Tam - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
So, having problems with Circle of Moms...hope you all get this.
This study is for Proverbs 7, next in our series of verse to verse study.
1My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.3Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.4Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:5That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.6For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,7And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,8Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,9In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:10And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.11(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:12Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)13So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,14I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.15Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.16I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.18Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.19For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:20He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.21With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.22He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;23Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.24Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.25Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.26For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
We see that once again we are told to heed the wise words and keep them with us so we don't fall into wordly traps and into the hands of evildoers.
Through Solomon, God tells us that His Law is the apple of our eye, if we but heed it. You know how that phrase goes, it means something that is pleasing and just wonderful to us. Blessings to us. His law is our blessing!
God tells us that we should once more bind them to our fingers...why our fingers? Probably because our hands tend to do more sin than any other part of us than our hearts and minds. It is the physical act of sin, done through our hands. We steal, hurt and maim with our tongues and our hands more often. So make sure your hands/fingers and every part of your physcial body works with the Law to uphold it, let it be such a part of you that even your fingers know the Truth.
He also says to write them upon the table of thine heart. We've talked about this. Voddie Baucham gave an excellent mini talk on this. Your physical heart is nothing but a muscle to push blood through your body. It doesn't think, feel, react, etc. to any situation other than it's job. When God refers to the heart, he means our will, more specifically our free will.
When we choose to write his Law onto our will, it becomes a part of you and reflects in your every day life. It will show in how you treat others and how you live for God. If His law is written onto your will, your heart, then you are more apt to do the wise things of God because it becomes a part of your worldview. You are less likely to do those things that aren't Biblical worldview.
We should also call wisdom a sister. It should be such a close relation to our will that combined they can be there to help us. The Holy Spirit can call upon wisdom to guide us. If we don't have Godly wisdom though, we should seek it, should have it within us to order our steps.
Solomon once more talks about the foolish young men who don't have understanding and who fall for the harlot (or wicked men, or deceit, insert any trap of the enemy here). How because they do not have the Law/Word of God written in their hearts, upon their very will, they fall for the simplest of things.
Since we have covered this extensively in the past few chapters, I won't elaborate here and instead refer you to the other passages of Proverbs study if you haven't already read them.
But we see how sin is, it's obnoxious. She entices him and she seduces him with the "good" trappings. She says her husband (master) has left the house and will be gone.
We often hear of people who think they can get away with something because they thought the people weren't around to see them sin. The one problem is that our God is everywhere and He sees, He knows the hearts and minds of men. He knows everything we do.
We may think that we won't be caught in our sins, yet we need to take heed. The true Master knows (our God!) and the master of sin (the devil) is laying a trap, there behind the sins, ready to call you to condemnation over it, ready to play with your mind and your life when you sin.
Who will you allow to control you?
Solomon ends this series of verses with the warning to once again hearken to the words of the Lord. To keep our hearts (wills) on the straight path so we won't be tempted by sin. When we are where we aren't supposed to be, then it is more likely that we will be tempted even more.
Remember, Solomon's own father was guilty of this. David, a warrior king, was not at war at a time Kings went to war. Instead he was on the rooftop and he spied Bathsheba. He fell into temptation by not being where God wanted him to be.
And we know that from the curse placed on his family, though he repented, our sin will out. There are consequences to every thing we do. Good or bad. Obviously for sin, it is always certainly bad. It may not happen immediately, but it is there and it is waiting.
Take care to really know the Law of God so you can resist the devil. God promises that he will flee from you if you resist him.
For as Solomon tells us in the last verse...her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Lord, we praise You that we can come to You and learn Your Law, the goodness of it. It is Yours and to be upheld. Though our flesh will struggle with it, we praise You that You are with us each step of the journey, to help us resist temptation, or even to convict us and bring us to repentance if we do fail. You are so good and just. We thank You for the time You spent in giving us the Word, Your Law so we would know what to do in this day and age. We pray for Your protection as we travel along the narrow path. Guide our steps, Lord, keep us on Your path. If we should begin to falter or go astray, bring our hearts in line with Yours. Only You can save, only You can guide us where we should go. Let us know Your will for our lives and give us the knowledge to remember it no matter where we are or what we are doing. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.