Proverbs (Part 053) - Pro 5:11-12Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
11. Pro 5:11 - "And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed," A. And thou mourn at the last, i. Solomon now gives the third reason for giving his commandment to stay far away from the strange woman (Pro 5:8). ii. The first thing that happens to the adulterer is that his honour is immediately taken away as soon as he is found out (Pro 5:9). iii. The second thing happens shortly afterwards when his wife takes him first to the judge and then to the cleaners to drain him of a least half his wealth up front and a sizeable percentage of his income for years to come (Pro 5:10). iv. The last thing happens after the shame and the financial penalties have been inflicted. a. Last adj. - 10. In phrases formed with prepositions. a. at last, at the last : at the end, in the end, finally, ultimately. b. The last punishment is the longest lasting one. c. It will cause more mourning because it can last for the rest of his life. d. Mourn v. - 1. To feel sorrow, grief, or regret (often with added notion of expressing one's grief); to sorrow, grieve, lament. e. It happens when... B. when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, i. There are at least two ways that the whoremonger or adulterer's flesh and body can be consumed. a. God sometimes accomplishes this by way of STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) which inflict infection and suffering on the genitals and other parts of the body. (i) The penis is called flesh in scripture (Eze 23:20). (ii) STDs can consume that flesh. (iii) Consider how the following STDs will consume one's flesh and body. The following information is from the Mayo Clinic's website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/in-depth/std-symptoms/art-20047081. 1. Chlamydia a. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection of your genital tract. Chlamydia may be difficult to detect because early-stage infections often cause few or no signs and symptoms. When they do occur, symptoms usually start one to three weeks after you've been exposed to chlamydia and may be mild and pass quickly. Signs and symptoms may include: o Painful urination o Lower abdominal pain o Vaginal discharge in women o Discharge from the penis in men o Pain during sexual intercourse in women o Bleeding between periods in women o Testicular pain in men 2. Gonorrhea a. Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection of your genital tract. The bacteria can also grow in your mouth, throat, eyes and anus. The first gonorrhea symptoms generally appear within 10 days after exposure. However, some people may be infected for months before signs or symptoms occur. Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea may include: o Thick, cloudy or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina o Pain or burning sensation when urinating o Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods o Painful, swollen testicles o Painful bowel movements o Anal itching 3. Trichomoniasis a. Trichomoniasis is a common STI caused by a microscopic, one-celled parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. This organism spreads during sexual intercourse with someone who already has the infection. The organism usually infects the urinary tract in men, but often causes no symptoms. Trichomoniasis typically infects the vagina in women. When trichomoniasis causes symptoms, they may appear within five to 28 days of exposure and range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Signs and symptoms may include: o Clear, white, greenish or yellowish vaginal discharge o Discharge from the penis o Strong vaginal odor o Vaginal itching or irritation o Itching or irritation inside the penis o Pain during sexual intercourse o Painful urination 4. HIV and AIDS a. HIV is an infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV interferes with your body's ability to fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause illness, and it can lead to AIDS, a chronic, life-threatening disease. When first infected with HIV, you may have no symptoms. Some people develop a flu-like illness, usually two to six weeks after being infected. Still, the only way you know if you have HIV is to be tested. Early signs and symptoms Early HIV signs and symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and are often mistaken for those of another viral infection. During this period, you're highly infectious. More-persistent or -severe symptoms of HIV infection may not appear for 10 years or more after the initial infection. Early-stage HIV symptoms may include: o Fever o Headache o Sore throat o Swollen lymph glands o Rash o Fatigue As the virus continues to multiply and destroy immune cells, you may develop mild infections or chronic signs and symptoms such as: o Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection o Diarrhea o Weight loss o Fever o Cough and shortness of breath Late-stage HIV infection Signs and symptoms of late-stage HIV infection include: o Persistent, unexplained fatigue o Soaking night sweats o Shaking chills or fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C) for several weeks o Swelling of lymph nodes for more than three months o Chronic diarrhea o Persistent headaches o Unusual, opportunistic infections 5. Genital herpes a. Genital herpes is a highly contagious STI caused by a type of the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that enters your body through small breaks in your skin or mucous membranes. Most people with HSV never know they have it, because they have no signs or symptoms or the signs and symptoms are so mild they go unnoticed. When signs and symptoms are noticeable, the first episode is generally the worst. Some people never have a second episode. Others, however, can have recurrent episodes for decades. When present, genital herpes signs and symptoms may include: o Small red bumps, blisters (vesicles) or open sores (ulcers) in the genital and anal areas and areas nearby o Pain or itching around the genital area, buttocks and inner thighs Ulcers can make urination painful. You may also have pain and tenderness in your genital area until the infection clears. During an initial episode, you may have flu-like signs and symptoms, such as a headache, muscle aches and fever, as well as swollen lymph nodes in your groin. In some cases, the infection can be active and contagious even when sores aren't present. 6. