Monday, January 14, 2013

Dining With The Dead

But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. (Proverbs 9:18

The feast at Folly’s table is not what it seems. The foolish woman entices the one who is passing by, trying to live wisely, to come to her feast. She lures him in with claims about stolen water and secret bread. No doubt, this appeals to some. But imagine that you are one who stops…and enters in…and takes your place at the table. It won’t hurt for us to take a peek at what is actually going on. It may prove to be quite instructive. As you look around at the dinner guests, there is something strange about them. The silence is eerie…no one is talking, or eating for that matter. And then you discover that everyone here is dead…and dead men don’t feast. Dead people don’t talk. But this feast speaks volumes. This is the false feast that is waiting on the one who surrenders to the temptation to step off of the wise path. Supper in Sheol. Dinner with the Dead. Who would want that? None of us if that was how it was advertised. But this feast is portrayed as something exciting…dangerous…forbidden. Humans have a problem resisting something forbidden. Wonder where that stems from? But like so many traps we find attractive in its lure, once entrapped we find its hold on us is too strong to escape. Sin baits the trap with something desirous…then it uses a death grip to hold us there. Here is where the sin trap delivers us…to a banquet in the grave. The wages of sin is death. Death at the dinner table and skeletons at suppertime I can surely live without. How about you?

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