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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Seduction Of Wickedness: The Lesson Of This Case Study: Prov 7:24-27

 

24) Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26) For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.
27) Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

INTRODUCTION:

After the presentation of his case study, Solomon proceeds to give us the “moral” of his story…

EXPOSITION:

24) Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Solomon calls his students to turn their ears to his teachings and listen with all their attention.   This is a very important message that needs to be heard, understood and applied by all.  Solomon now gives his students six lessons they are to learn from this case study….

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”   (1 John 2:1)

25) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
Solomon shares two keys to victory in times of temptation…
1. Do not all your desires to move downward and crave to follow her course of living.
If we guard our desires and always keep our minds on Christ and His will for us we will not chose to follow unrighteousness.  Sin can only take place when desire and opportunity cross paths.
2.  Do not wander from the Lord’s path and wander into the path of sin.
If we diligently follow the path of the Lord we will, automatically, not enter the path of the corrupt.  It is only when we let our guard down, and allow ourselves to drift from the Lord’s will, that we become susceptible to temptation’s onslaught.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”   (Matthew 7:12-14)

26) For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.

Solomon shares two facts about the power of temptation…
3.  Temptation is able to put down those who are weaker in the faith and who have been wounded by her in times past.
In other words, those who are babes in Christ and those who have been previously overcome by temptation need to take special care and have others help them as they face their current enticement to sin.
4.  Temptation can be so powerful it can even bring to ruin those who are strong in the faith and previously victorious over her allurements.
No one is impervious to the appeal of temptation.  Everyone, when not guarded, can be overcome.  No one can take temptation lightly.

Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”   (1 Peter 2:11)

27) Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Solomon teaches us two truths about the results of following temptations path.
5.  Submitting to her authority and following her lead (as children submit and follow their parents) is a sure pathway to destruction (ineffectiveness and judgment).
6.  Not only does her way lead to ruin but also to death, both physical and eternal death.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

SUMMARY:

By examining these six basic lessons that can be learned from our case study we can see the need to always be on guard against the workings of sin in our lives…
1. Do not all your desires to move downward and crave to follow her course of living.
2.  Do not wander from the Lord’s path and wander into the path of sin.
3.  Temptation is able to put down those who are weaker in the faith and who have been wounded by her in times past.
4.  Temptation can be so powerful it can even bring to ruin those who are strong in the faith and previously victorious over her allurements.
5.  Submitting to her authority and following her lead (as children submit and follow their parents) is a sure pathway to destruction (ineffectiveness and judgment).
6.  Not only does her way lead to ruin but also to death, both physical and eternal death.

It is only through temptation that sin can gain control of our lives and bring us to ruin.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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5 Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you for helping us be more aware of the temptation to sin! God bless you!

  2. We need to be constantly on guard against temptation, equipped with the full armour of God, submitting to Him and standing against the devil and his forces. Praise God for the victory He gives us in Christ.

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