This year’s VBS was a smashing display of God’s protection, God’s provision and God’s instruction! We learned about trusting God. It was a three day journey in the Wilderness with Moses, Aaron and Mirriam to witness and reenact Israel’s deliverance and wanderings. God’s word was stamped in our hearts.
Here’s a video summary, thanks to Brian Curtis: (see video)
Proverbs, along with Deuteronomy, are THE Old Testament parenting instruction books. Proverbs deals more specifically with the practical details of every day life: how to relate to God, parents, children, neighbors and government. It has no equal in all the scriptures in this respect.
As we continue our reading through the Bible, we are seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness, and here we again enter a rich mine of God’s wisdom and understanding laid out before us in this book of Proverbs.
As David was the chief author of the Psalms, Solomon is the chief author of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. These two kings, who were father and son, give us a lot of scripture, and both had problems with women in their lives.
We all know of David’s sin with Bathsheba and Solomon’s falling away from God because of his many foreign idol worshipping wives. Both of these men were powerful rulers of God’s people, both wrote Holy Spirit inspired scriptures, both were in the genealogical line of Jesus Christ, and both fell prey to the weakness of the flesh regarding their relationships with women.
Many of the Proverbs are devoted to guess what subject? Warnings about the dangers of this relationship between men and women. Almost all of it is spoken to young men. Why?
Listen to Proverbs 2:10-11, 16-19, 7:1-5, 24-27.
What is it with women that holds such sway over men? A lot of this starts with our eyes and our hearts, what we look at and what we look for. Young men, let me speak to you a minute.
Jesus told us all in Matthew 5:27-30 (read). King David learned a painful lesson by breaking this.
Looking to lust is a dangerous sin. It is poison to your relationship with God. It leads to fornication, adultery, and ultimately hell. Don’t go there. Listen to God’s wisdom. Choose the fear of the Lord. Guard your heart and keep your eyes from evil. Most of us go in the direction we are looking. Where you’re looking is where you’re going. Be careful that where you look is where you should go. Don’t play with sin, it will kill you.
Young ladies, let me speak to you a minute: I have failed to speak about the subject of modest dress much. May God guide my words here. I know that a godly life in an ungodly world is no simple assignment. The ability to live life wisely in a world of foolishness is very difficult indeed. You are created by God to be attractive to men, at least normal men. Our young men need you to be careful how you dress. Your bodies belong to God and He wants you to honor Him by what you wear. This will protect you and be helpful to our young men. It will reveal where your heart is.
This problem has been with us a long time. John Chrysostom born 349 and baptized 368 a.d. warned the immodest that:
“You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment, and much more effectively than you could by your voice. When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges in court punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death-dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body, but the soul. And it is not to enemies that you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride.”
Fathers and mothers, let me speak to you a minute: talk to your children about this. Pray with them about it. Make rules and enforce them. Protect your sons and daughters. This is your duty before God. They may reject your instruction, and that would be tragic. But worse is the tragedy of not bringing them up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord.
It is the responsibility of every Christian parent to make clear to our children that God’s kingdom and righteousness are our first priority in this life. For our daughters in particular, how you dress speaks louder than you may realize.
Proverbs looks at two women: Wisdom and Folly. Wisdom walks in the fear of God, seeking His kingdom and righteousness and sharing His words of truth and life. Folly walks in darkness, seeking pleasures and sensual thrills at the expense of her soul, and leading others into the snares of sin and death.
When I was young the dress code length for shorts was to the knee. Anything above that was sinfully immodest. Later it was to the ends of your fingers. Now? Well, too much skin brings on sin. God didn’t give us a picture in the Bible to show just how short is too short, but most dads know. Fathers, lead your daughters in this. Daughters, listen to your father’s instruction and pay attention to your mother’s teaching. Ask God in prayer what He thinks. Ask for wisdom, says James, and God will give it to you.
May God bless this church family that as we seek God’s kingdom and righteousness, we will look more and more like Jesus Christ!