Book: Proverbs 7
“I’ve just made my peace offerings and fulfilled my vows… come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning…for my husband is not at home.”
Here is a person who has done all the outward religious acts and used them to make herself ‘look’ holy and good but within is carnal self-indulgent. She argues that she is a good person, and is “up to date” having done all that is required for God. She is “clean”. The reality is that all of the religious activities she has done have not cleaned her heart or made her right before God.
Part of the deal with a peace offering is that some of the meat is given back to the person who is making it. Therefore the person in this proverb is bragging about the great food (and drink) that she has at home waiting to be enjoyed. She want’s to ‘share it’ or maybe better said ‘entrap’ some foolish person who is willing to follow her based on their desires, emotions and feelings instead of what is right. She seduces the young man with great pleasures that she has prepared for him and wants him to share with her. It might be wrapped up in nice paper but what is inside is destructive.
Her final point here about her husband being away and won’t be home for a while is communicating that there is nothing to fear about joining her. She presents her offer as being risk free as she has worked everything out. She would say, “don’t worry, just enjoy.” The fact that she is a married woman should be enough to steer any other man far away from her.
In summary, this person has first tried to make themselves look good, secondly suggest that they have much pleasure to offer and thirdly have taken into account all the potential risks. The reality though, is the very opposite. Her heart is not right with God, her pleasures are shallow and short lived and disaster is a sure outcome.
When people entice you by telling you how great they are, what great things they have to offer you and that there is very little risk – run the other way as fast as you can. They may give all the right answers but you must be discerning and know what God desires for you. Follow Him not pleasures.