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Proverbial Purity (7 of 11)
One of the major themes in the book of Proverbs is developing a strong defensive strategy for your marriage. CONTEXT: Keep in mind that the writer is Solomon. King Solomon was deemed by God the wisest man ever to live.
Song of Solomon - Last year we saw Solomon and the Shulamite as young adults with an incredible, rich, fulfilling marriage. As a matter of fact we said it was the closest thing the bible gives us to a Genesis 2 the scenario Adam and Eve enjoyed prior to the fall. It was an incredible relationship.
Ecclesiastes - Later this year we will see Solomon at the end of his life - battling depression, wrecked by sin, having 300 wives and 700 girl friends.
What happened? How can a man start so right and end so wrong.
In life, like in football battles are won or lost by the strength of one's defense.
Proverbs 7 was written prior to Solomon's decent into polygamy and adultery. At this point in his life his sons are young adults. Each son has the potential of one day succeeding their father as the next King over God's people the Jews. Solomon knew the temptations and attacks that these boys would inevitably face. So he digs down into the depths of his immense wisdom and gives his sons one of the most important truth talks they will ever hear.
And we get to ease drop. Suppose you were to sit down with Solomon and say talk to me about my marriage... what do you suppose he would say? We don't have to wonder, we have it right here in Prov. 7. TEXT: Proverbs 7:1-5 (ESV) 1 My son (YOU), keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 (YOU) keep my commandments and live; (YOU) keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 (YOU) Say to wisdom, ''You are my sister,'' and (YOU) call insight your intimate friend, 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.
Men it's ...
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