18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
Evil and wickedness is rarely blatantly presented. Most people are able to see a bad thing for what it is when there is no pretense or disguise.
That is the trap of temptation and sin. They look so good and, well, tempting! But there is the danger. It looks so sweet, but inside it is poison.
It was only during the Twentieth Century that the term “make love” came to mean “have sex.” However, we can see in this passage that, while the term itself may not have been used, this was certainly the cover for a very long time.
“No! We were not having sex! We were making love!”
“I was not stealing from you! I was temporarily borrowing … (without permission).”
Temptation always justifies and excuses. Whether it be through the added temptation to “get away with it” or attempting to make it right, there is always that clue that it is not right.
“No one is watching! It will be fun!” (“My husband is gone on a long journey!”)
“We are doing a good thing! See, we called it ‘love’!”
“Everyone is doing it!”
Jesus is coming! Look busy!
Beyond the sneaking around and justifying, there is often the added justification of “we will never get caught!”
When are cheating couples usually caught, though? When the spouse or the friend or the children suddenly show up earlier than expected.
Sadly, this is how many people try to approach God, and, sadder still, this is how many Christians live, as well.
“I will believe in God at the end of my life! I have plenty of time!”
“I am forgiven! I will clean my act up just before I die or just before Christ returns!”
The End Result
Everyone is caught at some point or another.
Sometimes it is being guilt-ridden. Sometimes it is friends or family. Sometimes it is the police.
Every time, God knows.
Every time, there are consequences.
Fortunately, for those who are wise, God has forgiven us trough the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ … if only we believe. This does not guarantee escape from earthly consequences, but it does mean God has saved us from eternal consequences for these actions!
Gracious Lord, help us to see past the deceptions of temptation and sin. Give us the strength and wisdom to overcome. Thank You for the ultimate victory in Jesus Christ!