All That Glitters…

My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
    turn your ear to my words of insight,
that you may maintain discretion
    and your lips may preserve knowledge.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
    and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
    sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
    her steps lead straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to the way of life;
    her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
— Proverbs 5:1-6

Adultery: Not Just About Marriage Relationships

Proverbs 5 is pretty specific. In fact, that may be an understatement. It’s basic message: DON’T COMMIT ADULTERY! Obviously, adultery isn’t a temptation that everyone faces (at least as it’s understood in this passage), primarily because not everyone is married. Let’s look at this as an exercise in application. Can I take biblical passages that don’t directly apply to my situation and…apply them to my situation? Can I find some bit of wisdom even when I don’t see myself or my sin in the section?

With a topic like adultery, this is very easy to do—especially within the biblical analogy of the Bridegroom and Bride (representing Christ and his Church). The fact is, when you read all of Proverbs 5 thinking of adultery as sin in general, the passage is very easy to relate to, regardless of your personal pitfalls.

Adultery is, plain and simple, idolatry. It’s desiring something above what you have. Therefore, sin is adultery. It’s valuing something above God and what he has promised, and that “something” is usually our own selfish desires. When we, as members of the Church—the Bride of Christ—act in ways contrary to his desire for humanity, we are committing adultery.

The thing is, sin is tempting….

“The lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.” How well does this describe mankind’s relationship with sin? As Paul describes in Romans 7 (if you are unfamiliar with this passage, please look it up), sin is alluring. None of us who are striving after Jesus want to sin, but we find ourselves enchanted by it often. The writer of Proverbs 5 wants his readers to know, though, that all that glitters is not gold.

So, what is it that allures you? What is it that pulls you away from the Bridegroom? Today, may we recommit ourselves to him. May we repent of our adulterous ways and remember the vows we made.