Walking Through the Proverbs - Blood Bought Obedience
 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
 we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
 throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
 my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
 for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
 For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.
Blood bought obedience!
Look, the proverbs at times are so profound and insightful yet at other times they are just plain common sense. Still though, our hearts are so desperately wicked that even common sense is not so common for sinners like us who forget the beauty of Christ! This section of Proverbs 1 is clear, “Stay away from those who entice evil.” Paul in the New Testament says FLEE from sin! The exhortation is simple enough, don’t join the evil doer. Instead run with all your might that you might not give a foothold to the enemy and the flesh! ‘If sinners entice you’ has an aim of those around us, but do not forget the sinner that lies within. The old man is still very active. John Owen in Mortification of Sin likens the old man to an enemy soldier in battle. Though the war is won and he has been grievously wounded we must not let him regain strength. We must make it our daily battle to kill the enemy soldier, the old man, the flesh by the Spirit!
You see Christ not only died to deliver us from the punishment of our sin but he also died to deliver us from the power of sin. No longer are we slaves to sin, no longer are we blind to our sinfulness. We now can wage war, in fact we must wage war, since our obedience is blood bought! We must walk in step in the power of the gospel!
What is clear from this section of Proverbs is that sin should not be taken lightly! In fact sin ‘takes away the life of its possessors.’ Sinners are plunging and gathering for themselves earthly goods and pleasures, or so they think. Yet in the end it is actually one long life of slow spiritual suicide. This has something of a ring to it that reminds me of
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Christ death forgives us of our sin, frees us from the chains of sin, and gives us a freedom to walk and live in the power of the gospel by the Spirit! Let’s take up the armor and wage war, fleeing if need be, that we might produce ‘good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them’ (Eph. 2:10). Christian, this is an always active reality in our pilgrimage, we cannot afford to be lazy about our sins! But praise be to God that He has given us Christ Jesus and the Spirit!