Margin notes: Special Series – Waging war against indwelling sin #8

warfareProv. 7:21 “With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.”

Waging successful warfare requires as much a knowledge of the Enemy’s tactics as it does skill with our own weapons. Today, I want to look very rapidly at the “much seductive speech” Temptation uses to persuade us to follow her as an ox goes unwittingly to the slaughter. There is a full exposition of it in the 10 verses immediately preceding.

Tactic #1 – “And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute”: Temptation comes looking like what it offers is available. It advertises. It shows just enough, in just the right ways to say: “I can be had.”

Tactic #2 – “Wily of heart.”: Make no mistake, Temptation has a plan. Your own heart resonates with it. Sin has a strategy. It lurks and waits and pounces at the right moment. It treats us like prey. We must assume we are being hunted.

Tactic #3 – “She is loud”: Temptation makes its voice known so that we hear it. There is the sound of fun and intrigue. It speaks. Whether the communication is audible to the ear or not is irrelevant – it speaks to the inner man in words inescapable.

Tactic #4 – “[She is] wayward”: Enticingly dangerous. Out of the way of righteousness.

Tactic #5 – “Her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait.”: She is ubiquitously avsilalbe. Everywhere at at virtually any time.

Tactic #6 – “She seizes him”: Her art in drawing us toward her.

Tactic #7 – “And kisses him”: She appeals to taste and touch. The privileges of love with out love.

Tactic #8 – “With bold face”: She says what she says and does what she does as though there is no hsame in it – boldly.

Tactic #9 – “She says to him”: Sound again – and this time with logical arguments.

Tactic #10 – “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows”: She is not outside the realm of service to God. She’s kosher. She isn’t irreligious – but having paid right homage to God – is now still available for things God decries.

Tactic #11 – “So now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.”: Oh how the foolish heart is flattered at the thought of being so desired and sought after. She wants you, and wants to be wanted by you. So she says.

Tactic #12 – “I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon”: Look how she has prepared for you! And that, with things which appeal to the sight (color), touch (linen), smell (perfume), wealth (from Egypt with spices), pleanty (spread my couch), comfort (couch). Every tactile means is used.

Tactic #13 – “Come, let us take our fill of love till morning.”: An invitation, an invitation to be filled and satisfied.

Tactic #14 – “Let us delight ourselves with love.”: A lie to mislable licentiousness. It is not love – but hatred of God and our fellow man.

Tactic #15 – “For my husband is not at home.” Saftey. We can’t be cought.

Tactic #16 – “He has gone on a long journey; he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.”” Lastly, because she knows the time when her husband will return – she convinces you that you have time to do what you will in the safety she has implied.

God and righteousness NEVER have to use such tactics. When they are used against you – you KNOW what is afoot. To be forewarned, is to be forearmed. Note well what your enemy employs and how it is used – and you will be all the better prepared for how such attacks gain their footing in your soul.

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