There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden.
This is the way of an adulteress:
She eats and wipes her mouth and says,
"I've done nothing wrong." (New International Version)
Eagles soar on thermal updrafts. Snakes move effortlessly over rocks. Ships sail smoothly on open seas. Each moves in its own element with such ease and power. The writer of the proverb describes these as amazing. Such, also is his finding of the ease and power of sexual seduction between a man and a woman. While the eagle, snake, and ship move as God intended, men and women having sex outside of marriage is not as God intended. The writer does not understand this sinful nature.
Our generation glamorizes the sin of seduction and adultery. While adultery once brought shame, today it is as an exciting event and no one has done wrong. To the pagan world it is considered a fling, or having a "lover". It is not adultery. The world eats of it, wipes its mouth, and says, "I have done nothing wrong!"
Proverbs is primarily a book of wisdom and warnings to young men (1:1-7), and the proverb describes the adulterous woman. But there is an adulterer for every adulteress. The writer of Job says, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman" (31:1 NLT)." When they marry, men "pledge their troth." They promise their brides that they will not think about sexual intimacy with another. This is right and pleasing in the eyes of God and for his glory.
Let us, this day, seek to think and act in ways that are pleasing to him and for his glory.
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