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Pandora's
Box
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pandora - A character in Greek mythology who opened a box containing troubles and let the troubles come into the world.
 
Pandora - A source of unforeseen trouble.  Something that could cause a lot of problems if you do it, use it or say it.
 
Scriptures
 
Adam & Eve
 
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:6).
 
Judah & Tamar
 
And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
 
And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
   
And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
   
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
   
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
   
And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
   
And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
   
And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood (Genesis 38: 12-19).
 
Samson & Delilah
 
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
   
And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
   
And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee (Judges 16:4-5).
 
David & Bathsheba
 
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
 
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
   
And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 
 
 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
 
And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child (2 Samuel 11:1-5).
If we take a stroll down the biblical memory lane we find that Adam and Eve opened Pandora's Box when they disobeyed God concerning the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.  God said don't eat.  They ate. 
 
Consequently the plague of sin entered the world and Adam and Eve were tossed out of their Edenic paradise.  Adam was punished with hard work, and Eve was punished with hard labor. 
 
So before you take it upon yourself to open Pandora's Box, second think it.  Dwell for a moment on what the likely consequences could be, and weigh it in your mind over a period of time, and then ask yourself a question.  Is the thing that I want to do, which is outside of the parameters of common sense, is this thing worth suffering all the possible consequences that I can conjure up?
 
The likely sin consequence scenario will probably not be something that your limited mentality could come up with in a thousand, thousand Sundays. 
 
God told Adam and Eve that they would die, but they had no concept of death as it relates to them.  But after their unceremonious eviction from their happy home, and as time passed, and they grew older, they perhaps then began to get a clue of the meaning of death. 
 
They lost their strength and vigor as the years passed, and they began to experience the horror of their bodies dying, bodies that were created by God to live forever.  Every time we sin we lose something, although that something may not yet be apparent, we lose it nevertheless.
 
The decision you make today may not meet up with the fullness of its consequences until months, years or decades pass.  Sometimes the consequences are immediate and sometimes the progress towards recompense is slow, but unwavering in its final destination.
 
Once a man disobeys God's will for his life he cannot un-bite the fruit of consequences.  There is no rewind button to push.  All that is left is the sound of "the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day".
 
As we traipse through the scriptures we stop at Judah who was on his way to Timnath to shear sheep, but saw what he thought was a prostitute sitting by the side of the road on the way to Timnath, a woman who had her face hidden behind a vail.  Stupidly, Judah made an assignation with her. 
 
Because Judah, had no money at the time, the vailed woman requested his signet, bracelets and staff until Judah could redeem them by paying her the price he promised, a kid from the flock. 
 
But when Judah sent the kid by his friend, Hirah, to receive his pledge from the woman, she could not be found.  Hirah inquired of the men of the place who told him that there was no such prostitute in the place.  So Hirah returned to Judah empty-handed and puzzled. 
 
A few months later it was told Judah that Tamar, his daughter-in-law was with child by whoredom.  And he would have had her burned to death, but when they brought her forth she said, "By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff."  Judah acknowledged them and said, "She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son."
 
Judah was reluctant to give his last son to Tamar because his two previous sons who married Tamar died.  Well, actually God killed them, Tamar's first husband Er because he was wicked, and Onan, the second husband because he refused to give seed to his brother, according to God's laws for Israel (Deuteronomy 25:5).
 
Nevertheless, had Judah foresaw the outcome of his little detour, that of a sexual liaison with his own daughter-in-law, he would have continued on his journey to Timnath with all speed.
 
Now as we continue our travels through the scriptures we find Samson who loved Delilah, but the problem is that Delilah was not an Israeli woman.  She was a Philistine woman.  
 
Men, more than likely, the Delilah that you desire is not a saved, baptized in the Holy Ghost kind of woman.  Not only that but you should know that the name Delilah means lustful.  The Delilah that you are attracted to is a Philistine woman who has no clue who God is, but the problem is that Delilah is, no doubt, a beautiful, desirable woman. 
 
God had warned Israel not to marry the daughters of the surrounding nations, but obviously Samson didn't go to church that particular Sunday morning so he missed the message, no doubt. 
 
Samson was a man of God and God had given him strength to destroy his enemies the Philistines.  So the Philistines offered Delilah eleven hundred pieces of silver to get Samson to reveal to her the secret of his strength.  The Philistines  hated Samson because he wrecked havoc on their property and killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
 
So delightful Delilah plagued Samson daily for the secret to his strength.  Samson lied to Delilah over and over again, but finally, vexed in his spirit, he told her the truth.  "There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man." 
 
And when delightful Delilah called the Philistines, they came with money in their hands for Delilah.  When Samson fell asleep in Delilah's lap, she cut off his hair. and the Lord left him. 
 
Because he had no strength, the Philistines captured him, put out his eyes, bound him with brass, and made him work in prison like an animal.  As time went by, and while the Philistines were poking fun at Samson, unnoticed by them, his hair had grown back, thus God returned his strength.  Samson had a young boy lead him to the pillars that the Philistine's house stood upon. 
 
And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines.  And he bowed himself with all his might, and the house fell upon the Philistines, killing about 3,000 men and women. Thus, Samson died with his enemies. 
 
