Proverbs 7 - Avoiding Sexual Sin pt VI

Steve Viars March 23, 2002 Proverbs 7:

- this morning we're going to move into Proverbs chapter 7, the third of 3 chapters in this book especially addressing sexual sin.
- I know that we didn't completely finish chapter 6, but I'd like us to keep moving and we'll bring some ideas from chapter 6 into our discussion of chapter 7 as time allows because these ideas obviously all fit together.

- the overall outline Warren Wiersbe uses for these chapters is:
I.  Sexual Sin is Eventually Disappointing - Chapter 5
II.  Sexual Sin is Gradually Destructive - Chapter 6
III.  Sexual Sin is Ultimately Deadly - Chapter 7

- read Proverbs 7

III.  Sexual Sin is Ultimately Deadly

- these verses describe a young man who is caught in sexual sin.
- he stops behaving like a person created in the image of God and starts behaving like an animal, which is an excellent picture of how sexual sin affects an individual.
- as we pointed out in the other chapters, this discussion begins with an emphasis on the Word of God.

A.  God's Word will keep you from this death.

- we won't take time to look at each phrase since these concepts have been addressed in the previous chapters…but let me ask you:

INPUT - What concepts do you see in verses 1-5 that are especially important?  How do they relate to the statements about God's Word in the previous two chapters?

[point out the relationship between 6:22 and 7:4]


B.  A person who sins sexually tempts himself.

INPUT - what is the relationship between James 1:13 [God does not tempt us] and Matthew 6:13 [Lead us not into temptation]?
- asking God to help us not take steps into temptation that will lead to actions of sin…["Don't go there" is the more contemporary phrase].


- this young man is setting himself up to fall.
- INPUT - How?

1.  out at night with no particular reason or purpose
2.  goes by her house

- cf. Proverbs 5:8 - Keep your way far from her
- cf. Job 31:1 - I have made a covenant with my eyes
- cf. Proverbs 3:26, 4:27 - Let the Word of God guide your feet

- INPUT - Do you agree that this man is tempting himself, and how might a person do a similar thing today?  How can we prevent this?


C.  A person who sins sexually will be tempted by others.

- once he has set himself on this path, he finds someone who will be glad to participate in the temptation.
- it is not that the sin is the other person's fault, but that many people in this world are more than happy to help you sin.
- INPUT - Why is that?

- please notice the steps…

1.  She comes out to meet him - v. 10

- she's waiting…

2.  Her dress is part of the temptation - v. 10

- develop - the issue of modesty

3.  She is loud and rebellious - v.11

- her actions flow out of her character…
- her feet will not stay at home

4.  I will make you a wonderful meal - v. 14
- that’s the point of the peace offering--she would have meat leftover from that offering

5.  I want you - v. 15
- notice the flattering speech…

6.  I am ready for you - v. 16-18
- notice the appeal to all the senses…feeling orientation on steroids
7.  No one will know - v. 19-20
- her husband will be gone for some time

8.  The temptation is all wrapped up in words - v. 21

- develop the different ways this concept is emphasized in this verse
- many persuasions
- entices him
- flattering lips
- seduces him


D.  A person who sins sexually tempts the Lord.

- Wiersbe makes a good point when he says that humans are the only part of God's creation who can choose what kind of creature we want to be.
- we can choose to be like a sheep following our master….or we can choose to be like an ox going to the slaughter.

- [if time, tie in the idea of being burned from the previous chapter]

Wiersbe – Fire is a good thing if it’s confined and controlled.  It can keep us warm, cook our food, drive turbines, and manufacture our electricity.  Sex is a good gift from God but, like fire, if it gets out of control, it becomes destructive.  What begins as a “warm” experience soon becomes a burning experience, like holding a torch in your lap or walking on burning coals.
“But sex is a normal desire, given to us by God,” some people argue. “Therefore, we have every right to use it, even if we’re not married.  It’s like eating: If you’re hungry, God gave you food to eat; if you’re lonely, God gave you sex to enjoy.”  Some of the people in the Corinthian church used this argument to defend their sinful ways: Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods” (1 Cor. 6:13, NKJV).  But Paul made it clear that the believer’s body belonged to God and that the presence of a desire wasn’t the same as the privilege to satisfy that desire (vv. 12-20).


- INPUT - Has anyone here ever been burned, or seen anyone burned?  What is that like?  What picture is being painted here?
- develop kid at hayride jumping over the fire and falling in.


- cf. Hebrews 13:4 - fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

 

 

 

 

 


Adult Bible Fellowship
Avoiding Sexual Sin #6
Proverbs Series #24

Introduction

I.  Sexual Sin is Eventually Disappointing - Chapter 5
II.  Sexual Sin is Gradually Destructive - Chapter 6
III.  Sexual Sin is Ultimately Deadly - Chapter 7

 


III.  Sexual Sin is Ultimately ____________
A.  God's Word will keep you from this ___________.
INPUT - What concepts do you see in verses 1-5 that are especially important?  How do they relate to the statements about God's Word in the previous two chapters?

B.  A person who sins sexually tempts ______________.
INPUT - What is the relationship between James 1:13 [God does not tempt us] and Matthew 6:13 [Lead us not into temptation]?

C.  A person who sins sexually will be tempted by ______________.
1.  She comes _________ to meet him - v. 10
2.  Her __________ is part of the temptation - v. 10
3.  She is ________ and _________________ - v.11
4.  I will make you a wonderful ___________ - v. 14
5.  I __________ you - v. 15
6.  I am _____________ for you - v. 16-18
7.  ______ _________ will know - v. 19-20
8.  The temptation is all wrapped up in ___________ - v. 21

 

D.  A person who sins sexually tempts the __________.
Wiersbe – Fire is a good thing if it’s confined and controlled.  It can keep us warm, cook our food, drive turbines, and manufacture our electricity.  Sex is a good gift from God but, like fire, if it gets out of control, it becomes destructive.  What begins as a “warm” experience soon becomes a burning experience, like holding a torch in your lap or walking on burning coals.
“But sex is a normal desire, given to us by God,” some people argue. “Therefore, we have every right to use it, even if we’re not married.  It’s like eating: If you’re hungry, God gave you food to eat; if you’re lonely, God gave you sex to enjoy.”  Some of the people in the Corinthian church used this argument to defend their sinful ways: Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods” (1 Cor. 6:13, NKJV).  But Paul made it clear that the believer’s body belonged to God and that the presence of a desire wasn’t the same as the privilege to satisfy that desire (vv. 12-20).

 

 



Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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