Avoid the Honey and Oil

Avoid the Honey and Oil

Father’s Day was inaugurated in the early 20th century. The holiday was originally founded by the daughter of the late Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd wanted there to be a day honoring her father who raised six children as a single father. 

In Proverbs 5 Solomon again is speaking to his son about a topic that should be near to every father’s heart. That topic is adultery. The world treats the marriage ceremony as mere show of “love” for the couple. Most couples put no weight to the vows they say to each other. Although it should be the highlight of the ceremony, fidelity is often never even spoken of. 

Solomon warns his son about the adulteress woman. He warns, “ For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.” (vv 3-5) Honey and oil are symbols of temptation in this context. In Solomon’s day some women had the ability to attract and allure men with the sweetness of honey and the pleasantness of oil. Operating outside the covenant of marriage, some of these women used that ability for their own advantage. They might gain something emotional, something material, something sensual, something romantic, or other potential gains. These women were a danger to be warned against.

Solomon gives sage advice to his son to avoid becoming entrapped. “Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:” (vs 8) Keep your distance from the flirtatious. If this is not possible due to work, create a personal standard of not being alone with that other person. 

Marriage is a picture of Christ and His church. Christians continue to show the world how little they value their marriage covenant by committing adultery. This tarnishes the name of Christ. Marriage has value. It was designed by God. Choose today to live a life of fidelity to your spouse and your God. Fathers, be an example to your sons and teach them how to find and keep the one God has for them. 

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