September 9th, 2019

The Seduction of Sin – Proverbs 7:6-27

6 At the window of my house, I looked through my lattice. 7 I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense. 8 Crossing the street near her corner, he strolled down the road to her house 9 at twilight, in the evening, in the dark of the night. 10 A woman came to meet him dressed like a prostitute, having a hidden agenda.11 She is loud and defiant; her feet do not stay at home. 12 Now in the street, now in the squares, she lurks at every corner. 13 She grabs him and kisses him; she brazenly says to him, 14 “I’ve made fellowship offerings; today I’ve fulfilled my vows. 15 So I came out to meet you, to search for you, and I’ve found you 16 I’ve spread coverings on my bed— richly colored linen from Egypt.
17 I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let’s drink deeply of lovemaking until morning. Let’s feast on each other’s love!
19 My husband isn’t home; he went on a long journey. 20 He took a bag of silver with him and will come home at the time of the full moon.”
21 She seduces him with her persistent pleading; she lures with her flattering talk. 22 He follows her impulsively like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding toward a trap 23 until an arrow pierces its liver, like a bird darting into a snare— he doesn’t know it will cost him his life.
24 Now, sons, listen to me, and pay attention to the words from my mouth. 25 Don’t let your heart turn aside to her ways; don’t stray onto her paths.
26 For she has brought many down to death; her victims are countless. 27 Her house is the road to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.” (CSB)
Man this is heavy to read. When you read this passage, it almost seems dirty – like something out of an adult romantic novel (note I’ve NEVER read one personally nor do I wish to). Let me give some context. The passage here is continuation of Solomon giving paternal advice to his son. In earlier chapters 5 and 6, he gives warnings about being enticed by adultery (a topic Solomon would have been very familiar with). Here in chapter 7 he appeals to the reader (his son and now us) to keep wisdom close to the heart. “You are my sister” (v.4) could be translated to mean that wisdom is like a spouse (a dear companion). Someone we are bound to and we hold within our hearts. So he’s made his appeal to hold wisdom close, he then tells a story so as to provide an illustration of what he’s been talking about. This passage isn’t just about a promiscuous woman and her unfortunate victim. It’s about us! This story is the way sin works everyday in our lives. It’s enticing and seductive. It perverts our minds into thinking that everything is ok…until it’s not. There’s a few thoughts that I want to point out that I think will help us understand and apply this passage…
1. Notice the setting. This young man is somewhere he is not supposed to be. In chapter 5, Solomon tells the reader, “keep your way far from her. Don’t go near the door of her house.” (5:8)  We see in the story here that that is exactly where this young man is. He knew exactly where he was going. He was seeking out the woman.
2. Notice the timing. This was done by cover of night. People would have been tucked away in their homes. There wouldn’t have been many out. The goal for this young man was to do it in secret. He didn’t want anyone to know of his destination. 
3. Notice her. That’s the point here really. The woman in this story has gone to great lengths to make sure she is seen. Prostitutes then (like now) had very specific ways of dressing that was identifiable. The purpose of these clothes was to draw attention to themselves so as to entice the men (or women) that would happen to catch their gaze. It was a craft they worked hard at mastering. Although the passage here does not indicate this was a “profession” of hers, it’s clear she wanted to portray herself in a risqué way to those that would seek her. 
4. Notice her actions. Upon showing up, the young man doesn’t get a word or action in after that.  She came out to meet him (v.10); she grabs and kisses him (v.13); she brazenly (or boldly) makes him promises. This young man did nothing but show up, but it is the woman here that is setting the pace for the interaction. She’s calling the shots, she’s got total control on what is happening. 
5. Notice her progression. There is a clear progression when it comes to what this woman is seeking to do. Remember we know from (v.10) she’s got an agenda…First, she kisses him; and not just a friendly peck on the cheek. This is a full blown PDA kind of kiss. Although it certainly has significance, a single kiss is not all that meaningful. You could move on from it. But her next move is an invitation to somewhere private. “Let’s get away where no one can see us.” There’s more planned here that she doesn’t want others to see. Then finally her invitation to the bedroom. Notice here a single kiss quickly turned into a full sexual encounter. He had no chance. He didn’t see it coming. He had no control.
You see why I said this is a bit of a racy passage. Now if you’ve read up to this point, you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “why on earth is Sam taking so much time to walk through this passage?” The reason I want us to really see and understand what’s happening here is because this happens to us every single day. There is a great parallel here that can be drawn between the woman and sin. Sin doesn’t just show up in our lives one day “accidentally”. It’s not as though it just suddenly is there like… poof… a sin issue. No we, like the young man, seek it out. It is in our nature as human beings. Sometimes it is intentional, sometimes unintentional, but our human nature is always bent towards sin. It’s a result of the fall of Adam and Eve. And truthfully, it’s not hard to be enticed by sin. Like the woman in the story, sin promises us every pleasure we could want. It uses every resource it can to seduce us into letting ourselves be ensnared by it. It promises us a good time. It promises us satisfaction and fulfillment. It promises us pleasure to every sense in our body. And perhaps the biggest promise is that is promises us secrecy. It promises us that we won’t be found out. It promises us that it’s ok because no one will ever know.
The imagery in this passage is not accidental. A sexual relationship between people is extremely transparent and personal. You are literally surrendering your entire self: physical, emotional, and spiritual to the one in which you are having sex with. You are giving all of you away at that point. It’s no coincidence that later in James 1:14-15 we read: “But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.” I don’t think I need to explain to you how babies are made; hopefully you know. The idea of conceiving means there had to be an encounter of this nature. That you’ve given away your entire self. But look at the result…
To give yourself to the enticement of sin will lead you to death. That is the woman’s ultimate goal. That is sin’s ultimate goal. To kill us. Satan is described in 1 Peter as a lion seeking to devour. Satan uses the sweet, sexy, sultry, enticements of sin to draw us in and get us alone so that he can achieve his ultimate end game…his “hidden agenda (v.10)”. Matt Chandler said “The serpent doesn’t bite Eve. He whispers into her ear.” 
We should be careful to take Solomon’s warning here seriously. To stay away from the adulterous woman and sin. Avoid it at all costs because the ultimate price you will pay is with your life! It may not be your physical life…but your spiritual life. Sin will destroy your soul. And there is no recovering from that. 
The christian rap artist Lecrae beautifully and poetically wrote a song that perfectly summarizes this passage. In the hook of the song we can see exactly what sin says to entice us:
“Baby this is innocent 
It won’t even hurt a little bit 
I’m only here for your benefit 
I’m your every wish 
Come on and let me in.
Baby this is innocent 
And it won’t even hurt a little bit 
Close your eyes and let’s get lost tonight 
It’ll be alright 
You’ll see I’m not a (killa)” (To hear the full song click here).
Friends let us always be mindful of the sin that seeks to destroy us. Call upon the Lord for help and for strength to resist temptation. And begin to take steps now to avoid that which would entice you and draw you away in secret. Join a church and be known in it, read and study God’s word, gather regularly with other believers and continually be watching for the areas of life in which you might fall. 
In Christ!

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