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The Danger of Immorality

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Introduction

Our text today provides us with a picture of what parenting is all about. Part of the parent’s role is to guide and teach their children to go in the way they should go so that when they grow up they will apply it in their lives.
Train up a child [a]in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 NASB95
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Prov
Yes parenting involves talking to your children. Get them use to hearing from you verbally so that when they grow up they won’t refer to it as awkward. You teach your children before the idea get’s into their mind. Better to teach to them so they will not make a mistake instead of teaching them after they make a mistake. Teaching should be proactive and not a response to explain a wrong act committed. In today’s text, Solomon is talking to his son about the subject of sexual immorality. I believed this is part of sex education that should be taking place in the home. When you talk about sexual immorality you also need to discuss sexual purity. The topic surrounding sex as a family discussion is one of the most avoided or absent in the home. Sexual immorality is all over and families are exposed to in different ways, shape and form. That’s why we should be talking about it. Today we will learn the danger of immorality.

What kind of wisdom is Solomon teaching his son?

1. Do not commit adultery.

2. Avoid immoral ruin and regret.

3. Be faithful to your spouse.

1. Do not commit adultery.

Proverbs 5:3 NASB95
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
Exodus 20:14 NASB95
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
Ex 20:15
Exodus 20:14 NASB95
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:14 NASB95
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
Proverbs 5:3 NASB95
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
He is taught to “give attention” to his dad’s wisdom
To Incline his ears to his Dad’s understanding
He is taught to “LISTEN” - hear and obey, follow.
Why should he listen? He is speaking from experience,

Solomon’s association with this topic:

Solomon was the third and last king of the united kingdom of Israel, following King Saul and King David.
He was the son of David and Bathsheba, the former wife of Uriah the Hittite whom David had killed to hide his adultery with Bathsheba while her husband was on the battle front.
Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon, the book of Ecclesiastes, and much of the book of Proverbs.
Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, many of them foreigners who led him into public idolatry in his old age, greatly angering God (). records,
Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, many of them foreigners who led him into public idolatry in his old age, greatly angering God (). records, "The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.
1 Kings 11:9–10 NASB95
9 Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, 10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not observe what the Lord had commanded.
"The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.
A description of the adulteress:
He lips (v.3)
Proverbs 5:3 NASB95
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
Her lips are sweet & her speech smooth
Prov. 5
Her lips are sweet & her speech smooth
wormwood - a small, heavily branched shrub with hairy, gray leaves, known for its extremely bitter taste. In the bible it is used figuratively for bitterness and sorrow. Though itself not poisonous, wormwood is often linked with the Hebrew word rōʾš, sometimes translated as “gall,” which refers to a bitter and poisonous plant. Let’s look at other bible references to “wormwood.”
Other biblical mentions of WORMWOOD:
Deuteronomy 29:18 NASB95
18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.
use to describe the fruit of idolatry as POISONOUS and BITTER
Below Jeremiah speaking:
Jeremiah 5:7 NASB95
7 “Why should I pardon you? Your sons have forsaken Me And sworn by those who are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, They committed adultery And trooped to the harlot’s house.
Jeremiah 23:15 NASB95
15 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’ ”
Jeremiah declares the judgment of God against the people of Judah
b. Her feet (v.5)
b. Her feet (v.5)
Her feet (v.5)
Proverbs 5:5 NASB95
5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.
Prov
Her feet leads to death and destruction.
Luke 16:22–23 NASB95
22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
c. Her ways (v.6)
Proverbs 5:6 NASB95
6 She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
her thoughts about her future are not good, she does not care about consequences of her decisions.
her ways are crooked
wormwood - a small, heavily branched shrub with hairy, gray leaves, known for its extremely bitter taste. In the bible it is used figuratively for bitterness and sorrow. Though itself not poisonous, wormwood is often linked with the Hebrew word rōʾš, sometimes translated as “gall,” which refers to a bitter and poisonous plant. Let’s look at other bible references to “wormwood.”
is always used figuratively for bitterness and sorrow. Though itself not poisonous, wormwood is often linked with the Hebrew word rōʾš, sometimes translated as “gall,” which refers to a bitter and poisonous plant
Deuteronomy 29:18 NASB95
18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.
known for its extremely bitter taste
a small, heavily branched shrub with hairy, gray leaves.
Reddish, M. G. (1992). Wormwood. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (Vol. 6, p. 973). New York: Doubleday.
Reddish, M. G. (1992). Wormwood. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (Vol. 6, p. 973). New York: Doubleday.
Jeremiah 5:7 NASB95
7 “Why should I pardon you? Your sons have forsaken Me And sworn by those who are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, They committed adultery And trooped to the harlot’s house.
Jeremiah 23:15 NASB95
15 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’ ”
Jer 23:
Jeremiah declares the judgment of God against the people of Judah
Reddish, M. G. (1992). Wormwood. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (Vol. 6, p. 973). New York: Doubleday.
Proverbs 5:3–4 NASB95
3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
In our text today Proverbs portrays the loose woman as a deceiver whose lips drip honey, but who in reality “is bitter as wormwood.”
deceiver whose lips drip honey, but who in reality “is bitter as wormwood” (5:3–4).

