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07/19/2010

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A Plea For Purity


"My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil" (Prov. 5:1-3).

We tend to look at the year we are in and pronounce that people are more immoral today than they have ever been. Although there are probably more enticements today than ever before, as we look at the Father's warning to his son about sexual morality in the book of Proverbs, we easily see that it has always been a big problem. What better person than Solomon to tell his son about these sins and give them such emphasis. These were the very sins that led him into ruination. Though immorality was rampant in Solomon's day, there was never a time in history that these instructions were not needed. They are certainly needed in today's world! By the way, though Solomon seems to place the woman here as the eternal temptress and cause of the immorality, I think the message can be easily reversed. God's teaching regarding sexual impurity knows no gender barriers. Marital fidelity on both parts is the teaching here. The metaphors are rich in this chapter. "Drink water from your own cistern, and running water for you own well",(v 15) refers to a man's relationship with his own wife, and "should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets" (v 16) to children produced through an immoral lifestyle.

All of the metaphors referring to a good husband, wife and children here underscore the wastefulness of an immoral life. It is good to teach our children from an early age about sexual purity. Our Bibles speak with frankness about this purity and the consequences of acting otherwise. The media and the schools should not be the ones teaching morality to our children, it is clearly the job of the parents. The morality taught by the Lord through His word are clear and easily understood. The question is not whether our kids will learn about sex or not, but where or how they will learn it. God's ways have always been for a man to be with his wife for life. I cannot improve on God's word so will close with it..."May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth." (V 18). The plea is for purity...It ought not be a rarity, but the normalcy...

Have a great beginning to your week...Start it with a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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