Proverbs 5:8 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
8. Pro 5:8 - "Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:" A. Remove thy way far from her, i. Fornication is one of the sins in the Bible that we are told to flee and not fight (1Co 6:18). a. "Other vices may be conquered in fight, this only by flight." (Matthew Henry's Commentary, 1Co 6:18) b. As Solomon taught in chapter 4, in order to keep ourselves from sin we must "enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men" (Pro 4:14) and "avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away" (Pro 4:15). ii. We must remove our way far from her. a. Remove v. - 1. a. To move or shift from or out of the place occupied; to lift or push aside; to lift up and take away; to take off. b. To take away, withdraw, from a place, person, etc.; †to raise, abandon (a siege). Also refl. to betake oneself away. c. To take or convey away from a place; †to keep apart, separate. Also removed, taken away by death. b. The use of the word remove implies that we will eventually end up in the presence of a strange woman. c. When we find that our path has crossed hers, we must quickly get away from her. d. As soon as you realize that you are in the presence of an unchaste woman, flee immediately. e. Remove thy foot from evil (Pro 4:27). iii. We must get far from her. a. It's not enough to stay at an arm's length away from her either; we must stay a great distance from her. b. Far adv. - 1. At a great distance, a long way off. Const. from, (colloq.) off. c. The closer a man gets in physical proximity to a strange woman, the more likely he is to be enticed by her. B. and come not nigh the door of her house: i. Better than fleeing after having crossed paths with the strange woman is avoiding her altogether to prevent an interaction in the first place. ii. Avoid and pass not by the dwelling of a strange woman (Pro 4:15). a. Flee youthful lusts (2Ti 2:22). b. Deny the temptation to go near her as soon as it enters your mind. iii. This verse can be used in principle to not go near a strange woman wherever she may be. iv. But it is also to be heeded in its primary application which is to stay away from her actual house. a. If the young man in Proverbs 7 had heeded wisdom's warning and not went the way to the strange woman's house (Pro 7:8), he would have avoided being taken by her (Pro 7:22-23). b. Her house is the way to hell (Pro 7:27). c. If a married woman ever invites you into her house when her husband isn't home, be very cautious. d. If a single woman ever invites you into her house when there is no one else there, be very cautious. e. Be very cautious also about spending time in your girlfriend's house when no one else is home.
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