Solomon may not have always practiced what he preached but he wrote a lot regarding God’s view on sex. This week we will explore some of what he says.
MONDAY: Read Proverbs 2:1-22
1. According to verse 6 who gives wisdom? What are the results of pursuing God’s wisdom (vs. 9, 11, 12, and 16)?
2. What does the adulteress use to capture her prey (verse 16)? By breaking her vows with her husband what else has she done (verse 17)? According to verses 18 and 19, what is the result of giving in to sexual temptation?
3. Define “discretion” (verse 11). How can it protect you?
4. What benefits come from pursuing wisdom (verses 1-6)?
FAITH STEP: Examining your life answer this question. In any area of your life have you left “the straight paths to walk in dark ways” (Verse 13)? What do you need to do to get back on that path? Who can help you?
TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 5:1-14
1. How does Solomon describe the adulteress’ language? What warnings does he give about adultery (Verses 1-6)?
2. Verses 7-14 list several consequences of sexual immorality. Can you list some?
3. How can an adulterous relationship lead to “strangers feast(ing) in your wealth and your toil enrich(ing) another man’s house?
4. How can sexual immorality cause your “flesh and body” to be spent (Verse 11)?
5. What happens to the one involved in adultery’s reputation (verse 15)?
FAITH STEP: As you watch TV this week, be aware of how the entertainment industry portrays adultery and sexual promiscuity. Write down three examples and contrast the incidents on TV with what you read in Proverbs 5. How are they alike? How are they different?
WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 5:15-23
1. Proverbs 2:8-9 States that God and His wisdom can help protect us from the seduction of adultery and sexual immorality. In Proverbs 5:15-19 what other person can help us to ward off sexual temptation?
2. In what does Solomon say we are to rejoice?
3. What do the verbs used in Proverbs 5:18-19 teach us about God’s view of sex and marriage? What do we learn about God’s view of sex in these verses? (Hebrew 13:4, I Corinthians 7:3-5, Mark 10:6-9).
4. What teachings in verses 21-23 should motivate us to stay pure?
FAITH STEP: How does God’s view of sex differ from your own? How has your view of sex affected your marriage? Relationships? God does not condemn sex. In fact he created it and says it’s good when done his way. It is the perversion and abuse of sex that God condemns. Many have been victims of sexual abuse. If you have been what should you do to fund the help and healing you need? If you have received help and healing who can you help who may be carrying the guilt and shame of abuse?
THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 6:20-35
According to verses 20-24 who has the responsibility to teach children about God’s plan for sex?
1. What three dangers, found in this passage should we teach adolescents about sexual immorality?
2. What “picture words” used here grab your attention?
3. According to verse 23, what is the way to life?
FAITH STEP: What plans have you made in order to talk to your children about God’s creation of sex? What do you want to tell them? If your children or grown or you have no children - write down what you wish your parents would have taught you about sex and share it with someone with children? Need help? Find a mature Christian and ask for their advice. Pray for the children in your family asking God to use you to teach them God’s commands in a way that will guide them throughout life.
FRIDAY: Read Proverbs 7:1-27
Solomon spends much of the first seven chapters of Proverbs dealing with the sin of sexual immorality – specifically adultery and prostitution. Verses 6-23 almost sound autobiographical. 1. How does the adulteress’ seduction appeal to the five senses of the young man being led astray?
2. What do verses 22-23 teach you about the power of sexual sin?
3. Read I Corinthians 6:18-20. What sets sexual sin apart from other sins?
FAITH STEP: If you are struggling with sexual sin seek help at a website like www.xxxchurch.com or contact a Christian counselor.
SATURDAY: Read John 8:1-11
1. Many people carry the guilt of sexual sin. Turn and read John 8: 1-11. What sin was this woman guilty of?
2. What did Jesus show the woman when he challenged her accusers that “the one without sin should throw the first stone”? (See Romans 3:23)
3. After everyone left what comforting words did Jesus give to the woman (verse 11)? What similar promise does God give his children in Romans 8:1?
4. What challenge does Jesus give the woman in verse 11?
FAITH STEP: The good news is that in Christ we are NOT condemned. Like the woman caught in adultery we too can be assured that we are not alone in sin, that if we confess our sin to Jesus we will not be condemned and tat with his power we can make positive life changes. Do not let Satan’s guilt rob you of the peace we have in Christ and do not let past mistakes keep you from now enjoying God’s gift of sex within the parameters he has set for our protection and blessing.