She’s Strange

 

     Throughout life there are occasions in which you see or meet someone who leaves you with the lasting impression that he is most peculiar.  In modern English, such an odd fellow is often described as “strange”.  This person’s appearance, vocabulary, and/or behavior is so unusual, so out of step with what you are accustomed to, that is burns into your brain a lasting memory of being bizarre.

     Proverbs 2:16 states that one of the important functions of wisdom is to deliver Solomon’s attentive son from the “strange woman” (KJV).  This passage will sound strange (i.e. unusual) to you if you believe that the “strange woman” Solomon is referring to is a woman who has an abundance of peculiarities.

     The Hebrew word translated “strange” in Proverbs 2 is also used to describe the fire used by the priests Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1, when they lit their censors with fire that God had not commanded.  It was “strange” to God, not because it had an odd or bizarre flame to it, but because it was unauthorized by God, and thus unacceptable to Him.

     Because marriage is an honorable, divine institution, the marriage bed is to be undefiled (Hebrews 13:4).  In the eyes of God, any woman who participates in fornication or adultery is a strange woman.  She and her partner in sin will be judged by God; they will have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8).

     Don’t be “strange” in God’s eyes: “Flee fornication” (1st Corinthians 6:18).

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Author: jchowning

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