to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice
August 16, 2019 – Friday
Proverbs 5:12-14 NIV
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
13 I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.
Proverbs 5 has the title Warning Against Adultery and is written from Solomon to his sons in a format any father (or mother) could use to advise his (her) sons. For such an important warning it is amazingly brief, completed in only twenty-three verses.
Our three verses today are what a man might say in his old age if only to himself. They are proceeded by the four verses below naming the consequences of not heeding the instructions given.
8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.
11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
The poverty (spiritual and financial) of his life is based on the key verse 13 I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. So here we find it was not only his father, but other teachers and instructors who warned him against adultery. They may have been uncles, friends of his father and mother, senior people of accomplishment, especially those with long term marriages.
Sadly today, all too often, adultery would be encouraged as well as fornication and any number of other sexual activities instead of chasteness. As Paul says in Romans 1 (from 30 and 32)
they invent ways of doing evil
they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them
And today they demand approval from everyone for whatever they do. It is worse than even Paul could imagine. All too often we turn our eyes or a deaf ear because we do not want to know what is happening, but it is happening and we should be aware of it. Why? For two primary reasons, one to protect our children and grandchildren as best we can and two to pray for our children and grandchildren.
Beyond that we can take our children and grandchildren (as well as nieces, nephews, and their friends) to church and read to them from the Bible. We can plant God’s word in their minds and hearts. We can live in such a way to show them another way – different from the world’s – is real and possible.
We can let them know about God’s incredible patience, mercy, forgiveness and Grace through His Son. We can let them know about the real changes in our lives upon accepting that free gift of Grace made possible by Jesus on the cross at Calvary. Will they see you as a Bible reader, as a person who prays, a person who seeks fellowship by going to church? Will they see you putting God first in your life?
Questions to ponder on Friday as the weekend is upon us. Will they see us attend church this weekend?
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)