PROVERBS
LESSON FIFTEEN

Proverbs 7:9-23
     6.   For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
     7.   And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of
           understanding,
     8.   Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
     9.   In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
     10. And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
     11. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
     12. Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
     13. So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
     14. I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.        
     15. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
     16. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
     17. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
     18. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
     19. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
     20. He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
     21. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
     22. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the
           stocks;
     23. Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his
           life.

   Our lesson for tonight is about a young man who is enticed by a harlot, into coming into her house and
spending the night with him. Even though the passage is speaking about the sins of whoredom, the same
principles and temptations apply to any sins that entice us, whether it be man or woman.

Verse 6 -  For at the window of my house I looked through my casement

     [A] It begins by Solomon saying, I was looking out my window, I was observing the things that were
             happening around me, I was watching the youth

     [B] I feel that many of us are doing this very thing today, we are watching the things that are taking
             place around us, and are disturbed by what is taking place.
             [1] Unlike Solomon, we do not have to stand at our window to see what is happening, we can
                     sit in front of our TV’s and see all around the world, or open our newspapers and see
                     what is taking place around us.
                     [a] This is not to say that what we are seeing is unbiased, for in many cases it is not,
                             but is instead the product of what the particular station wants to show us.
                     [b] Even so, there are stations who show the truth, and give it to us unbiased sop that
                             we can make our own decisions
             [2] Like Solomon we need be looking outside our own comfort zone, in order to see what is
                     taking place around us,
     [C] One fault I see in Solomon’s story, and a fault that I see in our own selves all to often is this:
             [1] From what we can determine - Solomon seen the sin taking place,
             [2] Although he seen the sin happening he did nothing to stop it, or to try to keep the young
                     man from following the harlot into her home.
             [3] We also all to often see sin in the making, and instead of trying to stop it, or trying to
                     rescue our youth from it’s grasp, we sit at our window watching and talk about them
                     and complain, instead of getting involved

Verse 7 - And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of
     understanding,

     [A] Sitting at his window, Solomon saw a young man a youth, whom had not the understanding he
             should have had,
             [1] Apparently it was obvious to Solomon that this young man was week
             [2] Possibly he had seen him fall into sin before

       [B] The Young man
             [1] He was a simple one - untrained in the ways of life
             [2] He laced understanding that come from experience
             [3] Possibly he was like many of our young men today, thinking he had all the answers, and
                     refusing advice from those who know
             [4] This young man was seen among the other youths -
                     [a] He was running with the crowd
                     [b] He most likely was trying to impress his friends.
             [5] He lacked understanding
                     [a] This is the problem of our youth today - they lack understanding
                     [b] This is not to say they do not have an education, they do, yet what they lace is
                             Spiritual understanding and a knowledge between right and wrong

Verse 8 - Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,

     [A] The young man was on the street near her house,
             [1] Apparently he knew where she lived
             [2] He had placed himself in a place where he could be enticed and drawn in
             [3] Where should he have been?

     [B] He went the way to here house
             [1] You will notice when you read this passage, that it appears the woman enticed the young
                     man to come in
             [2] Yet here we see that the young man was not only on here street, he went to her house,
                     [a] I don’t think it took a lot of enticing to get him inside.
                     [b] I believe the young man went there for the purpose of seeing the woman - it was
                              not a freak accident his being there

     [C]
James 4:1-5
             1.  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your
                   lusts that war in your members?
             2.  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet
                   ye have not, because ye ask not.
             3.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
             4.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with
                   God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
             5.   Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
                     [a] Unless one has lust in their heart they cannot be tempted
                     [b] This young man lusted after the woman, he had sexual urges else he could not have
                             been tempted by her

Verse 9 - In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

     [A] In the first place, they young man  at the woman’s house, for a reason

     [B] Secondly, he was there at night -
             [1] Apparently he showed up in  the dark hoping no-one would see him                
             [2] He had enough goodness about him to know that he was about to commit adultery, so he
                     came sneaking around during the cover of darkness, hoping no-one would find out and
                     tell
                     [a] This is how sin, and temptation works - Satan convinces us that no-one will know,
                             that we are covered by darkness and even God will not see us
                     [b] The irrepressible urges of lust overrides our judgment, and teaching, and all we can
                             think about is satisfying our urges, and quenching our lust
                     [c] Satan blinds us with his words of encouragement and his lies, just as he did Eve in
                             the garden when he convinced her that God was only trying to keep them from               
                             becoming smart, for then they would be like God understanding good and evil

Verse 10 - And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart

     [A] The young man met the woman - the woman he had desired to meet, therefore he was at here
             house.

