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These verses explain very simply the fate of this young man. He is going like an ox to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose, like a bird darting into a snare. Could it be any clearer? This is a pathway to death. This young man is walking into an execution.

“With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.”

Proverbs 7:21-23

And once he says yes and walks in, the situation is hopeless. She has him and he is gone. It can mean his life is over. He said yes and now he might never see a way to escape.

It happens over and over. A door is opened, one foot crosses the threshold of adultery or drugs or alcohol or crime. The other foot follows and there is no turning back. Since there is no repentance, the sin becomes bigger, the will to escape, escapes, and the young man is caught.

Where does it end?

It ends in death.

Let’s take an assessment as to where we are right now. Have we opened sin’s door? Do we have one foot in?

Turn around. Repent and do the things you did at first. Don’t listen when sin calls. Say no and run back to the safety of Jesus’ arms.

Jesus, I want to follow You. I don’t want to listen to the voice of adultery. I want to listen to the call of the Bridegroom.


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