“For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.” (Proverbs 7:6-10)
Today’s Morsel: The word subtil appears three times in scripture. Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1); in 2 Samuel 13:3, we find that David's son Amnon had a friend named Jonadab who was a very subtil man. “But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.” (2 Samuel 13:3); and in today’s passage it lists the harlot as being subtil. What does it mean to be subtil? People who are subtil are wicked and cunning; they are sneaky, sly, and full of trickery. They have the ability and are talented in how to form or develop a scheme to help you get what you want without exposing the evil or destruction behind it that will ultimately destroy you. Satan uses people like Jonadab and the harlot who work undercover to deceive and destroy you. Stand on the word so you are not deceived when they come your way.
Sing: When you’ve done all that you can, Stand on His Word; When you’ve stood all you can stand, do what you’ve learned. Remember all you’ve read is true, God said he’ll always bring you through, In spite of everything you’ve heard, Stand on his word.
Thought For Today: Subtil … hidden deception.