Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 17, 2016

“Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, … To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words”

Today’s Scripture comes from Proverbs chapter 5.

“My son, give attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
2 That you may observe discretion
And your lips may reserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
6 She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.

7 Now then, my sons, listen to me
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep your way far from her
And do not go near the door of her house,
9 Or you will give your vigor to others
And your years to the cruel one;
10 And strangers will be filled with your strength
And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
11 And you groan at your final end,
When your flesh and your body are consumed;
12 And you say, “How I have hated instruction!
And my heart spurned reproof!
13 “I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
14 “I was almost in utter ruin
In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern
And fresh water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be yours alone
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving hind and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
Be exhilarated always with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress
And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He watches all his paths.
22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
23 He will die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.”  Proverbs chapter 5.

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God warns us about adultery to protect us from its tragic consequences.

Whereas many churches and denominations treat lightly the subject of adultery, the Protestant Reformed Churches’ position on adultery, marriage, and divorce is firm and one of the pillars of its identity.

At the Home page of its web site, Protestant Reformed Churches state:

“The PRCA also unashamedly embrace our own distinctive doctrines and practices, as the Lord has been pleased to lead us through controversy and battle for the truth in our history.

We declare and defend especially the truth of sovereign, particular grace overagainst the teachings of common grace and the truth of God’s sovereign, unconditional covenant of grace with His elect people and their spiritual children overagainst the teaching of a conditional covenant and a general promise of salvation.

With firm conviction we believe these truths have important implications for the Christian life and for marriage and home life.  Consequently, we also emphasize the godly, antithetical character of the Christian’s life and the life-long bond of marriage.”

If Protestant Reformed Churches have stayed so close to the bulls eye of Reformed Doctrine, then we would do well to consider its position.

Here are links to some articles presented by Covenant Protestant Reformed Church.

Marriage and Divorce

11 Theses on Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

The Bond of Marriage Established by God is Unbreakable by Man

The Unbreakable Bond of Marriage

Remarriage and Matthew 19:9

The Westminster Confession and Remarriage

Certainly, as this first article concludes:  “Nobody can claim that this is easy.”

But, there is hope!

“11 Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you, …
16 To deliver you from the strange woman,
From the adulteress who flatters with her words;  …
20 So you will walk in the way of good men
And keep to the paths of the righteous.”  Proverbs 2:11, 16, and 20.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”  2 Thessalonians 3:3.


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