The Sticky Beast Within

Deuteronomy 13.17 NASU

Nothing from that which is put under the ban shall cling to your hand, in order that the Lord may turn from His burning anger and show mercy to you, and have compassion on you and make you increase, just as He has sworn to your fathers,…” 

God banned the treasures of plundered nations from the victorious Israelite warriors. They were to gather all the pillage and publicly burn it in the town square of a conquered city. The people of God were warned never to touch it.

“Nothing… under the ban shall cling to your hand.”

I am also warned not to touch certain things… another man’s wife, too much dessert, money not belonging to me, certain television shows, evil thoughts, the clamor for significance, gossip groups, credit belonging to another, self-serving activities, a false self-image, undeserved recognition, so-called soft-core pornography, and, of course, any other form of wrong sexual behavior. Certain people, places, and activities are “under the ban” for me.

“Nothing… under the ban shall cling to your hand.”

It’s funny how sticky my human hands can be. “The Message” Bible puts it this way…

“And don’t let any of the plunder devoted to holy destruction stick to your fingers. Get rid of it…”

My private lust is a wild beast within me. I call it the “sticky beast.” Only the power of Jesus Christ can kill my animal instincts, and death to the “sticky beast within” can only happen in a loving community of believers. If I dare to touch that which is not mine, I give the beast its power. He oozes through the pores of my hands and sticks to the object of my sinful desires. It’s hard to shake it off. Like the slime of a slug, the sticky beast does not easily wash away from my grasping fingers. If, by the grace of God and the support of my friends in recovery, I refuse to touch what I cannot have, then the sticky beast cannot harm me or anyone else I touch.

“Nothing… under the ban shall cling to your hand.”

I can overcome the sticky beast within, but I cannot do it alone. I need Jesus and my recovery family. Thank God for the body of Christ who gives me the power to “Flee porneia” (1st Corinthians 6.18) and touch “nothing… under the ban” for me. 

“Nothing… under the ban shall cling to your hand.”



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