Wednesday’s Word

He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks (Proverbs 7:22).

The writer of Hebrews spoke of “the pleasures of sin for a season.” Solomon, while warning against adultery, wrote of the man following after the woman as an ox is led to slaughter. Through whatever means the ox is enticed to be led, it does not matter, because the end result is death.

Solomon wrote specifically of the sin of adultery, but the analogy may be used toward all sins. James wrote, “every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lusts, and enticed (James 1:14). The word translated “enticed”  is defined as: to entrap; delude:–allure, beguile. Satan uses many things through which he entices, allures and beguiles.

Satan promised Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and all Jesus had to do was to fall down and worship him. Jesus rejected the proposal of Satan, because He knew that it was sin and Jesus also knew that Satan could give only a pleasure for a season. Solomon warned of the pitfalls of sin and exhorted the readers to gain the wisdom and knowledge of God. It was through the wisdom and knowledge of God that Jesus Christ withstood the temptations of Satan; it was through the wisdom and knowledge of God that Jesus lived a life without sin; it was through the wisdom and knowledge of God that Jesus was able to give us the perfect example.

The ox did not know where he was going; the ox did not care where he was going, as long as he thought his pleasure would be fulfilled. Let us not follow the path of the ox, which leads to death; but let us follow the path of the perfect Lamb of God, which leads to life everlasting.