Have you ever watched a video of a a predator attacking its prey? Can you imagine a lion quietly waiting to pounce? Or a crocodile stealthily lurking before attacking its victim? Keep that picture in your mind!
This week in our Proverbial Fool series, we're taking a look at the adulterous fool - sensual.
WEEK 3: THE ADULTEROUS FOOL
God created sex intentionally and with purpose to be shared in the specific context of Biblical marriage. In our world today, temptation to fall into this trap is everywhere. Solomon uses Proverbs chapters 5, 6, and 7 to warn us against becoming the adulterous fool.
In Proverbs 7, Solomon walks us through and anecdotal example to help us understand why it's so important to avoid becoming this fool. He tells us he witnessed this fool in action. A man with no sense, walking toward the house of an adulteress at nighttime. He tells us she has a crafty heart and lurks, lying in ambush. She's a predator - it's exactly the same as a lion in hiding, waiting for the perfect time to attack. As he walks into the darkness, toward the temptation, she comes out at the perfect moment, catches him, and seduces him. She promises a reward, but delivers death.
In verse 25, he says, "Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths." It starts in our hearts, and we slowly start walking down her street, toward her door, and end up in a place we never initially planned to be.
"Temptation always includes hopeful promises; Otherwise, people would never take the Devil's bait." -Warren Wiersbe
Beginning in Proverbs 6:20, Solomon continues the warning against adultery. In verse 22, he instructs is to bind our father's command upon our heart so that when we are in the midst of temptation, the truth can keep us away. If we don't, he warns us of suffering.
The adulterous fool lusts in his heart (v. 25), he shall not be innocent (v. 29), he lacks understanding (v. 32a), and he destroys his own soul (v. 32b). This fool commits sin against his own body.
In today's world, people don't want to believe this. They glorify adultery or adulterous behavior in music, on tv, in movies, on the news, and basically on any platform we can find online. Instead of calling it what it is, we've switched vernacular to make it seem like less of an issue. It could be an affair, sleeping around, a fling, or cheating, but it is just as serious.
The predator lies in waiting, using every means necessary to seduce us into becoming this fool. Whether it's the people we see, the content we read or watch, a negative emotion about our spouse, or even a song on the radio, there will be factors trying to lure is into the darkness like we read in chapter 7. So how do we safe guard against these predators?
First, we have to understand that the adulterous woman is meant to appear pleasurable, but will in fact lead to destruction.
Then, we have to keep far away from her. Unlike the man in chapter 7, we should not be walking down her street. Once we know where she is and how she attempts to lure us, we should turn and get as far away from her as possible.
Be intoxicated by your spouse. In the context of Biblical marriage, as it was intended to be, sex is an absolutely beautiful gift from God. Rather than being distracted and constantly seeking more from pornography or people outside of your marriage, heed Solomon's advice to rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Safeguard your heart from becoming the fool. Study scripture, pray against the predator lying in wait, take steps to walk away from the dark path, and rejoice and invest into your marriage.