     [B] The woman was dressed like a harlot, and therefore that was here occupation - she was a harlot,
             and her trade would have been known to the young man

     [C] She like all of the sins Satan tempts us with, was subtil of heart,
             [1] That word subtil means
                     1. Hardly noticeable
                     2. Shrewd - Perspective
                     3. Clever - Sly
             [2] Hardly noticeable
                     [a] She probably looked like most other women
                     [b] She did not come onto him strong, but instead let his own lust entice him to her
             [3] Shrewd
                     [a] She knew how to trap this young man and how to get his money
             [4] Clever
                     [a] She knew the right moves
                     [b] She knew the right things to say

Verses 11-12 - (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the
     streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

     [A] Here again we see how sin works,
             [1] You don’t have to open yourself up to temptation and sin, it’s everywhere at every street
                     corner, and every dark spot along the road
             [2] Sin and Satan is lurking waiting and watching for you and I to slip up, or to become
                     interested in a sinful thing, then he can start his cunningness and get us to fall

     [B] Unlike the boy in the scripture, we must be aware of what is around us, aware of the things that
             we are tempted by, and stay as far from them as we possibly can

Verses 13-18  
     13. So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
     14. I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
     15. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
     16. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
     17. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
     18. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

     [A] She caught him
             [1] We have already saw, she didn’t have to go far because he had gone to her house,.

     [B] In here cunning way, she offered him all the things that would make him want to be with her
             [1] She was clean - having completed here monthly cycle, and cleansed from it
             [2] She had sought him out - and him alone, (verse 15) of all the men in the city, it was him
                     she wanted
             [3] She had decorated her room, and perfumed it, with costly spices to entertain him -
                     implying she had did it all just for him
             [4] Then she asked him to come and love here til morning - something a young man full of
                     himself would have loved to hear.

     [C] Again this is how sin works,
             [1] Satan knows what we want
             [2] He knows how to entice us
             [3] He knows what to place in front of us to tempt us
             [4] You know how he knows these things
                     [a] He watches us
                     [b] He listens to our speech
                     [c] He knows the weakness of man
Verse 19-20
     19. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
     20. He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

     [A] Not only was this woman a harlot, she was a married woman and here husband was gone

     [B] She knew when he would return, so the young man had noting to worry about

Verse 21 - With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

     [A] She knew the words to say, and the way to say them

     [B] Even so, It was not very hard to get the young man to go with her, for he desired it and her in his
             heart, all he needed was for her to convince him it was OK

Verse 22 - He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the
          stocks;

     [A] With no thought of what he was doing, the young man followed her.

     [B] Even knowing the law of the land stated that a man and woman caught together, and in here case           
             a married woman, both would be put to death.
             [1] Sin is powerful
             [2] Lust drives a person to dreadful things

Verse 23 - Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his
     life.

     [A] What Solomon is saying here is:
             [a] Sin creeps in unaware - and before one know what’s happening, it has it’s snare in you
             [b] All sin, no matter how large or how small, is a sin against God
             [b] Sin leads to death, therefore, one who is under the blood of Christ ought not to sin, but
                     instead should be living and walking in the light of Christ.
             [c] All sins can be forgiven, except one, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
             [d] This does not give one free reign to sin, once they have accepted Jesus as their saviour,
                     and repented of their sins, they should do everything possible to refrain from sinning.

     [B] To be a sinner is to walk in darkness,
             [a] Like the young man who sneaked around at night to do his sin, those who sin arein darkness, and
                     need the light of Christ in order to change
             [b] There are no grey areas in the Spiritual world, either you are walking in the light, or you
                     are in darkness, you cannot have both