Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 29 Scripture Selection: Mark 6:1-29
Food for Thought: Mark6:21-27
I bet Herod hadn’t read Proverbs 7. Even if he had read it, he clearly did not consider it to be applicable to him since his lifestyle was contrary to the Word. His weakness was made even more evident when, at the moment of him becoming entranced by the beautiful step-daughter who danced for him, his mind was completely taken over, and he could think of nothing else. Like what happens to so many who fall victim to the enticement and seduction, the regrets followed afterward.
It seems ironic that most of the Proverbs were written by the son of the very man who also fell prey to his own lusts by looking on his mother as she bathed on a nearby rooftop (II Samuel 11:2-27). David’s fall led him to make decisions which changed the course of history and completely altered the dynamics of his family forever. Salomon, the son and writer of the Proverbs, disregarded his own wisdom and suffered from the same problem, only worse.
Those who fall prey to the seductress (or to the man who seduces) are compared in the Word to a dumb ox being led to the slaughter or a fool to the correction of the stocks. To avoid such severe consequences, the Bible calls us to flee from fornication (I Cor. 6:18). Thankfully, we can be led by the Word and the power of the Spirit, and we can resist such temptations. Otherwise, if we do not, the cost of not fleeing from such temptations is more than we really would want to pay.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):