Friday, June 5, 2009

Fathers, train your daughters, lest they lead our sons astray

Proverbs 7

1 My son, keep my words,
And treasure my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and live,
And my law as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your nearest kin,

God's Law is wisdom. If we were to keep God's Law before our eyes (by reading it, studying it, thinking about it, discussing it and meditating upon its application to our contemporary lives), then we would know the wise and right way to behave in any and every situation. Knowing the wise and right thing to do does not mean that we will have the desire and strength of character to do the wise and right thing. That strength of character comes from the power of the Holy Spirit, who live in us if we fully trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation.

5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.

"You", in this passage of Scripture, is an implied young man. All of the Scriptures are written to men because God has ordained men to be the keepers of the Law of God. If men keep the Law of God, then women and children will come under their headship. If men abandon the Law of God, then no one will give the Law any priority in their lives.

God's Law, then, warns against the seduction of immoral women. Women who are undisciplined, untrained, and unfathered have the capacity to become seducers. Their God-ordained capacity to sexually excite and stimulate male sexual responses is unbridled in the name of liberation (a woman's right to do as she pleases). The Law of God does not give us rights, it demands of us responsibilities before God. If each of us were to fulfil our duties and responsibilities under God, then the greatest good in the community would be done, and all to the glory of God, which is the highest purpose that can be achieved.

The Crafty Harlot
6 For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
7 And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
8 Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
9 In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
10 And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.

A young woman's place is in her father's home, or in her husband's home, tending to her domestic duties. Many women expose themselves to all kinds of dangers because they will not acknowledge their duty in this respect.

12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
14I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
17 I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”
21 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.

And with the provocative attire that she wore, she excited him to a point of losing his sense of self-control. She intended to bring upon herself the ensuing responses from the young man. Young women who wear provocative clothing, who attend locations where young men congregate, who speak seductively and act enticingly, many times end up stirring chemical responses in young men that are very difficult to control once aroused.

22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.

Sexually transmitted disease is rampant amongst the promiscuous, and has the potential to take lives.

24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26 For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men.
27 Her house is the way to hell,
Descending to the chambers of death.

Fathers, teach and train your young daughters concerning the responsibilities that they have to keep their femininity as a mystique; keep their capacity to arouse for their future husbands. Train your daughters to be keepers of the home. This does not mean that daughters should be denied an education. Far from it. A well-educated wife can truly be a valuable helpmeet. However, the Bible knows nothing of women who are outside the covering of male leadership (either the leadership of a father, or the leadership of a husband, or the leadership of the elders of the church).

An undisciplined, untrained, unfathered young woman has the capacity to take many young men astray, and eventually leading them down to hell.