When you pledge yourself to stand behind and guarantee another, you have made yourself vulnerable. This does not mean that parents should not help their children and children should not help their parents; it refers to foolishly guaranteeing those who may be conning you.
In spiritual terms this refers to putting our crown of eternal life in the hands of others; instead of taking personal responsibility for our own salvation and diligently praying, studying, thinking and doing the will of God.
No man can be surety for another’s salvation, and no man can have his salvation guaranteed by another.
We must not let others con us out of our salvation by following them instead of following our Master.
Proverbs 6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken [shaken hands in agreement] thy hand with a stranger, 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
If you have fallen under obligation, either physically or spiritually; deliver yourself as soon as possible. And if we have wrongly given responsibility for our salvation and blindly followed men without question; we must quickly repent and turn back to Christ and God the Father immediately.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Deliver yourself with haste from the hand of the spiritual predator who wants you to follow him instead of following and living by every Word of God.
6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Consider the diligence of the ant and be diligent in your physical affairs; and then be doubly diligent in those spiritual things that last forever.
Do not leave your salvation to another. Work tirelessly to become ONE in complete unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ and gain that pearl of great price, eternal life; through a zealous internalizing of the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ, by diligently LEARNING and faithfully KEEPING; every Word of God.
6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Just as laziness brings physical poverty; so spiritual laziness brings spiritual poverty and desolation.
6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward [stubborn self-willed] mouth.
The proud,stubborn and self-willed person will come to calamity; and will not be saved out of destruction.
6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 6:14 Frowardness [arrogant stubborn self-will] is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Those who are proud, stubborn, haughty, self-willed and vain, or seek to bully and dominate others are wicked indeed.
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Many today claim to be working for organizational unity, as they sow division from God.
The Seven Abominations that God Hates
6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
God hates a proud, arrogant and unrepentant attitude before him; he hates the attitude of being full of ourselves and always right in our own eyes, even contrary to the truth of his Word.
6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
God hates lies and that includes partial truths used to deceive about the whole truth.
God hates the shedding of innocent blood and that includes spiritually leading the flock to destruction by teaching them heresies and false doctrines, including blind unquestioning obedience to idols of men.
God hates the devising of evil plans and rushing to carry them out.
God hates the teaching of heresies and falsehoods that lead the flock into sin and separate the sheep from their Master; and God hates the sowing of discord among brethren, by turning them away from every Word of God into falsehood and confusion.
6:20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
God the Father teaches us to live by every Word of God and the commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ who taught us to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4). Men who teach us not to be zealous to live by EVERY Word of God are NOT of God, they are FALSE teachers separated from God the Father and Jesus Christ by their sin.
Spiritually God in heaven is our Father and the heavenly Jerusalem from which flows the Word and Spirit of God is our figurative spiritual mother:
Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Proverbs 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Do not desire the apparent beauty of false teachings which may appear superficially good; for they are like cotton candy with a pleasant appearance and no substance, producing rottenness. False religions teach an EASY WAY of compromise, situation ethics and complacency towards the LAW of GOD! A way that leads to many sorrows and ultimate spiritual DEATH!
Watch out for evil men who teach a false way, and reject godly zeal for the way to life eternal!
Any man who says that it is alright to pay others to serve us in restaurants or any other place on the Sabbath or High Days, is in rebellion against the Word of God.
We have strayed so very far from zeal for our God and the commandments and teachings of Christ that we are in danger of being rejected by Christ into great tribulation (Rev 3;16), for the afflicting of our flesh and the humbling of our spirit in the hope that we may be spiritually brought to repentance and saved.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman [God’s Word saves us from the seduction of false ways.], from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman [the clever arguments of cunning men].
6:25 Lust not after her beauty [do not desire the EASY WAY of falsehood] in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids [enticements].
6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.
By means of false teachings to lust after the lawlessness of physical and spiritual adultery, many are brought to physical and spiritual destruction.
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
Can we take false teachings of false religion into our minds and not be polluted and burned by them?
