Honey and Sexual Temptation

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), July 2

images“A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place” (Prov. 27:7-8).

Earlier in Proverbs, the wisdom writer warns men of adulterous or wanton women. He also implores husbands to turn to their own wives for sexual fulfillment, “Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well . . . rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and always be enraptured with her love” (5:15, 18-19).

Sexual exploitation characterizes those who live outside of the presence of God. Cain’s culture was a culture of sexual exploitation (polygamy – Gen. 4:19-23). Powerful men assembled large harems (Pharaoh – Genesis 12; Abimelech – Genesis 20). The Lord warned the nation of Israel against sexual sin (Lev. 18), but, soon after the death of Joshua, Israel embraced sexual sin along with idolatry. King Solomon learned a hard lesson regarding sexual exploitation, “And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be trapped by her” (Eccl. 7:26).

Smart shoppers shop on a full stomach. Hungry shoppers spend more money and buy impulsively, whereas those who’ve just eaten are less likely to buy impulsively. (This makes one wonder if the serpent approached Adam and Eve at dinner time.)

Paul instructs the older women to teach the younger women first “to love their husbands” (Titus 2:4-5). Loving one’s husband includes meeting his sexual needs. Wives who meet the sexual needs of their husbands regularly assist them in the battle for moral purity in a world that stimulates sexual appetites. Wives are the only righteous outlet that husbands have. Men must discipline themselves; they must practice self-control and turn to their wives for sexual pleasure. Wives must make themselves desirable for and available to their own husbands.

Wisdom teaches men to deny themselves every honey trap and to turn to their wives.

Wisdom teaches women to take care of their men!

Questions for today’s chronological Bible reading (Prov. 25-29):
Summarize what these chapters teach about the following:
Wise kings and leaders and their followers
The wise and the foolish
The rich and the poor
Responsible social interaction