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Saturday, January 11, 2014

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In this chapter, Solomon addresses the question of sex and immorality. Sex is widely recognized by contemporary researchers as being one of the most—if not the most — powerful human desire. It ranks at the top of the list of motivators that drives us as humans, along with food and fear. Marketers have long known that they can convince us to buy their product or service by integrating sex, food or fear into their advertising.

Few would argue against the notion that food and fear can destroy lives. But the potential threat of sex often is left ignored in a generation whose motto is: “If it feels good, do it.”

Solomon makes the case for sexual immorality as being a difficult sin to overcome.  Having many wives and concubines, Solomon knew that sexual desire is fierce and the pleasure is fleeting. He knew that a single step down the path of sexual immorality bears eternal consequences.

Paul saw the same danger when he wrote: “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV). 

In Proverbs 7, Solomon tells how he saw a young man willingly enter the home of a tempting lustful woman. Perhaps the young man thought that it would be a one-night visit. Perhaps he was overcome with desire and promised himself that it would never happen again. But he would never be the same again with the forbidden experience and knowledge that he gained. Solomon says the young man innocently committed moral suicide: “As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life” (v. 23).

Sex outside the boundaries of marriage costs people their moral lives.  That’s why the Lord says, “You shall not commit adultery” (Ex. 20:14). 

 

Andrew McChesney

Journalist in Russia

Columnist for the Adventist Review