In describing the process by which a temptation goes from an innate, natural desire to sin and spiritual death (James 1:14-15), God’s inspired penman used a hunting term—“drawn away” (i.e. lured out of a place of safety)—and a fishing term—“enticed” (i.e. a baited hook).
Temptations which appeal to the sexuality of humans start by encouraging a man to reject the wise two-fold strategy of intentionally avoiding all virtue-less women and deliberately focusing upon and contenting himself with his own wife (Proverbs 5:8-20). Once that place of safety is left, the bait of flattering lips is used to cover the hook of horrific consequences which come with fornication (Proverbs 5:3-6).
By the time the sin of fornication has been birthed and is maturing its way to death, the immoral may finally realize that he has foolishly ignored three immutable truths:
- God is omniscient. “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths” (Proverbs 5:21).
- Sin is voluntary self-destruction. “His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin” (Proverbs 5:22).
- Death is sin’s inevitable consequence. “He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray” (Proverbs 5:23).
Don’t be fooled by temptation.
Don’t fool with temptation.
Don’t be a fool when tempted.