The Dancing Puritan

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Forbidden Woman

For almost a month I have been sick with pneumonia. Praise the Lord I am recovering. One of the things that I cast aside during my sickness was this blog. I am delighted to restart it today. Thank you for your prayers.

Forbidden fruit is sweet and desirable. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of it’s fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6).

God is a very generous God. He said to Adam and Eve you may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17).

There was only one original prohibition. There was only one tree that was forbidden. Every other tree was for the enjoyment of Adam and Eve.

God was and is good. Adam and Eve chose to believe that he was not. They (and we) rejected generosity for something that they (and we) imagined was better than the goodness of God.

They chose the forbidden tree and they ate the forbidden fruit.  Disaster followed. They died. We died. The planet died. Death came and death spread because in Adam all sinned (Romans 5:12). Adam stood as such an exact representative of every person that would be born through his union with Eve that when Adam sinned we sinned.

We chose, in Adam, to reject the generosity of God and to eat the forbidden fruit.

We are born with a sin nature and under the sentence of death. We know that we have a sin nature because we continue to choose the forbidden fruit. It is only when we are set free by God’s grace and justified freely in Christ that we are enabled to choose not to take forbidden fruit. That being said, Christians still struggle with sin but are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:5-14).

We are still tempted by forbidden fruit.

The fruit is so tempting because it looks good, tastes good and is desirable.

Such is the case with the forbidden woman. 

Perhaps no fruit is so compelling to a man than the forbidden woman.

For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil…(Proverbs 5:3).

The forbidden woman in Proverbs is beautiful (Proverbs 6:25). She is available (7:10,11,12). She dresses provocatively (10). She is religious (14). She is scheming (16 ff). She, a married woman, calls what she wants to do with the young man “love” (18).

The senseless young man is easily captured by her seductive speech and her smooth talk. He follows her mindlessly to the slaughterhouse (22-27).

The forbidden fruit is so dangerous because of its desirability, beauty, excitement and promises. 

What awaits the man (or woman) who walks down the street and goes near the house of that which is forbidden? They put themselves in grave danger of losing their honor, their resources, their family, their health, their life and ultimately their soul.

To paraphrase the Puritan Thomas Watson: For a cup of pleasure they drink a sea of wrath.

Be wise. Tomorrow we will look at some of the remedies that will help you to avoid sexual temptation.

For now remember that God has demonstrated ultimate generosity in sending his Son to live, die and rise for sinners.  There is hope even to the one who has fallen into the deadly sin of sexual immorality.