2. Avoid immoral ruin & regret.

Here more of Solomon’s words:
DO NOT TURN AWAY FROM MY WARNING
Proverbs 5:7 NASB95
7 Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
b. FLEE (stay away - with the idea of urgency) from the immoral person.
Proverbs 5:8 NASB95
8 Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,
do not associate yourself with this kind of people.
1 Corinthians 6:18 NASB95
18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
1 Corinthians 6:20 NASB95
20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Cor
1 Cor 2:22
By fleeing you will avoid:
1My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
2That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.
3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;
4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.
6She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
7Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,
9Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;
10And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
11And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
12And you say, “How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!
13“I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!
14“I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
15Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.
16Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
17Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
20For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He watches all his paths.
22His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
23He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
Sacrificing your honor, strength
You may lose everything - wealth position, respect.
Proverbs 5:8–10 NASB95
8 Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house, 9 Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one; 10 And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;
Prov. 5:8-10
EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS OR PROMINENT PEOPLE LOOSING THEIR JOBS DUE TO INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who abruptly resigned after what the tech firm on Thursday described as a "past consensual relationship" with a company employee, is the latest in a string of top business executives who were ousted or resigned for violating corporate codes of conduct. (USA Today, July 21, 2018)
1. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who abruptly resigned after what the tech firm on Thursday described as a "past consensual relationship" with a company employee, is the latest in a string of top business executives who were ousted or resigned for violating corporate codes of conduct.
PRICELINE CEO Darren Huston - Resigned in April 2016 after a lengthy investigation revealed a relationship with a female employee.
Resigned in April 2016 after a lengthy investigation revealed a relationship with a female employee.
American Apparel CEO Dov Charney - Fired in June 2014 by the trendy clothing company he founded. The ouster followed claims of sexual harassment of employees.
Boeing - CEO Harry Stonecipher - Resigned in March 2005 following an investigation into a consensual relationship with Boeing executive.
CEO Dov Charney
Proverbs (King James Version) F. The Wise Path of Life (Part 6): Flee from Evil Seduction, 5:1–23

You will regret & groan in agony over your sin at the end of life

If you don’t flee from sin you will regret & groan in agony over your sin at the end of life.
CEO Harry Stonecipher
Proverbs 5:11 NASB95
11 And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;
You will regret & groan in agony over your sin at the end of life
In the most recent news associated to the topic of sexual adultery / prostitution - JEFFREY EPSTEIN.
You will regret & groan in agony over your sin at the end of life
This kind of sin will:
Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (2012). Proverbs (p. 98). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
cause you to suffer unending remorse, public disgrace and humiliation.
Why is sexual immorality a serious offense?
1 Corinthians 3:16–17 NASB95
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
1 Cor
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NASB95
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Do not have sex with other women other than your wife. Sex is for marriage not outside of marriage

3. Be faithful to your spouse.

Share you life and love with your wife.
whom you promise to cherish, protect and love till death do you part (NOT DEBT do you PART).
Proverbs 5:15–17 NASB95
15 Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.
Prov 5:15-
Do not have sex with other women other than your wife. Sex is for marriage not outside of marriage
b. Share your wealth not your marriage bed to others.
Proverbs 5:18–19 NASB95
18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
Prov. 5:18-
You source of sexual pleasure must only come from your wife and not someone else’s wife or the internet.
c. Keep your love and attraction to your wife only.
Proverbs (King James Version) F. The Wise Path of Life (Part 6): Flee from Evil Seduction, 5:1–23

Solomon warns his son about the enticing ways of the seductress and the painful end of an illicit affair. Scripture does not identify the status of the woman in question here. It may refer to a woman …

• who is a prostitute

• who is the wife of another man

• who is not married

Solomon warns his son about the enticing ways of the seductress and the painful end of an illicit affair. Scripture does not identify the status of the woman in question here. It may refer to a woman …
Solomon warns his son about the enticing ways of the seductress and the painful end of an illicit affair. Scripture does not identify the status of the woman in question here. It may refer to a woman …
• who is a prostitute
• who is the wife of another man
• who is not married
Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (2012). Proverbs (p. 99). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide.
Any married person, MAN or WOMAN who get’s involve with another person follow the path of a seductress.
Although the context of is within a marriage setting, it’s rules and consequence are similar to unmarried parties.
e. CONSEQUENCE
Proverbs 5:20–23 NASB95
20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? 21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He watches all his paths. 22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin. 23 He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
Prov. 5:20
our life is an open book
open to the world to see - through the consequences.
open to the eyes of God to see you deliver’s the consequences.
Fired in June 2014 by the trendy clothing company he founded. The ouster followed claims of sexual harassment of employees.
destruction awates
you will be trapped by your your sinful deeds.

Lessons Learned:

Be wise, pay attention and apply what the Bible teaches.
Immorality demands a high price, it will cause your marriage, wealth, life and even friendships.
No one is an exception, every married couple will be tempted. Man usually talks about their relationship successes and not their struggles.
Remember your marriage vows, commit to it, honor it, fulfill it. Protect it otherwise someone will destroy it.
5. Ways to protect marriage:
5. Ways to protect marriage:
a. Keep the marriage fires burning - fire
must be fed to keep it lighted. Courtship
keeps you away from court.
b. Focus on meeting each other’s needs - in
this case physical, emotional and sexual.
c. Keep away from unrealistic expectations.
Not just stay close with each other but
let each other stay close to the Lord.
d. Pray together, worship God together,
honor God together.
e. Don’t take each other forgranted.
Focus on meeting each other’s needs - in this case physical, emotional and sexual.
Keep away from unrealistic expectations.
Not just stay close with each other but let each other stay close to the Lord.
Pray together, worship God together, honor God together.
Resigned in March 2005 following an investigation into a consensual relationship with Boeing executive.
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