You Can’t Eat Just One

Proverbs 27:20
Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

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A few years ago, the Frito-Lay Corporation ran an ad for their potato chips with the slogan, “Bet you can’t eat just one.” The concept was simple, their chips were so good, so addicting, that once you tasted one, you would keep eating until the bag was empty. In this verse, Solomon points out, sin is like that. The word he uses for hell is Sheol, and can mean the grave. He is declaring, just as death is never satisfied, so desire for sin will never be satisfied by sinning. Often, when we are facing greater than normal temptation toward sin, we think one more look, touch or taste will satisfy the craving. What we find is, the desire comes back with greater force after it has been fed.

The children of Israel experienced this in the wilderness. Each morning they awoke to breakfast being served from heaven. This “Manna”, as it was called, was designed to satisfy their appetite during their journey through the desert. After years of the same food, they began to hunger for something else. When their craving became so great that they could no longer withstand it, they began to threaten Moses. In response, God promised to send them meat to satisfy their intense craving. Soon, a flock of quail flew into the camp and was trapped and killed by the people. With their lust for meat in full swing, they began to tear into the fowl, not waiting for it to be cooked properly, and the people became ill. With their lust for meat driving them, many died from sickness (Numbers 11). Later, this area became known as the Graves of Lust.

Feeding lust will never make the desire go away. The Bible tells us, the only hope for overcoming the desire for sin is to deny it. Paul declared, he considered himself to be crucified with Christ, and he treated sin as a dead man would (Galatians 2:20). We are exhorted to do the same. We are told, since we died with Christ, we are to treat sin as a corpse would. To do this, we must treat it as something of our past, not our present. We accomplish this is by not sowing to our sin nature, but removing ourselves as far as possible from its influence. In another place, Solomon asks, “can a man put fire on his lap and not get burned?” (Proverbs 6:27) The answer is obviously NO. In the same way, we cannot bring sin close, increase our desire for it, and not fall into it. The secret of success in the battle with the flesh, is to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God.

Pastor Jim

Questions for Proverbs 27 
1. Solomon tells us not to boast about tomorrow. Look up Matthew 6:33-34, what does Jesus teach us about our tomorrow’s? 

2. Solomon makes many references to friendship in this chapter. What do you learn about friends? 

3. How can verse 20 be applied to dealing with the sins of the eyes? 

4. Choose a favorite verse from this chapter and write out your thoughts on how to apply it to your life. 


Old Testament:
Zechariah 9- Coronation
Zechariah 10- Cornerstone

One thought on “You Can’t Eat Just One

  1. mwd1991 December 27, 2021 / 12:10 pm

    Questions for Proverbs 27 

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    1. Solomon tells us not to boast about tomorrow. Look up Matthew 6:33-34, what does Jesus teach us about our tomorrow’s? 

    “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

    On Christmas I walked into the kitchen and started making something simple to eat. Shortly after I began, my mother walked in and said to me: “Michael, why’re you going to eat that? We’re having dinner soon.” Of course, I didn’t listen. When dinner was served I was already full, yet unsatisfied but the simple meal, and wasn’t prepared for the actual dinner. It’s very difficult to focus on what is coming, irregardless of how incredible it will be.

    2. Solomon makes many references to friendship in this chapter. What do you learn about friends? 

    1. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:6)

    2. “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9)

    3. “Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.” (Proverbs 27:10)

    4. “He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.” (Proverbs 27:14)

    5. “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

    3. How can verse 20 be applied to dealing with the sins of the eyes?

    “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” (Proverbs 27:20)

    Whenever I first purchase something, I’ll do my best to make sure that it remains in pristine condition. Inevitably, I’ll see something else I’m interested in and gradually forget altogether about the previous thing that once held importance to me. I am never satisfied.

    Perhaps working towards Heaven, something you can never attain while alive here on Earth, does make sense…
     
    4. Choose a favorite verse from this chapter and write out your thoughts on how to apply it to your life.

    “As in water face reflects face,
so a man’s heart reveals the man.” (Proverbs 27:19)

    This is a beautiful verse, but it is passive and I’m not sure how to apply it; so I will choose another.

    “A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb,
 but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)

    I am working to be more content in various aspects of life… I just have to accept that even the things that are bitter are a part of God’s sweet plan for me.

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