Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Seven

As I read through this chapter (7) of Proverbs several times, I kept sensing a spiritual aspect that is not at first evident and probably would not make any sense at all to anyone not familiar with the grand narrative of scripture as a whole.  The seventh chapter of Proverbs seems to literally exhort its reader to head its warnings and wise sayings, promising that they will keep the reader from the adulteress.  Some of the chapter is then devoted to describing how the adulteress craftily approaches the unwary in the streets, luring him into her bedroom and telling him that her husband is gone on a long journey.  The chapter ends with the tragic announcement that the one who is foolishly lured in by the adulteress eventually discovers her path leads to death and the momentary passions of pleasure have cost him his life.

Perhaps because someone commented earlier in the challenge about the link between the warnings of Proverbs and our spiritual relationship with Christ, I looked today at this chapter as a kind of allegory for us as we face the temptation in life to turn to other attractions while we await the return of Christ.  Think of the first five verses of Proverbs 7 as calling to us directly and think of the warning in verse 5 as saying the wisdom will keep us from the trap of the things of this world (the adulteress).  Verses 6 through 9 then describe the soul traveling through life (“In the twilight, in the evening,
In the middle of the night and in the darkness.”).  Remember how the prophet Isaiah speaks about people who walked in great darkness (Isaiah 9:2)?

Verses 10-21 of Proverbs 7 can be seen as the lure and seductions of the world calling to us to turn aside from pursuing life and instead pursue the temporary pleasures offered in the world.  The rationale of the attraction is that the husband or the man is gone on a long trip and will not return for some time.  Think about the allure of worldly attractions and how we are often led to believe that there is no accountability or judgment to fear – at least not for some time.

Verses 22 and 23 seem to speak to me of addiction – the way things of this world grab hold of people and enslave them to its passions.  Drugs, sex, pleasure, leisure, and the like seem to get such a grip on their victims that they are like the picture described of “an arrow piercing his liver”.  Then the chapter closes with a warning to not give in to the temptation to choose the world and its ways.

Perhaps not theology sound, but interesting at least, isn’t it?

~ by brotherfaron on October 7, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Seven”

  1. I also could see the spiritual parallel in this chapter. The lure of the world or our flesh seems like someone always lurking around every corner. James also addresses this in chapter 4 when he tells us that friendship with the world is to make yourself an enemy of God. Verse 4 begins with, “You adulteresses!” Verse 5 asks, “Do you think the Scripture speaks to no purpose…?” The writer of Proverbs has already warned and exhorted us to keep these commands close by, to no forget them, keep them ever in front of our faces. The pull of the world is so strong that if we even so much as tuck God’s Word away in our pockets, we might forget it. We must have it bound to our foreheads! Father, help us to take you seriously and always keep Your teaching as the apple of our eye!

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