A Piece Of Bread

March 10, 2015

                                                                                       A Piece Of Bread

For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life” (Proverbs 6:26). “To have respect of persons is not good: for, for a piece of bread that man will transgress” (Proverbs 28:21).

When Solomon spoke of “a piece of bread” in this way he was speaking of a momentary pleasure. There are momentary pleasures in life. Some are legitimate, but some aren’t. Solomon had in mind those that aren’t legitimate. He is telling us that it is extremely foolish to enjoy a moment of pleasure if it will leave us paying with regret and shame. The first time he used the expression he was speaking about the results of sexual impurity. In this verse he is talking about the price a man will pay for a night spent with a prostitute. Women also pay for sexual impurity. Many men have lost their good name, their job, their marriage, and sometimes their health because of this sin. It isn’t worth it, men.

In the verse in chapter 28 he is speaking of a person who is willing to take a bribe. They are like dogs who will lay on their back and do other tricks for someone who holds a piece of bread in front of them. This person has no moral values. He thinks of himself rather than about what is right or wrong. Many people like him are found in government jobs where corruption prevails. To transgress means he will depart from that which is right and proper for a small favor shown to him. We say of people like him “He can be bought off.”

He can get away with this type of behavior for a time, but the result is that he loses his reputation. People refuse to trust and respect him. He may be cast aside by society as if he were nothing more than a piece of bread.

In the Bible we find examples of people who sold their future happiness for a piece of bread. In Genesis 25:27-34 we read of how Esau surrendered his birthright for a bowl of soup. The birthright would have given him the right to have a good portion of his father’s goods as his inheritance. He made a foolish transaction.

The prodigal son is a good example in the New Testament. He took his inheritance and wasted it. He came back home in shame and poverty. It was only by the mercy of his father that he had a future.

In our day it is sad to see many young people sacrifice the good future they could have. They sacrifice it for fun and games. I have often told young people that they need to think ahead to the day when they go out to apply for a job. They will be asked, “What skills do you have?” They won’t get very far if their answer is, “I’m pretty good at playing marbles. I can kick a football across the field. I have also mastered some difficult computer games.” In Ecclesiastes 4:5 Solomon wrote “The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.” That means he tears himself down by his foolishness.

Many times young people take their first shot of drugs and say, “It made me feel so good. I want more of that!” It may be that it made them feel good, but what about the future? Where will it take them? It is like the piece of bread that tasted so good at the moment, but there will be an awful price to pay in the future.

Hebrews 11:25 mentions those who “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” It reminds me of a man who steals a luxury car. What a thrill it is to drive a car like that! He turns on the entertainment center and listens to his choice of music. There is even a set of CD’s to choose from. The air conditioner feels so good. He is the envy of everyone who sees him when he drives that car down the street. It is glory, glory, but it isn’t long before the police stop him and find that he is driving a stolen car. Now he will have months, maybe years, to spend in prison. He won’t be the envy of anyone while he is there.

Think ahead, my friend. Don’t sacrifice a good future for a moment of pleasure. Those who put their faith and trust in the sacrifice that Christ made for us when he died on the cross have a glorious future. It can be yours if you will humble yourself and admit to God that you are a sinner, ask him to forgive you, and receive you as one of his. The pleasure of rejecting God and living in sin in this life is nothing more than a piece of bread in comparison to the glorious future God offers to those who are his.

 

 

 

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