“For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you. I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love.
Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life.”
Proverbs 7:6-10, 15-18, 22-23 NKJV
We are living in a time of sensory overload. From the moment we awaken, to the time we go to bed, we are innundated with all manner of temptation. Some are sexual, some are political, others appeal to our biases, greed, pride, and all appeal to our flesh, and our propensity to seek gratification. The main goal of all of it, in this world governed by the god of the air, is to draw us into sin.
I made a stop in Proverbs this morning, where I read the vignette of the young man straying into a world he did not belong,and being caught by a harlot, who draws him into lust, sin and destruction. The passage illustrates sin, as her bed is covered with “egyptian” linen, a picture of sin, and purfumed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon, burial spices, signifying death.
We see the young man caught up and snared, as he goes with the woman to his doom. I saw a great deal of application for myself in this, as I too, have found myself drawn away after ideas, feelings, choices, that have offered the sweetness and great aroma, but ultimately would lead to spiritual death.
When I look back at my life before Jesus, I was on the path to doom, as the various harlots, some of them on two legs, drew me into misfortune. I wonder what life would have been like had I not gotten the wisdom of God. I doubt there would have been life at all.
Fortuunately the Holy Spirit was calling to me, like wisdom in the streets, alerting me of the dangers and offering a better pursuit. I am so thankful that I had a praying mother who knew of my ramblings and interceded on my behalf.
“Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”
Proverbs 1:20-23 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us be filled with wisdom, and let us be about crying out in the open square, as we warn of the evils of the harlots lurking about. Let us warn that the good aromas and soft sheets, are death traps of sin. Let us bring the Gospel, to warn the wise, and instruct the simple.
We are living in a time when the cost of sin is on the increase, as lives are destroyed daily by bad choices, leading to years of consequences.
Let us also be faithful to share, because time is short. There is time coming when the Harlot system that we now live in, globally, will be destroyed.
We are watching as this system is reaching its maturity and will be known as the new world order. The system we live in is empowered by the beast, Satan, who hates the Harlot and will eventually destroy her.
“And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”
Revelation 17:5-6 NKJV
Like the harlot in Proverbs, her bed is purfumed with death, and her desire is to devour the saints. In her wicked history she has killed many of our brothers and sisters, and she will until she is destroyed.
We must resist her temptations and come out of her, as there is coming a day when the man of lawlessness, the antichrist will pillage her for her treasure, and destroy her.
Then Jesus comes, and He will destroy what remains.
Let us be about the Father’s business, and lead people away from the temptation of the harlot. Let us also be wary of that temptation ourselves, that we not be seduced. May we cling to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
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