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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Monday, February 3, 2014

THINGS WHICH THE LORD HATES, AND WE SHOULD TOO


"There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers." 
Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB.


The above are sins the LORD hates. He hates sin so much that He can't have any fellowship with it. He sent His only Son to die and pay the penalty for our sins so that through Him, our propitiation, we could be reconciled and have fellowship with Him, being clothed with His righteousness. It is through His Son that we have been given a second chance through faith in Him to walk in newness of life and have the hope of eternal life.

Consider the following verses 16-19 of Proverbs chapter 6 that talk about 7 sins the LORD hates:
  1. Haughty eyes or a proud look. This can be rolling our eyes in response to something said to us. Looking down on someone who is different, or less intelligent, or at least less....than we are. Setting ourselves to judge others unfairly and unrighteously because we don't like them and they are not pleasing to our eyes. Thinking and behaving as if we were wiser than anyone else. Criticizing others without any cause. Arguing and wanting to be right all the time. Disobeying and rebelling against all authority. Being ungrateful and not content with what God provides for us. Boasting about one's accomplishments, status and knowledge. Disrespecting everyone around us. Let's not forget Peter's admonition on this, "For God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time." I Peter 5:5-6 NASB. 
  2. A lying tongue. This means not telling the truth about our wrongdoings. Withholding information that others need to have. Being hypocritical with some but truthful with others. Flattering in order to gain something from someone. Exaggerating the facts. Implying something that intentionally leads others to an incorrect assumption. Always making excuses. Ultimately, wanting to blame others for our own sinful behavior. "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal faithfully are His delight." Proverbs 12:22 NASB.
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood. Anger can cause us to shed innocent blood. Indifference toward the sacredness of human life can remove the natural restrains that might keep us from murdering those that we are angry at. Presumptuousness can allow us to harm those that are innocent because we unjustly consider them guilty of evil. In I John, the apostle John says that hating our brother puts us in the same group as Cain who murdered his innocent brother Abel when he was depressed over God rejecting his sacrifices. King Saul's insane jealousy led him to attempt the murder of David 3 times and of his son Jonathan once. David's desire to hide his sin with Bathsheba led him to murder her husband Uriah. "Their feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, devastation and destruction are in their highways.  They do not know the way of peace, and there is no justice in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked, whoever treads on them does not know peace."  Isaiah 59:7-8 NASB
  4. A heart that devises wicked plans. Plotting revenge, snubbing someone, conspiring to deceive or hurt someone, lying about the true facts in order to cover sin. All of these are an abomination to God. "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21 NASB
  5. Feet that run rapidly to evil. This is an eagerness to do evil and to be partakers of the deeds of darkness instead of rebuking them. "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret." Eph. 5:11-12 NASB  
  6. A false witness who utters lies. This signifies falsely accusing someone of misbehavior and sin without the facts, misrepresenting a disagreement between people, falsely and intentionally describing another person's actions in a way that implies guilt on his part, not offering enough evidence against someone who asks to give testimony and covering for someone who has committed a sin, indulging them in sin rather than rebuking it. "Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:3-4 NASB
  7. And one who spreads strife among brothers. This implies mocking, teasing and listening to gossip and repeating it. It also signifies slandering, being nosy, repeating things or truths that will harm another's reputation, leading others intentionally to imagine the worst about others. This is one who stirs up disagreements and jealousies, arousing doubts and suspicions against someone else, meddling in the affairs and disagreements of others, taking sides in disagreements without the truth, envying and coveting the success and blessings of others. He is never content. "O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent? Who may dwell on Thy holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works of righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend." Psalm 15:1-3 NASB

May the Lord help us to hate sin with the same passion that He hates it, rebuke it and be clothed in His righteousness so that we may have fellowship with Him.


Luci