Flowery Persuasion

June 12, 2018

Proverbs 7:24-27… And now, oh sons, listen to me and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Let not your heart turn away to her ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim she has laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

            Solomon compares Wisdom and foolishness with proper thinking and the seductive nature of a prostitute. A prostitute offers delight and comfort but cannot deliver anything lasting. With a father’s love and wisdom, he tells sons to watch out for the seductive tempting of a prostitute, which lead not to constant pleasure, as promised, but lead to death chambers. The teaching is a warning against sexual sins but it is also a warning about worldly wisdom. Listen to Jesus’ words.

Matthew 7:13-14… Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

            Jesus, without using the analogy of a seductress, says that the way to destruction is easy and has a wide, easily entered, gate. In my mind, I have a picture of this. I see 2 gates up ahead. One is large the other is narrow. The large one is standing open with neon signs pointing the way. The narrow gate is closed with a gate keeper standing in front of it. With close inspection I discover that Jesus is the gate keeper. Beyond the narrow gate I can vaguely see a narrow, rough, uphill, path… not lit by neon. Left to my senses, I will not go to the narrow gate; I will walk with the masses through the wide gate. Another thing my vision tells me… Friends are standing just beyond the opening to the wide path, calling to me to come with them. Asking Jesus to open the narrow gate goes against everything natural in me. It is only when He extends His hand to me that I experience the faith to do it.

            Let’s return to Solomon’s analogy. The prostitute is like the world.

Proverbs 7:21… With much seductive speech, she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.

            As Paul said, “Fight the good fight of faith.”