LEST ‘MADAM BUBBLE’ BEWITCH YOU WITH HER VILE SUGGESTIONS
“And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out!” [Genesis 39:12]
In contending with certain sins, there remains no mode of victory, but by FLIGHT. He who would be safe from ACTS of evil— must hasten away from OCCASIONS of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes — not even to look upon the cause of temptation; for such sins only need a SPARK to begin with— and a BLAZE follows in an instant!
Who would wantonly enter the leper’s hut—and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He alone who desires to be leprous himself—would thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to AVOID a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try how NEAR the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe channel.
This day I may be exposed to great peril—let me have wisdom to keep out of it and AVOID it. The WINGS OF A DOVE may be of more use to me—than the JAWS OF A LION. I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company—but I had better leave my cloak—than lose my character! It is not needful that I should be RICH—but it is imperative upon me to be PURE. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule—must turn me from the wise resolve to FLEE FROM SIN. I am to RESIST THE DEVIL—and he will flee from me. But the lusts of the flesh, I must FLEE—or they will surely overcome me!
O God of holiness, preserve your JOSEPHS—lest Madam Bubble bewitch them with her vile suggestions. May the HORRIBLE TRINITY of the WORLD, the FLESH, and the DEVIL—never overcome us! Amen!
P.S. . . . WHO is ‘Madame Bubble’?
Madame Bubble is the enticing woman who tries to bewitch ‘Stand Fast’ (the fictional character) in John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’.
Madam Bubble by name, she is a “tall comely dame, something of a swarthy complexion,” is dressed attractively, and talks smoothly, ending every sentence with a smile. She carries a great purse at her side, filled with money, and often reaches into it to finger her gold and silver coins. In certain places and to certain persons, she scatters her gold like dust. She loves feasting and “to be sought after, spoken well of, and to lie in the bosoms of men. She is never weary of commending her commodities.”
Seeing Stand-fast struggling along, Madam Bubble greets him, talks with him, and soon offers him “three things, to wit, her body, her purse, and her bed . . . ‘I am the Mistress of the World, and men are made happy by me.'” Though “a-weary and sleepy . . . and as poor as a howlet [owlet],” Stand-fast repulses her advances once, twice, many times, but still she follows him with inducements and enticements. Becoming angry, Stand-fast takes to his heels, falls on his knees, raises up his hands, lifts up his eyes, and prays to God to rescue him from this “witch.”
“And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her!” [Ecc 7:26]
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
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.” [Prov 6:23-26]