Carry Fire In Your Lap?
Fire can be good or bad depending on where it is and how it is used. Fire in the furnace can be used to heat the entire house. Fire in the stove can be used to cook your meals. There are many other constructive and good things that may result from fire being used the right way. However, fire in the walls will destroy the house. Fire in the woods may burn over areas of land and destroy all houses and other structures in its path.
Indeed fire can be very destructive, but who ever heard of carrying fire in your lap? The Bible speaks about it! "Can a man take fire in his bosom (his lap), and his clothes not be burned? The next question: "can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned?" the answer is obvious. No! A thousand times no! if we carry fire in our laps our clothes will be burned. If we walk on hot coals our feet will be burned.
What could the writer of Proverbs 6:27-29 be getting at when asking such obvious questions?
Just keep reading.
"So he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whosoever touches her shall not be innocent." Those who commit adultery are going to get burned! I stand amazed at the times I have heard from the mouths of professed Christians, "We feel at peace about this", while willfully living in adultery with someone else's husband or wife.
It is deception. It is a false feeling of peace. Living in sin doesn't bring the peace of God. It is not smart to commit adultery. "But whoso commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul." (Proverbs 6:32) there is a way out. The good news is that when a person admits he is sinning against God, he repents and stops the sin, and confesses it to God, he will be forgiven. (1 John 1:9)