|By Ellie McCoy
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As we watch many prophecies being fulfilled. We must prepare ourselves now more than ever before. We must become students of the Word. Godís people must know it intimately. For this is our hope to guard our hearts against the great falling away.
God Is a Jealous God We must Love Him First and Foremost
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might. 6 And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] 7 You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes. 9 And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates... 12 Then beware lest you forget the Lord,
If we do not learn Gods Word, His Truths, Hold them at the Forefront of our minds than we are in danger of the very powerful enticements of another "love"
1 John 2:15-16
15 Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
worship in the Spirit of God and (6) glory in (7) Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,
And it shall be to you a fringe or tassel that you may look upon and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, that you may not spy out and follow after [the desires of] your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to follow and play the harlot [spiritually, if not physically],
Have you seen what that faithless and backsliding Israel has done--how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree and there played the harlot?
The result of Forgetting Gods Word
The Bible Uses a Graphic Picture to Unmask the Ugliness of Idolatry In the New Testament
The term idolatry is used to designate covetousness (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:5).
To commit fornication is metaphorically used for to practice idolatry (Jeremiah 3:1; Ezekiel 16:15; Hos. throughout); hence Jerusalem is spoken of as a harlot (Isaiah 1:21).Eastonís Bible Dictionary
In the New Testament the Greek pornai, plural, "harlots," occurs in Matthew 21:31,32, where they are classed with publicans; Luke 15:30; 1 Corinthians 6:15,16; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25. It is used symbolically in Revelation 17:1,5,15,16; 19:2. Eastonís Bible Dictionary
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French herlot rogue(an animal such as a elephant, that wanders apart from the herd and is fierce and wild)-Websterís dictionary
Date: 15th century: PROSTITUTE-one definition -2 : to devote to corrupt or unworthy purposes: DEBASE
The subject continued, by a delineation of the arts of strange women, as a caution to the unwary. Let the word of God confirm our dread of that sin and our resolutions against it; let it discover to us its fallacies and suggest to us answers to all its flatteries.
MY SON, keep my words; lay up within you my commandments [for use when needed] and treasure them.
1-4. Similar calls (Proverbs 3:1-3, 4:10, &c.).Verses 1-5 These verses are an introduction to his warning against fleshly lusts, much the same with that, ch. 6:20, etc., and ending (v. 5) as that did (v. 24), To keep thee from the strange woman; that is it he aims at; only there he had said, Keep thy fatherís commandment, here (which comes all to one), Keep my commandments, for he speaks to us as unto sons. He speaks in Godís name; for it is Godís commandments that we are to keep, his words, his law.
The word of God must be to us:
1. As that which we are most careful of. We must keep it as our treasure; we must lay up Godís commandments with us, lay them up safely, that we may not be robbed of them by the wicked one,
Verse 1 We must keep it as our life: Keep my commandments and live (v. 2), not only, "Keep them, and you shall live;íí but, "Keep them as you would your life, as those that cannot live without them.íí It would be death to a good man to be deprived of the word of God, for by it he lives, and not by bread alone
2. Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye. apple . . . eye--pupil of eye, a custody (Proverbs 4:23) of special value As that which we are most tender of: Keep my law as the apple of thy eye.
A little thing offends the eye, and therefore nature has so well guarded it. We pray, with David, that God would keep us as the apple of his eye (Ps. 17:8), that our lives and comforts may be precious in his sight; and they shall be so (Zec. 2:8) if we be in like manner tender of his law and afraid of the least violation of it. Those who reproach strict and circumspect walking, as needless preciseness, consider not that the law is to be kept as the apple of the eye, for indeed it is the apple of our eye; the law is light; the law in the heart is the eye of the soul
3. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Bind . . . fingers--as inscriptions on rings. As that which we are proud of and would be ever mindful of (v. 3): Bind them upon thy fingers; let them be precious to thee; look upon them as an ornament, as a diamond-ring, as the signet on thy right hand; wear them continually as thy wedding-ring, the badge of thy espousals to God. Look upon the word of God as putting an honour upon thee, as an ensign of thy dignity. Bind them on thy fingers, that they may be constant memorandums to thee of thy duty, that thou mayest have them always in view, as that which is graven upon the palms of thy hands.
4 Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend--. As that which we are fond of and are ever thinking of: Write them upon the table of thy heart, as the names of the friends we dearly love, we say, are written in our hearts. let the word of God dwell richly in us, and be written there where it will be always at hand to be read.
