Do you remember much of what your parents taught you when you were young? Do you think you were helped by their teaching? Proverbs has much on this idea.
Such is the strength of having godly laws, Solomon repeats himself and tells his students to follow what their parents taught. He uses descriptive language to stress the point, “Bind them…on your heart; tie them around your neck.” He wants his students to listen and remember the teaching they received from a young age. He explains why in the next few verses.
“22 When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life,”
We see here a picture of the law as a light to lead us through the perils of life, and being reproved as the way of life. Now this scenario is an ideal one. Simply having the law in our minds does not ensure we will avoid an ungodly life. As Paul says in Romans 7, “8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.”
There is nothing wrong with the law, it’s our own disobedience that causes the law to condemn us, rather than save us. Because of our sinful bodies we must rely on God to save us, rather than our works of law keeping.
However, the basic argument here is if you keep the commandments you will be safe all day long. Safe from what? Well, the wiles of the evil woman, for one.
One of the things my boss and I disagree on is whether one has to test everything that is bad before we know it is bad. I doubt he would argue this rigidly, since it makes more sense to say that if you know what is right, you will be able to discern what is wrong. Knowing what is God’s law on sexual immorality and remembering His call for purity in our relationships keeps us from women who seduce. We know adultery is sinful. There is no need to test to be sure. It is clearly wrong and destructive.
We will end with this scary verse.
“6 For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; and an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.”
You will lose everything important to this sin. Avoid it. Keep your parents’ teaching always. Amen.