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April 3 – The Increase Of Traitors Among Mankind

“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress is a narrow well. She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind.” Proverbs 23:26-28

Devotional Thought For The Day

Often it is men who get the blame for all of the sexual perversity that occurs on the face of the earth.  It is true – generally the impetus and passion for sexual immorality originates with men: there is little market for male prostitutes, most pornography is directed toward and “consumed” by men, and more men are sexually unfaithful to their marriage vows than women [if statistics are accurate]. Men get the testosterone – a great blessing but also a bane. Men are also saddled with the responsibility for controlling their sexuality – and they don’t get a pass from others when they fall into immorality, especially adultery and prostitution. Even in the face of great luring and temptation the greater blame lies upon the men. But it should be understood that men endure the greater temptations simply because of biology and physiology.

However, virtually all immorality involves more than one person. Were there no prostitutes, men couldn’t engage them. Were there no adulteresses, there would be no adultery. Were there no women willing to engage in sex before marriage there would be no fornication. Were there no women willing to be involved in pornography this wicked industry would dry up. And perhaps – if the apostle Paul had it right in 1 Cor. 7 – if wives were more attuned to and attentive to the effects of testosterone in their husbands, the market for all sexual immorality would be severely depleted [fashion would also change dramatically]. But for many women there is a deep psychological need to exert this kind of power over men, to attract them and tempt them with immoral thoughts [at the least]. This may be subconscious on the part of many women, but it is real nonetheless – and all women should take consideration of this aspect of their being. Take note of the charge: “She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind.”

So perhaps we can excuse the “teacher” in our text for writing out of a male-oriented perspective, and for picking on immoral women, prostitutes and adulteresses, and his negative characterization of them. They too have choices – and even though we can understand and empathize with some of the challenges that some women face in this fallen and broken world of sin, there is never any justification for engaging in this kind of behavior.  Even the one providing such “temptation” should be seen for what she is – bait for a fall into a “deep pit” and a “narrow well” [things that are very difficult, if not impossible to extricate oneself from]. Those women who are willing to open the door and engage men in this way also generally get no get no pass from others, and truthfully, those who provide mere luring and temptation [flirting?] shouldn’t get a pass either. They are playing with fire.

It is important to note that the men who succumb to these temptation are described as “traitors among mankind.” Is this what any genuine man would want to become, a traitor?  And what genuine woman would want to be known as a maker of traitors?  What positive boost could this ever provide for one’s psyche – unless one is already perverse?  The same for the man who thinks such “conquests” make him more “virile.” Lord, have mercy!  And thank God that He does have mercy, abundant mercy, even for those who have fallen into such grotesque sexual sins. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from ALL sin.” [1 Jn. 1:7] But we should remember: “Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” Repentance is not mere contrition [sorrow for the past sins], but also a change of mind, orientation, and direction – to go and sin no more.

The author of this proverb wrote and taught from experience – “He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God.” [1 Kings 11:3,4]  Let us learn from his experience and not from our own.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, You must often sorrow over the degradation and fall of Your dear children, yet in love You kept hope and optimism for us, offering up Yourself as blood sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. Impact our hearts and minds with Your love, that we think clearly in regard to sin, especially dark, destructive, and deadly sins. Preserve us from deep pits and narrow wells. Amen.