June 6, 2022

Proverbs 6:27-29 – God’s Warnings Against Adultery

Some sound warning in our Proverbs on the subject of adultery, especially with someone who is already spoken for, which start out in the way of rhetorical questions that answer themselves:

Pro 6:27  Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?

Pro 6:28  Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?

The metaphor of fire should not be lost on us here, either – if one plays with fire, they will inevitably get burnt, and that now segues into the message of cheating in a relationship:

Pro 6:29  So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

We can’t play with fire and not get burnt, nor can we fool around and not pay the penalty.  If we think about it whether in our own lives or someone we know, nothing ever good comes from infidelity.  Families are broken up over one night stands, a lifetime of misery and shame are what follows someone who can’t keep their passions in check, we drive us back to the central narrative of the Proverbs.  Wisdom, or fear of The Lord, – living our lives in obedience to God’s Commands.  One Of God’s Commandments is Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery – if we follow God’s laws, we don’t get burnt like this poor guy here in today’s Proverbs.  It protects us, our marriages and relationships and our kids…so let’s remember, don’t cheat, not even with our eyes.  

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