Proverbs 5 Commentary
Be attentive to my wisdom and exercise discrimination and discretion. Know the consequences of sin. Understand that the lure of sin is powerful; the seduction can be irresistible. This message is beautifully and powerfully crafted using graphics of sexual interactions.
The scripture brings to the fore the madness of adultery. What you get from another man’s wife is no more than what you get for your own; save for beatings, wasting, dishonor, pain, and ultimately death. The reader may be drawn to a similar picture back in the Garden of peace and tranquility. All the fruits in the Garden of God were great to look at and also tasty, just like the forbidden fruit. Yes, it was attractive but no more than the other fruits that the LORD made and were readily available to the first couple.
Think about it: your own garden is just as great but without pain, shame, and eventually death. Decide. The options have been laid on the table. Sin is merciless. It is a one-way ticket to destruction but you won’t tell from the attractive advertisements on display.
The teacher has fully unpacked his lesson in two very powerful PowerPoint presentations. He has used real-life sexual intimacy, with all its power and realities, to project a deep-lying fact of man’s rebellion against the Creator God. It is both an example and a consequence of man’s rebellion.
Let your way be far from her, don’t go near the door of her house. Avoid even being near the places of temptation. Practice social distancing. The message cannot be louder!
If the ‘sons listen’ and don’t depart from the teachings of the LORD, then there is no problem. They are missing nothing. Let them enjoy what they have.
One important pick from this chapter is that there is nothing like innocent foolishness. The reader is encouraged to listen and keep a safe distance from places of temptation, understand the consequence of wickedness, appreciate the equally good and real greatness of God’s menu, and in view of all this, make the right call.
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