Pastor’s Letter – May 11, 2020 – The Strange Woman (part 2)

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Proverbs 6:23

Dear Church and Friends,

Last week Solomon taught us about the Strange Woman and how to avoid her. This week we have two lessons, one about the weakness of the sluggard and the other about the danger of the adultery and the strange woman.

The way we handle money is always in view in Proverbs. Solomon treats that subject here in chapter 5 with a discussion of the danger of borrowing and lending. This leads into his teaching about the sluggard in verses 6-11. (Please find the outline by following this link.)

The second “My Son” lesson covers the second half of the chapter in verses 20-34. Remember that the Strange Woman represents any idolatry that we use to replace the Lord with. See last Monday’s Pastor’s Letter to review that idea.

Our defense against replacement idolatry is of paramount importance. Listen to the language in verse 26, “For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.”

Podcast: The School of Wisdom; Proverbs 6:1-35.

Solomon doesn’t just give us commands not to, reasons against, and application of the principles but he also gives is a wonderful promise.

  • When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (6:22-23)

Music: Psalm 46 by Shane and Shane.

Prayer: Please pray for the North American Mission Board’s efforts to plant church among military communities. This video is older but communicates the need and the desire to reach our men and women in uniform.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [1. The Creation and First State of Mankind].

Question 4: What is the image of God?

Answer: Perfect uprightness in body and soul.

Question 5: To what end were they made?

Answer: To acknowledge and serve their Maker?

Question 6: How should they have served Him?

Answer: According to His holy will.

“All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.”

All my best.

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 6:20-21

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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