I have been studying the mortification of sin in the flesh through the Holy Spirit. I am participating in a “blog study” of John Owen’s Of The Mortification Of Sin In The Believer being facilitated by Tim Challies at his blogsite Challies Dot Com This study got me to thinking about how God feels about sin.
Now, I know the Bible teaches that God will not look on sin. I say will not, because God has chosen to not look on sin – He could if He so desired, but as a righteous and holy God, He does not. My grandfather used to always say that “lies don’t come in colors, and sins don’t come in sizes.” My grandfather was right; but did you know the Bible teaches there are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him? Now, I’m not saying that some sins are “bigger” than others. I’m not saying God sees different sins differently. I’m just saying He inspired the writers of Proverbs (most likely King Solomon) to make known some that He detests! (NASB says they are an ABOMINATION to Him!)
Here is Proverbs 6:16-19, as written in the Holman Christian Standard Bible:
16 Six things the Lord hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
Okay, so that’s 1.) Arrogant eyes 2.) A lying tongue 3.) Hands that shed innocent blood 4.) A heart that plots wicked schemes 5.) Feet eager to run to evil 6.) A lying witness who gives false testimony and 7.) One who stirs up trouble among brothers.
So, one who is arrogant (haughty), one who lies in general, one who murders (this says ‘hands’, but in the NT, Jesus says we also murder with our tongue, so I’m thinking this may cover gossips), one who hatches schemes (would this be manipulation of people and truths?), one who can’t wait to help cause trouble or run to evil, someone who lies for another and one who provokes trouble among people….. Continue reading