Proverbs – News from the Source – Six Things God Hates, Seven Are An Abomination
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19
Abomination = detestable, loathsome, repulsive
To say that something is an abomination to God is to say that, in the strongest terms our language can express, His opposition to that thing is absolute and unequivocal. God is Love, so what He opposes is the very essence of what He is not. What He hates and declares abominable is all that the devil glories in.
The seven things listed in this passage [1.haughty eyes, 2. a lying tongue, 3. hands that shed innocent blood, 4. a heart that devises wicked plans, 5. feet that hasten to run to evil, 6. a false witness, and 7. one who sows discord among brothers] define who the devil is and how directly he is opposed to God, His ways and Hid people.
Haughty eyes are a representation of the worst kinds of pride and arrogance. It speaks of one who struts about in his boasting, falsely claiming attributes of authority and power above of God. Isaiah 14:12-22
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ “All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory everyone in his own house; but you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a corpse trodden underfoot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named. Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities.” “For I will rise up against them,” says the LORD of hosts, “And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 14:12-22
It was pride that led to the fall of Lucifer from his exalted place in Heaven as the covering cherub [Ezekiel 28:14-15]. Because of his great beauty, he perceived himself to be equal in power and authority as God, moreover he sought to set himself above God. The foolishness of the idea that a creature could make himself greater than his Creator, makes his prideful boasting all the more absurd.
Lying, shedding innocent blood and devising wicked plans to snare the weak and making haste to do evil, bearing false witness, spreading lies and sowing discord among the brothers are the attributes of the wicked and their father the devil.
All these are an abomination to God. They are the total antithesis of His Loving nature and sinless character. They are abhorrent to Him in every way. His justice and truth can never abide these things because they are the works of darkness and in Him there is no darkness at all.
All those who love God and follow after His righteousness will abhor these things also and will have no fellowship with them. Where then do our affections lie? They lie in truth, in compassion, in justice, in mercy, in generosity and thanksgiving, in grace and in patience, in gentleness, in kindness and in faith in God.
Those who love God also love wisdom and righteousness, because that is the essence of our reborn nature—to please God and to follow after Him in all things. Obedience is our desire and the impetus of the work of the Holy Spirit in us is to want to and to do the will of God.
That which God hates, we hate. That which God calls an abomination we call an abomination also. Wisdom teaches us to be aware that all people are not good at their core. Some are evil and wicked without and within.
This is not to say that all who sin and fall short of the glory of God are wicked. If that were the case we would all be doomed and condemned to hell. No the truly wicked are in a class all by themselves. They hate God and His people. They love wickedness and feast on its evil.
But, those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart, who hunger and thirst after righteousness and even those who don’t yet know and acknowledge they need the Lord but search for answers to the purpose of their lives, they will find it. As for those who oppose themselves we have been given a direct commandment from God.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Now the wicked will not have the last word, but they can fro the moment seem to be winning the day in many places in our world. We can complain about the state of the world we live in all day and nothing will change, except it will grow worse. But, if we will instead, spend more time in sincere, earnest prayer for those who are lost, those who oppose themselves, those we know personally and those we only know by name or notoriety, then there will come a mighty transference of God’s power to heal and to deliver them from the snare of the devil who has taken them captive at his will.
The choice is in our words and in our hearts, the power is in our faith in God’s Word and the motivation for our prayers must be love. We are called, even commanded, to love our enemies (not condemn them) to “…do good to them which hate you,bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you...Luke 6:27-28
This is only possible by love and we have the capacity for that love resident in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our faith is to pray in an attitude of love. We can do this because we love. Faith works by love and God is Love.