOMORROW WILL I HOPE YOU'RE BENEFITING FROM THIS TOPICAL SERIES FROM ALASTAIR WHO PROBABLY RECOGNIZE THAT THE BOOK OF PROVERBS IS PACKED WITH WISDOM. THAT'S WHY WE'VE SELECTED A BOOK THAT TAKES THE INSTRUCTION FROM PROVERBS AND HELPS US APPLY IT TO OUR LIVES TODAY. THE BOOK IS CALLED LIVING WILL.
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