6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
Physical adultery destroys life and happiness; spiritual adultery destroys spiritual life.
6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
Those who are enticed by false doctrines and follow others in spiritual adultery away from the Husband of their baptismal commitment, shall not go unpunished.
6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Our espoused spiritual Husband is a jealous Husband; he will NOT hold an adulterous bride guiltless.
Exodus 34:13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
We are to utterly destroy idolatry, false teachings and false doctrines out from among us! We are not to cleave to idols of men, corporate organizations or false traditions above the Word and Law of our God!
Proverbs 6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
God our Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ will not accept any excuse for our adulteries with false ways; they demand that we repent and STOP sinning, and return to God.
Our Father in heaven commands us:
Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
We are to clothe ourselves with the righteousness of God’s Word and completely internalize Every Word of God our Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ with enthusiastic zeal ti live by EVERY WORD of God.
Wisdom is the result of diligent LEARNING and zealously living by every Word of God. The teachings and commandments of Scripture will keep us from the insidious enticements and temptations of false teachings and save us from every false way.
7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
The enticements of false doctrine, false prophecy and the Easy Button approach are like the enticements of a whore!
Today many follow the bestial Nicolaitane church government and have set up layers of authorities between the brethren and God.
Then we blindly obey these men and not God, polluting God’s Sabbath and allowing many sins; but the principle sin is idolizing men, rebelling against God our Father and committing spiritual adultery against our espoused Husband by blindly obeying men and false traditions instead of cleaving directly to ever Word of God!
We sin because “the church says its alright” and so turn away from the Word of God. If we loved the Word of God and were zealous for our Lord; this would never happen.
We are willing to idolize follow a man without question because that is the Easy Way; we are not willing to take the difficult way of learning and living by every Word of God as Jesus Christ taught us to do.
Today many think that the pearl of great price is not worth the effort of zeal for godliness, falsely thinking that all they have to do is to follow whatever some man tells them, to have it made.
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Proverbs 7:6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
The wise man avoids the enticements of whores and the spiritually wise are diligent to stand on the Word of God and resist the enticements of spiritual predators who teach people to idolize and follow men above any zeal to keep the whole Word of God.
7:8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, 7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: 7:12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 7:13 So she caught [reached out and grabbed hold of him] him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
As the whore is forward to present and sell herself, the spiritual predator is also loud and forward to exalt himself so as to deceive people to follow him in place of living by every Word of God.
Both the physical and the spiritual whore entice to destruction with offers of pleasant delights, which quickly fade away bringing destruction.
7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. 7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
To bed a whore is to become one flesh with her. To take into ourselves the false teachings of deceivers and exalt their words above the Word of God, is to become of ONE spirit with false teachings; in idolatry and spiritual adultery against the complete unity of spirit which we are to have with God the Father and Jesus Christ, through the internalizing of every Word of God.
7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
Just as a woman may play in adultery when her husband is away; so many of today’s called out who think their Master delays his coming, run to do what is right in their own eyes in place of what God has commanded; committing spiritual adultery.
When ANY leader or elder says to tolerate differences from sound doctrine, claiming that all religions are but different paths to the same God; he is teaching to commit spiritual adultery against our Deliverer!
7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: 7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
The person who is enticed by wicked deceivers and the supposed delay of their espoused Husband and commits spiritual adultery, will see spiritual destruction [if they do not quickly repent].
7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
Those who commit idolatry and spiritual adultery, exalting the word of any man above the Word of God and allowing and tolerating false doctrine; estrange themselves so far from God the Father and Jesus Christ that they will be rejected into great tribulation (Rev 3:16-22).
The jealous Husband of the Spiritual Ekklesia does not only punish the lovers, he also corrects his wicked wife.
Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 24:49 And shall begin to smite [dominate and abuse] his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the [worldly] drunken;
24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Proverbs 7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
Our heavenly Father warns us to avoid both physical and spiritual adulteries.
Like the physical whorish woman who is the downfall of many; spiritual deceivers have led many astray into spiritual idolatry and false teachings, spiritually destroying many.
7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death,