God and hate. These two don’t go together do they? Christian people along with the rest of the world associate God with love which is accurate by the way. God is love. But too many people adjust God to suit their own needs. Many times we define God out as this love”y” dovey being that sits on a rainbow and just loves to watch over us. This God hears all prayers from saint and sinner alike. He gives us many ways, outlets, and roads to salvation. It may shock many of you, but God does hate. The God of Jacob, Abraham, and Isaac is a jealous God. You may be thinking, “How can you say that?” I did not say it. God did. As recorded in Joshua chapter 24 and verse nineteen, Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. With that thought, let us look at the message at hand; the things God hates:
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
The first part that we see is haughty eyes and a lying tongue. Haughty also means proud. The Bible teaches about pride very clearly. Most people even those unfamiliar with the rest of the Bible can ramble off, “Pride goes before the fall,” and not really know what it means. Having pride in something or someone is not a bad thing, but being prideful is. Let us take a look at what the Bible says about it.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
How does God feel about those wrapped in pride?
11 They will spread out their hands in it,
as a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim.
God will bring down their pride
despite the cleverness of their hands.
It is pretty clear what God says and how he feels toward the prideful. God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands. Those who think they are all that and a bag of chips do not stand a chance against Almighty God. Speaking of those who see themselves as all that, let us look at possibly the beginning of arrogance; Satan.
How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
"I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. [c]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High."
15 But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.
Lucifer, son of the dawn, fell with and because of pride. He wanted to be more than God, but he found out real quick like how wrong those ambitions were. We as a people are like Satan in that regard. We suffer from a we think therefore we are, it if feels good do it, Hey, you can’t judge me mentality that places us on the same level as the God. So what happens when we become like Satan full of pride? But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. The pit and grave by the way is hell.
Have you ever had a layer of sticky gunk on your tongue that just would not come off when brushing your teeth? No, just me then. Okay. The tongue is a little piece of flesh with a lot of power. Even the cleanest mouth can kill with an untamed tongue. Let us look at the Word of God concerning the tongue. Proverbs tells us that God hates proud eyes and lying tongues. What else does God’s Word say about the tongue?
5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
The tongue cannot be tamed. It’s evil and full of evil. We cannot say, “Praise God” one moment, then “Go to hell, you sob” the next moment. I am guilty of this and daily, I continue onward growing in Christ.
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Continuing in Proverbs, it teaches that not does the Lord hate proud eyes, a lying tongue, but also hands that shed innocent blood. This by the way doesn’t mean we can go out and mow down convicted killers. Nonbelievers love to question this and tear it apart. The scripture not my side note. They say more people have died in the name of God than anything. Here is what I know. God ordered King Saul and many others to kill and destroy those who opposed Israel. I will not pretend to know why. God says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 33:19). The mature in his faith Christian can read this verse and feel peace. We as a people do not and cannot fully understand the nature of God. We have his Word, but we grow and learn more about God each day. But anyway, let us go back to the beginning of the first murder.
Cain killed his brother because of pride. Abel’s sacrifice to the Lord was accepted and good. Cain’s was not. Cain allowed anger and aggression to engulf him. Do we know what God said to Cain before Cain went on to kill his brother?
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
Wow. God told Cain that he had to master it (sin). God has not changed. He is with you now. He is telling you and me Christian brothers, Christian sisters that we too must master it (sin). The way to master sin is for us to fall at the cross Of Christ!
Cain was punished. Now Jesus in the Gospels taught that if we are angry at our brother without cause, we too are like murderers. This makes you think does it not? God is a loving God, but he is a jealous, vengeful God as well. There are too many to list, but here is a real simple to the point nugget of truth from the Lord.
“I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me."
We have covered proud eyes, a lying tongue, and murdering hands. We now focus on a heart that devises wicked schemes/ feet that are quick to rush into evil.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Christians should not have fellowship or be a part of anything that is contrary to the Good News. This means who we hang out with, what we watch, listen to, read, and live. If you don’t think I’m right, I’ll respect your opinion. I don’t think God will based upon His Word, but you go ahead and just have a good time. Wicked schemes don’t have to be a king plotting to kill another because he is more popular or plotting against God in the flesh. Evil schemes could be stealing a candy bar, cheating on a test, telling a little lie. Lies grow by the way. Nothing is trivial to God. Everything we do matters. Christians, we are the hands and feet of the Lord! Obey God, live the life, the example, and show the lost why they need Jesus Christ!
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Finally at the end now, we look at the false witness and the person who stirs up dissension. Jesus taught in reference to false teachers that it would be better on them to have a milestone (rock) tied around their neck and be thrown in the water. As a dad and teacher the greatest gift I can give my children is the knowledge of Christ crucified. If I don’t, I have failed and have condemned them to hell. I need, you who are reading if you are a parent need to sow the seed of salvation in Christ early. False witnesses are prideful. They embody all the negatives we have looked at. They are the same as those who stir up problems in the church. A church divided cannot stand. A divided church cannot spread the Good News. Those who do not Christ are doomed to hell. We end with the last day.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight.
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
but deny justice to the innocent.
24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw
and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay
and their flowers blow away like dust;
for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty
and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the LORD's anger burns against his people;
his hand is raised and he strikes them down.
The mountains shake,
and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.
26 He lifts up a banner for the distant nations,
he whistles for those at the ends of the earth.
Here they come,
swiftly and speedily!
27 Not one of them grows tired or stumbles,
not one slumbers or sleeps;
not a belt is loosened at the waist,
not a sandal thong is broken.
28 Their arrows are sharp,
all their bows are strung;
their horses' hoofs seem like flint,
their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Their roar is like that of the lion,
they roar like young lions;
they growl as they seize their prey
and carry it off with no one to rescue.
30 In that day they will roar over it
like the roaring of the sea.
And if one looks at the land,
he will see darkness and distress;
even the light will be darkened by the clouds.