Covenant Breaker

by Stan Mitchell
“(Wisdom) will save you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth, and ignored the covenant she made before God” (Proverbs 2:16,17).
There are times when the Bible reads like a leader in the New York Times. History may change, but humans remain much the same. There are two voices vying for a young person’s attention in the book of Proverbs, “Lady Wisdom,” and, well, the other woman. The Wise Man describes her as a wayward woman with “seductive words.” So susceptible are our egos to such sweet nothings that the Wise Man must unmask the sweet-talking woman for what she really is, a covenant breaker.
There is an undeniable attraction to her appeal, especially to a naïve and inexperienced youth. Proverbs’ description of her as one who has “ignored the covenant she made before God” reminds us of Malachi’s description of divorce as breaking a covenant, not only with one’s spouse, but with God himself (2:14).
Joseph understood this: when sorely tempted by Potiphar’s wife, he declared: “How then could I do such a thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:10). If we were more conscious of the presence of God in our sexual and marital commitments, we would be more faithful to each other.
Are you faithful to God? Then you will be faithful to the people around you.

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