The End of the Seductress is death.
For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life– Proverbs 2:18-19
The first part of this verse talks about her house—and where going to her house leads. In order to get the full force of this verse, I want you to think about what it means for the man to end up at the house of the Seductress.
The Starting Point
Like all sin, the starting point and the ending point are (most often) a long ways apart. What do I mean?
Sin starts in the heart. It starts in the mind. It starts with a decision, and involves a series of decisions. Very rarely does someone find temptation and decide to sin all in the same time frame.
For example, the man that steals rarely ends up walking into a store, finding something he wants and then decides to take it. Some plan their theft days in advance. Some think about the fact that they’re low on food and need to provide for their family—so they think about what they would do if they had the opportunity.
Sin grows and festers. By the time the man decides to go to the house of the Seductress many decisions have already been made—this is simply the last one.
He’s already decided many things:
- He’s decided that it’s ok to talk with a married woman.
- He’s allowed himself to become emotionally involved with her.
- He’s decided that the physical pleasure she offers is something that he will accept.
- He’s decided to be an affront to her spouse by taking what is rightfully his.
What’s I’m not saying is that he’s consciously thought through all of these things, but that his actions are making statements about these things.
Specifically, because he was not prepared beforehand, and because he had not decided the opposite in these cases, he was open to either option. This was his first mistake.
The Weight of These Decisions
When the Bible speaks of going to the dead, there are two aspects to consider.
First is the Physical Death. In Old Testament law the punishment for adultery1 was death. Both for the seductress and for the man. This speaks to the inevitability of the discovery of the affair.
The fact is that nothing is truly secret, and that we should be sure our sin will find us out.
Following the Seductress to her house, and making all those decisions, speaks volumes about the inner man. The man that made those decisions is saying a lot about what he believes about God.
What I’m not saying is whether a man that has physical relations with a Seductress is a child of God, but I am saying that he is not acting like a new man in Christ, but like the old man, that is dead in sin.
What do I Do?
Make the decisions early. Think through what you believe, rather than letting your feelings lead you. Know where the boundaries are in your relationships, and avoid friendships with the opposite sex outside your marriage.
And definitely don’t find yourself inside a house with a man/woman that is not your husband/wife alone!
- Having physical relations with someone else’s spouse, in this case, the Married Seductress.