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Seeking Wisdom, Day 7 – The Art of Seduction

February 4, 2016

Seduction – leading astray, enticing, alluring, snaring, trapping, tantalizing, coaxing, and I could go on. The synonym finder has many entries, so I suspect the word is in much use.

Solomon tells the story of a young man who was approached by a seductress. This young woman seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery. He followed her. “He was like a stag caught in a trap,” reported Solomon. “He was like a bird flying into a snare.” (Proverbs 7:22-27) With these graphic metaphors, Solomon warns us not to let our hearts stray to that which would seduce us. But, we are seduced by things other than immoral women.

So much is humanly desirable. Wealth and power are among the greatest temptations. We are acquisitive by nature, and easily seduced by secular desires; a newer car, the latest I-phone, a bigger television? We are better than that, so we resist the tempter’s snares, for we know Jesus, too, was tempted.

After Jesus was baptized, he was led into the wilderness for prayer and meditation with God. There he was confronted by the devil, who wanted Jesus to test God’s power. Jesus refused to turn stone into bread, to jump off the highest point of the temple, and then the devil offered Jesus great wealth and glory if Jesus would serve him. Jesus answered the devil, “You must worship the Lord, your God, and serve only him.” The devil went away, and angels ministered to Jesus. (Matthew 21: 1-11)

That is why we pray, saying “Lord. lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil. For Thine is the power and the glory, forever.” The ways of the world are foolish and sinful, so we seek the Kingdom of Heaven. Cherish these words of wisdom.

 

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