An Ox to the Slaughter

In Proverbs, it is written that “the lips of an adulteress drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil.” Isn’t this how our society packages adultery? Sweet and smooth. Proverbs continues, “But, in the end, she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword” (Proverbs 5:3-4).

As for the man who commits adultery, the Bible says he is “like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver” (Proverbs 7:22-23).

The Lord is very descriptive with His wording; you get the idea that this is not an innocent sin. Many men–rich, poor, old, young, heathen and Christian–can tell you how such an act has ruined their lives and the lives of their families. Many are the victims, but many are also victorious. So, how do we win against such a dangerous foe?

The Old Testament Joseph won. Here’s how:

“Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’

“But, he refused and told her, ‘My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How, then, could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’

“And, though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her” (Genesis 39:6, 10).

There’s the package–sweet and smooth, an easy score. You can almost see Satan rubbing his hands together anxious for Joseph to open the box. But, Joseph knows what’s inside, and he calls it what it is. It’s a wicked thing and a sin against God.

To defeat this foe, we have to first call it what it is; it’s a wicked thing–not a score. Joseph saw it as God sees it, and he simply refused to do it. That’s our answer: to see adultery as God sees it and refuse to do it. No matter how sweet and smooth the package may seem, no matter how pretty the wrappings, don’t open the box. Inside, it is “bitter as gall and sharp as a double-edged sword.”

Men, the choice is ours; we can be the victor, or we can be the ox.

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