Proverbs 6:20-26 “My child, guard the commands of your father and do not forsake the instruction of your mother. Bind them on your heart continually; fasten them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; when you wake up, they will talk to you. For the commandments are like a lamp, instruction is like a light, and rebukes of discipline are like the road leading to life, by keeping you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the loose woman. Do not lust in your heart for her beauty, and do not let her captivate you with her alluring eyes; for on account of a prostitute one is brought down to a loaf of bread, but the wife of another man preys on your precious life.”
“But I’ve heard all of this before!” I know, I know. But in truth, it’s repetition that helps us to learn and to realize the importance of what we’re learning. I believe it’s one reason we have four gospels. While each conveys the life of Jesus in a slightly different way, many of the events are repeated. That helps us to remember them and it helps us to realize that what we’re learning is important. After all, God put it all together for us: “every scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). Proverbs repetition should serve as a warning and a guide to us. This is important stuff. We need to pay attention.
So, what do we find in our passage today?
- We’re reminded of the importance of family in conveying truth.
- We’re reminded of our need to pay attention to the truth.
- We’re reminded of the need to mediate on the truth, particularly the truth of Scripture.
Joshua 1:8 “This law scroll must not leave your lips. You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it.”
- We’re reminded that the truth is our guide and our lamp, and that it keeps out of trouble.
- And one way it keeps us from trouble is by warning us about the dangers of sexual immorality. What a poetic warning: “the wife of another man preys on your precious life.“
- And we’re again reminded that sin begins on the inside. Although we see with the eyes, lust starts in the heart and the mind.