Where sin was written (Jer. 17:1) let the word of God be written. It is the matter of a promise (Heb. 8:10, I will write my law in their hearts ), which makes the precept practicable and easy As that which we are intimately acquainted and conversant with (v. 4): "Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister, whom I dearly love and take delight in; and call understanding thy kinswoman, to whom thou art nearly allied, and for whom thou hast a pure affection; call her thy friend, whom thou courtest.íí We must make the word of God familiar to us, consult it, and consult its honour, and take a pleasure in conversing with it
5. That they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adventuress who flatters with and makes smooth her words. The design of the teaching (compare Proverbs 2:16, 6:24).As that which we make use of for our defense and armour, to keep us from the strange woman, from sin, that flattering but destroying thing, that adulteress; particularly from the sin of uncleanness,
6. For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.
For--or, "Since," introducing an example to illustrate the warning, which, whether a narrative or a parable, is equally pertinent. window--or, "opening" looked--literally, "watched earnestly" (Judges 5:28). casement--or, "lattice."
Verses 6-23 Solomon here, to enforce the caution he had given against the sin of whoredom, tells a story of a young man that was ruined to all intents and purposes by the enticements of an adulterous woman.
7. And among the simple (empty-headed and emptyhearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense,
Simple--as in Proverbs 1:4. void of, &c.--(Compare Proverbs 6:32).
8. Sauntering through the street near the [loose woman's] corner; and he went the way to her house. Her corner--where she was usually found. went . . . house--implying, perhaps, confidence in himself by his manner, as denoted in the word went--literally, "tread pompously."
9. In the twilight, in the evening; night black and dense was falling [over the young man's life]. The time, twilight, ending in darkness. black . . . night--literally, "pupil," or, "eye," that is, middle of night
10. And behold, there met him a woman, dressed as a harlot and sly and cunning of heart. Attire--that of harlots was sometimes peculiar. subtile--or, "wary," "cunning."
11. She is turbulent and willful; her feet stay not in her house;
12. Now in the streets, now in the marketplaces, she sets her ambush at every corner. Verses 11, 12. loud--or, "noisy," "bustling." stubborn--not submissive. without . . . streets, . . corner--(Compare 1 Timothy 5:13, Titus 2:5).
13. So she caught him and kissed him and with impudent face she said to him,
14 Sacrifices of peace offerings were due from me; this day I paid my vows.
15 So I came forth to meet you [that you might share with me the feast from my offering]; diligently I sought your face, and I have found you.
Verses 13-15. The preparations for a feast do not necessarily imply peculiar religious professions. The offerer retained part of the victim for a feast (Leviticus 3:9). This feast she professes was prepared for him whom she boldly addresses as one sought specially to partake of it.
16. I have spread my couch with rugs and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of fine linen of Egypt.
17. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Verses 16, 17. my bed--or, "couch," adorned in the costliest manner. verse 17. bed--a place for sleeping
18. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us console and delight ourselves with love. Verses 18-20. There is no fear of discovery.
19. For the man is not at home; he is gone on a long journey;
20. He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the day appointed [at the full moon]. The day appointed--perhaps, literally, "a full moon," that is, a fortnight's time (compare Proverbs 7:19).
21. With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along. Verse 21. caused . . . yield--or, "inclines." flattering--(Compare Proverbs 5:3). forced him--by persuasion overcoming his scruples.
22. Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or  like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle
Verse 22. straightway--quickly, either as ignorant of danger, or incapable of resistance.
23. Till a dart [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life. Verse 23. Till--He is now caught (Proverbs 6:26).
24. Listen to me now therefore, O you sons, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Verse 24. The inferential admonition is followed (Proverbs 7:26,27), by a more general allegation of the evils of this vice.
25. Let not your heart incline toward her ways; do not stray into her paths.
26. For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host.
27. her house is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death. Verses 26, 27. Even the mightiest fail to resist her deathly allurements Setting Our Mind On the Word, Is the Manifestation of our Love for God leading to transformation and an established walk with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 2:16
For [Is 40:13; Rom 11:34] WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But [John 15:15] we have the mind of Christ.
So faith comes from [Gal 3:2, 5] hearing, and hearing by [Col 3:16] the word of Christ.
Remember [fervently] the word and promise to your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. John Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
1 Cor 13:13
And so faith, hope, love abide [faith--conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine things; hope--joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love--true affection for God and man, growing out of God's love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.
My Prayer is that the Church develop a deep LOVE of the Word To Show their LOVE for Christ to Purify our hearts and Minds and tear down every idol that hides itself and disguises itself as being of the light.
All Commentary on Proverbs 7-from Matthew Henry
If you meet me and you forget me, you have lost nothing; but if you meet JESUS CHRIST and forget HIM, you have lost everything.
Take care, be safe and know that GOD Loves You, Always!