27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.
We know that sexual sin was a problem in Solomon’s day because of the amount of time he spent giving warnings against it. Today we have the same sexual desires plus we have the introduction of movies, TV, and web sites that portray all types of physical attraction, and sexual activities. I often remind myself in the middle of a movie that the plot of the movie is following a script and the people are not married to each other and have no intentions of being married to each other. Their sexual flirtations and screen acts are immoral.
Why do we need to be careful what we watch and read? Look again at verses 27-28 where an obvious question is asked. “Can you take fire in your lap and not burn your clothes?” “Can you walk on hot coals and not burn your feet?” I think that when we watch things that lead to sexual activity we are putting hot coals into our laps thinking that it won’t hurt us. While we may or may not be attracted to the real pornography, we live in a culture that regularly portrays immorality as a normal part of life. We must not ignore Solomon’s instructions thinking we will not get burned by all of the immorality that we witness.
Notice in verse 32 that the one who commits adultery lacks real understanding of their actions and ultimately sins against their own soul. Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. No doubt he observed the pain that his father endured by taking his mother away from her husband and then enduring the death of their first child, the rape of Tamar, the murder of Amnon, and the usurpation of the throne by Absalom. Solomon knew that David’s sin affected his very soul.
My friends, we must not take any form of immorality lightly. No one jumps into that pool and jumps out without getting wet. The pool of immorality, from a simple flirtation, to pornography, to fornication and adultery, scars those who swim in it. There is an effect on the soul that may not be realized at first but in the end burns with a fire that does not go out.
Though Bobbi and I can function here in English, we are aware of people around us to whom we cannot communicate the love of God. As I have mentioned, we started language lessons and have found them to be quite challenging. Bahasa Indonesian is not a difficult language to learn in that there are not the many helping verbs, being verbs, and other declensions that are used in other languages. Nonetheless, we are learning words that we have never heard before and trying to put them into sentence forms. Pray that some of this will stick soon so we can communicate the love of God to those around us every day.
Have a great day in the Lord,