What struck me about Proverbs 7 was how the passage flipped upside down.
It started out with a seductress describing a perfumed bed. Cinnamon sheets and tales of forbidden love. It was like a Lifetime channel movie. But in the space of a few sentences, it shifts dramatically. It’s a horror movie, with an arrow piercing a liver, as a young man is led to the very chambers of death.
Suddenly, we’re watching Saw 7, not Proverbs 7.
And what’s interesting is how things start. Life would be so easy if sin looked like sin from the get go, if we could always see the outcome before we took our first step. But we can’t. Instead, we see a perfumed bed. We hear kind words and, step by step, the story starts to shift beneath our feet.
This is why we must guard God’s teaching as the apple of our eye. This is why we must store up his commands, because the road to death looks pretty amazing at the start of the story.