If  Samson had heeded the word of God when he saw Delilah he would have turned and ran in the opposite direction because Delilah did not love Samson.  Love protects not destroys.  Desiring something or someone who can only bring you destruction in the end is sheer foolishness. We know that if what we are doing is against the Word of
God, that nothing but trouble will follow in its wake. 
As we trek through the scriptures let us make a stop at King David's palace.   It was the time when men went to war, but David, for some unknown reason, decided to stay home.  While he was at home he decided to take a stroll on the roof of the king's house, and saw a beautiful woman washing herself.
 
An Aside 
 
What is it about men and beautiful women who, more likely than not, will lead a man to put a noose around his own neck and willingly jump off the nearest cliff just to please her?
 
Philistine type women have no essence of God near them let alone in them.  The fragrance of God won't come near her, but because of her beauty sensible men turn into utter fools.  I cannot understand it.  Can you?
 
To Continue
 
From that point on King David, stupid David, lustful David, common sense shut down David, wanted another man's wife, Uriah the Hittite to be specific, a soldier in David army who did go to war. 
 
But that did not stop David from consummating the relationship.  By then, no doubt, lust had blinded him to such a degree that he might as well have taken off his kingly crown and laid it on the ground. 
 
As time went by Bathsheba became pregnant with David's child.  So David, smart king that he was, sent for her husband to come home from the war.  When the hapless Uriah arrived David tried to get the man to go home and reacquaint himself with his wife, but Uriah was an honorable young man who refused to play into David's hand saying, "The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife?  As thou liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing." 
 
Undeterred, David got the stubborn Uriah drunk, but Uriah did not go home to lie with his wife.  What's a king to do?  King David wrote a letter to Joab, the commander of his army, and sent it by Uriah, saying "Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten and die." 
 
Uriah died in the battle by the sword of the Ammonites.  But Joab was incensed and nailed king David to the wall of truth saying, "...did not a woman cast a piece of millstone upon him from the wall...?" 
 
David solved his adultery problem by using an enemy army to kill his lover's husband, whom he married when her mourning was past.  She gave birth to a son, but because God saw what David had done as an evil thing, He killed the child of their adultery. 
 
The recompense for the sin that David committed continued to warp and ruin his own children.  There was incest in David's house.  His son Amnon raped his sister Tamar.   Tamar's brother Absalom murdered Amnon.  Absalom rebelled against king David, seeking to be king by trying to kill his own father.  David ended up fleeing from his own son because Absalom had acquired an army to overturn the kingdom. 
 
David's counselor, Ahithophel, told king Absalom to set up a tent on the house top, and go in unto all of David's concubines in the sight of all Israel. 
 
Joab murders Absalom against David's will, and David is finally restored to his kingdom; one daughter raped, one son murdered, the loss of his kingdom, another son murdered later.
 
So what we have here is one beautiful woman  who played a critical role in effectively sweeping away a whole kingdom that was ordained by God.
 
The seed of sin that David sowed into his life caused continuous havoc affecting his entire family, plus being dispossessed of his kingdom, albeit temporarily until Joab had enough sense to kill Absalom, and put a stop to his ungodly aspirations to be king. 
 
Had king David known what staying home from the war would cost him he would have taken up his sword and rode swiftly into battle.  Had he known where his illicit desire for another man's wife would lead, he never would have stood on the roof top looking at Bathsheba in the first place, and if he did and he saw this beautiful woman bathing, and desired her, he would have ignored his desire once he discovered that Bathsheba already had a husband. 
 
To desire a thing or a person does not mean that you give in to that desire when it is in contradiction to the word of God.  David knew adultery was wrong, but he did it anyway and reaped his reward decades into his future.
 
Don't open Pandora's Box because it will always be a source of unforeseen trouble.  It is something that could cause a lot of problems in your life if you give in to the temptation of making the choice to willfully sin. 
 
Leave the box closed. Walk away from it.  Tell it no, I will not sow this seed of sin into my life for it to grow up in unpredictable areas for me to stumble upon years into my future.
 
Satan will always present you with a Pandora's Box, that if you are tempted to open, it will bring you nothing but trouble, pain and suffering.  Pandora's Box will always have in it something that is against the word of God.
 
It won't be some obscure thing, but clearly a sinful thing to do; disobedience to the laws of God. 
 
It won't be a thing that you stumble unwarily into.  It will be like the difference between day and night, so you cannot excuse yourself and say, "Well, I didn't know any better!" 
 
It won't be something that sneaked up on you unaware.  It will be a decision that you make to do the wrong thing.  And that decision can easily bring about your destruction.
 
What may tempt one person may be laughable to another, but Satan will keep searching you out trying to ascertain the perfect temptation designed specifically for you. 
 
Don't be foolish and sacrifice the blessings of God in your life for a stupid thing, a double dumb thing, that if you do it, use it, or say it, will strip you of the peace and tranquility found in God's holy presence. 
 
It will never, ever be worth the price that God will exact.  And 100% of the time, if you had to do it over again, and given the opportunity to see  the consequences of your own stupidity, you would run swiftly from the temptation to sin. It would not be a problem at all!
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