Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson Two: By turtle

Last week we touch on spiritual adultery. Yet I never explained the very first verse used.

P
roverbs 6:28 KJV
(28)  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

This verse if you take time to read scripture surround it speaks of a man that commits adultery. Solomon had seven hundred
wives. One of Solomon downfall was bring women from foreign lands to be his wife. The downfall was adultery He committed
with his women by seek after their gods. Not only did Solomon have seven hundred wives but he had three hundred concubines.

1 Kings 11:1-6 MKJV
(1)  And King Solomon loved many foreign women, even the daughter of Pharaoh, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians,
Hittites;
(2)  of the nations which Jehovah had said to the sons of Israel, You shall not go in to them, and they shall not go in to you; surely
they will turn away your heart after their gods. Solomon clung to these in love.
(3)  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.
(4)  For it happened when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods. And his heart was not perfect with
Jehovah his God, as was the heart of David his father.
(5)  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom, the abomination of the Ammonites;
(6)  and Solomon did evil in the sight of Jehovah, and did not go fully after Jehovah like his father David.


One must remember in the garden God established one woman for one man. This law is repeated in the New Testament.

Matthew 19:4-6 MKJV
(4)  And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning "made them male and
female",
(5)  and said, For this cause a man shall leave father and mother and shall cling to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh?
(6)  Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.


Multiple wives was a tradition among wealthy men and in some places today men keep more then one woman. Most refer in the
states as the other woman. In some culture the other woman is a second wife and in some religions it is also known as a second
wife or concubine. Yet even the ten commandments says:

Exodus 20:14 MKJV
(14)  You shall not commit adultery.

Definition of Adultery from the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary:

H5003
נאף
nâ'aph
naw-af'
A primitive root; to commit adultery; figuratively to apostatize: - adulterer (-ess), commit (-ing) adultery, woman that breaketh
wedlock.

Adultery is a sin according to scripture and technically no matter how you slice it, you can not have more then one wife and not
commit adultery. Fornication is to play the harlot or commit adultery. Adultery/fornication is one sin that affects the entire family.
From transmitted sexual diseases to emotional scars that may never heal with the love of God in a person’s life. It is betrayal of
one’s family.

Solomon sin was not just adultery and fornication, his greatest sin was not against his own blood but against God. He committed
spiritual adultery by seeking other gods. Solomon did not just build the temple for Jehovah, but also for other foreign gods. God
had personally spoken to Solomon two times and yet this was not enough to keep Solomon seeking out foreign gods that had no
power. This one sin many wonder if it keep Solomon out of heaven. Some scholars like to think that maybe Solomon woke up
before his death and repented of his sin against God. Truth is only God knows. And sometimes speculation is best left unsaid.

How did spiritual adultery begin. After all God created man in His image and His likeness. Man walked and talked with God. Yet
we see even before Noah man disobedience to God. Starting first by obeying the serpent instead of God. Obeying revenge instead
of God and a continual downfall in generations to come. Seth son Enos was born men began to pray to God. Eve recognized God
has giving her sons. Praise and prayer often is thought of going hand in hand but here praise came before prayer.

Genesis 4:1 KJV
(1)  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

Genesis 4:26 KJV
(26)  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the
LORD.

Paul was a Jewish scholar and also a roman citizen. He understood the struggles Gentiles had with the Gospel and adultery. Paul
letter were inspired by God to help the early church and those seeped in sin. The first chapter in Roman’s helps explain the fall of
man from God.

Romans 1:17-23 KJV
(17)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
(18)  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in
unrighteousness;
(19)  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
(20)  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
(21)  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
(22)  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
(23)  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted
beasts, and creeping things.

Man committed adultery by seeking after God’s creation instead of God. We know Adam and Eve sinned in the garden by
obeying the serpent. It is better to obey God rather then man.

Acts 5:29 KJV
(29)  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Genesis 3:17 KJV
(17)  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I
commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life;

The consequences for following idols or seeking something other then God.

Romans 1:24-32 KJV
(24)  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies
between themselves:
(25)  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for
ever. Amen.
(26)  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is
against nature:
(27)  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men
working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
(28)  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things
which are not convenient;
(29)  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate,
deceit, malignity; whisperers,
(30)  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
(31)  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
(32)  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have
pleasure in them that do them.

The consequence is being turned over to our own lust of the flesh our own desires. Those needs and wants that are not of God.
Homosexuality is just one of many things that God turned man over to. Murder, hating God, boaster, promise breakers and so
forth. Unfortunately if you look at the list from verse 29 thru 31 you get the ideal we all done something that did not please God.
We all sinned.

Yet with the knowledge we all have sinned, we all might not of committed adultery in the since of worshipping an idol we all sin
by obeying not always God or following after God as we should. Walking with God is daily. It not something any of us do
perfectly and God knows this that is why Jesus came and died for our sins.

1 John 2:1-3 KJV
(1)  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:
(2)  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
(3)  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Not many of us today in the world can say I keep all of God’s commandments. I for one know I have messed up. Yet I know that
we have a lawyer/advocator with the Father. Someone that goes to bat when we fail. His blood covers our sin when we choose to
believe. Yet if we continue to plot to sin we need to think something is wrong. To sin unknowingly is different then sinning
knowingly. Next week we be talking about different types of sin. What it means to do an act knowingly and what it means to
accidentally sin.