Harp and Story

Daily Bread… Vayikra 2

There is an interesting story in Proverbs chapter 7 about the adulteress woman who seduces the naïve young man who was lacking sense. Verses 8 and 9, “Passing through the street near her corner; and he takes the way to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness.” This naïve young man put himself in the way of harm and he was caught by this seductress’s intentions. Verse 12 and 13, “She is now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him and with a brazen face she says to him:
Verse 14 and 15, “I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have paid my vows. Therefore I have come out to meet you, to seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.”

The world is the seductress; everywhere one turns there is something waiting to grab and snare. And the really sad part of this story is that the seductress tells a convincing story by adding just a taste of righteousness; “it’s really okay, I have made preparations for offerings and sacrifices; I have paid my vows,” she says.
And so she seduces him; or the world seduces us.

Verses 16-21, “I have spread my couch with coverings, with colored linens of Egypt; I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with caresses. For my husband is not at home, he has gone on a long journey; he has taken a bag of money with him, at the full moon he will come home. With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him.”

Our husband, Yashua, has gone on a long journey, but His promise is to return for us. John 14:1-3, “…for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

It is not acceptable behavior to clear your conscience by paying a vow or offering a sacrifice to YHVH, and then go and intentionally sin again. This is worshiping YHVH Yashua in form only with no substance. “Come out of her (Babylon) my people that you not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4-5.

Psalm 51:15-17, “O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

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