Proverbs 1:30-31

30 Since they would not accept my advice

   and spurned my rebuke,

31 they will eat the fruit of their ways

   and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

 

 Wisdom need not punish those who reject her, as her advice and rebuke were warnings of inherent consequences. The fruit of sin is bondage, corruption, isolation, disharmony and death – no matter how sweet that first taste may be. The lie of temptation is that immediate pleasure will outweigh inevitable consequences. “How long,” asks Wisdom, “will you allow yourself to be deceived?”

 

 Although the fruit mentioned here is only figurative, the deception of humanity began with an actual fruit. Consider that in the garden there was only one rule – given to deter Adam and Eve from self-destruction. They were not threatened with punishment but warned of consequences: “for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” And this is the warning that Wisdom maintains, helping us to see through temptation’s deceit and choose the path of life and freedom.

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