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and genital warts a. HPV infection is one of the most common types of STIs. Some forms of HPV put women at high risk of cervical cancer. Other forms cause genital warts. HPV usually has no signs or symptoms. The signs and symptoms of genital warts include: o Small, flesh-colored or gray swellings in your genital area o Several warts close together that take on a cauliflower shape o Itching or discomfort in your genital area o Bleeding with intercourse Often, however, genital warts cause no symptoms. Genital warts may be as small as 1 millimeter in diameter or may multiply into large clusters. Warts can also develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person. 7. Hepatitis a. Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are all contagious viral infections that affect your liver. Hepatitis B and C are the most serious of the three, but each can cause your liver to become inflamed. Some people never develop signs or symptoms. But for those who do, signs and symptoms may occur several weeks after exposure and may include: o Fatigue o Nausea and vomiting o Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs o Loss of appetite o Fever o Dark urine o Muscle or joint pain o Itching o Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice) 8. Syphilis a. Syphilis is a bacterial infection. The disease affects your genitals, skin and mucous membranes, but it can also involve many other parts of your body, including your brain and your heart. The signs and symptoms of syphilis may occur in three stages — primary, secondary, and tertiary. Some people also experience latent syphilis, in which blood tests are positive for the bacteria but no symptoms are present. At first, only a small, painless sore (chancre) may be present at the site of infection, usually the genitals, rectum, tongue or lips. As the disease worsens, symptoms may include: o Rash marked by red or reddish-brown, penny-sized sores over any area of your body, including your palms and soles o Fever o Enlarged lymph nodes o Fatigue and a vague feeling of discomfort o Soreness and aching Without treatment, syphilis bacteria may spread, leading to serious internal organ damage and death years after the original infection. Some of the signs and symptoms of late-stage syphilis include: o Lack of coordination o Numbness o Paralysis o Blindness o Dementia There's also a condition known as congenital syphilis, which occurs when a pregnant woman with syphilis passes the disease to her unborn infant. Congenital syphilis can be disabling, even life-threatening, so it's important for pregnant women with syphilis to be treated. (iv) STDs are ubiquitous in America today. 1. At any given time there are 110 million STIs (sexually transmitted infections) among Americans. a. "Experts estimate that the number of sexually transmitted infections among Americans now totals more than 110 million." (Millions of Americans Have an STD: Report, MedicineNet, 2013) b. "The incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is increasing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At any given time, there are an estimated 110 million sexually transmitted infections in the United States." (In the U.S., 110 Million S.T.D. Infections, The New York Times, 9-29-2017) c. The New York Times article added the following correction after publishing the article: "An earlier version of this story misstated the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. There are 110 million such infections, not 110 million people with infections, at any given time. (Some people may have more than one infection.)" (Ibid) 2. "On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that reported cases of three sexually transmitted diseases in the United States had reached an all-time high in 2017. Rates of gonorrhea rose by 67 percent, syphilis by 76 percent, and chlamydia by 21 percent, to a total of almost 2.3 million cases nationwide. According to the CDC, 2017 surpassed 2016 as the year with the most reported STD cases on record—and marked the fourth year in a row that STDs increased steeply in the U.S." (Why Are STDs on the Rise If Americans Are Having Less Sex?, The Atlantic, 8-29-2018) (v) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb 10:31). (vi) What is the solution to the STD problem in America? QUIT FORNICATING! (vii) Parents must warn their children of these dreadful diseases which they will very likely contract if they fornicate. b. The second way that the fornicator's flesh and body can be consumed is in the lake of fire after the final judgment. (i) Our God is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29). (ii) God judges whoremongers and adulterers (Heb 13:4). (iii) He judges them by throwing them into the lake of fire (Mat 10:28; Rev 21:8). 12. Pro 5:12 - "And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;" A. And say, How have I hated instruction, i. Instruction n. - 1. The action of instructing or teaching; the imparting of knowledge or skill; education; information. 2. The knowledge or teaching imparted. With an and pl. An item of knowledge imparted; an instructive rule, a precept, a lesson. ii. A wise man hears his father's instruction (Pro 13:1), receives it (Pro 19:20), and loves it (Pro 12:1); but a stupid fool hates it and refuses it (Pro 1:7; Pro 12:1; Pro 15:5). iii. The man who hates instruction hates himself (Pro 15:32). iv. The man who keeps instruction is in the way of life (Pro 10:17; Pro 8:33-35). a. But he who hates it and thus disregards it is in the way of death (Pro 8:36). b. This is precisely the condition the fornicator is in when his flesh and his body are being consumed because he rejected the instruction of his father and his God (Pro 5:11). v. The man now laments a bitter lamentation because he not only is suffering physical pain because of his sin, but he is also suffering the regret, embarrassment, and shame that accompanies rejecting wise instruction (Pro 13:18). vi. "Those who don't listen have to feel." (Leon Wagner) vii. How many sons have refused their father's instruction only to later bitterly lament their foolishness when they are suffering with an STD or a bastard they have to pay child support for for the next 18 years! viii. But by the time the regret comes it's too late, and God will not undue their punishment (Pro 1:24-32). B. and my heart despised reproof; i. Despise v. - 1. trans. To look down upon; to view with contempt; to think scornfully or slightingly of. ii. Reproof n. - 1. Shame, disgrace, ignominy or reproach, adhering or resulting to a person in consequence or by reason of some fact, event, conduct, etc. (last usage in 1567) 3. Censure, rebuke, reprimand, reprehension. iii. He who looked down upon reproof now looks down upon himself (Pro 15:32). a. Remember this the next time you scoff at a warning from the word of God or a man of God. b. You may come to bitterly regret it. iv. The man that hates reproof could pay for it with his life (Pro 15:10). v. Such is the case with the man who disregards the warnings about going into the strange woman (Pro 5:11 c/w Pro 5:23).
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